Open CS education resources for schools - how hard could it be?
A2 | Tue 22 Jan | 11:40 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Tim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His "Computer Science Unplugged'' project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into over 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in education including the international 2018 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Computer Science Education. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of Digital Technologies in New Zealand schools.
Jack Morgan is the Project Manager and Technical Lead for the University of Canterbury Computer Science Education Research Group, and works on projects including CS Unplugged and CS Field Guide.
Computational Thinking and related topics are appearing in school curricula around the world. There are many barriers to adoption, and one significant one is supporting teachers to find relevant and easy-to-deploy teaching material. This talk will describe experiences with two on-line open resources that have been developed at the University of Canterbury: CS Unplugged, and the CS Field Guide. We will look at principles used to design the resources, and challenges included making it relevant for different cultures, curricula and languages.