Ways to motivate your computer science students

By | 2017-09-19T22:31:59+00:00 September 15th, 2017|For teachers|0 Comments

Computer science is often defined by the perception that it is limited to tech savvy kids. This can create mental hurdles for students who do not consider themselves well-versed in tech or don’t have as much experience with computers. Educators can change this perception by introducing inclusive activities that spark students’ interest and nurture their current capabilities. We looked at 3 ways to organically motivate your computer science students.

1. Break the stigma against CS-related disciplines.

Many students may be apprehensive about diving into computer science because they don’t consider themselves digitally literate. Teachers can help break the stigma by introducing computer science as a multi-curricular discipline that can benefit students tremendously throughout their careers. Computer science topics can be as diverse as coding an animated video, to programming robots, creating one-of-a-kind digital structures or making your own moving model car.

Teachers can create a computer science gallery on Creatubbles and invite students in other schools to share creations into it. Students can learn from each other’s activities and passions, see the vast range of projects that computer science covers, and connect and collaborate on programming projects.

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2. Make computer science identifiable for students.

Like each educational subject, students will potentially give more effort if the topic is relatable for them. When introducing computer science, teachers can assign realistic lessons that students can not only identify with, but enjoy in their daily lives. For example, students interested gaming might be keen on making one for themselves. They can create characters, storylines and code to realize their very own, original computer game.

littleBits code kit game

the littleBits code kit allows students to use programming to build their own games. Teachers can explore Creatubbles to find more amazing activity ideas for their own computer science students.

3. Help make computer science inclusive for all students

Students come from many different backgrounds and levels of digital awareness. Teachers should make sure that lessons are accessible to students who haven’t had much interaction with digital tools. For instance, teachers can use age-appropriate, entertaining apps to introduce coding to students, like Scratch or Tynker. They can then, create their own animations, quizzes or make their own apps. Using these applications, students can practice at their own pace, create coding projects that interest them and learn on their individual terms.

Creatubbles offers teachers plenty of fun, engaging computer science-related activities. Explore Creatubbles for inspiration for your own classroom.

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Tish Seabrook. Copywriter at Creatubbles. Writer and former university lecturer. Interests: edtech, STEAM, arts integration. https://ctbl.es/tishseabrook