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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.

Impact of Technology: How To Lead Classroom Discussions

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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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 secondsWhat 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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What topics will you cover?

  • Different areas of impact: ethical, legal, cultural and environmental
  • Setting up a good learning environment for discussion
  • Planning discussion topics and formats
  • Ways to encourage critical thinking about a topic
  • Teaching students to draw conclusions
  • Assisting with the transition from discussions to pieces of writing

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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?

Mac Bowley

Mac Bowley

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?

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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