Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds[Dave Gibbs] Welcome to week one of Teaching Computing. I'm Dave Gibbs, the lead educator supporting you on this course. Each week, the key concepts will be introduced by Helena Gillespie from the University of East Anglia. You'll also meet Simon Humphreys from the subject association, Computing At School, who will talk to you about the computing curriculum and what it's going to mean for you as a teacher. [Helena Gillespie] We'll give you pointers to the new documents, and some useful guidance that already exists to support you, and put that in the context of lesson plans so you can start planning your own things and try out what you've learned on this course.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsThis week, we're also going to start looking at some of the subject-specific terms and what they mean. And we want you to get used to the open online course learning environment so you can find your way around and introduce yourself to your fellow learners. We believe teachers learn best from other teachers. So get out there and make yourself known. We're looking forward to learning with you.
Welcome to Teaching Computing
Welcome to Week 1 of Teaching Computing.
This week we will introduce you to the computing curriculum so you can understand the differences between the new subject, Computing, and the previous ICT curriculum. You’ll meet Simon Humphreys, the National Co-ordinator for Computing at School, or CAS, who will talk about the drivers for the new curriculum and what it will mean to you as a teacher. We’ll give you pointers to the curriculum documents and some useful guidance and resources such as the BBC Bitesize Computing page. Through this week you will also start looking at some of the subject-specific terms and what they mean.
I’m Dave Gibbs the lead educator on this run of the course. I lead the computing activity in the National STEM Learning Centre in York. I’ll be with you on the course between 16 April - 25 May. I’ll also be recording responses to your questions as part of the course Q&A (see step 6.2).
You’ll be guided through the course by Helena Gillespie from University of East Anglia. She has worked for 12 years as a teacher educator and, before that, as a primary school teacher. She has been interested in technology and learning since she was a teenager.
Supporting your discussions, Manette Carroll will be your course mentor until 8 June. Manette is an experienced primary teacher specialising in science and computing.
You have joined this course during our period of extended availability. You will still be able to participate in this course independently without our support. We encourage you to:
- Take time to complete the tasks and contribute your comments to record your thinking.
- Read contributions from other learners, our mentor and the Q&A video.
- Complete the weekly reflection grids and other reflective activities in this course.
- Discuss the course content with your colleagues.
If you’re new to online learning, or new to FutureLearn, you may find the How it works guide helpful. The Crowdsourced Guide to Learning and Six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn may also be of interest.
Tasks and discussions
As you progress through the course you will be asked to undertake several tasks each week. You will have the opportunity to:
- Create resources to use in your classroom.
- Experiment with strategies with your students.
- Share ideas for teaching computing.
Tasks are titled as such and are highlighted with a vertical line in the left-margin - like the one against this paragraph. The first tasks of this course are at the bottom of this page.
This course is designed to enable support from fellow learners, particularly via the discussions. Feel free to share your thoughts and questions about teaching computing, the subject knowledge and classroom practices we introduce. For certain tasks you’ll be ask to contribute specific answers and, importantly, respond to your fellow learners’ ideas.
FutureLearn is a ‘social learning’ platform, so please invite help by posting a question as a comment in the relevant course step. If you can help a fellow learner, don’t be afraid to reply and make a suggestion. The course team will also contribute to the discussions to support you too.
When you make a post: draw upon the course content, consider how it relates to your context and what insights you can take from other learners. Each post is your opportunity to reflect, evaluate or question to help you deepen your understanding of teaching computing.
If you need any technical support use the Support button at the bottom right of your screen or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to get in contact with the National STEM Learning Centre directly about this course, please email email@example.com.
We’ve always thought teachers learn best from other teachers. Please introduce yourself in the comments below. Tell us what you are hoping to get from the course and any expertise you have to share.
When you complete a step on the course, click ‘Mark as complete’ at the bottom right. This helps you keep track of your progress. Mark over 90% of the course steps complete and you’ll be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement when you Upgrade.
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