Computing Bytes – ‘Meet the Teacher’

I decided to organise a whole school Computing afternoon, called Computing Bytes, to get the children in my future school excited about the subject, but also to give myself a chance to meet them and introduce myself. I had one afternoon and around 400 pupils to plan for! Getting Started First things first, I couldn’t… Continue Reading.

Stereotypes and Computing

This Summer I attended the #CASinclude’s Diversity & Inclusion in Computing Education Conference 2016 where I spent some time reflecting on Girl’s attitudes towards Computing and ICT and overall stereotyped beliefs surrounding what Computing was. This was further developed by a fabulous talk by @Girls2Geeks who shared her own thoughts and experiences as the only… Continue Reading.

A New Direction: Part-Time Teaching

September 11th 2016

Classroom Practice Computing Reflection

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Becoming a part-time teacher this year, is an exciting new chapter in my teaching career. I always knew I didn’t want to progress through the hierarchy from teacher to team leader to SLT etc. as I really love the time with the children and the more you step up the ladder the further you are… Continue Reading.

The importance of relationships

September 10th 2016

Reflection

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I have had a difficult 2 years being a teacher. I know this is not unique in itself, many, many teachers struggle on from year to year, but this was a big turn around from the former years where I had previously felt so full of excitement, enthusiasm and an unquestionable love of my job…. Continue Reading.

Pi Towers: The Real Deal

During the Easter holidays, my Digital Leaders were lucky enough to be invited to Pi Towers for a day exploring and learning whilst sharing their own ideas and opinions with the foundation. When I explained the potential trip to the children, they were excited. When I handed out the letters, they nearly exploded. All the… Continue Reading.

Pycon: Education Track 2014

September 20th 2014

Computing CPD ICT Coordinator

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Pycon: Educators meet Industry Professionals and unite! Teachers are doing a fabulous job at tackling the new curriculum and as we continue our learning journey we need to make use of communities around us who are willing to help. Programming is new to many teachers, but there are loads of people who do it all… Continue Reading.

New year, new kids, new iPad-related ideas…

September 13th 2014

Classroom Practice iPad

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New year, new kids, new iPad-related ideas… So…the new term is always interesting for me, a time to think about what I will do differently from the previous year and what will stay the same. This year I had a new element of consideration as it was my second school year with 1:1 iPads. You… Continue Reading.

A Brave New World: The Computing Curriculum Unleashed

June 25th 2014

CPD ICT Coordinator

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This week marked my school staff’s first official introduction into the new Computing curriculum. I, myself, have been on a big journey since the Computing Programme of Study was first announced. When I first heard about it I was surprised and shocked, would we be able to teach this? How on earth would I be… Continue Reading.

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Switched on iPad: Science

Contributed four lesson plans surrounding embedding the use of tablets to enhance learning in Science for Switched on iPad: Science

Teaching with Tablets

Contributed two chapters titled ‘Visible Learning’ and ‘Children as Researchers’ in Teaching with Tablets

Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Contributed some annotated lesson plans to model what to consider when ‘Planning Computing’ in Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

Contributed a lesson and some discussion (half a chapter) ‘Extending Computing to Meet Individual Needs in KS2’ in Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

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