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integrated computational thinking

LA Pathway C: Composing Interactive Computationally Enhanced Texts (Overview)

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In this project, the learner will read an introduction to composing interactive computationally enhanced texts. The prior introductory building blocks you explored set the ground work for understanding the computational thinking practices of Algorithms, Patterns & Data and Abstraction. This set of activities will challenge educators to think about ways to integrate those same computational thinking practices into creating interactive digital texts.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, learners will be able to...

  • Make connections between the Computational Thinking practices and how they integrate into the creation of interactive computational enhanced texts


    • Expository Composition: investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner Purdue Writing Lab.
    • Narrative Composition: tell a story...often anecdotal, experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in a creative and, quite often, moving ways Purdue Writing Lab.
    • Descriptive Composition: describe something—object, person, place, experience, emotion, situation, etc. This genre encourages the student’s ability to create a written account of a particular experience Purdue Writing Lab.
    • Scratch: block-based visual programming language and website targeted primarily at children 8-16 as an educational tool for coding
    • Twine: open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories