Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York
October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018
Understanding how our brain works and how we learn is perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing twenty-first century science. Songbirds are good candidates for trying to unravel some of this mystery. Over the last decade, a large amount of research has been made to better understand how songbirds learn. The Canary (Serinus canaria) and the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) have been widely used bird models to study these brain and behavior relationships. Like songbirds, we humans are vocal and social learners. In such learners, the development of communication is initially steered by social interactions with adult tutors. Their song development is further shaped through interactions with peers and by attending to the consequences of others interacting. In this paper, we review prior research which demonstrate some techniques used by songbirds to address of challenges of teaching complex songs to their young ones. We then present some of the challenges of teaching computing courses to high school students. We finally show that the same tutoring strategies used by songbirds have and can be used successfully to teach complex computing concepts in high schools. Some of these strategies for teaching computer science courses involve using real-world activities, hands-on experiences, contextualizing abstract concepts, active learning, collaborative peer-based learning, and learning by trial and error.
Satyanarayana, A., & Natarajan, R. T., & Baron, L. (2018, October), How Songbirds Learn to Sing Provides Suggestions for Designing Team Projects for Computing Courses Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31453
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