Computing can bring the past to life and help us to explore the world around us, says Richard Smith. He'll be leading two webinars looking at Computing and Geography and then Computing and History as part of our CAS Inspire series.
Richard is well placed to share his expertise. He’s leader of the CAS Telford Mixed Community and is a former maths teacher, who is also an IT and education consultant. He set up his own company Amazing ICT, ten years ago which aims to introduce teachers to a range of technology applications that will extend their thinking and aspirations. He also offer educational consultancy and works in eight primary schools on a weekly basis.
“I am interested in the potential of students’ 'self-learning' after being inspired by teachers and students,” said Richard.
of his work is in the classroom, often with a focus on early years.
“My work in
reception classes looks at ways of developing logic and understanding of
computational processes,” said Richard.
“We might look at programming a robot, for instance, and what we would need to do to make it move forward or backward. Although the national Computing Curriculum doesn’t include Early Years, the best schools are doing this kind of thing with their younger children,” said Richard.
It’s delivering skills which give children a good foundation to build on, and is a kind of approach which demonstrates how computing crosses boundaries. Richard will be demonstrating that in in his webinars on Computing and Geography, and again in Computing and History.
“Take geography, for instance. We’ll be looking at a what a journey means and what digital tools we can use to develop that journey,” said Richard.
“A journey gives the opportunity to talk about so many concepts and ideas; time, distance, route, speed as well as the destinations and things we encounter on the way.”
“It also lends itself to topic-based learning.”
“We could look at classic journeys, such as Route 66 across the USA, but also at journeys around a school grounds, or indeed the kind of journeys that animals make and the way they travel.”
Richard’s webinars will be a two-way process, looking to create cross-over between subjects with the aim of supporting primary computing teachers to teach computing and also for other teachers to incorporate computing into other subjects.
Richard’s webinar, Computing and History, will be about creating animations to bring the past to life and will include downloadable tips and sample resources for teachers to use in the classroom.
“We’ll look at how to create animations which bring the history being taught in the classroom to life. Animations can be created using a range of free or affordable software on a PC, laptop or tablet and the session will cover the creation of digital and physical animations in 2D and 3D by suggesting activities that can be used in EYFS through to KS2,” explained Richard.
Participants will benefit from a bank of free resources to take away including hints for creating animations and an understanding of how some of the computing curriculum aims can be covered using cross-curricular ideas.
“The Computing and Geography webinar will look at how to create digital journeys starting with the local environment and then progressing onto countries and continents,” said Richard. The session will also demonstrate activities using free or affordable software which can be used with KS1 and KS2 children, including details of 10 top resources for teaching geography. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of how free software and apps such as Scratch and Scratch Junior can be used in cross-curricular ways.
"Making links across subjects can really enhance enthusiasm and understanding for computing, history and geography and more," said Richard.
Tim Wilson / Richard Smith
Tuesday - 1 December 4pm –5.15pm
Tim Wilson / Richard Smith
Tuesday - 8 December 4pm – 5.15pm