Teaching Computing Science
Early to second level
Great resource for teachers beginning or experienced to find simple ways to introduce the three Curriculum Organisers for Computing Science into lessons.
The conceptual knowledge gained when working towards the first Organiser, ‘understanding the world through computational thinking’, is required to then understand computing languages and technologies in the second Organiser, before we can then ‘design, build and test computing solutions’ in the final Organiser using those technologies.
The book is arranged to quickly see the connections between the organisers, and there are many resources and activities at the end of the book.
Please click on the image below to download the PDF
Education Scotland have produced a new document that may help teachers in Primary (Early to 2nd Level)when planning learning and teaching of the digital literacy and computing science experiences and outcomes
PLease click on the link below
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
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.
Remember to join us LIVE and face one of The Doctor’s greatest foes in our latest Live Lesson all about the BBC micro:bit, hosted by presenter and comedian Iain Stirling and Radio 1’s gaming expert Julia Hardy.
Aimed at 11-13 year olds, the lesson is devised around curriculum areas that cover computational thinking skills and features expert guests from Google, games company Ubisoft and the Department of Computer Games at the University of Teesside.
When: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Time: 11am (approx. 50 mins)
Where: bbc.co.uk/livelessons (visit the website on the day to access the live stream)
Do you want to learn computer programming in a fun and interactive way? If you have an iPad updated to iOS 10 then download the free app Playgrounds from the App Store, and some free books from the bookstore. Great fun and loads of challenging tasks
The fantastic double act of Dash and Dot have now arrived . Those schools that have attended the CS twilights over the last few weeks keep a look out for them arriving in the school mail.
We will continue to issue a Dash and Dot and a Beebot mat to each school that can attend CS twilights now and in term 4
Using School iPads Dash and Dot can be programmed via a number of free apps including Tickle, Wonder Workshop and Tynker. These robots are perfectly at home in Nursery / Early Years but because of the innovative design can be equally at home and challenging for older students to program.
If you haven’t already done so, then please check Aberdeenshire Events and book onto a CS Twilight in your Cluster