Episode 006: Getting Technology Into the Hands of Children with David Bock

November 2nd, 2016 · 58 mins 33 secs

About this Episode

00:17 – Welcome to “PC Principal Shit!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!”

00:35 – David Bock Introduction and “Smoked Pork” Discussion

04:56 – Teaching Kids Computer Science Concepts

Watch D.O.G.S.


Hour of Code


Karel the Robot

TEALS: Computer Science in Every High School

12:50 – Being Scientifically Literate

Neil deGrasse Tyson YouTube Video

14:13 – Gender and Peer Pressure Dynamics

22:13 – Curriculum and Good Teaching Languages

C.A.M.S: Coding at Middle School


23:16 – Games as an Entry Point for Programming


34:00 – “K-12 is pretty broad age range. How do you tailor the curriculum for different ages? Do you find that there are things you can teach to older kids that definitely don’t work with younger kids?” — Darin Wilson

36:17 – Understanding Abstract Thought

What’s Going on in There? by Lise Eliot

37:19 – “How do you handle multiple skill levels? Specifically, what can you do to set a culture where kids who know a little more won’t intimidate those who are completely new?” — Jacob Stoebel

Project Euler


40:51 – Getting Equipment and Resources Into the Hands of Students; “How do you deal with equipment? Not every kid rolls up with Arch Linux installed on their Macbook Air, presumably.” — Ben Hamill

Code Virginia

45:12 – Tablets vs Computer Learning and Resources; Computer Science vs Computational Thinking



Move The Turtle


35:56 – Getting Involved with Teaching Kids Technology … but Taking Care to Avoid Burnout


Mandy: Sharing today’s resources with kids who are interested. If you’re in South Central Pennsylvania, please reach out!

Sam: Resources for where to go and where to get started.

Coraline: Reflecting on privilege and thinking about how to get equipment into underprivileged kids’ hands.

Dave: One of the best ways to learn is to teach.

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