If you like Unplugged then you may be interested in the following:

Commentaries on teaching computing #

Resources for teaching Computer Science #

Computer Science outreach programmes #

Cool books and stories #

  • Lauren Ipsum is a wonderful fictional story about a girl lost in Userland. Computer Scientists will recognise lots of familiar ideas in the fantastical characters and situations that Lauren encounters.
  • Computational Fairy Tales is a delightful book of computer science ideas being applied to solve problems in a fictional kingdom. With chapter titles like “The town of Bool”, “Detecting curses with Recursion”, “Sorting during the Flu outbreak”, “The NP-hard curse” and so on, you can see where it’s headed. His second book, “Best Practices of Spell Design” continues in the same vein.
  • Shanon Duval’s Computer Science Kindergarten Style and CS Fairy Tales provide some entertaining seasoning for teaching Computer Science.
  • Andrzej Urbanski’s Alan Bit appears in a series of books, games and related activities (in Polish, although some of the website is in English).

Other programmes relating to computing and schools #

Material relating to the public understanding of science #

  • If you like CS Unplugged… you may enjoy the movie “The Professor and his beloved equation”, which is a wonderful story that happens to teach an appreciation for mathematics, but will appeal to a wide range of people due to the great cinematography, intriguing plot, and great acting. The soundtrack is in Japanese, but the DVD has subtitles. It is based on abook by Yoko Ogawa. (The book and film have several translated titles, including “The Gift of Numbers”).

  • UK Presenter and Comedian, Alan Davies embarks on a maths odyssey with the help of mathematician Marcus du Sautoyin this series of informative videos on the importance of Mathematics and it’s applications in everyday life. These videos offer good motivation for students who are usually not interested in Mathematics. See the documentary here.

  • Some of the “Unplugged” material is being distributed in cooperation with the Humanity Libraries Project.

  • Creative teachers can use music to teach content across the curriculum – to students of all ages. Visit Songs for Teaching: The Definitive Source for Educational Music for children’s songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions.

  • SNAP: Math Fairs features puzzles for different levels of students who can learn Maths using puzzles.

-Packetville is an online community packed with educational games, lesson plans, assessment materials, information for parents, awards for students, great graphics, catchy music, and loads of student activities that will help your students meet the national standards in educational technology. You’ll find that Packetville resources fit into many subject areas, especially computer classes and social studies. Better yet, consider creating a dynamic Packetville Club in your classroom or as an after-school activity. Packetville is a fun way to teach your students how the Internet works and how they can help others through the use of technology.

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