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Impact of Technology: How To Lead Classroom Discussions

Learn how to keep 14-16 year-old students engaged in discussions while teaching computer science. Supported by Google.

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Impact of Technology: How To Lead Classroom Discussions
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Discover how to keep discussions productive and meaningful in the classroom

On this course, teachers will explore the ethical, legal, cultural, and environmental concerns surrounding computer science. You will build the skills needed to hold relevant, open, and exciting discussions in the classroom.

You will explore the best ways to help your students be productive and write long-form answers to questions. This course is useful CPD for teachers who are looking to improve their skills and put them to practice at school.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds What is the cultural impact of social media in the modern world? How will automation change our lives? What are the legal issues surrounding cyber security? This course will introduce you to a range of impacts of technology and explore how to engage your students in meaningful discussions. This free course contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge as you progress. You can learn whenever and wherever you want. You’ll investigate the ethical, legal, cultural, and environmental impacts from the GCSE computing syllabus. So whether you’re a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about how technology is shaping our lives, this course will help you gain an understanding of how to explore these issues through discussion and debate.

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  • Week 1

    Introducing Discussions to the Classroom

    • Welcome to the course

      An introduction to the course, and a chance to meet the course educators and your fellow learners

    • Evaluating the impacts

      Looking in more detail at the categories of impact

    • Introducing Discussions to the classroom

      How can we run a good discussion in the classroom?

    • Planning to have a discussion

      When should we have discussions? Do they all require the same preparation?

  • Week 2

    Making your discussions impactful

    • Researching topics

      How can you prepare properly to run a discussion?

    • Great discussions

      How can you run good quality discussions?

    • Comparisons and thinking critically

      How can you encourage learners to think critically about a topic?

    • Balancing our arguments

      How can you provide balanced evidence to avoid biasing the discussion?

  • Week 3

    From discussions to writing

    • Reflection

      A welcome to the final week, and a chance to reflect on your learning so far

    • Evaluating evidence and drawing conclusions

      How can learners "answer" a question by rounding off the discussion with a conclusion?

    • Transitioning from discussing to writing

      How do you move your learners from taking part in discussions to writing their own answers to long-form questions?

    • Putting it into practice

      Write your own answer to a question about the impact of technology, to be assessed by your peers

    • End of the course

      A round-up of what you've learnt, and a chance to provide feedback

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the links between technologies and related impacts, across the different areas specified by exam boards
  • Debate topics covering the entire Computer Science curriculum
  • Develop plans for classroom discussions in a range of formats
  • Engage your students with well-framed, relevant questions
  • Summarise the main laws that affect the use of technology
  • Demonstrate how to plan a written answer to a discursive Computer Science exam question

Who is the course for?

This course is for teachers delivering GCSE computer science, or at an equivalent level.

Who will you learn with?

Hey, my name is Mac. I am a Learning Manager at The Raspberry Pi Foundation. I love teaching and digital making, especially when I get to do them both at the same time.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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