Studyzone.tv resources for the new coding curriculum
E-Learning Update have partnered up with Studyzone.tv, an online learning resource that supports teachers and students in developing their coding skills, to bring you a range of essential coding resources!
Moving from ICT to Computer Science: Key Stages 3 – 5
Having started his career as a computer programmer, Mark Ward, teacher at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, had long felt that his experience was under-utilised in his role as Head of ICT, Business and Vocational. Coupled with this, an Ofsted faculty review at the Academy in 2011 highlighted an issue with students’ engagement in ICT. In response, Mark went to his SLT to propose a new, more relevant and exciting computer science curriculum; it was the following day Michael Gove announced the demise of the ICT curriculum. Mark explains the process adopted over the following months.
Breaking the code to deliver the new computing curriculum
The new computing curriculum came into force back in September. But how are schools coping with delivering new topics such as algorithms, logical reasoning and debugging? Anthony Sharp, Deputy Headteacher of Midfield Primary School, explains the steps they have taken to successfully deliver the new curriculum to their 323 primary pupils.
Cyphers, puzzles and codes
The new computing curriculum is a topic which has saturated the press since it’s unveiling last year, with staff all across the country anxious to ensure that they are providing the best possible educational support to their pupils. With words like ‘coding’ and ‘programming’ being bounced around, those teachers who have never had the opportunity to use these skills themselves are now being faced with the task of teaching the next generation how to do so. Here, Claire Lotriet, Year 6 teacher at Henwick Primary School, South London, shares her top tips on how programming can be simplified for children and teachers…
Opening the door of creativity and collaboration
Trying to engage every learner in the classroom is not always completely straightforward, especially with up to thirty children in a class. Mark Anderson, author of the best-selling book ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’ and former assistant headteacher at Sir Bernard Lovell School, explains how technology can be used to help tie together key themes and learning episodes.
Getting the most out of your interactive whiteboard
When it comes to interactive whiteboard software, you will no doubt have your favourites. But, says Chris Thomas, the differences between applications are rarely more than cosmetic, and all have their benefits. Here he provides a basic tutorial for two of the market’s leading software titles: ActivInspire and Notebook.