Teaching computing

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...

Robotics

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.

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Computing

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...

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Step up for STEM: taking your first steps in primary computing

Computing was added to the primary National Curriculum in 2014. If you teach children aged 5-11, research suggests it’s unlikely you are confident in teaching computing.The Barefoot Project is designed to improve teacher confidence in computing, helping them take their first steps in embracing this vital STEM subject.Barefoot challenges the...

EEP Robotics Challenge: are you ready to take your students on a journey of exploration?

Tomorrow’s Engineers has invited schools across the UK to take part in the EEP Robotics Challenge.This isn’t just a one-off challenge, it’s a programme that gets 11-14 year olds working together to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.Through the challenge you can help your students develop valuable life skills like...

3D modelling: getting started with Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is an online tool that supports the design and rendering of 3D products, assembley of parts and testing of designs through in built simulation software.For anyone looking to find out more about Fusion 360 and get to grips with the software, here are a few handy hints from Steve Taylor, Autodesk Partnership Development Executive at...

Inspire the next generation of cyber security experts

Following on from the success of 2016, young people across the UK will once again have the chance to take part in an expanded range of CyberFirst courses.Designed by cyber security experts from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ), the nationwide courses will be delivered by experienced training partner QA, and the national...

Planning to teach computer aided design to your students?

If you are looking for some ideas to get your lower key stage 3 students working in computer aided design (CAD), why not take a look at Project Ignite?  Project Ignite is a collection of hands-on projects, lesson plans and resources, that bring together computer 3D modelling and circuit design.The 3D modelling element of the projects is...

A global coding challenge, coming soon!

Technology is everywhere and is changing every industry on the planet.To help encourage more young people into a technology-related career, CSC Charitable Foundation is launching a new global coding challenge – CSC Codes.This fun and engaging competition uses Scratch to inspire a passion for programming and sciences in today’s youth.Aimed at 10-14...

BBC micro:bit Partnership shortlisted for two Bett Awards

The BBC micro:bit Partnership has recently been shortlisted for two Bett Awards: The ICT Innovator of the Year and Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources.Bett Awards are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. This year’s winners will be announced at a...

Achieving the eSafety Mark at your school

eSafety, also referred to as internet safety, aims to ensure that everyone who uses technology does so in a safe and responsible way. Now that the online world is becoming increasingly inhabited by children, appropriate eSafety is a requirement for all schools.With organisations such as Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) publishing...

Congratulations to the BBC micro:bit, winner of the 2016 BIMA Awards!

We supported the launch of the BBC micro:bit in March this year, and we’re delighted to hear that it has become an Education category winner at the 2016 BIMA Awards.Winners were announced at the Awards ceremony in London on Thursday 15 September.This spring, BBC Learning provided a programmable piece of hardware – called a BBC micro:bit  to 1...

See the latest organisation to join our STEM Insight programme

You are probably familiar with computer networks as the cables, switches and network-card equipped computers in your classroom. These in turn are physically joined to other computers and switches and, ultimately, to the internet.Star, bus and ring topologies are taught in the computer science curriculum, resembling those found in textbooks for...

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