Unicode in the Curriculum?
boldewyn at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 15:37:21 CST 2015
Not technically a school, but I gave a Batman-themed high-level overview
It was well received, especially for its lighter tone on this perceived
dry subject, and for real-world problems, that JS developers faced, and
that I addressed in the talk.
This is the gist of my response: To successfully introduce students to
the concepts behind Unicode, it worked for me to start with problems and
WTF-moments and work from there.
I also taught university courses some years ago, where I had a similar
tactic, which worked quite well, teaching XML to physics undergrads...
Am 30.12.2015 um 17:16 schrieb Andre Schappo:
> A few months ago I asked a class of 140+ first year Computer Science programme and Joint programme students -
> Who has heard of Unicode?
> about 20% of the students raised their hands.
> then I quickly followed it with the question
> …and who understands Unicode?
> Every single student whose hand was raised put it down.
> Some of these students were really experienced programmers, having programmed from an early age.
> Many times over the years I have informally asked students studying in the UK (1st, 2nd, 3rd year undergrad, MSc, PhD, home students, international students) what they know of Unicode and the vast majority of the time they know nothing or next to nothing.
> The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that the teaching of Unicode is not on the curriculum of Schools, Colleges or Universities in the UK. IMHO, It should be!
> I do wherever and whenever I can, incorporate Unicode in my teaching e.g. recently I gave an introductory lecture on Regular Expressions and in my examples I demonstrated, using Unicode text and patterns and not just ASCII.
> One such example I used was — /^人+鸭人+$/
> This regex is a reference to Hongkong and the visiting giant floating rubber duck
> My regex examples also include Emoji and Egyptian Hieroglyphs
> Does anyone on this list teach Unicode at an Educational Establishment, School, or College or University?
> André Schappo
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