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Programming Pedagogy in Secondary Schools: Inspiring Computing Teaching

Examine a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for teaching computing in Key Stage 3 (Grade 6–8 in the USA).

Programming Pedagogy in Secondary Schools: Inspiring Computing Teaching

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Transform your teaching by developing your pedagogical approach.

In the first two weeks of this course, you’ll be introduced to a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for Key Stage 3. You’ll look at a range of pedagogies aimed at developing your students’ computational thinking skills, from unplugged approaches to PRIMM, and more. You’ll also investigate worked examples and targeted tasks such as Parson’s Problems.

In the final week of this course, you’ll see several of these pedagogies in action as you work on a rock-paper-scissors game, and think about how the teaching could be adapted for use with your students.

What topics will you cover?

  • Computational thinking
  • The unplugged approach
  • Use-Modify-Create and PRIMM
  • Worked examples and live coding
  • Pair programming
  • Parson’s Problems
  • Using functions, loops, variables, and selection to create a rock-paper-scissors game

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for use with 11- to 14-year-olds
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how these approaches can be used in the classroom
  • Evaluate the suitability of each approach for a particular audience and teaching objective
  • Produce a lesson plan using one of the pedagogical techniques addressed in the course

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at teachers of computer science and programming who teach 11- to 14-year-olds (KS3 in the UK).

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.

National Centre for Computing Education courses

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