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Free online course

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, starting from when you join
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Teaching Computing

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.

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?

  • 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.

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Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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