Teaching Computer Science: Strategies & Tips

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  • 0:00 What Is Computer Science?
  • 0:47 Curriculum Strategies
  • 2:54 Tips for Teaching CS
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
We've all heard the words computer science, but do we really know what teaching it means? This lesson will bring you up to date on current strategies for teaching computer science and offer some tips of the trade.

What Is Computer Science?

When computers were just on the horizon, students went to their school's computer lab once a week and played a game or two while the teacher took a little break. Today, technology is ever-present in the world of education, and teachers are an active part of making sure students are fluent users.

When we say computer science in education, we mean teaching children how to use and understand the uses of technology, mainly (though not limited to) computers. And just to be clear, a computer is an electronic device we use to store and process data. Got it? Great! Let's take a look at Kathy, a seasoned computer science teacher, and see what she's up to.

Curriculum Strategies

Thanks to advances in technology, there are limitless possibilities as to what Kathy can teach in her classroom. Kathy is lucky enough to have a curriculum her district provides for her, but uses a few ideas of her own as well.

Make Learning Fun & Develop Creativity

Although many students come to school computer literate, they don't always think of taking a technical class as fun. Kathy aims to change that view by integrating games and showing students how they can use their creativity during her class. Students don't just play with computers in Kathy's class, they create or alter technology to make something new, like spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, or programs.

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