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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.

Teach Computing NCCE

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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.

    The PRIMM Approach

    The PRIMM Approach

    The latest episode of the teach computing podcast has arrived and in this final episode of 2020, Sue Sentence and James Robinson sit down to discuss the PRIMM approach to teaching programming and the importance of talk in the computing classroom.

    Find more information and show notes at http://ncce.io/tc12

    You can also view the full transcript for this episode.


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    • 28 min
    Teach Computing Curriculum - Secondary

    Teach Computing Curriculum - Secondary

    As pupils and teachers around the world return to school for what is likely to be a challenging year in education, many will be benefiting from the latest piece of support provided by the National Centre for Computing Education. The "Teach Computing Curriculum" aims to support teachers, reduce workload, and provide outstanding learning experiences for pupils. This massive 18-month project reached its goal in July, completing 500 hours of computing lessons for Key Stage 1 - 4 students (aged 5 -16). In this episode, we hear from the team behind the project as well as teachers preparing to use this exciting new content. The episode comes in two versions, this one is focused on secondary education.

    Notes

    Find more information at http://ncce.io/tc11

    This month, everything we've discussed can be found on the teachcomputing.org site or via ncce.io/tcc

    You can also view the full transcript for the primary episode and the full transcript for the secondary episode.


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    • 31 min
    Teach Computing Curriculum - Primary

    Teach Computing Curriculum - Primary

    As pupils and teachers around the world return to school for what is likely to be a challenging year in education, many will be benefiting from the latest piece of support provided by the National Centre for Computing Education. The "Teach Computing Curriculum" aims to support teachers, reduce workload, and provide outstanding learning experiences for pupils. This massive 18-month project reached its goal in July, completing 500 hours of computing lessons for Key Stage 1 - 4 students (aged 5 -16). In this episode, we hear from the team behind the project as well as teachers preparing to use this exciting new content. The episode comes in two versions, this one is focused on primary education.

    Notes
    Find more information at http://ncce.io/tc11

    This month, everything we've discussed can be found on the teachcomputing.org site or via ncce.io/tcc

    You can also view the full transcript for the primary episode and the full transcript for the secondary episode.


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    • 34 min
    Classroom Action Research

    Classroom Action Research

    Today see the launch of our brand new program focused on supporting educators to develop their practice through action research in the classroom. Improving computing classroom practice through action research is a 6 month programme that begins with our 2 week online course which begins later this month. In this  episode I spoke to Lynda Chinaka about her experience of action research in the computing classroom.

    For our full show notes visit ncce.io/tc10


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    • 33 min
    Peer instruction in Computing

    Peer instruction in Computing

    This month's episode focuses on Peer Instruction, a classroom practice we recently covered in a Pedagogy Quick Read. There is compelling evidence that Peer Instruction can have a significant impact on learning outcomes for students if delivered well. Emma Posey and I talk about the practice, the evidence and how peer instruction might be relevant during periods of remote teaching.

    Our full show notes can be found at http://ncce.io/tc09


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    • 23 min
    Moving teaching online : challenges and opportunities

    Moving teaching online : challenges and opportunities

    Given current events, we wanted to hear from a group of educators about their experiences of shifting learning online at short notice. 

    Throughout this episode our guests, eager to support their fellow educators shared many ideas for approaches, tools software and support, which we've collated below:

    For creating virtual classrooms or communities, Google Classroom came out as a valuable tool that many schools are turning to at this time. There are of course other tools like Microsoft Teams and as James mentioned Tapestry for younger learners.
    Other collaboration tools that were discussed included Jamboard from Google which allows users to collaborate on a virtual whiteboard area. Bitpaper was also mentioned as a similar tool as was Liveboard.
    The above tools may support teacher -> pupils collaboration but as Jane pointed out a simple shared document if often all you need to promote collaboration.
    Schools are overcoming the potential safeguarding challenges and using video tools to communicate with learners. There are many of these from Google Meet (or Hangouts) and Microsoft teams which schools likely already have access to as an organisation plus a range of other tools including Zoom.
    Other video tools include Flipgrid, which can be used for asynchronous video communication and interaction and screen recorders such as LOOM, which can be used to capture demonstrations or on screen tutorials.
    For assessment, whether formative or summative, several tools were mentioned from light touch assessments using tools like Kahoot and Quizlet to more structured learning platforms like Seneca or Isaac Computer Science which use questioning to drive learning.
    For teaching content their were a number of places our guests recommended for either self contained activities or teacher directed tasks. Tynker, Code Combat and Purple Mash were recommended as self contained activities for learners. Whereas for more structured and progress focused activities you may want to look at the NCCE resources, code.org or Digital making at home.
    An important theme was teacher collaboration, finding time to connect with peers, whether immediate colleagues or educators facing similar challenges across the world. Cat mentioned the GEG Global classroom and Steve uses Facebook workplace for team chats. There are also online meetups such as #caschat & #csedresearchbookclub and many CAS communities of Practice have moved to online meetings.
    And finally to paraphrase Jane, in this challenging time we have needed to act rapidly to ensure teaching and learning continues. Moving forward we should each focus on getting one thing working (well) and consider the associated pedagogy before attempting the next thing.

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    • 44 min

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