"It is not merely a collection of creative lesson ideas...the book's approach is also intended to suggest teaching methodologies."
This book is intended to meet the needs of teachers of computing for creative resources and approaches relevant to all courses that will make both the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of computing come alive.
In the absence of creative classroom materials many teachers understandably resort to more traditional methods of delivery - whiteboard notes, summaries and straight lectures.
It is a common experience to hear students entering a computing class, ask "Are we using the computers today or is it theory?"
Life need not be this way!
Teaching Computing Studies is packed with great ideas for a wide range of theoretical topics in computing courses at all levels as well as providing creative approaches to practical work.
Many concepts in computing are abstract and difficult to comprehend unless they can be seen in action. This resource book contains ready made lessons which bring such concepts to life as well as making the mastery of them fun. It even includes a template for building a paper computer to re-enact the fetch-execute machine cycle!
Everything needed by the teacher is included: aim, resources, a step-by-step guide to the lesson, a thumbnail outline as a summary, time suggestions, photocopiable worksheets, OHT masters as well as many extension suggestions which themselves contain creative possibilities.
The book contains ideas which have been created and tested over a decade. It is designed so that the lessons can be easily adapted to different groups and is platform independent.
It is not merely a collection of creative lesson ideas...the book's approach is also intended to suggest teaching methodologies. Each chapter serves as a template which the creative teacher can modify for other topics and customise to their own style of teaching.