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How do people understand computing, and how can we improve that understanding?

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By: How to Teach Computing across the Curriculum: Why not Logo? « Computing Education Blog

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:55:56 +0000

[...] computer science classes any more.  We want students to learn computer science, and we want that computing integrated into other learning — a form of literacy.  Logo is a powerful, Lisp-like language that was explicitly designed [...]

By: New book on integrating technology: The Learning Edge: What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children « Computing Education Blog

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:13:47 +0000

[...] is already packed!” That’s a zero-sum game. But if instead, the question is, “What can we teach better or differently with the tool?” then we’re about increasing and improving learning, not pushing something out. [...]

By: gasstationwithoutpumps

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:35:44 +0000

Having been a science fair judge at the county level for over a decade and at the state level for a couple of years, I can confidently state that science fair judges never have the time to read the written reports. Average time to judge is about 5 minutes per student, maybe 10 for diligent judges who show up the night before to read the posters. Communication skills are definitely judged, but more on the verbal skills (and to some extent poster-design skills) than the written skills. It's a shame really, but the hard work that goes into science-fair reports goes almost no where. At the very least, the reports of the science fair winners should be published on the web.

By: Mark Guzdial

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:12:08 +0000

Completely agreed, Greg -- that's why I think Alfred pointing to contest entries is interesting. Do the best science reports in science fair get extra points for good communication skills? Behavioral economics suggest that you get the behavior that you reward. How do we reward computing integrated into the curriculum? Maybe contests are one way to do that.

By: Greg Wilson

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:47:59 +0000

I'm obviously in favor of the idea, but looking around, educators have been trying to get communication skills integrated across the curriculum for at least 50 years with little or no success that I can see. There have been similar (and similarly unsuccessful) efforts around logical thinking, statistical reasoning, etc. Perhaps if we can identify why they stumbled, we can improve our chances of success. (My first guess is that the "...and also..." item in each lecture is what gets cut first, but that's just a guess.)

By: Baker Franke

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:35:12 +0000

Amber Settle's model for "Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum" is the answer I think. Her model for having computer scientists work with instructors in other disciplines works, I think, because it slow plays the technology. She asks teachers of other disciplines to explore the possibilities of computational approaches to problems or even just to exploration of ideas. It need not even employ technology at all. Of course, if it's a computational approach to say, reading Russian History, and the professor likes it, s/he might be much more willing to add some technology, dare I say programming, later.