I have been working very hard over the last few months producing my new Computing curriculum and it is finally ready.
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(To use Google Docs you must be 13 or over. This project is only suitable for schools using Google Apps for Education. If you would like to use this project you could run it in Year 9/3rd Year)
Last year I did an assembly on DropBox and Google Docs and realised how little the upper school new about the Cloud. I decided that I need to create a project on the cloud and specifically office documents.
While this project focuses more on Google Docs I will cover other cloud services. Especially services that allow students to easily back up their school work.
In September I intend to start a learning blog with my 1st years/year 7’s. If it is successful I intend to roll it our to all year groups.
Essentially I want students to have there own blog. Each week they will post an update. This update will be about what they have done that week, what they have learnt, an evaluation and any work they would like to post. They can also share their blog with their peers and get them to comments on their posts.
They would carry on doing this in ICT (or other subjects if they would like to get involved) throughout the lower school and upper school if they choose. Obviously technology will change over their time at school. Although, we can cross that bridge when we get to it and up date the learning blog when we need to.
This project builds on a the 1st Kodu project (year 7/1st year) which will be posted soon. In the first project, students find their feet with Kodu. In this project they have to decide a genre for their game and fully plan it.
The final project in the 3rd year/year 9 is a programming unit.
Students will use www.codecademy.com to learn how to program with Python. I really like codecademy and think it is a great way for student to learn. The digital badges and the ability to share progress online is great.