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Computer science unplugged:school students doing real computing without computers

Bell, Tim and Alexander, Jason and Freeman, Isaac and Grimley, Mick (2009) Computer science unplugged:school students doing real computing without computers. New Zealand Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology, 13 (1). pp. 20-29.

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Abstract

The Computer Science Unplugged project provides ways to expose students to ideas from Computer Science without having to use computers. This has a number of applications, including outreach, school curriculum support, and clubs. The “Unplugged” project, based at Canterbury University, uses activities, games, magic tricks and competitions to show children the kind of thinking that is expected of a computer scientist. All of the activities are available free of charge at csunplugged.org. The project has recently enjoyed widespread adoption internationally, and substantial industry support. It is recommended in the ACM K-12 curriculum, and has been translated into 12 languages. As well as simply providing teaching resources, there is a very active program developing and evaluating new formats and activities. This includes adaptations of the kinaesthetic activities in virtual worlds; integration with other outreach tools such as the Alice language, adaptation for use by students in large classrooms, and videos to help teachers and presenters understand how to use the material. This paper will explore why this approach has become popular, and describe developments and adaptations that are being used for outreach and teaching around New Zealand, as well as internationally.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Zealand Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer Science outreach ; kinaesthetic teaching
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 50117
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2011 11:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50117

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