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Perspectives on teaching programming

Sue Sentance, Raspberry Pi Foundation


With computing in the curriculum all primary and secondary children should be doing some programming. Teaching programming in this context can be quite different from teaching students who have chosen computing as a subject. To be successful we need a range of different strategies that will support understanding, particularly as we know that some children will find learning to program pretty hard. In this talk I will draw on teachers' experiences and what we know from recent research about teaching programming in schools to share some practical strategies.

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Sue Sentance's biography

Sue taught Computing and ICT for many years and then spent seven years in teacher training. More recently she has moved to the Raspberry Pi Foundation and is currently working with the National Centre for Computing Education, a government-funded project to support computing teachers. She is also a researcher and has published in the areas of computer science pedagogy, curriculum development in computer science, and physical computing. She has been involved with Computing At School for many years and is a member of the CAS Board, and leads the CAS Research group.

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