Creative projects :
Dahlia and Ethan :
Clubs and extracurricular :
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:
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.
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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 email@example.com or @helloworld_edu on Twitter.
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