Since 2017 we’ve been coaching Computing educators in England and world wide by our suite of free on-line programs on FutureLearn. Thanks to help from Google and the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), all of those programs are free for anybody to take, whether or not you’re a trainer or not!
We’re excited that Computer Science educators in any respect phases of their computing journey have embraced our programs — from lecturers simply shifting into the sphere to skilled educators searching for a refresher in order that they will higher help their colleagues.
Hear from two lecturers about their expertise of coaching with our programs and the way they’re benefitting!
Moving from Languages to IT to Computing
Rebecca Connell began out as a Modern Foreign Languages trainer, however now she is Head of Computing at The Cowplain School, a 11–16 secondary college in Hampshire.
Although she had loads of expertise with Microsoft Office and was completely happy instructing IT, at first she was daunted by the technical nature of Computing:
“The biggest challenge for me has been the move away from an IT to a Computing curriculum. To say this has been a steep learning curve is an understatement!”
However, Rebecca has labored with our programs to enhance her coding information, particularly in Python:
“Initially, I undertook some one-day programming courses in Python. Recently, I have found the Raspberry Pi courses to be really useful in building confidence and taking my skills further. So far, I have completed Programming 101 — great for revision and teaching ideas — and am now into Programming 102.”
GCSE Computing is extra than simply programming, and our programs are serving to Rebecca develop the remainder of her Computing information too:
“I am now taking some online Raspberry Pi courses on computer systems and networks to firm up my knowledge — my greatest fear is saying something that’s not strictly accurate! These courses have some good ideas to help explain complex concepts to students.”
She additionally extremely charges the new free Teach Computing Curriculum resources now we have developed for the NCCE:
“I really like the new resources and supporting materials from Raspberry Pi — these have really helped me to look again at our curriculum. They are easy to follow and include everything you need to take students forward, including lesson plans.”
And Rebecca’s not the one one in her division who’s benefitting from our programs and sources:
“Our department is supported by an excellent PE teacher who delivers lessons in Years 7, 8, and 9. She has enjoyed completing some of the Raspberry Pi courses to help her to deliver the new curriculum and is also enjoying her learning journey.”
Refreshing and sharing your information
Julie Price, a CAS Master Teacher and NCCE Computer Science Champion, has been “engaging with the NCCE’s Computer Science Accelerator programme, [to] be in a better position to appreciate and help to resolve any issues raised by fellow participants.”
“I have encountered new learning for myself and also expressions of very familiar content which I have found to be seriously impressive and, in some cases, just amazing. I must say that I am becoming addicted to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s online courses!”
She’s been appreciating the open nature of the programs, as we make all the supplies free to make use of beneath the Open Government Licence:
“Already I have made very good use of a wide range of the videos, animations, images, and ideas from the Foundation’s courses.”
Julie significantly recommends the Programming Pedagogy in Secondary Schools: Inspiring Computing Teaching course, describing it as “a ‘must’ for anyone wishing to strengthen their key stage 3 programming curriculum.”
Join in and prepare with us
Rebecca and Julie are simply 2 of greater than 140,000 energetic contributors now we have had on our on-line programs to date!
With 29 programs to select from (and extra on the best way!), from Introduction to Web Development to Robotics with Raspberry Pi, now we have one thing for everybody — whether or not you’re a whole newbie or an skilled pc science trainer. All of our programs are free to take, so discover one which conjures up you, and allow us to help you in your computing journey, together with Google and the NCCE.
If you’re a trainer in England, you are eligible for free course certification from FutureLearn through the NCCE.