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OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS

ISSN 1822-7732 (Print), 2335-8955 (Online)


Vol. 8 (2014), pp. 3-19

Presenting Computer Science Concepts
to High School Students

Tim BELL1, Caitlin DUNCAN1, Sam JARMAN1, Heidi NEWTON2

1 University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2 Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

Computer science at high school often focuses on programming, but a broader view of other areas of computer science has key benefits for both writing programs that are more efficient and making more theoretical concepts more accessible to those who do not find programming intrinsically interesting. With the introduction of computer science at high schools, a lack of coherent resources for teachers and students prompted the development of the NZ Computer Science Field Guide, an open-source, on-line textbook. This paper describes the design of the Field Guide, which has fourteen chapters about various topics of computer science. The design includes written text, videos, classroom activities and interactive applications. The need for a broad view of computer science is discussed, and programming exercises to go with the topics are suggested.

Keywords:

computer science, high school, curriculum, constructivism, open source.


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