[Itech] Fwd: Digital Education: 1 correction, 9 resources, 2 competitions and 1 article

Franklin, Teresa franklit at ohio.edu
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From: "terry at ictineducation.org<mailto:terry at ictineducation.org>" <terry at ictineducation.org<mailto:terry at ictineducation.org>>
Subject: Digital Education: 1 correction, 9 resources, 2 competitions and 1 article
Date: November 3, 2015 at 3:47:42 PM CST
To: <franklit at ohio.edu<mailto:franklit at ohio.edu>>
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Dear Teresa

In this issue...

  *   A correction: how to access the free resources<x-msg://101/#correction>
  *   More resources<x-msg://101/#more%20resources>
  *   The Suffolk Computing curriculum, by Kathryn Day<x-msg://101/#Suffolk>
  *   Competitions<x-msg://101/#Competitions>
  *   Free resources<x-msg://101/#free>
  *   The ICT & Computing in Education website<x-msg://101/#ictined>
  *   Contact details<x-msg://101/#contact>
  *   Contributions<x-msg://101/#contributions>
  *   Disclaimer<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqqbanaeewmeaoaeeyanamyju/click.php>
  *   Copyright<x-msg://101/#copyright>

A correction: how to access the free resources

Oops! I gave you the wrong password in my last email – sorry!

To access the free resources, including the latest one, 45 features of excellent ICT & Computing lessons, go to http://www.ictineducation.org/digitaled-subscribers<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqqhataeewmeacaeeyaiamyju/click.php> and use the password diged000, ie three zeros.

More resources

  *   A useful discussion forum is the ICT and Computing Teachers Group in Facebook<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqqwagaeewmeadaeeyadamyju/click.php>. Membership has to be approved by founder Darren Smith<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqqqataeewmeacaeeyapamyju/click.php>. The group has over 1,600 members, so there is always some lively discussion and useful exchanges.
  *   If you use interactive whiteboards and tablets, check out Danny Nicholson’s Whiteboard Blog<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqqyaaaeewmeadaeeyatamyju/click.php>. I quite like this recent post: The Edtech Toolkit: 5 Essential Tools for Teachers<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqysafaeewmeafaeeyafamyju/click.php>. Incidentally, my booklet called “Making the most of your interactive whiteboard”, which is available in the free resources for subscribers area, is a quick guide to what I consider to be the most essential features of whiteboards, but Danny’s site is much more comprehensive of course.
  *   A useful resource if you’re teaching Scratch is the guide by Neil Rickus<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqyuagaeewmearaeeyaxamyju/click.php>. It covers Scratch<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqyeaiaeewmeavaeeyatamyju/click.php> at Key Stages 2 and 3, and comprises step-by-step projects. It’s a bit like painting by numbers, but if you want to get started quickly, and see results fast, then that’s not a bad thing. Here’s the link: Scratch Guide<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqymafaeewmeagaeeyazamyju/click.php>.
  *   Guides for secondary teachers. I like the downloadable resources I’ve seen from PG Online<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqyjavaeewmeaaaeeyaaamyju/click.php>. They seem to me to be quite comprehensive, and I’ve looked at a few to which I’ve been given free access. As it happens, the daughter of a friend of ours asked me to help her with her Computing homework, and it turned out to be a knowledge test from PG Online. I have to say, I thought it was challenging, although to some extent that was because we weren’t sure what the questioner had in mind. On the whole though I thought it was good. Check out the sample units and see what you think.
  *   Here’s a quick heads-up. The Suffolk Computing Curriculum for Key Stages 1 to 3 is ready and openly available. In the next “proper” issue of Digital Education Kathryn Day, the advisor for Suffolk, talks about the approach and resources, but just for you here’s a sneak preview: Computing in Suffolk<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqybataeewmeataeeyazamyju/click.php>. Kathryn’s article is an update to the one she wrote in July 2014. In case you missed that, I’ve reproduced it below.
  *   Here’s a good article by Lisa Nielsen: “Bullies: Let’s Do More Than Ignore” http://www.techlearning.com/blogentry/9929<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqyhaiaeewmealaeeyaramyju/click.php>. Disclosure: I write for Technology and Learning<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqywafaeewmeaiaeeyalamyju/click.php>, though I am not obliged to promote their stuff.
  *   The ICT & Education website is a work in progress. I’ve just created a page featuring upcoming courses that I’m the trainer on, along with testimonials<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqyqaoaeewmeaxaeeyakamyju/click.php> from teachers on past courses. This page is not generally available yet. Here it is: Courses<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqyyadaeewmeadaeeyalamyju/click.php>.

The Computing Curriculum: Suffolk’s Interpretation

By Kathryn Day

The approach we are taking in Suffolk to the Computing Curriculum is based on “Creative Computing: a design-based introduction to computational thinking”[1]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyssaoaeewmeadaeeyaxamyju/click.php> developed by the ScratchEd[2]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eysuazaeewmeafaeeyaramyju/click.php> team. Creative computing, as the name implies, combines creativity with computing and draws on young people’s imagination and interests to show them how they can be creators rather than just consumers. The approach develops Computational Thinking – thinking in a logical way to develop a solution to a problem. It’s the way you have to think to be able to program computers successfully. But it’s also an approach that you can use in all areas of the Computing Curriculum, whether it’s Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy or Cyber Wisdom.

Computational Thinking has 3 aspects – perspectives, practices and concepts. It’s the perspectives and practices that we are applying across the whole curriculum, whether the solution lies in the creation of a computer program, a spreadsheet, a presentation, or an animation.

The three Computational Perspectives are:

· Expressing – where young people realise that computing is a creative medium.

· Connecting – where young people don’t work only in isolation but are allowed to work collaboratively to solve problems.

· Questioning – where young people are empowered to ask questions about the world.

The four Computational Practices are:

· Being iterative and incremental – where young people learn that to develop a successful solution they have to develop a little bit, try it out, then develop some more.

· Testing and debugging – where young people learn that to make sure their solutions work they have to find and fix mistakes.

· Reusing and remixing – where young people learn that they can make solutions by building on what others, and they, have done before.

· Abstracting and modularizing – where young people learn that they can develop complex solutions by putting together collections of smaller parts.

Our curriculum is being developed by a team of nine Primary School teachers and eleven Secondary School teachers, including one who works in a Pupil Referral Unit. We are also working with our eight Special Schools to ensure all children and young people in Suffolk can access the Computing Curriculum.

Our starting point was to look at the Computing Programme of Study[3]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyseavaeewmeapaeeyadamyju/click.php> (in draft when we began work in May 2013) and to divide into strands. We identified 4:

· Computer Science: understanding computational concepts and how to write computer programs;

· Information Technology (IT): understanding how computers work, what computer networks are, and how we use IT in our lives;

· Digital Literacy: the ability to select and use digital technology to communicate effectively to a given audience for a specific purpose, including using new and unfamiliar technologies with increasing competence;

· Cyber Wisdom: using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, including legal frameworks and health and safety issues.

For each strand we are developing progression grids which take the National Curriculum “Pupils should be taught to…” statements and breaks them into yearly Learning Objectives outlining what young people should be trying to learn. Learning Outcomes are identified for each Learning Objective and take the form of “I can…” statements which demonstrate what young people need to do to show that learning has taken place. We then search through the numerous resources being developed to support the Computing Curriculum and signpost to those quality assured by Suffolk teachers. If there are no resources to support our Learning Objectives we develop our own. We have developed the progression grids and resources to make them accessible for all teachers, including those who have little or no experience of Computing.

So far we have progression grids and resources to teach the Computer Science strand from years 1-9 (age 5-14). The Cyber Wisdom strand has progression grids and resources for years 1-6 (age 5-11). They can be found on Suffolk Learning.[4]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eysmavaeewmeaxaeeyalamyju/click.php> The secondary team will be developing the Cyber Wisdom strand next while the Primary team is working on the largest strand – Digital Literacy. We will continue to revisit, review and develop our curriculum to ensure that it stays relevant and up-to-date. You can keep abreast of its development by signing up to the Suffolk Computing Blog[5]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eysjafaeewmeaiaeeyagamyju/click.php>.


[1]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eysbalaeewmeagaeeyakamyju/click.php> Brennan, K. 2011. “Creative Computing: a design-based introduction to computational thinking”. ScratchEd. http://scratched.media.mit.edu/sites/default/files/CurriculumGuide-v20110923.pdf<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyshataeewmeaiaeeyaiamyju/click.php>

[2]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyswanaeewmearaeeyazamyju/click.php> http://scratched.media.mit.edu/<http://t.ymlp344.com/eysqavaeewmeaaaeeyaramyju/click.php>

[3]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eysyapaeewmeagaeeyaramyju/click.php> https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyusadaeewmeataeeyagamyju/click.php>

[4]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyuuaraeewmealaeeyadamyju/click.php> http://www.suffolklearning.co.uk/11-19-learning-teaching/computing<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqybataeewmeataeeyazamyju/click.php>. If you would like to download the progression grids and resources you need to be a registered user of Suffolk Learning. Click on the ‘Login’ link to register.

[5]<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyueataeewmealaeeyagamyju/click.php> http://www.suffolklearning.co.uk/11-19-learning-teaching/computing/computing-blog<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyumavaeewmeazaeeyaaamyju/click.php>

Some repeated news…

The next few items were featured in the newsletter I sent out earlier today – you know, the one with the error in it.


Here is advance notice of two competitions coming up in the next full-size issue of Digital Education:

First, there will be a prize draw for a one year subscription to Grammarly<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyujafaeewmeavaeeyalamyju/click.php>. This is an online grammar, spelling, plagiarism checker. Grammarly Premium checks for 250 critical grammar and spelling checks, offers writing genre settings, vocabulary improvement, and plagiarism detection. It is available on MS Office as an Add-on. The cost of an annual subscription is $139.95, and the prize will be a one year subscription. All you will have to do is send me an email with a particular subject line by a particular date – which will be around a week after the newsletter is sent out. The competition is open to anyone in the world who is 18 and above with an email address.

Second, there will be a prize draw to win one of three copies of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyubafaeewmeagaeeyazamyju/click.php>. (Clicking on that link will take you to my review of it.) Unfortunately, because of copyright reasons, subscribers in the USA won’t be eligible to enter. Apart from that, the same applies as to the Grammarly competition.

So do keep an eye out for the next issue of Digital Education<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyuhazaeewmealaeeyaaamyju/click.php> .

Free resources

The free resources area of the ICT & Computing in Education website<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyuwaoaeewmeaaaeeyazamyju/click.php> is now up and running. I’ve just added “45 features of excellent ICT and Computing lessons”. It’s based on “37 features of outstanding ICT and Computing lessons<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyuqakaeewmeacaeeyatamyju/click.php>”, but it’s been changed in the following ways. It’s been:

  *   Expanded.
  *   Improved.
  *   Made to be less inspection-related.
  *   Divided into sub-sections for ease of use.

To access these and the other free resources, go to  the digitaled-subscribers<http://t.ymlp344.com/eqqhataeewmeacaeeyaiamyju/click.php> page and enter the password diged000. That is all lower case, and two zeros.

The ICT & Computing Education website

This has been made mobile-friendly – I’m pleased to say that it passes Google’s mobile-friendly test<http://t.ymlp344.com/eyuyacaeewmeagaeeyacamyju/click.php> with flying colours! I’ve tested it in various browsers, two laptops, and two phones, and it looks OK on all of them. However, it’s taking me time to get to know the new interface, but I’ve got to grips with the basics! Changing the website has provided the opportunity of updating various pages, and as I complete this process then pages will change, and new pages will appear. Anyway, I hope you like the new look. Your feedback is always appreciated.

That’s all from me for now. As I say, look out for the next issue of Digital Education soon.

Best wishes


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