Computing Curriculum

A Contemporary School Computer Room

I wanted to design a Computing room that moved away from the traditional layout. For decades IT rooms in schools have been arranged with rows of computers and have tended to be a very uninspiring rooms to learn in.

The Student Gateway development has given us an excellent opportunity to create an innovative, exciting and inspirational room that will wow students, teachers and parents alike and be an excellent learning environment. It will show Computing as a creative subject that will give students a chance to work in somewhere similar to that of technology companies or universities.

It will contain different areas to provide flexible learning spaces for students to work individually and collaboratively using a range of technologies.

At the front of the classroom is where students will sit to work on their PCs. All students will be able to see each other as well as the interactive flat screen. This will give the room more of an inclusive feel. Student are also able to sit on the soft furnishing at the front for teacher demonstrations and class discussions or to work on their iPads.

At the top left is a breakfast bar style piece of furniture facing a flat screen. This can work as both a collaborative place for students to work as well as a place for the girls to sit and work individually. Students can sit and work on their iPads, work in groups as well as being able to mirror their device to the flat screen to show work for example.  

The area in the top right is for physical computing and soldering, several students can work on this table at the same time. The table also splits in two to giver the space area more flexibility. The flat panel display in this section can be used to connect computers or iPads to.

 

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Mr Britland’s Open Source KS3 Curriculum: 2014-2015 (Free Download)

(UPDATE: 11th July 2014)

Over the last couple of months I have been working on updating my Computing curriculum ready for release this month. This is the 3rd version and I have tried to do something slightly different with it.

Several months ago Tristan Kirkpatrick, a newly qualified Computing teacher (@Tristan_ICTCS) got in touch with me and asked if I was interested in making the curriculum open source. I jumped at the chance. Tristan began building a new website to enable the curriculum to be shared. All his hard work has resulted in something really exciting.

So…how does it work?

  1. Head to www.ictcomputing.org
  2. Download the Computing curriculum / template (Google Template)
  3. Use it in anyway you like
  4. If you make any changes (remixes), send it back to us by sharing the document with ictcomputingsubmit@gmail.com. Your version of the curriculum will then be available for others to download
  5. Best of all is that it is free for everyone!

Head over to www.ictcomputing.org now!

A PDF version of the curriculum is available from the link below:

Mr Britland’s Open Source Computing Curriculum  


Optimus Education: Computing Conference 2014 (20% Discount)

On 15th October 2014 Optimus Education are holding another one of their amazing Computing conferences.

The conference is called “Deliver and Assess Outstanding Progress in Secondary Computing“, click the link to go to the website.

I spoke at last years event and it was a fantastic day with some great speakers.

If you would like to attend this year, Optimus Education have kindly offered a 20% discount to the readers of my blog.

The promo code is ‘Britland‘.

 

The flyer for the event is embedded below, you can also download it from HERE.

My presentation from last year is below, it is entitled ‘A Guide to Creating a Creative Computing Lesson that Engages Students‘.

A Guide to Delivering Creative Computing Lessons (Presentation)

This is the presentations I gave at the ‘Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum’ conference by Optimus Education on 15th October.

It was a really great day and I saw some fantastic presentations and talks.

MOOCs – Cambridge GCSE Computing: Free Online Computing Course

The Cambridge GCSE Computing MOOC is well worth visiting, whether you are a teacher or student.

It is completely free and includes hundreds of videos, resources and quizzes.

If you are a teacher looking for some CPD, look no further. This could really help your personal development.

Students will love this too. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds but I have a 12 year old working through this in his spare time. You may not get a GCSE out of it, but you do get a certificate of participation.

It is clear that a lot of time has been spent creating this. I really appreciate those involved in this project, I am sure it will be a great success.

This is work in progress and they are adding more lessons throughout this year and next year.

Give it ago, you may just love it.

Sign up for it here:

http://cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

Here is an example of a couple of videos:

 

Year 8 Class Presentations: 2013-2014 Computing Curriculum (Free Resources)

As I am sure you have seen, I have just published my Computing curriculum for 2013-2014 which you can download from here:

Mr Britland’s Computing Curriculum 2013-2014

Last week I posted all of the presentation for the Year 7 projects. These are for both students and teacher and include lots of useful resources.

This post contains the presentations for Year 8.

Feel free to download and use this curriculum. If you use this booklet, its projects or ideas and would like to make a donation for its continuing development, please use the link provided. I would like to keep giving this document away for free so any donation would be amazing. Please click to be redirected to my donation page.

1. How the Internet Works

2. Graphic Design: Magazine Covers

3. Visual Programming: Kodu Projects

4. The Web: HTML5 and CSS3

Year 7 Class Presentations: 2013-2014 Computing Curriculum (Free Resources)

I have just published my Computing curriculum for 2013-2014 which you can download from here:

Mr Britland’s Computing Curriculum 2013-2014

This booklet includes 14 Computing projects, each of these projects comes with a presentation that can be used in class. The presentation is for use by the teacher and by the students and includes lots of links and videos that will help teaching and learning.

These are the presentations for my year 7 projects. I hope you find them useful.

Feel free to download and use this curriculum. If you use this booklet, its projects or ideas and would like to make a donation for its continuing development, please use the link provided. I would like to keep giving this document away for free so any donation would be amazing. Please click to be redirected to my donation page.

1. Learning Blog

2. Office Documents and the Cloud

3. Stay Safe Online

4. Visual Programming: Kodu

5. How a Computer Works/Computing History

6. My App