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National Coding Week: if I had a time machine…

On day 5 of #nationalcodingweek, expert computing teachers share the one piece of advice they would give to their former selves before teaching coding for the first time.Two Computing at School leaders agree on their key time-travel message. Lecturer Miles Berry suggests you should “Make more time for reading code” to improve understanding. ...


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National Coding Week: help! I don’t have the technology to teach programming!

Image courtesy of Bradley Dardis @BradleyDardisThe introduction of the computing curriculum has increased demand for scarce IT resources. What can you do if the kit isn’t sufficient? In the fourth of our #nationalcodeweek series, we ask if it’s possible to learn computer programming without computers.Many teachers are happy to teach algorithms...


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National Coding Week: when is the best time to move from blocks to text-based programming?

It’s day three of National Coding Week! Today focuses on when the best time is to move from blocks to text-based programming.The English curriculum for computing states that text-based programming should be tackled from age 11 but this isn’t a universal view. Ben Hall promotes early experiences with text-based languages, as Scratch doesn’t allow...


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National Coding Week: what are your go-to resources when teaching programming for the first time?

Welcome to the second in our series of #NationalCodingWeek blogs offering tips for teaching programming. Before launching into the ‘how’ of computer programming, it might be worth taking some time to explain ‘why’.Children are massive consumers of technology, rather than producers. This means they might miss the fact that everything a computer...


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National Coding Week: how to teach programming when your confidence is low

It’s National Coding Week this week! Over the next five days, we’ll be sharing the most useful tips from leading teachers of computing shared via the indispensable #CASchat.Each week, teachers across the UK and beyond give up their time to share ideas and resources – if you’ve not tuned in yet you’re missing out. You don’t even need to join...


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Exploring the big issues in computing

Many Governments want to illegalise encryption to make it harder to communicate secretly, eroding our privacy further.Wealth accumulates in big tech companies, which squeeze out the existing media, and are much more loosely regulated leading to fake news.Artificial intelligence will displace more humans from their jobs than anyone thought possible...


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What’s happening at UK Robotics Week 2017?

UK Robotics Week takes place between 24-30 June 2017 and is a week-long celebration of all things robotics.Now in its second year of running, the nationwide series of events demonstrates the latest technologies and research, and offers some fantastic competitions for schools to engage with robotics.We’ve been keeping an eye out for all the...


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Algorithms + data structures = programs

Are we focusing more on algorithms and forgetting about data structure when writing computer programs? The fact is programming revolves around data either by processing data, storing or retrieving data and more innovative algorithms have been created by organising data efficiently which results in improved performance."Smart data structures and...


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How to manage student coding projects

Programming projects are central to computing, but managing them can tie you up in knots. Submitting and commenting code via email, printouts, screenshots, shared drives – these will get you by but don’t scale well.The pros share code using Git or other version control systems – and teachers can use GitHub for free. The learning curve is steep,...


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STEM Ambassadors and computing education – a marriage made in heaven?

STEM Ambassadors… meet computing teachersComputing teachers have worked extremely hard to make a success of the new computing curriculum, despite only a small minority actually possessing a degree in a related field. Few have worked in industry and many have committed significant amounts of their own time to upskilling, ready to support the...


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