Jun 6 2019
Mar 7 2019
Gr8 Computer Science Teaching Ideas Number 03: CyberFirst Education Pack by NCSC Cyber Schools Hub and Emma Williams
This is the third blogpost in a series for the Facebook group Gr8 Computer Science Teaching Ideas. Thank you to Emma Williams for this resource:
This unit of work is an introduction to Cyber Security. The NCSC kindly provided the materials for the Cyber Adventurers course and I adapted in order to facilitate learning in schools. These resources were produced as part of the NCSC Cyber Schools Hub – details here https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/uks-first-cyber-schools-hubs-announced
It is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that exist in the field. The course is designed for 11-14 year olds and can be delivered at any point in key stage 3. It can be run in a Cyber club or as a teaching unit at key stage 3.
The lesson plans are designed to include practical tasks. There is a unit assessment that has been developed in line with the Computing pathways framework which can be adapted to suit a schools. The lessons can be delivered as stand-alone lessons if required.
Jan 31 2019
This is the second blogpost in a series for the Facebook group Gr8 Computer Science Teaching Ideas.
Thanks to everyone who joined in to discuss PRIMM ideas. I am also indebted to last year’s CAS North East to be able to listen to Duncan introduce Cisco packet tracer:
My Y12s have worked through both courses and I am able to suggest how I will be splitting up the content for Key Stages 3,4 and 5 in the future.
If you are reading this as part of the Facebook post, I am very pleased to inform you that Duncan has joined the group, and I am sure will be able to answer any questions in the next couple of weeks. if he is reading this, then I would like to thank him for all his efforts in providing a great resource and saving me a great deal of time.
Jan 17 2019
This is the first blogpost in a series for the facebook group Gr8 Computer Science Teaching Ideas.
You will have heard of flipped classrooms and I would suggest that in some ways, PRIMM is a flipped version of the usual approach to learning programming. Rather than starting with a blank page and the ubiquitous “Hello World”, Sue has merged several learning programming methodologies to provide a very accessible and rewarding approach for all students starting on their text based programming journey. At Lady Lumley’s School, we have combined it with the web based trinket.io to provide an easily accessed and structured series of lessons that our students are really enjoying. My main message is that all students make progress over time and our key target audience at KS3 of students considering computer science GSCE (GCSE Wannabees) are getting challenge and stretch too…
Jan 26 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to BETT18 yesterday, which greatly exceeding my expectations, as I have found in the last few years that the increased focus on selling hardware increasingly meaningless in the transfer to Computer Science. Of course, the biggest enjoyment was meeting up with colleagues who I work with regularly, but the other standouts this year for me were the exciting additions for using the Micro:Bit and that high quality VR (and AR) that is becoming affordable for schools. Lastly, the observation that BETT this year is more for Internationals with slow moving people chatting in foreign languages and much more time than I have to spare, less for teachers and even less for students.
Talking of students, I immediately missed taking Digital Leaders on the way down. I missed the train at Canning Row due to my ignorance – always before I have the students take care of the travel details. I have started Digital Leaders again this week and look forward to working with Micro:Bits with them, a VR project, and plenty more coding opportunities. DLs are vital in Y7,8 and 9 to raising interest in Computer Science and increasing numbers for GCSE and A-level, especially for girls. More
Jul 3 2017
|This the outline for our using the BBC Micro:Bit at KS3 at LLS School.
I have sorted a variety of storage to enable easy classroom management:
Previously, we did this with our Year 7s and Digital Leaders.
I did the following research, and you can see that the UCL unit was exemplary for what I needed.
UCL’s TUTORIALS: Micro:bit – Getting Started / LED Display / Basic Functions / Advanced Functions / Projects with LED Display / Buttons / Accelerometer. CHALLENGES: Consonant or Vowel? / Catch the Eggs / Caesar Cipher – Part I / Caesar Cipher – Part II.
However, some of our lower ability students have struggled with text based programming and the Python IDLE IDE, so I was also keen to give them the option of using the blocks on the BBC Micro:Bit site. This gives them a simulator to use at home (we are not giving out Microbits to Year 9s, just using them in class).
So this is our Scheme of Learning, these are the slides, 9_3_01_Microbit_Introduction, (based on Alexander Hadwen-Bennett’s slides) and this is the List of Programs to try. This is Pete Dring’s Python Simulator (for testing home learning), and the BBC site’s Block programming editor and index here.
Update: following the success of the Microbits enthusing students, as a department, we have identified opportunities for the following:
Year 7 – we have added Microbits to the current Year 7 Graphics unit by using the various BBC Block programs to show 5×5 pixels working; different brightnesses; images and animations. This will build on Block programming in Unit 2 Scratch.
Year 8 will be the current Microbits 1 Unit development work of Python, but with an optional easier pathway using blocks.
Year 9 will be a Microbits 2 Unit with binary between Microbits and Bit:BotRobots. I have just ordered 18 from Rapid Electronics (Sept17). I can fit 6 in a box like the ones above.
*Please check out EduBlocks by @all_about_code – I will be looking at this in Year 7 too*
** I am presenting on microbits at #exabytes17 with @jonwits and @romillyc on Friday July 7th
*** I am running a 2 day course at York Stem Centre “Micro:bit in secondary computing CY224” with @PDDring and @CLCSimon on 20th and 21st November 2017.
Worth £13 each https://www.amazon.co.uk/BBC-BBC2546862-micro-bit-go/dp/B01G8WUGWU?th=1
Jun 25 2017
“Tweak to Transform” Sharing ideas for better learning of Computer Science – talk at York CAS Tech-Meet 22nd June 17
This 5 minute presentation was about why we should be concentrating on sharing ideas for good CS teaching (Teaching Theory and Computational Thinking) as well as NEAs and code.
Click here to go to slides.