Teaching

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.

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Matt Britland: Experience and Portfolio

Director of Realise Learning and Director of ICT at The Lady Eleanor Holles School

Previously:

  • Head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School
  • Deputy Head of ICT at Cleeve School

Recent Work:

Client: Bett 2015

Bett Stories

Client: Bett 2015

(Speaking Engagement) Speaking about social media on Wednesday and Friday of Bett 2015.

Client: BETT 2015

Judge for BETT Futures 2015

Client: Barclays / Hopscotch Consulting

(Writing / Lessons and Workshop Resources) Barclays Life Skills: Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans, Workshops and Resources

Client: Education Executive Magazine

(Writing) Google: More Than Just a Search Engine

Client: Research in Practice

(Speaking Engagement) Professionalising The Use Of Social Media

Client: Bett 2015

(Promotion) Promotional material for Bett 2015 – Photos coming soon

Client: Innovate My School

(Webinar) How your school can maximise its online potential: July 2014

Client: Matt Britland & Tristan Kirkpatrick

www.ictcomputing.org – Open Source KS3 Computing Curriculum: July 2014

Client: Education Executive: EdExec Live 2014

(Speaking engagement) – Getting Savvy with Social Media: June 2014

Client: Osiris Educational 

Secondary iPad Training Course –  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: March 2014

Client: St Pauls School (London)

(Parent Presentation) Young People and Technology – February 2014

Client: The Guardian

The future of online learning: challenges, opportunities and creativity: Round Table Discussion  – January 2014

Client: BETT 2014

“Fall in ‘like’ with tweeting: How social media can revolutionise the way you plan lessons and teach” – 24th January 2014

Client: St Pauls School (London)

(Staff Inset) Young People and Technology – January 2014

Client: Zurich

Zurich’s Future, History, Now – Speaking engagement – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 28th November 2013

Client: Government Knowledge

How to Deliver and Effective Computing Curriculum – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 12th November

Effective use of Tablets in the Classroom: 12th November

Developing an Effective E-Safety Policy: 12th November

Client: Optimus Education

Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum – CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER: 15th October 2013

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Do Teachers Need to be Qualified?

Client: The Guardian

(Interview) 10 Minutes with a Head of ICT

Client: PropellerTV

Television interview by Matt Britland about educational technology – Broadcast 5th August 2013.

Client: Optimus Education

Webinar: ‘5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning

Client: TheSunday Times Festival of Education 2013

Panelists discuss the best ways to engage students through technology in the classroom.

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) What is the Future of Technology in Education?

Client: Westminster Briefing

Speaking Engagement – Computer Science in the Curriculum: Delivering Innovative Provision in Schools & Colleges (London) – Download my presentation (5th March 2013)

Client: Science Learning Centre, Institute of Education, University of London

4 Day CPD for the New Computing Curriculum

Client: Millfield School

ICT, Computing and iPad consultancy

“Thank you for an excellent, well focused inset on the integration of iPADs into ICT teaching in particular and the curriculum more generally.  The presentation and demonstrations inspired confidence in the classroom use of iPADs and helped reassure staff as we go 1:1 in September.  It was good to get an insight into cutting edge use of Apps and to swap ideas with a consultant who has current day to day experience as a Head of Department.”

Nick Williams, Head of Business, Computing and ICT: Millfield School

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) There is Room For Both Computing and ICT

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Being an Outstanding Teacher

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Social Media for Schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Is It Time to Rebrand ICT?

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) The Power of Twitter

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) How much will digital text books shake up education

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Is Gove Washing His Hands of ICT

Writing:

Writers and teacher advisor for the Guardian Teacher Network.

Matt Britland

Top 10 Blogs of the Year – Guardian Teacher Network

Disney

Club Penguins Guide to the Wonderful World of the Web

E-Safety Advisor Newsletter

Introduction to Social Media in Education

E-Learning Update

Touchscreen Tablets – How are these being used in Primary and Secondary Schools

Curriculum:

Recent KS3 ICT/Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s Open Source Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s ICT Curriculum: Projects for student in Year 7-9 V1.1

iPad:

Implementing the use of iPads into school

iPad in Education Trial 2012-2013: Report, Evaluation and Data

Launch to HoDs

Launch to All Staff

E-Safety:

CEOP Ambassador

Introduction to Social Media in Education

Experienced in delivering E-Safety to parents 

Teaching Students about Facebook privacy settings

Social Media

Using Facebook Groups in School: A Brief Report/Evaluation

Experienced in using social media in education.

Training Resources:

Appshed Tutorial – Quiz: Programming

AppShed Tutorial – App Creation

Office Training

Photoshop Tutorials

Kodu Tutorials

iPad Tutorials

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(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:

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How Your School can Maximise Its Online Potential

On July 9th I ran a webinar for Innovate My School called “How your school can maximise its online potential”.

Below is the presentation I used for this webinar: