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What has engineering got to do with computing?

Engineering offers different ways of learning in computing, from problem-solving techniques to systems for managing code development. There are also many, many routes into engineering and technical careers open to students interested in computing.Britain needs engineers. With around 25% of GDP being generated in engineering, it is vital to the...


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Computing newbies: dive right in!

This September, lots of you will be diving into computing at the deep end. Don’t worry, there’s tonnes of help available to stay afloat.As computing continues to replace ICT in secondary schools across the country, some of you will be teaching computing for the first time in the new academic year. This varied group of newbies brings different...


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Getting started with Greenfoot

Greenfoot is visual programming environment in which you create and program 'actors' which live in 'worlds' to build games, simulations, and other graphical programs.It’s designed to make learning about object orientation concepts easy and fun, but you don’t need to look at these concepts in detail to make great programs.Who is Greenfoot for?It...


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Computing in special educational needs and disabilities settings

I carried out a survey of computing teachers in special schools and similar settings in Autumn 2017 to find out the current picture of computing education for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).I was also keen to find out if there were some common strategies and resources being used to teach learners with SEND that...


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The importance of coding for the future

The digital jobs market continues to develop at a rapid rate, with each year more skilled coders in demand.An increasingly sought after aptitude, computer programming skills have become the responsibility of the educator, and not only in higher education. Primary schools and nurseries are key to influencing the next generation of professionals by...


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Harnessing the power of data

In the information age, data is powerful. Data science is one of the fastest growing – and best paid – STEM careers. Many young people have little idea about their data, including how it is collected, analysed and used by governments and powerful corporations.In schools, data is central to both computing and maths but is sometimes taught in silos...


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From the micro:bit to robotics: getting students excited about STEM

Sam Reid is a design and technology teacher at a school in Hampshire. He has been busy developing a variety of projects designed to get students and staff excited about STEM subjects. We chatted to him about the work he is doing to inspire teachers and students alike.My goal is to develop projects, resource packs and teacher toolkits that any...


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Big futures from little projects

Question: What’s worth £8 trillion pounds a year*, brings all of STEM together and encourages entrepreneurship and creativity in the classroom?Answer: the Internet of ThingsThe fourth industrial revolution is happening fast, fusing the digital and physical world. By connecting the unconnected, astounding new things are possible. Sensors in...


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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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