Creative Computing Courses
We've joined forces with one of our lead partners, Microsoft UK, to offer a free two-day Creative and Inclusive Computing at KS3 course for heads and aspiring heads of Computing departments who want to bridge gaps in their own knowledge and inspire pupils in new ways.
The key to this course is a consideration of the use of creative and innovative teaching techniques to bring the subject alive.
Day One is titled "Lighting the Spark" (aka what to teach) and includes a look at what resources there are and how they can be used in the classroom.
Day Two will follow at the end of the Summer term, titled "Fanning the Flame" (aka how to teach). This day looks more closely at some of the teaching techniques that can be used, modelling a lesson using the BBC micro:bit and discussing how to raise the profile of the Computing department in school.
Trainer Tig Williams devised the course and is one of two trainers delivering it. "I've had students come up to me afterwards and say that was awesome! They have been beyond effusive in their comments."
Delegates seem to agree: "Great opportunity to think about what you're doing and why you're doing it and how you're going to do it differently when you get back into school." "I'm already teaching KS3 and plan on making big changes to the scheme of work based on what I've learned on the course today."
It is hoped that, by the end of the course, some 100 teachers will be sufficiently confident to provide inspiration to a collective body of 50,000 students in their schools. Teachers from areas of low social mobility are especially encouraged to apply. More dates will be held in the not-too-distant future.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in attending or to sign up for Day Two if you have already completed Day One.