Enhancing the Teaching of Informatics through Engaging Experience

Martin Cápay

Abstract

There are plenty of learning approaches today, which are based on well-known educational theories, and which try to encourage students to active participation in the educational process. Educational activities designed to acquire knowledge from experience lead students to make own abstract or mental models. This paper describes a set of experiments being conducted in the delivery of computer science courses using the experience to supplement or replace the traditional model of the lectures. Using physical computing concepts allows students to develop concrete, tangible products. According to our experience, we should conclude that children really learn from their attempts and errors even in computer science classes. Our vision is closest to the experimental learning model do – reflect – apply supported by using well-designed questioning. Abstraction and conceptualization are preceded by the visualization and manipulation of the objects or commands. The great benefit of “getting physical“ is a holistic view of computer science which encourages creativity, promotes learning by doing and even engaging the whole mind and body. We conclude that relatively simple teaching aid, mobile devices, special hardware, and well-designed online programming activities could help to explain even abstract computer science underlying concepts through the experience sometimes more effectively than through instructional model.

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Cápay M. (2019). Enhancing the Teaching of Informatics through Engaging Experience.In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-367-4, pages 453-460. DOI: 10.5220/0007759104530460


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu19,
author={Martin Cápay},
title={Enhancing the Teaching of Informatics through Engaging Experience},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2019},
pages={453-460},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007759104530460},
isbn={978-989-758-367-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Enhancing the Teaching of Informatics through Engaging Experience
SN - 978-989-758-367-4
AU - Cápay M.
PY - 2019
SP - 453
EP - 460
DO - 10.5220/0007759104530460