Miles Berry is the principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Miles talks about the new computing curriculum, and suggests ways in which teachers can prepare for the changes ahead. The video was produced by the Department of Education and is great watch
We filmed this video at Oakdale Junior School, where teachers and pupils have been using Switched on Computing Unit 3.1 We are programmers. Watch to find out what they think! Switched On Computing from Rising Stars on Vimeo.
Benhurst Primary trialled the Switched on Computing Year 3 We are programmers unit with our mixed Year 3 and 4 class. This was the first time the children had used Scratch and we found it great to use at this level. The materials were very easy to use, the teacher’s notes were presented in a [...]
We have been trialling Switched on Computing Unit 3.1 – We are programmers in all of our junior classes. We did it like this so that all of the junior children get an experience of programming and the class teachers can exchange ideas and outcomes. The animations are linked to their topic work so in [...]
Yesterday at the Skills 2014 Summit, the Government launched Year of Code, a new campaign to get people coding and interested in computer programming. Over the next 12 months there will be a number of events to promote this including from March 3- March 9, the hour of code, aiming to get all children coding [...]
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new Programme of Study for Computing, young people will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and [...]
Switched on Computing: Take Your First Easy Steps with Microsoft has been written to help schools to get started with computing at Key Stages 1 and 2. Each unit has clear guidance for teachers and plenty of creative ideas for bringing each project alive in the classroom. They are a series of easy-to-follow mini projects for Key Stages 1 and [...]
In another excellent post from Anthony Evans he looks at Info Active: In 2014, I hope to see this, fresh from Kickstarter, tool being used in both my own and many other schools. Infoactive appears to combine three very useful functions: Make info-graphic creation simpler Help to visualise the results of a google form Bring data [...]
If you have already been using Hackasuarus or what is now known as X-Ray googles, this post by Anthony Evans may give you ideas of how to take this further: Many teachers have used Hackasuarus (now known as X-ray googles) a Mozilla Foundation tool that exposes users to the lines of code that make up websites. [...]
The latest ICT update is available – you can see it here, or download the pdf below. This month’s update is all about coding, including what it is and suggestions of free and low cost tools to practice coding. Also read about collaborating and communicating and stories from the blog about Computing Hour and an [...]
You may know that the new national curriculum, due to launch in September 2014, includes a brand-new programme of study for computing (previously called ICT). Computing at School and NAACE, with the support of the Department for Education, have produced a guide to help your school deliver the new computing curriculum with confidence and enthusiasm. [...]
This post looks at the new Computing Curriculum at Key stage 2. Pupils should be taught to: design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input [...]
In September, Lambeth CLC hosted a twilight session sponsored by Rising stars. It was led by Miles Berry and gave an insight into the new computing curriculum. It was a packed two hours and gave the attendees a lot to think about and loads of ideas to take away. We started off by thinking what [...]
With ICT now changing to Computing from 2014 a great place to go to for inspiration and ideas is #computinghour. This takes place on twitter, every Thursday from 9pm-10pm. The website Computing Hour highlights tweets and links to other useful resources. Last Thursday there were a lot of useful results for those interested in extending their [...]
Miles Berry, senior lecturer and the subject leader for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton, shares his views on the new Programme of Study for Computing, published 11th September 2013. So here we are at last. Almost a year ago, a small group of us met in London to brainstorm ideas and consider rough [...]
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