Why Teach History of Computing?
This entry, an integration of material from earlier works (Impagliazzo 2005; Impagliazzo and Samaka 2013), provides a rationale for incorporating history in computing student experiences. It also shows ways in which computing history can make the delivery of teaching computing courses relevant. The approach suggests the use of computing history as a recurring theme throughout courses through relevant historical stories or material to enhance course delivery and to capture student interest. The use of computing history often makes positive and constructive improvements in student experiences by making topics more interesting and stimulating. It informs students of nontechnical elements within their computing specialties.
Computing history could be an effective pedagogical tool to teach computing courses (Impagliazzo et al. 1999). History contributes to students’ lifelong learning experiences,...
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