Barefoot is currently offering a free ‘New Term Survival Guide’ to teachers who request a workshop before October 31st, and have it delivered before December 31st.
The Survival Guide provides great tools to help teachers get started, including FAQs, top tips, a quick reference guide, five hand-picked resources and Barefoot goodies. Teachers will receive a survival guide with their workshop packs and can claim one by booking a workshop on www.barefootcas.org,uk and use the campaign code ‘007’.
This is what the pack looks like,…
For super quick access to the National Technologies Community in Glow just add the tile to your launchpad
This will give you access to the latest information, fantastic resources, including the recently launched Computing Science Gender lesson plans from Early to Third Level
IT have now packaged Scratch 2 for the curricular network.
Therefore, please log a call with Ask Fred to get this installed on your school computers.
Scratch can be accessed online but it will be better to have this version locally installed.
The goal of this course is to help educators learn about computational thinking (CT), how it differs from computer science, and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas. As a course participant, you will increase your awareness of CT, explore examples of CT integrated into your subject areas, experiment with examples of CT-integrated activities for your subject areas, and create a plan to integrate CT into your own curricula.
What: A free online course helping educators integrate computational thinking into their curriculum
Who: Humanities, Math, Science, and Computing educators
When: All of the course materials are available as a self-study program.
Click here for access
This site has a great collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!
CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from primary school to senior phase learners. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centres, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!
The material is available free of charge, and is shared under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence, which makes it easy to copy, adapt and share it.