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Online course

Teaching Computing

Enhance your practice and subject knowledge as a primary or secondary school teacher of Computing.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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

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Teaching Computing

Why join the course?

How can Computing be taught in a way that engages young people and is relevant to the world they live in? The Computing curriculum in England encompasses computer science skills, digital literacy, digital citizenship and digital scholarship. This course offers subject knowledge, skills and advice on planning, teaching, assessment and policy.

Originally created by UEA with sponsorship from Computing at School (CAS) and BT, the National STEM Learning Centre hosts this course enabling you to learn from expert CAS Master Teachers and reflect on your own classroom practice to develop your teaching.

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 secondsPresented 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 secondsTake part, and develop your subject knowledge and your confidence when teaching computing.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Introduction to the computing curriculum

  • The computing curriculum
  • Talking about computing

Week 2: Learning and teaching in computing

  • What happens in computing lessons?
  • Pupil learning in action
  • Teaching computing in action
  • What have you got planned?

Week 3: Subject knowledge

  • Subject knowledge - computer science
  • Subject knowledge - digital literacy and ICT

Week 4: Assessing pupil learning

  • The practical issues of assessment
  • Grading pupil work
  • Expectations of computing

Week 5: Digital citizenship & scholarship

  • The internet
  • Digital Citizens and Scholars
  • E-safety

Week 6: Next steps in teaching computing

  • Subject leadership and whole school issues in computing
  • Peer review activity

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • 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 teaching or leading the Computing subject. It will be especially useful for those teaching Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 (9 - 13 years old) and is aimed at both subject specialists and primary teaching non-specialists. If you are not teaching the English Computing curriculum, you may also find the course content useful to adapt for your curriculum.

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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

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

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • 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.

Certificate of Achievement

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

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

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

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