ICT in Schools Bulletin

February 2014

Computing Curriclum

Changes to the computing curriclum mean a greater emphasis on teachers being able to teach coding to pupils.  These resources can help support teachers in doing just that.

2 Code

2Simple have just announced that 2Code is now live in Purple Mash. 2Code lets teachers with no prior knowledge of coding hit all of the new objectives in the Computing Curriculum 2014 through a series of fun, story-based lessons. It also includes several free code modes where children can explore and develop their new coding skills.  How-to videos and a glossary of key terms ensure that teachers always feel confident.http://www.purplemash.co.uk/#/home

Computing at School (CAS)

The Computing at School (CAS) Working Group aims to promote the teaching of computer science at school. CAS was born out of excitement with the discipline, combined with a serious concern that many students are being turned off computing by a combination of factors that have conspired to make the subject seem dull and pedestrian. Their goal is to put the excitement back into Computing at school. CAS is a grass roots organisation, whose energy, creativity, and leadership comes from its members. They are a collaborative partner with the BCS through the BCS Academy of Computing, and has formal support from other industry partners. Membership is open to everyone, and is very broad, including teachers, parents, governors, exam boards, industry, professional societies, and universities. They speak for the discipline of computing at school level, inc.  FE, and not for any particular interest group.http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/

Espresso Coding

Writing computer code − The government believe coding is a skill close to literacy and numeracy in importance, and pretty soon all schools will be teaching computer coding. What is more, schools will be judged by Ofsted on how well they are delivering it. Espresso Coding is a new resource that will empower teachers to deliver on this new curriculum area in a simple, fun and engaging way. Sign up for your free period of access to this exciting resource and see how it will prepare you for the challenging new world of coding in the classroom.

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