A New Tool for Learning Computer Science
A team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a tool that could change the way high school teachers and students approach their computer science classes for project-based learning. The tool, RecapCS, has an interactive dashboard to identify problems, assess learning and lend support through a community forum. For high school teachers, it is difficult to track learning as they are not experts themselves and nor have the time to give individual attention. The tool helps students to track their progress on a journey map and get feedback on their work from peers and teachers in the community. If a peer answers a question and a student is able to apply the answer to their project, the peer is tagged as a ‘breakthrough hero’, a motivator designed to build community. This is a huge improvement on the method many teachers were previously using to check in on their students, usual spreadsheets in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel.