Questions tagged [high-school]

Questions about CS teaching to high school level students. This should be used when the context or level of the answer or question is that of high school students. In many cases, an AP tag is more appropriate because AP classes are typically taught in high school.

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Real world examples for the difference between null and zero?

What can be real-world examples to teach the difference between null and zero to high school students of computer science?
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Adding MS excel in curriculum for highschool students

As we know that MS excel plays an important part in the life of programmers, managers, scientists, engineers, statisticians, etc. Shall we add a comprehensive course in excel for our high school ...
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Some real practical example to teach object-oriented concepts and programming (in python)

I have taught my high school students to write some simple python scripts, taking some ideas from "Automate the Boring Stuff with Python", e.g. changing file names in a folder to a specific ...
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Free online AI/ML demos for grade 8-10 students

What are some free online AI/ML demos for grade 8-10 students? I am a high school teacher, and I am exploring apps and games which will help students understand and appreciate the world of Artificial ...
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How many of “The Seven Laws of Teaching” are still relevant for teaching computer science today?

Wikipedia shows that in 1886 John Milton Gregory outlined his "The Seven Laws of Teaching"; asserting that a teacher should: Know thoroughly and familiarly the lesson you wish to teach; ...
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Curriculum choice for AP Computer Science A

We are currently researching what curriculum to use/adapt for the 2019-2020 school year. It will be our first year offering AP CSA. The students taking the class will have had 3-7 years of computers ...
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Reduce snap!'s features

I'm using snap! in my high school computer science class (11th grade, ~16 years old) and I'd like to reduce the features (~blocks) that snap! provides by default. Reasons: Simplify the interface Many ...
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Have databases disappeared at GCSE?

I am tutoring a student in GCSE level computing science- the OCR exams specifically. I also tutor A level as well as the Scottish equivalent. My other students all need to know SQL for their courses, ...
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What are good, practical labs and activities for unnested loops?

I am teaching some high school students, also the first time programmers, some basic programming concepts and applications. When introducing loop I find that using it to check prime number (or find ...
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Cormen's “Algorithms” pre-requisites

What to recommend as a pre-requisite reading before Cormen's "Algorithms" to make this book easier to get through for 10-12th graders? Any courseware available for kids, books, courses, etc.?...
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How can I design online tests and prevent cheating?

As you may know, schools in many parts of the world will remain closed for a long time due to the coronavirus outbreak. In Italy, the government has invited schools to provide remote teaching, and ...
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Platform recommendation for an online competitive programming school

I am supervising a team that is currently trying to build an online competitive programming course/school for a collection of high-schools in Turkey that all belong to a certain private educational ...
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First Time Learning Non-Linear Data Structures

I'm looking for effective strategies and projects for introducing non-linear data structures to students. I currently teach linked lists, stacks, and then introduce binary trees. A lot of students ...
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Is it bad to force my students not to return early?

A fellow teacher of mine is teaching "basic algorithms" course in high school, and we have quite conflicting opinions when it comes to returning from functions. ...
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How to teach competitive programming?

Competitive programming is mainly about problem-solving skills. Students are given a problem and they have to write a short program to solve it. The students are given a problem for which they have to ...
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How to embed TIC-80 into Computer science 101 course

I'm planning to design an introductory course to CS and programming for kids of 8-12 grade and see that we have Scratch for catching an eye in the beginning and getting instant result on place. But I ...
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Demonstrating the possible dangers of SQL injection

Students building websites in a high-school computer science major (using HTML, javascript, ...
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What is a good introductory language for high school?

I'm teaching introductory programming for high school. Back in the day, when I was starting out, DOS and Unix terminal prompt was normal UI, and console apps would spark kids interest. Now, on the ...
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Suggested fliers for high school career fair?

I will be tabling at a high school career fair and would like to have printed fliers about careers involving computer science. Does anyone know where I can find ones that are free (either to print or ...
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What should be included in student portfolios for CS?

Should CS students be keeping a portfolio, and if so, what should it look like? What would you, as a potential employer or college recruiter, like to see in/on a potential employee or student ...
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Languages class in high school

Every year I focus on one of my courses to overhaul a bit. Partly because I'm supposed to have professional goals, and this is one that's pretty easy to admin to understand. But I also get bored ...
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Simple, Compact, Rounded Definition of the term “Programming Construct”

A younger friend of mine, a high school student I have been encouraging to take his Computer Studies class seriously, and possibly go for CS in tertiary education, brought this problem to me. He was ...
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Shallow, broad and general introduction to programming

I've planned a shallow and broad curriculum for a summer program (5 days a week for 2 weeks, 9:00 to 17:00) or sorts, and the flow of the subjects seems flawed. The students are gifted (not a ...
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What do I do if my computing teacher does not teach the subject properly?

I'm a student in the UK, and I have a computer science lesson every two weeks. Most people would think computer science is my favourite subject, as I started coding from a very young age, but the ...
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Hardware (cameras, headsets) for TEALS supported classrooms

We have TEALS (a NGO which supports CS education in US with programs that team industry professionals with CS classrooms - both in person and remotely) distance learning support for our CS classes - ...
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How to encourage participation in the national olympiad in informatics?

Currently, relatively few participate in the national olympiad in informatics (high school) of my country. This is partially because the first round takes a bit of time (up to 40 hours if one wants to ...
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What is a good teaching example/application for jagged arrays (2d arrays with irregular row lengths)?

We are teaching an AP CS class and the topic of 2d-arrays is coming up. There are plenty of cool and approachable sample applications for standard rectanglular arrays - matrix math, MIDI music, sudoku,...
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How can I set up and deliver a Computer Hardware Course for the first time?

I'm in need of major help at my current job. I'm a HS teacher and I teach a private school - I just started in August, two days before school started and five days before the previous teacher left for ...
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Resources for the Praxis CS Test

Current middle school/high school teachers in my state who want to obtain an additional license to teach computer science (notably AP CSP/CS A) must pass the Praxis computer science test (5651). I'm ...
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Explaining how an Interface is a contract

When teaching Interfaces (in Java, for example), it is common to describe them as a contract. Which means that if a class implements an interface, it has to use the methods in the interface. As an ...
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What can be the causes of the difference in student performance?

The box-plot represents the number of programming tasks performed correctly in 30 minutes.These tasks are designed to learn basic CS concepts: sequences, loops, conditional ... Each box represents an ...
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Curriculum choice for AP Computer Science Principles

I will be student teaching an AP Computer Science Principles class next year and have run into an issue. All of the high schools around us are using the Code.org curriculum but from talking to ...
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How do you deal with Lone Rangers in group projects?

We all have them - students who want to write all the code themselves, who don't want to be part of a group project. They have poor social skills, or they don't know anyone else in the class, or they ...
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Teaching a blind high school student

I am teaching a blind high school student in my APCSA class. All students are using a combination of CodeHS and Project Lead the Way curriculum. Neither of these are very friendly to my blind ...
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Starting open source

How can I best get students started with an open source project that they would be interested in and welcomed to? I'd prefer that the project is focused on building a piece of software, perhaps a ...
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Dealing with students who complete labs very quickly

One of my goals is to minimize homework. My high school students are high performing, grade conscious, and constantly stressed out as it is. Many of them fall into the "Ivy League or bust" camp, ...
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Student Teaching Minetest Modding in school as club

I am a grade 11 student at school. I created and am running a programming club each lunch. We meet once a week (typically, sometimes I have to cancel since my club isn't important). We have 50 minutes ...
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What are the core concepts of discrete mathematics within CS?

Is there an accepted core set of concepts that is discrete mathematics as it applies to the study of Computer Science? The math department in my school is thinking about creating a course, they asked ...
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What are “general purpose programming skills”?

The UK introduced its National Computing Curriculum a couple of years ago, which requires all children to study computer science from age 4, and programming from age 10. Children can opt out of the ...
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How do you teach Big O to high schoolers with varying degrees of math exposure?

My second semester programming curriculum includes a searching and sorting unit and mentions Big O notation, giving the notation for each search and sort we implement. It does not show the ...
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Problematic student at a very high level

I teach a high school student who has already developed an understanding of the language used in my curriculum and causes difficulties. The lectures and programming projects in the curriculum bore ...
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Merits of teaching VCS as enrichment

Senior students in the computer science major at my school work on a project which is supposed to be relatively big (i.e. just a graphic calculator isn't enough). I was wondering (for next year; it'...
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Popular demonstration of cryptographic tools

I'm looking for an activity for highschoolers/college-freshmen that will demonstrate crypto topics (e.g., encryption, signatures, zero-knowledge), and will be fun and motivating. It is supposed ...
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Advantages of teaching basic javascript through typescript

At my school the students learn some very basic javascript, and a while ago it was decided to expand on that (by teaching nodejs). by "basic", I mean that we only teach html manipulation through JS. ...
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App Lab/JS confusion between strings and variables

In my APCSP class (using app lab, which is javascript based), I noticed that there are many students who struggle with the difference between a string ("foo") and a ...
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Is there a compilation of AP CSP scores by curriculum?

The overall distribution of scores for the first AP CSP (Computer Science Principles) exam was recently released, and I'm wondering how much is described there about students' performance when their ...
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Simple explanation of JPEG working principles

I will teach a lesson on image file formats in a computer science high school class. Regarding JPEG, I will say that it achieves lossy compression and that it is well suited for photographs but it ...
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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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Opening a machine learning course in high school

I'm a computer science teacher and our department is thinking about opening a data analysis and machine learning course for upperclassmen at my high school. What are some topics that could be covered ...
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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 in ...