Teaching primary computing without computers? The Computing curriculum is a challenge for primary school teachers. The realities of primary school resources mean limited access to computer hardware. But computing is about more than computers. Important aspects of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science can be taught without any hardware. Children can learn to analyse problems and computational terms and apply computational thinking to solve problems without turning on a computer.
The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.
Teaching young learners about abstract principles of computing can be a very challenging task. A lack of sufficient technology in schools also compels us to think of alternative methods of teaching. In this chapter we will focus on how computing concepts can be introduced through playing card and board games. First, we would like to discuss briefly the relationship between play and games.
Championed by John Dewey (1938) and developed by Jean ...