Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! Welcome to another Best Programming Books’ weekly featured post! Today’s featured author is Kevin Brookhouser, together with Ria Megnin, they wrote Code in Every Class: How All Educators Can Teach Programming book.
Code in Every Class: How All Educators Can Teach Programming, one of the best books in Education & Teaching and Computers & Technology category. Code in Every Class: How All Educators Can Teach Programming is very helpful not just to educators that are teaching programming but also to students and programmers and to all who wants to learn to program by reading books to enhance their knowledge in this field. It is a very interesting book that everyone should read.
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Name: Kevin Brookhouser
Background: Teacher, Author
Favorite gadget: Raspberry Pi
Hobbies: making things, riding bikes
What is your book about, and why should our readers read it?
We have decided that all students need exposure to a small number of academic subjects in order to get through our school system. While all of those subjects have value, I think it’s crazy that computer programming isn’t on that short list. Luckily, all teachers across all disciplines can find a way to integrate a little bit of computer science into what they already teach to help foster creativity, build technical skills, and meet the demands of curricular standards. This books shows how all teachers can do it.
What, in your opinion, is the current most exciting technological advancement and why?
Without question, the growth of artificial intelligence is the most interesting advancement of our time. Sure the internet and smartphones have been game changers, but we will see artificial intelligence disrupt our lives even more. I find the education component of AI particularly exciting because it won’t be long before algorithms become much better at delivering academic content that teachers like me. In some ways it is already happening.
Five years ago while I was still teaching Shakespeare regularly, I ported my Iambic Pentameter lesson to YouTube. It wasn’t long before I realized how much more effectively the YouTube version of that lesson taught students. The video has the power through repetition and clarity to convey the topic better than I could in the flesh. As digital lessons become more complex and adaptive, our physical lessons will be irrelevant, which I think is great for teachers and education. This new trend will allow us to ask our students to take what they have learned and create meaningful projects that can serve real audiences and communities.
What inspired you to write your book/s?
Without question, my students inspired me. When I recognized what my students were capable of when I stepped back and simply challenged them to create using technology and a purpose-driven mindset, I was completely blown away, and I wanted other teachers to be able to tap into their students’ potential as well.
If there’s one chapter in your book people should have read, which one should it be, and why?
I really hope folks will read The Case for Coding. As more and more teachers push for coding in the classroom, we’re seeing a bit of a backlash against it. People argue that the promise of endless coding jobs is overstated. I want people to know that it’s not about creating an army of coders. It’s about empowering students to think critically and be creative. With that, students will have the agency to thrive in an uncertain future.
As an author, which book made the most impact on you?
Drive by Daniel Pink completely changed my life in so many ways. Pink showed me that the way to have a huge impact on those around you is to provide the kinds of motivational tools that are contrary to the kinds of carrots and sticks we’re used to.
If there’s one subject you’d like to see a book about, what would it be?
I would love to read a history book about how we solved political divisiveness in 2018.
What would you like to ask the next author being interviewed?
How can we more systematically pair up teachers who want to bring programming into the classroom with professional coders to serve as mentors?
There we go! To sir Kevin Brookhouser, sir, thank you very much for accepting our interview invitation. We are so honored to have you featured in our site. You are not just a teacher and an author, you are an inspiration to everyone who wants to learn and to teach. Thank you very much for giving us some of your time, sir!
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