Computing

iPad Mobile Learning Scheme – Video

I worked at LEH for 4 1/2 half years and was responsible for digital strategy. A large part of what I did whilst I was there was implementing LEH’s 1:1 iPad mobile learning solution.

We worked very closely with Western Computer who not only supplied the devices but supported us through the process.

Western Computer produced a great video about our journey.

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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.

 

Why you should get your students switched on to coding

This article was published on the Barclays Life Skill website in March 2016.

You might have seen the news that the BBC micro:bit is now being sent out to all year 7 students. The aim of these mini, programmable computers is to inspire students to develop creative and digital skills through coding, and get more young people interested in science, technology, engineering and maths. It is clear from this alone that coding has become the hot topic for technology in the classroom, having been made a part of the curriculum as of September 2014 [1]. With over 12 million people in the UK unprepared to fill the looming digital skills gap, it’s no surprise that coding has been highlighted as such an important aspect of current and future teaching models [2]

Though coding may seem very technical and sometimes daunting to tackle, confined to the realms of the computer labs, I’d like to dispel this myth. Granted, the digital skills learnt from coding are a major benefit to the changing needs of the labour market; in today’s digital world, it’s not enough for the next generation to know how to use programmes and software – they also need an appreciation for how these things are developed and how coding is used to produce them. But we shouldn’t consider it a teaching practice exclusively designed for computing lessons.

Read the rest of this article on the Barclays Life Skills website.

(Updated) App Creation – Programming with Appshed: Quiz Builder (Tutorial Videos)

At school I am running an app design project for my year 7 students. Unlike many lessons they have experienced in their previous school life, there is very little teaching from the teacher, I am mostly there as a facilitator. I am of course there to help when necessary but my aim is to get students learning more independently. They must teach themselves using videos I have produced for them.

You can watch the videos below:

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.