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Support in teaching of the Computing National Curriculum

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by westies16, May 10, 2017.

  1. westies16

    westies16 New commenter


    We are a group of final year trainee teachers who have produced a website to support teachers with the teaching of the Computing National Curriculum. Below is the link to the website. We would love for some feedback on whether you would use the resource and if it is easy to navigate.


    Thank You
  2. JM6699

    JM6699 New commenter

    Not sure I would use the site to be honest. It seems to be a collection of links and resources from other sites.

    I started with the Jam Sandwich page and, once I read the spelling mistakes on there, wouldn't be tempted to go much further.
  3. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    I don't get the website. It just seems to be a collection of random things with no coherence. You have to consider why someone would use your website rather than a different one. For example, why would someone use your Python tutorial when there are thousands of more in depth ones out there that don't go in to using datetime libraries straight after a print statement and then just end.

    Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Find a niche
  4. LinkToThis

    LinkToThis New commenter

    if your going to show code, format it to make it more clear, currently it is green, I would use the color scheme used in IDLE being the most popular and then;
    Centre the code to make it clearer.​
    You also miss some of the best websites, such as codeacademy or codecombat.
  5. ash719

    ash719 New commenter

    Firstly good on you guys for trying to create and share something. I had a quick look through and here goes my 2p worth:
    • A lot of teachers will already have the resources you are linking to unless they are very new to computing (or a non specialist computing teacher).
    • It might be an idea to organise your content in more clearly defined sections/chunks (a lot of scrolling around and jumping through menu at the moment).
    • It is arguable if the website supports teachers or the actual teaching of computing (i would say it provides information about computing content, much of which is already available).
    It will need some coherent development for computing teachers to look at it as a go to resource. So good start but plenty of work to do to make it really work well.
  6. NaturallyGreezy

    NaturallyGreezy New commenter

    Out of curiosity, how widespread is teaching computing in primary schools. School I work in, you would think the year 7s don't even know what a computer is (inner city LDN school). We also only teach CS as a GCSE from year 10. You can probably predict how difficult they find it.
  7. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    They do Computing at my daughter's primary school - they've done some Scratch and algorithms have been mentioned - but they miss a lot of opportunities to do more.

    For example, when they did Romans, there was no discussion of how (i.e. an algorithm) to turn a number into Roman numerals, even though it's on the Maths curriculum. So I made this with her and she really enjoyed it.
  8. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    when of course every primary school should be providing some form of CS to their pupils so that they have a chance when they go to 'big school' to learn more stuff.
    However, we say the same about literacy and numeracy, but after wading through Yr7 marking where keywords (which are on display in the classroom) are spelt incorrectly, and capital letter use is shocking, I'm also glad they're not!
  9. truth_seeker12

    truth_seeker12 Occasional commenter

    Would not use and most of them I have seen already.

    Its not a website with much useful content but a website with links to other sites. The layout doesn't show professionalism but good content can make up for it. The video by KN didn't doesn't have good sound and quality is pretty low. Try using a microphone and having the camera close. Makes a big difference. I was lost to what it was meant to represent. However, sandwich seemed tasty.

    Its clear to see that you are new to this as trainees and are motivated to get this going. However, after 3-4 years of experience, I can see you guys making some good resources if you can keep up the motivation.
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  10. truth_seeker12

    truth_seeker12 Occasional commenter

    If you need some resources such as and interactive presentations then I will happily provide some for free as I will be posting a batch for sale on TES sometime soon. However, will have to check if TES policies allow it

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