DO YOU NEED TRAINING IN TEACHING COMPUTING AND CODING?
AspirED PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
With digital competency now a key component across various national curriculums, CODING and COMPUTATIONAL THINKING are the new buzz words when it comes to IT teaching and learning.
Coding allows you to communicate your ideas and bring your imagination to life. Through the mastery of concepts such as logic and consequence, children can begin to manipulate the digital world around them to carry out tasks and solve problems.
However, these concepts require an entirely new skill set for teachers to get to grips with, let alone the various software and hardware solutions that are available.
AspirED can help. Through a carefully designed series of workshops, your staff can develop the skills to not only deliver these concepts but also to create resources and plans that align with your school. Traditionally, many schools follow schemes of work, but due to the rate of technological development this method of pedagogy is flawed. We help educators to understand the underlying processes of programming so that regardless of the software, teachers can facilitate learning opportunities for students that are directly linked to the curriculum and age related expectations.
EYFS/Foundation Phase, KS1, KS2, KS3
During the workshops, you will:
- Realise that coding is hugely engaging for both you and your students!
- Understand key coding vocabulary and concepts through hands on activities.
- Learn how to deliver computational thinking concepts without a computer.
- Apply your understanding of programming against an age related skills matrix, ensuring skills progression across your school.
- Demonstrate a variety of visual programming language techniques through a cross curricular approach.
- Create apps and games that can be used as examples for your students.
- Explore the use of robotics and how they can provide a visual and emotional link between the virtual (software) and physical (hardware) world.
- Generate ideas as to the practical application of coding and robot programming in the classroom and beyond.
- Work with experts to plan a unit of programming to deliver back at your school!
- Gain access to a range of similar planning units to help start your programming journey with a bang!
AspireEd consists of 5 progressive workshops:
- Crack the Code – discover how to teach programming without a computer.
- Visual Programming – use the popular Scratch platform to create games.
- Robotics – explore a range of drones and robots to capture the imagination.
- App Creation – learn how to create your own apps.
- At the Coal Face – plan your own unit linked to previous workshops.
Workshops typically take place across 5 mornings/afternoons.
I thought the whole programme from start to finish was amazing, more courses like these are needed in education.”
Alison John – Nantymoel Primary