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Think
Direct one’s mind towards someone or
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“A high-quality computing education
equips pupils to use computational
thinking and creativity to understand
and change th...
Computational Thinking
Looking at problems in a way that
computers can help us to solve it.
Computational Thinking
1. First, we think about the steps needed to solve a problem.
2. Then, we use our technical skills ...
Computational Thinking
Why?
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incorporate computational
thinking concepts and explain
how.
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Discovering
Guided Learning
Tinkering
Time to explore before given specific direction
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● Creative society
● Not what we know but our ability to think
and act creatively
● “The ultimate goal is a ...
Creative computing projects
● Involve problem solving
● Relate to pupil experiences / world
around them
● Topic based (cro...
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curriculum...how could you
include creative computing
projects that incorporate
computational t...
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Encouraging computational thinking in the primary classroom
Encouraging computational thinking in the primary classroom
Encouraging computational thinking in the primary classroom
Encouraging computational thinking in the primary classroom
Encouraging computational thinking in the primary classroom
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Slides from my presentation at the CAS / Barefoot Computing at Schools NE Conference 25th March 2015. Some id

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Encouraging computational thinking in the primary classroom

  1. 1. Barefoot Computing www.barefootcas.org.uk @zoeross19
  2. 2. Think up 20 uses for this...
  3. 3. Think Direct one’s mind towards someone or something; use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas Oxford English Dictionary
  4. 4. “A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.” National Curriculum
  5. 5. Computational Thinking Looking at problems in a way that computers can help us to solve it.
  6. 6. Computational Thinking 1. First, we think about the steps needed to solve a problem. 2. Then, we use our technical skills to get the computer working on the problem.
  7. 7. Computational Thinking
  8. 8. Why? Image from Smart Girl
  9. 9. cc edanley
  10. 10. cc Nitevision
  11. 11. cc exfordy
  12. 12. Problem Solving: Sudoku
  13. 13. Activity
  14. 14. Think about your teaching...identify1 area where you already incorporate computational thinking concepts and explain how.
  15. 15. ● Constructivism ● Discovery learning ● Project-based learning Piaget, Bruner, Parpet
  16. 16. Ashbrian CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
  17. 17. Discovering
  18. 18. Guided Learning
  19. 19. Tinkering Time to explore before given specific direction
  20. 20. Mitch Resnick ● Creative society ● Not what we know but our ability to think and act creatively ● “The ultimate goal is a society of creative individuals who are constantly inventing new possibilities for themselves and their communities.”
  21. 21. Creative computing projects ● Involve problem solving ● Relate to pupil experiences / world around them ● Topic based (cross-curricular) ● Incorporate computational thinking at the core www.barefootcas.org.uk
  22. 22. Think about your computing curriculum...how could you include creative computing projects that incorporate computational thinking?
  23. 23. What Barefoot Offers
  24. 24. ● 10,000+ registered users on our website ● 14,000+ downloads of our resources ● 3000+ teachers from 800+ schools free workshops Some Statistics...
  25. 25. Resources mapped to the computing programme of study
  26. 26. Easy to understand explanations of computer science concepts
  27. 27. Cross-curricular activities to teach your pupils
  28. 28. Free workshops delivered by Barefoot volunteers
  29. 29. Find out more! @barefootcomp #barefootcomp www.barefootcas.org.uk

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