Teaching Teachers to Teach Computer Science – Unplugged or Plugged-in?
Presented in the Zoom webinar. Post questions in Zoom, discuss in #plenary-discussion.
As new computing curricula are rolled out around the world, teachers are having to adjust to teaching new topics, finding new resources, and even working in a different style in the classroom. For some, this is a long-awaited change that they are more than ready for, but for many, particularly in primary school, it is unfamiliar territory and a foreign language, and it might even appear to threaten deeply-held values they have about what their learners need. Because the curriculum is new, it is unlikely to have been part of their own education or their preparation for being a teacher. So how do we reach and engage such teachers? What would motivate them to invest in this change? How do they see this mysterious new thing called “coding”? This talk will report on experience working with teachers in New Zealand, and also look at approaches used around the world. The role of CS Unplugged  will be considered, as well as the general issues that teachers face around identifying what and how they should teach this new curriculum area.
Mon 10 Aug Times are displayed in time zone: (GMT-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) change
|14:00 - 14:40|
Tim BellUniversity of Canterbury