Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.
Chapter 6: Curious Learners in Primary Computing
Curious Learners in Primary Computing
OLDER PEOPLE SIT DOWN AND ASK, ‘WHAT IS IT?’ BUT THE BOY ASKS, ‘WHAT CAN I DO WITH IT?’
After reading this chapter you will:
- know about the role curiosity has played in significant technological innovations;
- have a developing understanding of the skills in computing which enhance and utilise curiosity;
- have a developing understanding of the features of a computing curious classroom.
This chapter will look at the relevance of curiosity in educational computing. It will start by exploring the content of the English computing curriculum (DfE, 2013), looking at how it breaks down into computer science, information technology and digital literacy. It will look at incredible innovations which have changed the [Page 85]world as a result of ...