CS Tips and Tricks - Teaching Computer Science at Home

    CS Tips and Tricks - Teaching Computer Science at Home

    As you probably have noticed, there are a ton of online resources to teach Computer Science at home. But the question is: how do you get your youth to actually learn and engage with the material? The answer is to motivate and inspire them through face-to-face enthusiasm and virtual or distance-learning is better than nothing!

    Two effective ways to motivate and inspire youth are to:

    1) Find things that you think are fun and exciting.

    2) Ask your youth what their experiences are with this topic. 

    When you’re enjoying the exploration of a system, whether it’s a Scratch game or a TinkerCad design, you’re going to share that powerful feeling with the people you interact with. You can infect those around you with your enthusiasm and suddenly your youth will want a turn to play with what you’re doing! Once you’ve got them hooked by your excitement, ask your youth what their experiences are with this program. They may not have any and could become more interested in exploring a new system, or they might have already dabbled in this world and want to teach you what they already know. Either way, you’ve motivated them to learn.

     

    Here’s a short list of my personal favorite Computer Science teaching resources:

     

    All of these have free tutorials that you can play with. Remember: it is most important that you find something that excites you and your youth! Having fun will motivate, inspire, and engage!

     

    Natalie Becerra+Stasiewicz (she/her/hers)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign