Resources, resources and more resources: sometimes I wonder if we're awash with classroom resources, be they commercially provided stuff, material we pick up from conferences and training events, or things teachers have shared with us over time.
In Computing At School, we encourage all teachers to share "what they have", and there are over 4,000 items, shared by CAS members over the years. However, it can be tricky to find what you're looking for or, when you've found something, to know whether it will work in the classroom. There's no silver bullet here, but we have been reviewing how we display these valuable resources to our members and the wider world, based on feedback we've received during the year.
Firstly, there are now jump-off points by age group:
Selecting one of the age-group bands will filter the resources accordingly, and the list displayed can be further sorted for popularity or recency of upload.
At the bottom of the main resources page, there are also some Top Picks for each age group, which again will provide useful jumping-off points for you when seeking new ideas:
The items appearing here as Top Picks are based on comments received and download numbers, so if you do find a resource you like, it'd be really helpful if you were to pop back and add a comment saying "thank you" to the author for sharing so freely ; )
We are also highlighting a "Resource of the Week" - for example:
A further new feature on the CAS Community site enables all members to build, save and bookmark collections of resources which catch their attention. Once logged in, head to the resources section and, on the right-hand side, you’ll find the “My Collections” link. This enables members to create a resources list and to continue to add to it. Members can have more than one list: you might have “Year 7 Programming” and “Unplugged Computing” – whatever you wish! Using this feature will help you return to items you've found previously, and to add a comment for the author, should you wish to.
It's not easy to get this right: we all have slightly different needs and ways of operating. The CAS resource collection is a treasure trove, but finding the pearls can take some work. It's made easier therefore if we can remember to return and leave a comment. And, if you're the author of a resource, it helps if you take a little time to appropriately tag the resource you're uploading; adding as much information as possible will help others in their search for something relevant to a particular lesson or topic.
If you have any feedback on these changes, or have any other requests, then please get in touch.