Many common misconceptions are floating around out there about introducing computer science into classrooms. Teachers, administrators and parents alike can have concerns about being already stretched thin with limited resources in the classroom, finding the time to devote to a new curriculum, age appropriateness of the subject matter and more. Even students have misconceptions about it.
Whether you’re a computer science teacher or a teacher who is looking to implement a STEM program in your school, we have several tips and ideas to help you build a strong case for STEM and computer science.
In this whitepaper, we’ll dispel some of the most common computer science education myths. The goal is to give you a better understanding of why, perhaps now more than ever before, it’s not only a good idea, but critical to teach your students the basics of computer science in and beyond in the classroom. (Hint: Their futures may depend on it.)
How to Implement STEM Programs in Schools
Below are a few common misconceptions around teaching computer science and their realities. Do any sound familiar?
- Misconception: I don’t have training in computer science or the confidence to teach it in the classroom.
- Reality: Teachers don’t have to be experts. In fact, they will never be as prepared or ready as their digital native students when it comes to technology. Teachers can learn along with their students.
- Misconception: It takes up too much time during my already-full classroom day.
- Reality: Computer science curriculum can be easily integrated into other subjects you’re already teaching, especially math and science, and other core classes.
- Misconception: I can’t get buy-in from administrators, so why even try?
- Reality: Administrators like to see teachers do innovative, new things, but might need a little convincing to open the school’s pocketbook. (We’ve got some tips to help you get started!)
Plus, we shed light on how to gain much needed federal funding (there are so many grants available if you know where and how to look!) for a STEM education program and much more.