The article’s hypothesis: We get poor results because we use ineffective teaching methods. If we want to teach CS more effectively, we need to learn and develop better methods. If we don’t strive for better methods, we’re not going to get better results.
Has some interesting links to methods to try.
This is from back in the 70’s but still should be useful. CARDIAC was designed as an educational tool to give people without access to computers the ability to learn how computers work.
Notice you can print out a version of your own!
A teacher from Colorado who is writing this blog “to record my own journey with coding, and to give myself an outlet to process all the crazy new thinking I’m doing”
Good luck on her effort to learn to code!
“Computational thinking has received considerable attention over the past several years, but there are many perspectives on what computational thinking entails. We are interested in the ways that design-based learning activities — in particular, programming interactive media — support the development of computational thinking in young people. This site and its collection of instruments are designed for K-12 educators and researchers interested in supporting and assessing the development of computational thinking through programming. “
“CodeSpells started as the PhD research of Sarah Esper & Stephen Foster at UC San Diego to teach kids coding. Now it’s being developed into something more than a research project. We want to make an immersive, visually-appealing video game that kids & adults will want to explore for hours.
Learning by Doing – Lego EV3 Robotics for the absolute beginner, build small robots and program them using EV3-G.
This is a robotics course for absolute beginners.
Over the last seven years we have had requests from grandparents, parents and teachers who claim to have no technical knowledge, that the free tutorials we have provided over the Internet be put together in a course that assumes absolutely no prior technical background, a course that they can use to help their middle school age grandchildren/children/students have fun with robots.
In this Robotics course for absolute beginners we try to answer that request, converting many of our free tutorials for use with Lego’s new EV3 MindStorms set. This course is about having fun building small Lego MindStorms EV3 robots, finding out how to command them to smile and speak, travel in straight and curved lines, and how to follow the edge of a line.
This mini-course includes about 2 hours of video tutorials. How long students take to complete this course varies enormously between students, but as a rough indication, we have used videos similar to these as the basis for about half of an 8-week, 2 hours per week after-school course for classes from Grade 5 to Grade 8, and for Adult Education and Parent/Child classes.