Designing offline computer science activities for the korean elementary school curriculum

Sook Kyoung Choi, Tim Bell, Soo Jin Jun, Won Gyu Lee
2008 ACM SIGCSE Bulletin  
Classroom curricula are changing, and in Korea a new curriculum is to be introduced in 2010 that will see computer skills topics augmented with ideas and algorithms from Computer Science taught directly to middle school children, with the possibility of related topics being introduced at elementary level. This raises the question of which CS topics can be taught effectively at elementary level, taking into account the generalist role of elementary teachers and the need for assessment. Offline
more » ... tivities, which are conducted away from the computer, are already available that are suitable for these age groups, but in the school classroom they have largely been developed as a tool for promoting Computer Science as a career rather than teaching curriculum topics, and have mainly been targeted at western cultures. This paper reports on evaluations of offline activities for teaching CS to elementary school children in Korea. We report on feedback from school students and teachers, with a focus on how best to equip non-specialist teachers with tools to teach preparatory CS material at this level.
doi:10.1145/1597849.1384380 fatcat:3jgnztjoprgtfitk56mdpafide