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Computer Science So Far… The End of Term Review
Since its initial announcement in 2012, Computer Science has been at the back of the minds of most teachers that would be affected by the changes to the National Curriculum. However with quite some time until it's official rollout across the country (September 2014), it seemed that there were far more...
30 Jun 2014
New e-book: Computer Science in the National Curriculum.
An extract from our latest e-book: Computer Science in the National Curriculum. These are exciting times for Computer Science Education. In Great Britain, the US and an increasing number of other countries, we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in developing pupils’ understanding of how computers work...
23 Apr 2014
Primary school trials resources developed for the new computer science curriculum
Henwick Primary School are a one and half form entry primary school in the heart of Eltham. For the past year they have been trialling Microsoft's Switched On units, developed in collaboration with Rising Stars, in preparation for the new computer science curriculum being brought into primary schools...
7 Mar 2014
Unplugged at the Hour of Code launch (Guest Post)
Originally posted on Claire Lotriet’s ‘ Teaching, tech and reflections ’ blog This week, 3rd–9th March, is the UK Hour of Code week (as well as Book Week, bad timing, anyway…) with the main aim being to get everyone – ‘ages 6–106′ – coding for an hour using the tutorials available on the site. As a teacher...
6 Mar 2014
One hour of code, Two Students with Apps! (Guest Post)
Originally posted on Ray Chambers Blog So yesterday I was fortunate enough to go to London to the launch of the UK hour of code. I was invited down to present coding to a group of students in a flash mob style. It was very exciting and over 50 students went away with some coding experience. I really...
5 Mar 2014
Code.org UK Resources and Tutorials
To assist educators, students and parents find resources to take them beyond the Hour of Code, the Code.org UK website features some amazing resources, tutorials and lesson plans that can be used to inspire the next generation of developers. All these resources are fun, engaging and intuitive and are...
28 Feb 2014
The benefits of learning to code young: views of a 13 year old developer
Originally posted on the UK Developers Blog . I am Ross Lowe, a 13 year old from Oakley, a pupil at Sharnbrook Upper School. I started writing code in Visual Basic when I was 8 years old, and have utilised Visual Studio and DreamSpark - free developer software for students. My favourite languages...
26 Feb 2014
Computer Science in the National Curriculum: Program or be Programmed
What is Computer Science and what's happening in the National Curriculum? Our approach to computers and how we use them in our daily lives is changing, and I'm not only referring to the advancement of the technology itself but our thought process behind how a computer or programme really functions. Computer...
19 Feb 2014
Thinkspace: Helping to inspire the next Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's
Guest blog post from Thinkspace Co-Founder, James Anderson. My name is James Anderson and I am a 16 year old student at Devonport High School for Boys . I spend most of my free time developing websites, apps and more. In January, I was speaking with a few friends discussing how we could encourage...
9 Sep 2013
£20,000 scholarship for Computer Science teachers
Taken from the Department for Education press release and educationgovuk As part of the Government's mission to ensure Britain competes and thrives in the global race, Education Secretary Michael Gove today set out plans to boost the teaching of Computer Science by training up the first generation...
22 Oct 2012
Computer Science in schools is changing, with the help of business and industry
As children are surrounded by technology more than ever, the way computers are taught will need to change. This was reflected in a recent government announcement by Michael Gove around reforming and updating the computer science curriculum. So how will this be achieved? Well, businesses are getting...
29 Mar 2012
New Computer Science GCSE will teach students to develop gaming, web and mobile apps
Great news for education professionals and students - AQA have announced details about the new GCSE Computer Science. The unique curriculum includes some exciting advances, such as development of mobile apps and web technologies, as well as learning computing theory and essential programming skills....
20 Mar 2012
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