Presentation on theme: "The Beauty, the Wonder and the Awe of Computing Chris Stephenson."— Presentation transcript:
The Beauty, the Wonder and the Awe of Computing Chris Stephenson
Chris Five Ideas for Motivating Students An enthusiastic and engaged teacher A connection to student lives, realities, and dreams A curriculum that is not boring (too much syntax is a very bad thing) Innovative teaching methodologies Good teaching tools (why do we think industrial relevance is a good criteria for teaching?)
Chris Five Ideas for Motivating Teachers Understand the environment in which they work Give them the resources they need to do their jobs Provide a wide range of teaching and learning materials to address a wide array of experience, knowledge, and skill (the Alan example) Be much more consistent about what we want and need from them Treat/pay them like professionals
Chris Five Favorite Teaching Methodologies Project-based learning (a constructivist approach ) Real-world/authentic learning (from a learner-centered epistemology) Group work with an emphasis on so called soft skills Service learning Integrated/interdisciplinary learning
Chris Five Favorite New Curriculum Approaches 3-D programming environments Media computation Computer gaming Robotics Computational thinking (if they could only tell me what this really means for a K-12 CS course)
Wonder and Awe vs. Shock and Awe Shock: Beating them to death with syntax Programming, programming, programming No relevance to what you are or who you care about No big dreams, big goals, or unexplored frontiers Wonder: Our discipline is more than rules and tools Incorporating and exploring the rich breadth of the discipline CS is solving problems that matter to people and communities We dont even know all the questions yet, let alone all the answers
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