Teaching computing: part 1

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Course Date: 22 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

This two-part course is for primary and secondary school teachers who are preparing to tackle the new computing curriculum.


Estimated Workload: 2 hours pw

Course Instructors

Profile Helena Gillespie (lead educator)

'Teaching Computing' lead educator.UEA MOOC project lead.Lecturer, Scholar, Tech devotee, Mum.

Course Description

About the course With the introduction of new subject, Computing, to schools in September 2014, many schools are considering how to best prepare their staff for this change. This free, online course aims to prepare teachers to deliver the new curriculum effectively to children in years 5, 6, 7 and 8. With a mixture of subject knowledge and pedagogical advice, this course is aimed at both ICT specialists and Primary teaching non-specialists. Expert ‘Master Teachers’ from Computing at School have designed the course to make sure that teachers have the most up-to-date information which they can take into their classrooms and teach great Computing lessons. This new subject, Computing, will encompass many of the skills that used to be taught under the old subject ICT, but this new curriculum is also enhanced with digital literacy and computer science skills. This course is aimed at teachers in primary and secondary schools, especially those teaching in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. The aim is to support teachers in developing the skills they need to teach the new curriculum. There is subject knowledge guidance as well as advice about planning, teaching and assessing pupil learning. On this course you will have the chance to work with other teachers and experts in a flexible, self-paced learning environment. This course is taught in two four-week blocks, giving you the time to work on your own teaching in between blocks. You can use the hashtag #FLTeachComp to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course. This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

Course Workload

2 hours pw

Course Prerequisites

This course is for primary and secondary school teachers who are preparing to tackle the new computing curriculum. You are welcome to join the course even if you are not a teacher.

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