Dave Gibbs's public profile

UsernameDave Gibbs
Emaild.gibbs@stem.org.uk
OrganisationNational STEM Centre
Current RoleConsultant/adviser

I am the Computing and Technology Specialist for STEM Learning. Working across the National STEM Learning Centre and ESERO-UK teams, I lead on computing curriculum resources, projects and CPD.

I have taught science, including Physics to A-Level, before becoming a curriculum leader in ICT. I then managed a City Learning Centre in my home town of Sheffield, and led secondary computing and ICT support for secondary schools in Sheffield LA.

Areas of interest include teaching programming and computer science, space robotics, and making use of computation to support learning across STEM.

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Maths in Computer Science

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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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CAS Tenderfoot: computer science CPD for key stage 3 teachers

Do you sometimes feel that you’re only a page or two ahead of your computing students? Worried that you can’t answer the tricky questions? Struggle to communicate the bigger picture, linking up fundamental computing concepts?Without extended training and deep subject knowledge, usually gained through a computer science degree, these can be...


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Do you really understand the internet?

This is a page on the World Wide Web, within one of the 1.1 billion websites that exist today.Young people take the web for granted but do they know how a page actually arrived on their screen? To be successful in GCSE and A level computer science they’ll need to!The old ICT curriculum touched only very lightly on network hardware – students...


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What’s the Internet of Things and what does it have to do with my classroom?

Internet of things, IoT, smart homes and cities, machine-to-machine communications… whatever you call it, it’s big and growing fast.It is estimated that by 2020, more than 30 billion devices will connect to the internet, integrating with the physical world and sharing data.If you have a smart TV or thermostat, use a fitness monitor, touch your...


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Summer fun with the BBC micro:bit

It is again the time of year that I really miss being a teacher. The well-earned summer break is a chance to relax, stock up on vitamin D and maybe spend some time thinking of the next academic year.So why not combine a little forward planning with a lot of fun, and try out some BBC micro:bit projects?The BBC Make it Digital team have done a great...


Problem solving in computing and across STEM - part 3

Our previous articles (part 1 and part 2) have looked at how problem solving is used in STEM subjects and the skills that can be transferred to other subjects to improve learning.In part 3 we learn how debugging can be utilised in other lessons as well as posing questions we as teachers should all be thinking about…Debugging – evaluation and...


Problem solving in computing and across STEM - part 2

In part 1 we discovered that STEM subjects have common practices that can be shared and taught in the same way to reinforce and improve students’ learning. In part 2 we look at a possible approach to problem solving in computing and how this touches other STEM subjects.Solving problems in computing – a possible approachComputers process data....


Problem solving in computing and across STEM - part 1

UK students are good problem solvers. PISA tests reveal that they are better than most international peers, including those from countries with better performance in mathematics and reading. Can this help their achievement in computing and other STEM subjects?This series of articles explores problem solving in computing and across STEM, asking ‘...


Taming the Python

Python is the most popular ‘industrial strength’ programming language in UK schools. Beyond education it is widely used by data scientists and web application developers, and pops up everywhere as a scripting language.Its popularity has led to the development of lots of tools and add-ons, some of which are useful in schools. A couple of freebies...


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In at the deep end – non-specialists teaching computer science

“A victim of its own success…”“Be careful what you ask for…”“I couldn’t pass the exam myself…” I have heard all these statements from practising teachers recently, revealing the state of panic that can be found in many computing departments across the country. The creation of a brand new subject was pretty unique, and when Michael Gove...


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