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Computing education and underrepresentation: the data from England

Reading Time: 6 minutes In this blog post, I’ll discuss the first research seminar in our six-part series about diversity and inclusion. Let’s start by defining our terms. Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. This might be, for example, age, gender, socio-economic status, disability, ethnicity, religion, nationality, or sexuality. […]

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Block-based programming: does it help students learn?

Reading Time: 5 minutes At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we are continually inspired by young learners in our community: they embrace digital making and computing to build creative projects, supported by our resources, clubs, and volunteers. While creating their projects, they are learning the core programming skills that underlie digital making. Over the years, many tools and environments have […]

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Diversity and inclusion in computing education — new research seminars

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we host a free online research seminar once a month to explore a wide variety of topics in the area of digital and computing education. This year, we’ve hosted eleven seminars — you can (re)discover slides and recordings on our website. Now we’re getting ready for new seminars in 2021! […]

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PRIMM: encouraging talk in programming lessons

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whenever you learn a new subject or skill, at some point you need to pick up the particular language that goes with that domain. And the only way to really feel comfortable with this language is to practice using it. It’s exactly the same when learning programming. In our latest research seminar, we focused on […]

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Formative assessment in the computer science classroom

Reading Time: 5 minutes In computing education research, considerable focus has been put on the design of teaching materials and learning resources, and investigating how young people learn computing concepts. But there has been less focus on assessment, particularly assessment for learning, which is called formative assessment. As classroom teachers are engaged in assessment activities all the time, it’s […]

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How is computing taught in schools around the world?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Around the world, formal education systems are bringing computing knowledge to learners. But what exactly is set down in different countries’ computing curricula, and what are classroom educators teaching? This was the topic of the first in the autumn series of our Raspberry Pi research seminars on Tuesday 8 September. We heard from an international […]

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Gender balance in computing: current research

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve really enjoyed starting a series of seminars on computing education research over the summer, as part of our strategy to develop research at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. We want to deepen our understanding of how young people learn about computing and digital making, in order to increase the impact of our own work and […]

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Testing young children’s computational thinking

Reading Time: 5 minutes Computational thinking (CT) comprises a set of skills that are fundamental to computing and being taught in more and more schools across the world. There has been much debate about the details of what CT is and how it should be approached in education, particularly for younger students.  In our research seminar this week, we […]

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Reducing the load: ways to support novice programmers

Reading Time: 5 minutes What’s your experience of learning to program? Have you given up and thought it just wasn’t for you? This has been the case for many people — and it’s the focus of a lot of research. Now that teaching programming is in the curriculum in many countries around the world, it’s even more important that […]

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Mathematics and programming: exploring the links

Reading Time: 6 minutes “In my vision, the child programs the computer and, in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an intimate contact with some of the deepest ideas from science, from mathematics, and from the art of intellectual model building.” – Seymour Papert, Mindstorms: […]

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Learning AI at school — a peek into the black box

Reading Time: 5 minutes “In the near future, perhaps sooner than we think, virtually everyone will need a basic understanding of the technologies that underpin machine learning and artificial intelligence.” — from the 2018 Informatics Europe & EUACM report about machine learning As the quote above highlights, AI and machine learning (ML) are increasingly affecting society and will continue […]

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Making the best of it: online learning and remote teaching

Reading Time: 7 minutes As many educators across the world are currently faced with implementing some form of remote teaching during school closures, we thought this topic was ideal for the very first of our seminar series about computing education research. Research into online learning and remote teaching At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we are hosting a free online […]