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Building your ICT Curriculum. Dr John Woollard, Teacher Trainer http://www.pgce.soton.ac.uk/KES. Current debates. Michael Gove - disapplication of ICT, computer science Royal Society – Shut down or restart? Computing at Schools Commercial, industrial and security pressures
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Building your ICT CurriculumDr John Woollard, Teacher Trainerhttp://www.pgce.soton.ac.uk/KES Current debatesMichael Gove - disapplication of ICT, computer scienceRoyal Society – Shut down or restart? Computing at SchoolsCommercial, industrial and security pressuresUniversity and further education concernsExamination specifications, EBacc and the response of schoolsNational Curriculum for ComputingComputational thinkingComputational thinkingproblem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, modelling, algorithm design, data analysis, logic and visualization. Curriculum considerationsNational CurriculumAccreditationSchemes of work DL IT CSAssessment???CPDEBacc GCSE GCE other ITEMinimal approachVITALCAS hubsBCS ExcellencePrimary SecondaryResourcesAcross the curriculumICTAC TEL DLPrimary PhaseChallenges:How do teachers know what to do?Where does it fit into the curriculum?Solutions:Attainment target> classroom activities >medium term plans > map to the long term planshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1K2Ol7DvcqoQyAt3nsR4WW8zqMaAiytxvRxovrzzkm-0/edit?usp=sharing Secondary PhaseChallenges:Pupils’ SKUA and experience on entryScratch is the new ExcelProgramming is hardSolution:Long term plans > modules of work > focus > identify the computational thinking opportunitiesSKUA - Skills, Knowledge, Understanding, AttitudesResources for learning 1Alice: This is a really deep learning environment from Carnegie Mellon. Can be used from an early age up to University level. http://www.alice.orgComputer Science Unplugged: Wonderful set of exercises from Canterbury University in New Zealand. http://csunplugged.com Example, error detection/parityCS Inside: Lots of downloadable exercises demonstrating a variety of computing concepts from Glasgow University. http://csi.dcs.gla.ac.uk/index.phpCS4Fn: Free magazine and excellent supporting website from Queen Mary College, London. http://www.cs4fn.org CS4Fn editor, Paul Curzon has written a series of excellent articles demonstrating basic computing concepts, downloadable from http://www.dcs.qmul.ac.uk/%7Epc/research/education/puzzles/readingFreePascal: http://www.freepascal.org/Functional Programming: If you wish to introduce a different programming paradigm http://web2.comlab.ox.ac.uk/geomlab/index.html is a wonderful introduction to functional programming, developed as part of the gifted and talented initiative. It can make an excellent project for an immersion / extension activity. The environment and worksheets can be downloaded from the site.Resources for learning 2GameMaker: http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker plus supporting book http://book.gamemaker.nl and introductory site with school level tutorials http://www.mindtools.tased.edu.au/gamemaker/default.htmGreenfoot: Environment for introducing object oriented programming from the University of Kent. http://www.greenfoot.org/index.html plus Introduction to Programming with Greenfoot by Michael Köllinghttp://astore.amazon.co.uk/pgce-21/detail/0136037534Kara is an alternative approach to teaching programming via a language or a ‘microworld’http://www.swisseduc.ch/compscience/karatojava and illustrated in this thesis: http://www.asiplease.net/computing/kara/index.htmKodu: Microsoft’s 3D Game Creator for the Xbox and PC (warning) http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/koduLightBot is a game for challenging pupils to develop logical and sequencing skills involving a few functions. Levels get increasingly complex. http://armorgames.com/files/games/light-bot-2205.swfResources for learning 3Logo is the language that started it all! Various free versions available http://www.numeracysoftware.com/freeMSWlogo.htmlProcessing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions, created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool http://processing.orgProgranimate (Andrew Scott et al, Glamorgan University) introduces basic computing structures in a web based based on flowcharts avoiding the problem of initial syntax errors http://www.comp.glam.ac.uk/pages/staff/asscott/progranimatePython: http://www.python.org is real programming accessible by key stage 3 pupils with a lot of online support http://www.livewires.org.uk/python/homehttp://www.briggs.net.nz/log/writing/snake-wrangling-for-kidsRUR-PLE a robot environment http://rur-ple.sourceforge.netRaptor: Developed by the US Air Force Academy to help visualise algorithms and minimize syntax baggage. http://www.usafa.af.mil/df/dfcs/bios/mcc_html/raptor.cfmResources for learning 4RoboMind: Wonderful programmable robot environment from University of Amsterdam. Easy entry level for young children. http://www.robomind.net/en/index.htmlScratch from MIT designed for introducing programming http://scratch.mit.edu Fast becoming the standard introductory programming environment in schools; http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Educators for further resources to support teaching.Small Basic: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/devlabs/cc950524.aspx for those who want to teach programming using BASIC – it’s simplicity is compellingStarLogo TNG is a multi-sprite LOGO http://education.mit.edu/starlogoand so much more…Computing at School http://www.computingatschool.org.uk
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