Thanks to everyone at #SSATComp14 for a warm welcome at my first conference presentation. My workshop was about the Y7 binary converter scheme of work that I have been developing for teaching from Sep 2014. I had an absolute blast, and here are my key learning points from the day:
1. Computing isn’t just programming, it’s a blend of ICT, digital citizenship and Computer Science. This excellent document form Computing at School is a good reference point.
2. You won’t get it right first time – the new curriculum is there to be played with and tweaked. Think of it as a beta release.
3. What are your (up to) 10 key ideas about Computing – design your curriculum around those and you won’t go far wrong.
4. You are not alone, there are lots of other people in the same boat or a bit further down the line. Some of these people are on twitter, where lots of valuable discussion take place. If you are one of the people that I bullied persuaded to sign up on the day and you’re not too sure where to start, then just follow Miles Berry (@mberry). He’s like the Kevin Bacon of the Computing curriculum – he’s connected to everyone. Look at who he interacts with, follow a few of them and you can’t go far wrong! See my resources page for my stuff and a list of my recommendations for resources made by others. Once you see what others are doing it will fire your creativity and get you thinking about where you could take it.
5. Own your curriculum. Yes, I share my resources, a lot of which have been adapted from other people’s. I wouldn’t recommend that you use my resources out of the box, tweak and adapt for your school and your pupils. You know them best after all.
6. Don’t think that every lesson has to involve computers – it’s about solving human problems and sometimes simulations and abstractions can get in the way of that.
7. Big data is ace! Nuff said.
For those who were there (or not), here are my slides, and a link to all of the resources from the scheme of work. Any WWW/EBI comments about the session or the resources would be more than welcome.