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Teaching Computing

A free online course for primary and secondary school teachers who are tackling the Computing curriculum in England.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Teaching Computing

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Why join the course?

This free online course aims to help teachers in primary and secondary schools, especially those who previously taught other subjects including ICT.

It was originally created by UEA with sponsorship from Computing at School (CAS) and BT. CAS have asked the National STEM Learning Centre to host a fourth run of this successful course.

Get the latest information to teach great Computing lessons

With a mixture of subject knowledge and teaching and learning practice, the course is aimed at both subject specialists and primary teaching non-specialists.

Expert Master Teachers from CAS have helped to design it, to make sure you have the latest information to take into your classroom and teach great Computing lessons.

Understand the new Computing curriculum and how to deliver it

Computing encompasses many of the skills that used to be taught under the old subject, ICT, but the new curriculum is also enhanced with computer science skills, as well as digital literacy, digital citizenship and digital scholarship.

Over six weeks, you’ll develop the skills you need to teach the new curriculum, getting subject knowledge guidance, as well as advice about planning, teaching, assessment and policy.

You’ll find free resources that will impact your students, and share your ideas with fellow professionals. The course will also link to materials in the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative, enabling teachers to include these exciting new materials in their teaching.

At the end, you’ll also consider what’s next, with advice on subject leadership and developing a computing policy for your school.

Throughout, you will have the chance to work with other teachers and experts in a flexible, self-paced learning environment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWhen digital devices are everywhere and internet access is widespread... When governments around the world are recognising the importance of computing and adding the subject to the school curriculum... how can it be taught in a way that engages young people and is relevant to the world they live in? On the Teaching Computing online course from the National STEM Learning Centre, you'll explore how students in primary and secondary education learn computing, looking at ways to introduce computing concepts, plan lessons and assess progress. In particular you will look at how computer programming can be made accessible to children of all ages and abilities. You’ll consider safe and effective use of the internet as well as digital literacy including digital citizenship.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds Presented by Helena Gillespie, lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a former primary teacher, this course offers you an overview of the English National Curriculum for Computing. It asks how young people interact with digital devices and how to effectively teach all aspects of computing. You'll be part of a large community of learners sharing their experiences and understanding, learning from Simon Humphreys, the National Coordinator for Computing at School about the background to the computing curriculum. You’ll hear, too, from other industry and education experts to understand the context for the subject of computing. If you are teaching or leading computing in your school, join us on the Teaching Computing course.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds Take part, and develop your subject knowledge and your confidence when teaching computing.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • 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 who are tackling the new Computing curriculum. It will be especially useful for those teaching Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, although you are also welcome to join the course even if you’re not a teacher.

Who will you learn with?

Dave Gibbs

STEM Computing and Technology Specialist at STEM Learning. Ex-ICT consultant, head of department, and experienced teacher of science and ICT for more than ten years. Dave holds a MSc in eLearning.

Who developed the course?

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $79 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.