Category: Secondary

COMPUTING STUDIES CLPL UHI

CLPL – Computing Studies for Teachers at UHI

This CPD Award Computing Studies for Teachers course is designed to help qualified primary and secondary school teachers develop the general knowledge and skills required to deliver the computing curriculum up to SCQF Level 3.
 

Set up as a part-time, rolling programme with one module being offered each semester, you will complete both of the following modules in year one:

Database & Computer Systems

This module will cover the basics of computer systems and how the various hardware and software elements interact. Subjects covered include data representation and number systems, computer structure and the environmental impact of such

Coding and Web Technologies

This module will develop knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to modern Web Design and Software Development. Students will also learn best-practice techniques to build Websites and Web Apps using HTML and CSS in combination with a programming language to build and test software.

Although the focus of the course will be on developing skills, knowledge and understanding to teach general computing skills, you will be encouraged to explore teaching methodologies, develop and share learning activities and resources, and develop ideas on how to put these into practice.

Special features

  • The course is delivered online, so you can fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • Online discussion boards allow interaction with fellow students, tutors and peer-review submitted work
  • Induction and tutorials are facilitated through webinars and other online software
  • Course materials and assignments are designed to allow you to develop a range of teaching materials and objects that can be shared with fellow students and used in the classroom
  • You will be part of an ongoing peer group of students that support each other and keep learning materials current, to allow school pupils the most up-to-date experience and information in Computing Studies

Find out more and sign up here

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ADDITIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATION UHI
Additional Teaching Qualification (ATQ) in Computing Studies at UHI

The Additional Teaching Qualification (ATQ) in Computing Studies is aimed at secondary teachers in Scotland who want to gain the university credits required to register to teach Computing Studies as a second subject. This course provides the knowledge and skills to teach Computing Studies at all curricular levels. Working, learning… Read more

COMPUTING STUDIES CLPL UHI
CLPL – Computing Studies for Teachers at UHI

This CPD Award Computing Studies for Teachers course is designed to help qualified primary and secondary school teachers develop the general knowledge and skills required to deliver the computing curriculum up to SCQF Level 3.   Set up as a part-time, rolling programme with one module being offered each semester,… Read more

CYBER SECURITY CLPL UHI
CLPL – Introduction to Cyber Security at UHI

This module is aimed at qualified primary and secondary teachers who wish to develop the knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to teaching basic cyber security, and are configuring an environment suitable for cyber security education. The module will help develop an understanding of cyber security and cyber resilience, as… Read more

TEACHERS’ REFLECTIONS ON ADDITIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATION IN COMPUTING

Jonathan Henderson, Lasswade Primary School, Midlothian, @MrHenderson321 Emma Hedges, Victoria Primary School, Falkirk, @MissHedgesVPS We are delighted to be part of the first cohort of a new program of CLPL aimed at up-levelling primary teachers’ skills in delivering the Technologies curriculum. This online program leverages some of the University of… Read more

CYBER SECURITY CLPL UHI

CLPL – Introduction to Cyber Security at UHI

This module is aimed at qualified primary and secondary teachers who wish to develop the knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to teaching basic cyber security, and are configuring an environment suitable for cyber security education. The module will help develop an understanding of cyber security and cyber resilience, as well as the relationship between these two areas of security.

Special features

  • The course is delivered online so you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Online discussion boards allow interaction with fellow students and tutors, as well as peer-review submitted work
  • Induction and tutorials are facilitated through webinars and other online software
  • Course materials and assignments are designed to allow you to develop a range of teaching materials and objects that can be shared with fellow students and used in the classroom
  • You will be part of an ongoing peer group of students that support each other and keep learning materials current, to allow school pupils the most up-to-date experience and information in Computing Studies

SHARE YOUR STORY

Have you studied at UHI? Share your CS experience with our community and inspire someone!

MORE FROM UHI

ADDITIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATION UHI
Additional Teaching Qualification (ATQ) in Computing Studies at UHI

The Additional Teaching Qualification (ATQ) in Computing Studies is aimed at secondary teachers in Scotland who want to gain the university credits required to register to teach Computing Studies as a second subject. This course provides the knowledge and skills to teach Computing Studies at all curricular levels. Working, learning… Read more

COMPUTING STUDIES CLPL UHI
CLPL – Computing Studies for Teachers at UHI

This CPD Award Computing Studies for Teachers course is designed to help qualified primary and secondary school teachers develop the general knowledge and skills required to deliver the computing curriculum up to SCQF Level 3.   Set up as a part-time, rolling programme with one module being offered each semester,… Read more

CYBER SECURITY CLPL UHI
CLPL – Introduction to Cyber Security at UHI

This module is aimed at qualified primary and secondary teachers who wish to develop the knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills related to teaching basic cyber security, and are configuring an environment suitable for cyber security education. The module will help develop an understanding of cyber security and cyber resilience, as… Read more

TEACHERS’ REFLECTIONS ON ADDITIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATION IN COMPUTING

Jonathan Henderson, Lasswade Primary School, Midlothian, @MrHenderson321 Emma Hedges, Victoria Primary School, Falkirk, @MissHedgesVPS We are delighted to be part of the first cohort of a new program of CLPL aimed at up-levelling primary teachers’ skills in delivering the Technologies curriculum. This online program leverages some of the University of… Read more

INDUSTRY IN THE CLASSROOM WITH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SCOTLAND

Skills Development Scotland have been working with people in the cyber security sector, who have unique real-world experience to share with our young people, to show them what it’s really like to work in tech. This is a great opportunity to inspire the “digital humans” of the future. Taking authentic experience of working in the digital world into the classroom gives pupils a unique chance to learn more from a seasoned professional.

By talking about their role, what they do in their job, answering students’ questions about working in tech, as well as running a live engaging tech related activity/workshop/lesson they will help pupils to understand the digital world better. Not only that, but by talking about the other teams they work with, they can introduce them to the huge variety of roles in the tech industry.

If you would like to invite industry to virtually engage with your pupils, then get in touch with Debbie McCutcheon at Skills Development Scotland.

debbie.mccutcheon@sds.co.uk

Coding Success

Coding Success programme launched

Coding Success is a new programme designed to excite 8 –
14 year olds about STEM, providing teachers with engaging
curriculum linked lesson plans and free LEGO® Education
SPIKE™ Prime kits for your classroom.
Fully funded by BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal
Air Force, Coding Success offers 600 non-selective state
schools the opportunity to take part – fuelling the passion of
young people and encouraging the next generation of
scientists, engineers and technicians.
The programme is linked to the national curricula in England,
Wales and Scotland, delivering the requirements that all
children can program. Developed in partnership with The
Smallpeice Trust and Raising Robots, Coding Success brings
together teacher training with LEGO® Education to inspire
the next generation around STEM.

Key benefits

• Attend CPD sessions with qualified teachers who are LEGO® Education Academy
Certified Trainers
• Receive two LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime kits for your school to keep
• Six lessons’ worth of coding activities, with videos, resources and more
• Fully funded by BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force
• Learn new coding languages in the classroom
• Optional extension activities with Python to further challenge your students

Apply now

With 300 primary and 300 secondary school places available, places will be allocated on a first
come first served basis against criteria to help ensure a good regional spread and encourage
participation from a wide range of students. Participating schools will need to attend online
training, deliver six lessons to 60 students and complete programme evaluations.
Applications open on Monday 26th April and will close on Friday 28th May 2021.

Please visit www.codingsuccess.co.uk for further information.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING – DATA SCIENCE MASTERS LEVEL MODULES AT GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have announced a short course opportunity that will be funded by the Scottish Funding Council. The course has been designed,by GCU and will start in May 2021. Participation is entirely without charge for candidates who succeed in their application. 

GCU are particularly keen to support upskilling, curriculum future proofing in schools, career transition, career mobilisation, those at risk of unemployment.

Candidates have the opportunity to study two Masters level modules:

  • Software Development in Data Science – Starts 10 May 2021 (20 Credits at SCQF 11 )
  • Big Data Landscapes – Starts 20 September 2021 (20 Credits at SCQF 11)

 

These SFC-funded scholarships are designed to introduce learners to object-oriented programming, the programming language Python and its use for data programming and analytics.

Learners will build depth of knowledge in software programming skills and the management of data throughout its life cycle.

 

Modules are accredited and subject to assessment. Successful completion of each module will earn the learner portable academic credit. Portable academic credit may be used at a later stage towards a structured award at masters level, for example, GCU’s MSc Big Data Technologies. 

These short courses require no prerequisite knowledge; a basic understanding of matrix algebra and statistics would be advantageous. No prior experience of programming is required but learners should expect a swift learning pace. Learners without programming experience should expect to invest more time in study.

 

Find out more here:

https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/datasciencescholarship/

 

For further information, contact Fiona.StewartKnight@gcu.ac.uk

COMPUTING SCIENCE GENDER BALANCE LESSON PLANS

Computing Science Gender Balance Lesson Plans

Research tells us that more boys achieve computing qualifications than girls. There can be many reasons for this and in order to help you mitigate some of these gender imbalances we have curated this folder of lesson plans and resources to support them. They have been curated to help you ensure your Computing Science lessons are as accessible and engaging to learners regardless of their gender.

Find out more abour Improving Gender Balance support here.

BEBRAS COMPUTATIONAL THINKING CHALLENGE – TEACHING PROBLEM SOLVING

The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge is a great resource to develop your learners logical reasoning and pattern spotting skills for computational thinking and problem solving. Not only are those skills useful for computing science and maths, but also cyber security.

You can have a go at previous years’ challenges (no signup required) or you can register for their annual competition in November. The questions are in the form of engaging puzzles that start off relatively easy – so every student can have a go and should get something out of the competition.

Try out previous year’s challenges here.

We know lots of schools in Scotland engage with Bebras every year and some have shared their story with us Get in touch with us to let us know how your learners engaged with it and how you fared with the resources or the challenge.

CREATIVE COMPUTING SCIENCE AT STEWARTON ACADEMY

Fraser McKay, Computing Teacher at Stewarton Academy takes some time to talk about Computing Science delivery in the school.  Fraser discusses gender balance, escape rooms and physical computing among other topics,  We also hear from students in S2 and S5 about their experiences. in the course of these 3 videos.

Stewarton Academy is in East Ayrshire.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/ea/stewartonacademysite2016/

 

TEACHERS’ REFLECTIONS ON ADDITIONAL TEACHING QUALIFICATION IN COMPUTING

Jonathan Henderson, Lasswade Primary School, Midlothian, @MrHenderson321
Emma Hedges, Victoria Primary School, Falkirk, @MissHedgesVPS

We are delighted to be part of the first cohort of a new program of CLPL aimed at up-levelling primary teachers’ skills in delivering the Technologies curriculum. This online program leverages some of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)’s existing courses for cross-qualifying existing secondary teachers into Computer Science but provides primary teachers with the expertise necessary to deliver the computing curriculum up to SCQF Level 3. This course has been designed and supported by the British Computer Society, Microsoft, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Currently, we are in Week 4 of the first 12 week module on Databases and Computer Systems, with a second module planned to start in September which will focus on Coding and Web Technologies. So far we have learned about Software, Hardware, Numbering Systems and Logic Gates, and we will soon be moving onto learning about databases and SQL. The work for each week is split up into sections which has contributed to making the course manageable to fit in around a full time teaching job. Each week has involved gaining new knowledge via videos and Sways. There have also been interactive elements such as mini quizzes and using what we have learned to complete tasks such as calculations involving binary numbers. There has been a feeling of satisfaction when we have been able to use our new found knowledge, or from learning from our mistakes, to complete these tasks.

We have also been given the opportunity to complete an additional entry-level Cisco course about Linux which many participants have signed up to complete.

So far, it has been fascinating to go further into subjects which are beyond the normal scope of the primary curriculum and refresh and update our understanding of computing. Through being provided with this opportunity we are once again in the role of the learner. This has been an interesting experience and has made us consider the different ways in which we can share what we are learning to the wide range of needs of our learners, as well as with our colleagues.

We are also enjoying the opportunity to network with colleagues from across Scotland as well as across primary and secondary education. It has been interesting to learn about the different backgrounds of our colleagues who are also enrolled on the course and to be able to interact with them online either on the UHI learning space or on Twitter. With the submission date of our first assessment approaching, we’re very much focussed on doing our best in order to get the most out of the course both for ourselves and for our pupils.

Find out more about the qualification here