What has storytelling and imagination got to do with computing?

By James Robinson. Posted

In this episode, we explore computing from a more playful and inventive angle as we ask: "What has storytelling and imagination got to do with computing?" James and Carrie Anne investigate how we as computing educators can find computing concepts in familiar stories and children's literature as well as how telling stories might help learners understand more abstract concepts through analogy and metaphor. Can storytelling benefit some learners and help them connect with complex ideas?

Guests

We are really fortunate this week to be joined by three fantastic guests, each with their own experience and perspective on how storytelling and literature can benefit learners.

  • Linda Liukas is a children’s book author and illustrator who creates whimsical books about computer science. Her series Hello Ruby has been translated into over 35 languages. Now, she is working on building a playground that allows children to learn how computers work through play.

  • Lynne Blair is a senior lecturer of computing at Lancaster University and also a primary computing lead. She enjoys promoting cross-curricular computing activities and embedding physical computing across all primary year groups.

  • Sarah Twigg is the lead author of a paper on using children’s literature to teach computer science to students aged 6–11. Sarah has since trained in secondary computer science and teaches at a high school in Bolton.




Linda Liukas
Linda Liukas is a children’s book author and illustrator who creates whimsical books about computer science.





Lynne Blair
Lynne Blair is a senior lecturer of computing at Lancaster University and also a primary computing lead.





Sarah Twigg
Sarah is lead author of a paper on using children’s literature to teach computer science to students aged 6–11.






Together with our guests, we investigate the role that storytelling can play in comuputing education and how we can build on their imagination as we explain complex and abstract concepts. We also hear from our audience about their recommended reading and favourite fiction for teaching computing.

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