Two educators on how to make learning computer science less daunting and more fun for students—and their teachers.
First impressions matter. That’s equally true whether you’re meeting new people or encountering an unfamiliar subject like computer science. Kiki Prottsman, education director of Code.org, worries that too many students are getting a less-than-inspiring introduction to a field she loves for its creative potential. Instead of having students follow instructions “to write code you’re not interested in and would never use,” she wants them to discover that the thinking involved in computing can be as creative as making art, writing poetry, or directing movies.