How do we give learners context and creativity in computing?

By James Robinson. Posted

Whilst taking a break from their various arts and crafts, Carrie Anne and James ask: "How do we give learners context and creativity in computing?" We explore how enabling learners to explore and create in computing, using real-world scenarios and problems, can empower and motivate them. We discuss with our guests some of our favourite creative projects and the ways in which educators can embed these ideas in their practice.


This week we are fortunate enough to be joined by three fantastic guests to help us understand why creativity and context matter:

  • Dahlia and Ethan Poulton-Trask are brother and sister, passionate students of computing, and hosts of their own YouTube channel. Dahlia wrote a recent article on context and creativity for issue 15 of Hello World magazine.
  • Mark Calleja or "Mr. C" is a hacker, maker, and former primary school teacher who currently develops engaging projects for young people and is a regular host of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Digital Making at Home series.
Carrie Anne Philbin
Carrie Anne Philbin, MBE, is a computing educator, YouTuber, author, and host of the Hello World podcast.
James Robinson
James Robinson is a computing educator, trainer, and host of the Hello World podcast.
Dahlia and Ethan Poulton-Trask
Dahlia and Ethan are brother and sister, keen programmers, and hosts of their own YouTube channel, Coding Siblings.
Mark Calleja
Mark Calleja is a former primary school teacher, maker, hacker, and host of Digital Making at Home.

Together, we discuss our own experiences and why we think creativity and context are so important.

"I think it's about allowing young people to say: "This is my idea, I care about this, I want to make this to help me do that." Right? That's at the core of the way I like to teach computer science."

To close the show, we hear from our audience of educators about their their views, particularly about how creativity and context can support more-engaged learners and inclusive classrooms.

For more practical advice from educators on computing and digital making, check out and subscribe to Hello World magazine. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a five-star review wherever you get your podcasts.

We’ll be back with our next podcast in two weeks, in which we ask: "How do we keep well when teaching with technology?" If you have any questions or comments about the discussion in this episode, you can get in touch with us at or @helloworld_edu on Twitter.


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