How can Computing be taught in a way that engages young people and is relevant to the world they live in? The Computing curriculum in England encompasses computer science skills, digital literacy, digital citizenship and digital scholarship. This course offers subject knowledge, skills, and advice on planning, teaching, assessment, and policy. Originally created by UEA with sponsorship from Computing at School (CAS) and BT, the National STEM Learning Centre hosts this course enabling you to learn from expert CAS Master Teachers and reflect on your own classroom practice to develop your teaching.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Introduction to the computing curriculum
- The computing curriculum
- Talking about computing
Week 2: Learning and teaching in computing
- What happens in computing lessons?
- Pupil learning in action
- Teaching computing in action
- What have you got planned?
Week 3: Subject knowledge
- Subject knowledge - computer science
- Subject knowledge - digital literacy and ICT
Week 4: Assessing pupil learning
- The practical issues of assessment
- Grading pupil work
- Expectations of computing
Week 5: Digital citizenship & scholarship
- The internet
- Digital Citizens and Scholars
Week 6: Next steps in teaching computing
- Subject leadership and whole school issues in computing
- Peer review activity
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to
- Compare the different strands of the computing curriculum, and understand the differences
- Design lessons based on learning objectives linked to the computing curriculum
- Explore subject knowledge and identify your own strengths
- Lead teaching within your department, based on good practice from experienced subject teaching experts.
- Reflect on the program of study in your school, to ensure suitable breadth, depth, and challenge for all
- Improve the competence and confidence of your students, and yourself
Who is the course for?
This course is for primary and secondary school teachers teaching or leading the Computing subject. It will be especially useful for those teaching Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 (9 - 13 years old) and is aimed at both subject specialists and primary teaching non-specialists. If you are not teaching the English Computing curriculum, you may also find the course content useful to adapt to your curriculum.
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