Teaching Computer Science Concepts
Submitted by eslbecky3 on December 15, 2017 - 11:53am
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I participated in a Twitter chat last night about teaching computer science in the classroom. Integrating coding and programming into the classroom is becoming commonplace in K-12 but has been a little slower to make its way to the Adult Ed world. Computer programming is quickly becoming a vital literacy as our world is dominated by technology. Helping Adult Ed students learn these skills will give them a tremendous advantage in the workplace. In the past, computer science has been taught as a stand alone class, it is now being integrated into every type of subject. Programming and coding can seem really intimidating but actually it's pretty easy to get started and super fun! For anyone thinking about bringing computer science to their classroom, I recommend trying it out yourself first.
I got started by playing the game Human Resource Machine on my phone (I didn't even realize I was learning programming concepts while playing!) and am now learning how to code Python! Besides Human Resource Machine some of my other favorite resources are Mimo and Code Academy. Both are very easy to use and break concepts into small manageable chunks. There are so many resources out there for integrating computer science into the classroom. If you're interested in investigating more you can check out the transcript from the Twitter chat last night here. I hope everyone gives it a try!