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Teaching computational thinking to primary pupils


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For once Google, Microsoft and agree, teaching Computing is important and it is important that children learn to think computationally from an early age. James Abela will take you through a …

For once Google, Microsoft and agree, teaching Computing is important and it is important that children learn to think computationally from an early age. James Abela will take you through a hierarchy of visual tools that enable students to think computationally, code and solve problems in a logical way. This practical session will show you the free tools, lesson plans and support available for delivering a first class computing curriculum.

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  • 1. Teaching Computational Thinking to Primary Pupils James Abela (@eslweb) Apple Distinguished Educator Google Certified Teacher Bangkok Patana School
  • 2. References / Links Will be back at the End…
  • 3. How long has the human race been computationally thinking? Antikythera B.C.
  • 4. G&T KS2 KS1
  • 5. Beebot Daisy The Dinosaur Move The Turtle (Paid app) Kodable & Kodable Pro A.L.E.X.
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  • 7. HopScotch – Simplified Scratch on an iPad. In rapid development and made by the same people as Daisy The Dinosaur Scratch Junior – Coming in January, watch out for it. Cargo Bot – Takes Beebots a bit further & completely free
  • 8. Platform neutral
  • 9. Scratch has an educator site Tynker is specifically built for educators and teaching coding, but premium options cost money. Kodu has a comprehensive teacher pack
  • 10. Lego WeDo Nao £12 +Pi Thymio II Homemade
  • 11. “We've got creative ways to help anyone teach web literacy, digital skills and making. Use our free tools, activities and lesson plans.”
  • 12. End User Devices laptop Desktop PC Mobile Device Printer Grafio Network Devices Switch Router WIFI point wireless router Inkpad
  • 13. Heavy Bias
  • 14. • Google's Data Centre and • BBC Clips • Network building tool(Flash) • The Story of Send • How Submarine Cables are laid
  • 15. Code Monster Play with Javascript (Good extension task) Microsoft Small Basic Text based, but has autocomplete & enables students to upgrade to VB later. Appinventor Enables students to make simple apps for Android. (Not really for games)
  • 16. All of them are real developer programs & would be suitable for a larger project for a student who has outgrown Scratch. • Stencylworks is the simplest to use, but works better on Macs • Construct 2 has the least functionality as a free version • GamesSalad has the least documentation
  • 17. • Computing In The National Curriculum s/CASPrimaryComputing.pdf • • KS 2 Curriculum using Scratch rces/ks2-curriculum • Lego We Do Education eDoIntro.pdf
  • 18. Progression in control technology KS1 to KS3 Programme of Study - Grid for KS1 - KS4 KS1 Programming Progression Grid through I can statements Modelling a search engine Algorithm Task (Starter Activity/Settler) Big Trak Material KS1 Course for teachers
  • 19. Local operation in Bangkok Online support for all teachers.
  • 20. CS Unplugged Google in Education Apple and Education Microsoft Partners in Learning
  • 21. Control Apps Robots Visual Programming Sinple Searches Simple Electronics Mark Up Networks App Development Text Based language
  • 22. Questions?
  • 23. Thank You