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An exciting new podcast from the National Centre for Computing Education in England. Each month, you get to hear from a range of experts, teachers, and educators from other settings as they discuss with us key issues, approaches, and challenges related to teaching computing in the classroom.

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An exciting new podcast from the National Centre for Computing Education in England. Each month, you get to hear from a range of experts, teachers, and educators from other settings as they discuss with us key issues, approaches, and challenges related to teaching computing in the classroom.

    Modelling the programming process through live coding

    Modelling the programming process through live coding

    Following our recent quick read on the same subject, I spoke to Rebecca Franks from the Raspberry Pi Foundation about the benefits of Live Coding in computing education. Whilst Live coding is typically delivered in person there are also several examples of its successful use online and in remote settings.

    From next month we'll be focusing on the challenge that many educators now face of teaching their pupils whilst schools are closed and learning is happening remotely. We want to hear your experiences, challenges and ideas which you can share with us via email.

    Read our full notes at ncce.io/tc07


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    • 19 min
    Approaching progression in computing education

    Approaching progression in computing education

    At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the Educator Support team have been spending a lot of time thinking about how they are approaching progression throughout the NCCE Resource Repository resources. In this month's episode, we hear from members of the team about their approach to progression developing Learning Graphs and how they expect these to be used by educators. Also this month, I speak with Oliver Quinlan, Head of Impact and Research at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, about the upcoming Research Symposium.



    Thanks to all our guests for their contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds.



    Full notes and transcript available on the Teach Computing Blog


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    • 31 min
    Supporting all students in Computing

    Supporting all students in Computing

    We believe that all learners should be able to access a high quality but accessible computing education. In this month's episode we explore some practical strategies that not only support SEND students but improve accessibility for all learners. My expert guest this month is Catherine Elliott who has a wealth of experience in supporting SEND students, has written reports on the subject and hosts a fantastic online course.



    Full notes and transcript available on the Teach Computing Blog


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    • 33 min
    Challenges facing Computing educators

    Challenges facing Computing educators

    Computing is often perceived or presented as an inherently hard subject. Whilst we at Teach Computing would disagree with this characterisation, it's clear that there are some specific challenges that come with teaching computing. Our latest podcast episode aims to explore these challenges and highlight some of the ways in which teachers can get support.  We spoke to Katie Vanderpere-Brown a school leader, experienced CS teacher and most recently NCCE hub leader about these challenges.

    Full notes and transcript available on the Teach Computing Blog


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    • 26 min
    Cognitive Load Theory in Computing

    Cognitive Load Theory in Computing

    This month we’ve decided to focus a whole episode on a single aspect of pedagogy and how it applies to teaching computing. Back in September the National Centre for Computing shared its first Pedagogy Quick Read focused on Cognitive Load Theory. I sat down with Duncan Maidens from the Raspberry Pi Foundation to talk about the importance of considering cognitive load when designing teaching activities.

    Thanks to Duncan Maidens for his contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds.

    You can (and should) contribute your thoughts and expertise by emailing the team or by leaving us a voice message, which we may include in a future episode.

    We want to make a podcast that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, and to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) and what you’d like to see more of.

    Thanks for listening!


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    • 45 min
    What is Computing?

    What is Computing?

    We’re following up our inaugural episode’s exploration of the reasons for teaching computing with a discussion about what we mean when we talk about ‘computing’. During episode #2, we address the following questions:


    Computing is a rapidly evolving field, with technology advancing at a rapid pace — are there ideas at the core of computing that are constant and consistent?
    How do we as teachers relate these big ideas to our everyday teaching?
    Given that computing is broad and multidisciplinary, do our individual experiences influence how we view and ultimately present the subject to our learners?

    Thanks to all our guests for their contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds.

    You can (and should) contribute your thoughts and expertise by emailing the team or by leaving us a voice message, which we may include in a future episode.

    We want to make a podcast that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, and to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) and what you’d like to see more of.

    For our full notes, links and guest list visit our full show notes

    Thanks for listening!






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    • 45 min

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