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An exciting new podcast from the National Centre for Computing Education in England. Each month, you get to hear from a range of experts, teachers, and educators from other settings as they discuss with us key issues, approaches, and challenges related to teaching computing in the classroom.
What is Computing?
We’re following up our inaugural episode’s exploration of the reasons for teaching computing with a discussion about what we mean when we talk about ‘computing’. During episode #2, we address the following questions:Computing is a rapidly evolving field, with technology advancing at a rapid pace — are there ideas at the core of computing that are constant and consistent?How do we as teachers relate these big ideas to our everyday teaching?Given that computing is broad and multidisciplinary, do our individual experiences influence how we view and ultimately present the subject to our learners?Thanks to all our guests for their contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds.You can (and should) contribute your thoughts and expertise by emailing the team or by leaving us a voice message, which we may include in a future episode.We want to make a podcast that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, and to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) and what you’d like to see more of.For our full notes, links and guest list visit our full show notesThanks for listening!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teachcomputing/message
Why Teach Computing?
To kick off our podcast series, we’re exploring the reasons why computing education is so important to the lives and education of all our students. There are many reasons why we might want our young people to be confident and literate, not only in how to use technology but also in how it works and is created.First and foremost, computing should be tremendous fun and is one of the most creative disciplines; it enables our learners to create, invent, explore and simulate the world around them.Exposing students to computing skills and concepts is incredibly empowering, giving them new ways to solve problems, represent their world, and express their ideas.“Computing is one of the richest, deepest, most fascinating, most creative, most ingenious playgrounds of the mind.” – Simon Peyton JonesComputing is a broad, rich, and deep discipline that has something for everyone; beyond its core concepts and ideas, it connects with almost every other subject, making it truly multidisciplinary.It is an academically rigorous discipline which promotes maths, logic, creativity, and problem-solving skills.Computing is already pervasive within society and the workplace, so the workforce of tomorrow (across all sectors) will need a solid level of computing literacy. This will enable them to understand and harness the power of computing to make good decisions and solve new problems.In order to explore the question “Why teach computing?”, we spoke to a number of experts and practitioners of computing education to find out why they think computing is so important. If you want to find out more about the topics we discuss in the episode, you’ll find some useful links below. You can find a full set of show notes including links and downloads on the Teach Computing Blog, you can also download a full transcript of this episode.We want to make a show that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t) and what you’d like to see more of.Finally, tell us what you think, why should we teach computing? Leave us a voice message and we may feature you in a future show.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teachcomputing/message
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An exciting new podcast from the National Centre for Computing Education in England. Each month, you get to hear from a range of experts, teachers, and educators from other settings as they discuss with us key issues, approaches, and challenges related to teaching computing in the classroom.teachcomputing.org/--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teachcomputing/message
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