Teaching Coding – it’s an art, not a science

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In today’s Times Educational Supplement, I’m writing about coding in schools, and arguing that you don’t need to feel intimidated if your pupils know things about the technical side of coding that you don’t.

We think of coding as a science – and in a science lesson, if the pupils knowledge outpaces the teacher’s then it’s a problem.

In reality, however, computer coding isn’t a technical job.  it’s a creative one – at least as far as the pupils are concerned.  They want to create a game, or create an animation, and they solve the technical problems they need to solve to do that.

And if you’re teaching an art, you’re delighted, not intimidated when your pupils come up with an idea you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.  You celebrate it.

What do you think?

Here’s the link to the article

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/teach-your-pupils-art-coding

 

 

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