I am conducting a survey of Introductory Programming modules (courses) at third-level institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you happen to teach a current Introduction to Programming course (during any semester) I would really appreciate if you would be willing to complete the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ireland_CS1). If you don’t teach on an intro course, but … More Calling Irish Third-Level Intro to Programming Lecturers!
Last Tuesday I attended a consultation session for the Leaving Certificate Computer Science Curriculum. This is Ireland’s shot at putting CS on the pre-university curriculum, specifically the Irish Senior Cycle – which leads right up to where secondary school and university meet. I am particularly interested in this as I teach, research, and am pretty … More Irish Computer Science Leaving Certificate Curriculum Consultation Update
A recent article on ComputerWeekly.com is calling for supercomputing to be put ‘in the curriculum’. In it, Tim Stitt, head of scientific computing at the Earlham Institute, a life science institute in Norwich, UK, says children should be learning supercomputing and data analysis concepts from a young age. Although I agree in principle, the article … More ‘Supercomputing’ in the curriculum
James H. Morris, former dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science had a nice piece in Information Week 13 years ago now, that is as true as if ever was. In it he argues strongly that CS is more than programming, and that students need a strong sense of empiricism. The ability to … More Computer Science: More than just programming and telescopes
A recent post by Andy Ko (here) provided several interesting ideas on literacy and coding, all which begin with “If learning to code were like learning to write…” This reminded Mark Guzdial (here) of Mike Horn’s work on computational sticker books (here). As Mark pointed out, Mike asks the question, “If computational literacy were integrated … More Choose your own adventure in computational thinking