Not only is health and well-being an engaging context to bring computing to life for your students, it’s also never been more relevant as we emerge from periods of isolation and pay more attention to personal health. This issue spans articles on teacher and student well-being, to computing projects addressing air pollution and health, to real-life research at the intersection of computing and the healthcare industry.
The Big Book of Computing Pedagogy: Hello World’s first-ever special edition focuses on approaches to teaching computing in the classroom, and includes some of our favourite pedagogically themed articles from previous Hello World issues, as well as a couple of never-seen-before features. This special issue aims to be your companion to learning about tried-and-tested approaches to teaching computing. It bridges the gap between research and practice, giving you accessible chunks of research, followed by stories from trusty educators who have tried out various approaches in their classroom or educational space.
We are living in an increasingly data-driven world. From tracking our fitness data, to analysing coronavirus infection rates, to choosing to watch TV shows ‘selected for you’ by Netflix, data is everywhere. This issue focuses on data science and data literacy; it is full of teaching ideas and inspiration to help you and your students use data to make decisions and to make sense of the world.
Due to a shortage of teachers with computer science degrees, switching specialisms is a common route to becoming a computing educator. But why do some teachers choose to change subjects? In issue 15 of Hello World, we hear from five people who have made the switch. They tell us about the challenges they have faced, as well as the joys of teaching young people how to create new things with technology.