Introducing teachers to computational thinking using unplugged storytelling

Paul Curzon, Peter W. McOwan, Nicola Plant, Laura R. Meagher
2014 Proceedings of the 9th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education on - WiPSCE '14  
Many countries are introducing new school computing syllabuses that make programming and computational thinking core components. However, many of the teachers involved have major knowledge, skill and pedagogy gaps. We have explored the e↵ectiveness of using 'unplugged' methods (constructivist, often kinaesthetic, activities away from computers) with contextually rich storytelling to introduce teachers to these topics in a non-threatening way. We describe the approach we have used in workshops
more » ... r teachers and its survey based evaluation. Teachers were highly positive that the approach was inspiring, confidence building and gave them a greater understanding of the concepts involved, as well as giving practical teaching techniques that they would use.
doi:10.1145/2670757.2670767 dblp:conf/wipsce/CurzonMPM14 fatcat:zb2r7iqgejd4pfj6753ns4eify