A teaspoon of computing in every subject: Broadening participation in computer science

Reading Time: 6 minutes From May to November 2022, our seminars focus on the theme of cross-disciplinary computing. Through this seminar series, we want to explore the intersections and interactions of computing with all aspects of learning and life, and think about how they can help us teach young people. We were delighted to welcome Prof. Mark Guzdial (University…… Continue reading A teaspoon of computing in every subject: Broadening participation in computer science

A storytelling approach for engaging girls in the Computing classroom: Pilot study results

Reading Time: 7 minutes We’ve been running the Gender Balance in Computing programme of research since 2019, as part of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and with various partners. It’s a £2.4 million research programme funded by the Department for Education in England that aims to identify ways to encourage more girls and young women to engage…… Continue reading A storytelling approach for engaging girls in the Computing classroom: Pilot study results

AI literacy research: Children and families working together around smart devices

Reading Time: 6 minutes Between September 2021 and March 2022, we’ve been partnering with The Alan Turing Institute to host a series of free research seminars about how to young people about AI and data science. In the final seminar of the series, we were excited to hear from Stefania Druga from the University of Washington, who presented on…… Continue reading AI literacy research: Children and families working together around smart devices

Exploring cross-disciplinary computing education in our new seminar series

Reading Time: 5 minutes We are delighted to launch our next series of free online seminars, this time on the topic of cross-disciplinary computing, running monthly from May to November 2022. As always, our seminars are for all researchers, educators, and anyone else interested in research related to computing education. Crossing disciplinary boundaries What do we mean by cross-disciplinary…… Continue reading Exploring cross-disciplinary computing education in our new seminar series

Making the most of Hello World magazine | Hello World #18

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hello World magazine, our free magazine written by computing educators for computing educators, has been running for 5 years now. In the newest issue, Alan O’Donohoe shares his top tips for educators to make the most out of Hello World. Alan has over 20 years’ experience teaching and leading technology, ICT, and computing in schools…… Continue reading Making the most of Hello World magazine | Hello World #18

170 research papers about teaching programming, summarised

Reading Time: 3 minutes Computer programming is now part of the school curriculum in England and many other countries. Although not necessarily the primary focus of the computing curriculum, programming can be the area teachers find most challenging to teach. There is much evidence emerging from research on how to teach programming, particularly from projects with undergraduate learners. That’s…… Continue reading 170 research papers about teaching programming, summarised

Bias in the machine: How can we address gender bias in AI?

Reading Time: 8 minutes At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we’ve been thinking about questions relating to artificial intelligence (AI) education and data science education for several months now, inviting experts to share their perspectives in a series of very well-attended seminars. At the same time, we’ve been running a programme of research trials to find out what interventions in…… Continue reading Bias in the machine: How can we address gender bias in AI?

Computer science education for what purpose? Some perspectives

Reading Time: 4 minutes As we’re coming to the end of Black History Month in the USA this year, we’ve been amazed by the variety of work the computing education community is doing to address inequities in their classrooms. For our part, we have learned a huge amount about equitable STEM and computer science (CS) education from the community,…… Continue reading Computer science education for what purpose? Some perspectives

Calling all Computing and ICT teachers in the UK and Ireland: Have your say

Reading Time: 6 minutes Back in October, I wrote about a report that the Brookings Institution, a US think tank, had published about the provision of computer science in schools around the world. Brookings conducted a huge amount of research on computer science curricula in a range of countries, and the report gives a very varied picture. However, we…… Continue reading Calling all Computing and ICT teachers in the UK and Ireland: Have your say

The Roots project: Implementing culturally responsive computing teaching in schools in England

Reading Time: 5 minutes Since last year, we have been investigating culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in computing education. This is an important part of our research to understand how to make computing accessible to all young people. We are now continuing our work in this area with a new project called Roots, bridging our research team…… Continue reading The Roots project: Implementing culturally responsive computing teaching in schools in England

Creating better online multiple choice questions

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this blog post we explore good practices around creating online computing questions, specifically multiple choice questions (MCQs). Multiple choice questions are a popular way to help teachers and learners work out the next steps in learning, and to assess learning in examinations. As a case study, we look at some data related to learner…… Continue reading Creating better online multiple choice questions

The AI4K12 project: Big ideas for AI education

Reading Time: 7 minutes What is AI thinking? What concepts should we introduce to young people related to AI, including machine learning (ML), and data science? Should we teach with a glass-box or an opaque-box approach? These are the questions we’ve been grappling with since we started our online research seminar series on AI education at the Raspberry Pi…… Continue reading The AI4K12 project: Big ideas for AI education

How can AI-based analysis help educators support students?

Reading Time: 8 minutes We are hosting a series of free research seminars about how to teach artificial intelligence (AI) and data science to young people, in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute. In the fifth seminar of this series, we heard from Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at the University College London (UCL) Knowledge Lab. Rose…… Continue reading How can AI-based analysis help educators support students?

How do we develop AI education in schools? A panel discussion

Reading Time: 8 minutes AI is a broad and rapidly developing field of technology. Our goal is to make sure all young people have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to use and create AI systems. So what should AI education in schools look like? To hear a range of insights into this, we organised a panel discussion as part…… Continue reading How do we develop AI education in schools? A panel discussion

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