Delivering an Outstanding GCSE Computing Curriculum in Hull

Background:

Many teachers have requested CPD to support the planning, delivery and assessment of the GCSE Computing Curriculum.

We have planned a programme which will focus acutely on the pedagogy of teaching Computing as well as the subject knowledge and understanding required.  It will include a variety of strategies to plan, teach and organise with an emphasis on hands-on practical workshops to enable teachers in the classroom to feel confident about approaching GCSE Computing.

Alan O’Donohoe, an established Computing at School (CAS) Master Teacher and trainer, will lead on these three sessions for GCSE.   Alan has taught Computing from Key Stage 2 to GCSE and among other things is the founder of the Raspberry Jam movement http://about.me/alanodonohoe.

The initial outlines of the days are below, but a flexible approach will allow for the content and delivery to change throughout the days and to be guided by the teachers in the project.

Day One:

Wednesday 12th February 2014 – all day (9.00 – 3.00) at Winifred Holtby Academy

This day will be suitable for teachers who are currently teaching GCSE Computing or are considering the introduction of it. It will be ideally suited to teachers with little or no experience of teaching programming and/or no computer science background.

This course will:

  • Identify and develop pedagogical approaches to teaching programming to pupils
  • Develop teacher competence and an understanding of key computing concepts
  • Provide teachers with the insight to plan and design their curriculum around the introduction of computing
  • Allow teachers the opportunity, through hands-on practical workshops, to explore a range of approaches and platforms to teach programming
  • deliver time-saving tips and techniques from teaching experiences
  • enable you to feel confident about teaching GCSE Computing

Day Two:

Thursday 1st May 2014 – all day (9.00 – 3.00) at Winifred Holtby Academy

Please note that some previous programming experience is required (at least attendance of Day 1).  It is suitable for teachers of GCSE Computing who are looking to develop their own effectiveness as well as preparing their classes for exams

On this course you will be presented with a variety of strategies to plan, teach and organise coursework assignments. There will be an emphasis on hands-on practical workshops to enable you to feel confident about approaching coursework and exam preparation for GCSE Computing.

Part 1 Programming Assignment

Expect to develop your expertise in analysing a problem, designing an algorithm, programming a solution, evaluating with a test plan while ensuring that the assessment criteria is being met.

Part 2 Investigation Assignment

Expect to gain some expertise in assembly language, Von Neumann architecture as well as analysing a problem, designing an algorithm, programming a solution, evaluating with a test plan.

Part 3 Exam Preparation

A number of approaches and strategies to help you prepare your students for success in their terminal exam.

Day Three:

Wednesday 21st May 2014 – all day (9.00 – 3.00) at Winifred Holtby Academy

Agenda tbc

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