How to teach computing: An introduction to concepts, tool and resources for primary teachers
I am English language teacher at the Lyceum named after Heydar Aliyev.I teach students between 6-13 years old.I am addicted to my job and inspired by a very little detail concerning teaching.My students are very good "technician" in computing and very keen on learning great things about computing.
About my city.
I am from Baku,Azerbaijan.Baku is the capital city.It is situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea.The Old and The Modern are side by side in Baku.
While teaching with computing confuses teachers much than ever.This material will help to get out of it.
Developing Collaboration in Computing
Team work is great for collaboration. But the job division is very essential point . I suggest my students to do that work among themselves. It is up to them who will fulfil the set tasks.For ex, creating blogs are mostly liked . Taking picture, writing the scenarios and sharing might be done among them. It helps them for better collaboratin
Nowadays girls and boys are both engaged in science teaching and learning. Some years ago it was the boys who were much more interested in Science teaching and men - engineers were more than women. It became popular among girls but mostly strategies play great role for girls engagement.
Linking computing to other subjects
Linking computing to other subjects independently finds its way through aims. It can be linked to all subjects if the teacher aimed using technical support during educating. I am Language teacher, English is spoken all over the world and there are great variety of resources for improving, implemeting and somehow wonderful apps for speaking and listening skills assimilation.My lessons are mainly linked to computing.Project evaluations through BLOGs is very inspiring for my students. They have created numberless blogs about their works.
Besides we are working on recycling project " Beauty is, Beauty does" which describes the best ways of using the unused items and we have to make many great things through watching DIY videos.It hepls indeed.
My students always search for native English speakers for communication. Furthermore, I manage online meetings via SKYPE.We cooperated with many European countries. Great opportunity!!
Students' especially girls' group comic strips
Robots are a great way to engage children in computing because they naturally attract their curiosity and allow for a very hands-on and kinesthetic way of learning. Of course, to have robots in your classroom does require a bit of investment and as many of you were pointing out in previous modules, not even having enough computers is your first challenge. But not all robots are expensive pieces of equipment and you won't necessarily need many of them to engage your students.
Great to learn new things,but I admit that we don't use actually I robot during the classes. I think it would be great to use such coding . It will motivate students to creating contents.
Game design tools
Most young children, even at the very earliest levels of primary will probably have some experience of computer games. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, many toddlers nowadays are already confronted with a variety games-like activities on these devices. So why not use computer games as a mechanism to bring computing to children. As Ollie Bray, a headteacher from Scotland using games for learning at his school, says in the video below, children should not just be consumers but also producers. So if you only do one thing from everything addressed on this course, make sure to explore the games design tools that are out there to get young children into coding, programming and many other areas of computing.
Ollie provides a great introduction to the topic in the video below, also highlighting the cross-curricular potential of games. He then briefly introduces some very simple games design tools that you can use especially with the lower levels of primary.
For this week's activity (see also section 3.6) we would like you to experiment with one of the tools that Ollie introduces (also in his video in the next section 3.5) and prepare a short game of yourself. If you want to start using these tools with your students you will have to become more familiar with these tools.
Live Webinar - Educational Robotics
Great webinal I had in the frame of course: Thanks Tullia Urschitz for amazing presentation.
Resources and experinces she shared really inspiring. Educational robotics involve students in scientific , technological subjects. It stimulates motivation.In the centre of its point there is kuy competences. Inclusion and teaching challenges - Dyslexia , Immigrants, Hyperactivity , Girls and gifted students
I have tried for the time Scratch,..It looks like one should sit much longer than me to practise for learning. Children will be engaged I am much sure))