Linked Questions

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Teaching the humble for loop

So, in C-style languages, the for loop has a funny little syntax: for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++){ // do something } If ...
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What program follows “hello, world”?

You've just demoed your first bit of code in whatever language you're teaching. The requisite "hello, world" has been said. The program has been compiled (or interpreted) and run. Now what? There has ...
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IDE vs Editor and terminal for CS1

I am involved in the teaching of CS1 and CS2 at the University of Oslo. We have recently transitioned from Java to Python as our introductory language. We have a strong tradition of teaching students ...
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The order of subjects in beginner's curriculum

This year I'll be an unofficial teacher assistant in the CS class of 9th graders. Background This question is about a curriculum for introducing students to programming in java. The students are ...
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8answers
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How can I determine if a student would enjoy or has an aptitude for CS?

I'm a developer with a little CS teaching history, and I have a nephew who enjoys math (Algebra-Calculus) quite a bit in high school. Because of this, I feel like he should at least try computer ...
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12answers
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For a beginner, is it better to start with C or a higher level language?

Some friends of mine, over the years, asked me suggestions on what to study for learning how to code. Most of them had no real final purpose, just wanted to be able to understand programming and be ...
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Justification for an objects-early approach to introductory programming

I'm familiar with two schools of thinking for approaching an introductory level class in an object oriented language: objects-late, and objects-early. In objects-late, you teach various procedural ...
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7answers
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Programming language for teenagers

I have been asked to give an introductory programming course for kids between 14-15 years old. Scratch seems like a good option for young children, maybe up to 12 years old. Python, is also a good ...
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7answers
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Introduction to programming class: use Spreadsheets to introduce fundamentals

Are there any "pros" or "cons" I have overlooked regarding using Excel as a means to introduce a range of fundamental programming concepts. This question relates to teaching a programming module at ...
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Teaching high-level versus low-level concepts

In creating a general introductory course on computers or computing (programming and/or CS), does one mostly present high level concepts (recursion, computational complexity, concurrency, etc.), ...
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Make it easier, and quicker to get to the start

When teaching I often have pupils struggle in the first few minutes. When they are setting the computer up, ready to start work. They often have to follow lengthy instructions, that I print on paper, ...