The results of the education sprint from PyconUK 2012
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Education Sprint - PyconUK 2012

What do you think students should learn?

  • How to think like a computer scientist:
  • The teacher isn't always right, and doesn't always know the answer.
  • Problem solving.
  • CS Unplugged.
  • Cultural shift from Teachers PoV.
  • Teamwork:programming is not just a solo activity.
  • Programming is a creative process that can be fun.
  • Patience.
  • It's not magic (although it can seem magical).
  • Computers only do what you tell them to (providing the computer is running a sane environment).
  • Documentation is essential: explain your code, show your working
  • The manual is your friend. Know where to look, and do it yourself.
  • Programming really isn't that hard!
  • Programming is for solving problems. Find an itch and scratch it.
  • How to access, query and understand data (opportunity for cross-curriculum collaboration).

What do you think teachers need to know in order to teach programming?

  • A programmming language, at least to the level of skill expected of the students.
  • A place to look up reference material and resources (to know where to get second level support).
  • Understand the free-culture/creative commons outlook (to be [not have] part of a community).
  • Where to ask for help:
  • IRC
  • STEM
  • Etc...

Project Ideas for Schools

  • Pygame Games
  • Pyweek
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Turbine recording data into a RPi.
  • Beep Beep
  • Text based adventure games ftw!
  • Dojo :-)