Teach Computing

Teach Computing

By NCCE
An exciting new podcast from the National Centre for Computing Education in England. Each month, you get to hear from a range of experts, teachers, and educators from other settings as they discuss with us key issues, approaches, and challenges related to teaching computing in the classroom.
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Moving teaching online : challenges and opportunities
Given current events, we wanted to hear from a group of educators about their experiences of shifting learning online at short notice.  Throughout this episode our guests, eager to support their fellow educators shared many ideas for approaches, tools software and support, which we've collated below: For creating virtual classrooms or communities, Google Classroom came out as a valuable tool that many schools are turning to at this time. There are of course other tools like Microsoft Teams and as James mentioned Tapestry for younger learners. Other collaboration tools that were discussed included Jamboard from Google which allows users to collaborate on a virtual whiteboard area. Bitpaper was also mentioned as a similar tool as was Liveboard. The above tools may support teacher -> pupils collaboration but as Jane pointed out a simple shared document if often all you need to promote collaboration. Schools are overcoming the potential safeguarding challenges and using video tools to communicate with learners. There are many of these from Google Meet (or Hangouts) and Microsoft teams which schools likely already have access to as an organisation plus a range of other tools including Zoom. Other video tools include Flipgrid, which can be used for asynchronous video communication and interaction and screen recorders such as LOOM, which can be used to capture demonstrations or on screen tutorials. For assessment, whether formative or summative, several tools were mentioned from light touch assessments using tools like Kahoot and Quizlet to more structured learning platforms like Seneca or Isaac Computer Science which use questioning to drive learning. For teaching content their were a number of places our guests recommended for either self contained activities or teacher directed tasks. Tynker, Code Combat and Purple Mash were recommended as self contained activities for learners. Whereas for more structured and progress focused activities you may want to look at the NCCE resources, code.org or Digital making at home. An important theme was teacher collaboration, finding time to connect with peers, whether immediate colleagues or educators facing similar challenges across the world. Cat mentioned the GEG Global classroom and Steve uses Facebook workplace for team chats. There are also online meetups such as #caschat & #csedresearchbookclub and many CAS communities of Practice have moved to online meetings. And finally to paraphrase Jane, in this challenging time we have needed to act rapidly to ensure teaching and learning continues. Moving forward we should each focus on getting one thing working (well) and consider the associated pedagogy before attempting the next thing. Read our full notes
44:47
April 2, 2020
Modelling the programming process through live coding
Following our recent quick read on the same subject, I spoke to Rebecca Franks from the Raspberry Pi Foundation about the benefits of Live Coding in computing education. Whilst Live coding is typically delivered in person there are also several examples of its successful use online and in remote settings. From next month we'll be focusing on the challenge that many educators now face of teaching their pupils whilst schools are closed and learning is happening remotely. We want to hear your experiences, challenges and ideas which you can share with us via email. Read our full notes at ncce.io/tc07
19:16
March 19, 2020
Approaching progression in computing education
At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the Educator Support team have been spending a lot of time thinking about how they are approaching progression throughout the NCCE Resource Repository resources. In this month's episode, we hear from members of the team about their approach to progression developing Learning Graphs and how they expect these to be used by educators. Also this month, I speak with Oliver Quinlan, Head of Impact and Research at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, about the upcoming Research Symposium. Thanks to all our guests for their contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds. Full notes and transcript available on the Teach Computing Blog
31:45
February 18, 2020
Supporting all students in Computing
We believe that all learners should be able to access a high quality but accessible computing education. In this month's episode we explore some practical strategies that not only support SEND students but improve accessibility for all learners. My expert guest this month is Catherine Elliott who has a wealth of experience in supporting SEND students, has written reports on the subject and hosts a fantastic online course. Full notes and transcript available on the Teach Computing Blog
33:15
January 23, 2020
Challenges facing Computing educators
Computing is often perceived or presented as an inherently hard subject. Whilst we at Teach Computing would disagree with this characterisation, it's clear that there are some specific challenges that come with teaching computing. Our latest podcast episode aims to explore these challenges and highlight some of the ways in which teachers can get support.  We spoke to Katie Vanderpere-Brown a school leader, experienced CS teacher and most recently NCCE hub leader about these challenges. Full notes and transcript available on the Teach Computing Blog
26:00
December 17, 2019
Cognitive Load Theory in Computing
This month we’ve decided to focus a whole episode on a single aspect of pedagogy and how it applies to teaching computing. Back in September the National Centre for Computing shared its first Pedagogy Quick Read focused on Cognitive Load Theory. I sat down with Duncan Maidens from the Raspberry Pi Foundation to talk about the importance of considering cognitive load when designing teaching activities. Thanks to Duncan Maidens for his contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds. You can (and should) contribute your thoughts and expertise by emailing the team or by leaving us a voice message, which we may include in a future episode. We want to make a podcast that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, and to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) and what you’d like to see more of. Thanks for listening!
45:23
November 28, 2019
What is Computing?
We’re following up our inaugural episode’s exploration of the reasons for teaching computing with a discussion about what we mean when we talk about ‘computing’. During episode #2, we address the following questions: Computing is a rapidly evolving field, with technology advancing at a rapid pace — are there ideas at the core of computing that are constant and consistent? How do we as teachers relate these big ideas to our everyday teaching? Given that computing is broad and multidisciplinary, do our individual experiences influence how we view and ultimately present the subject to our learners? Thanks to all our guests for their contributions to this episode, and a special thanks to Oliver Quinlan for our intro theme built from Commodore 64 sounds. You can (and should) contribute your thoughts and expertise by emailing the team or by leaving us a voice message, which we may include in a future episode. We want to make a podcast that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, and to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) and what you’d like to see more of. For our full notes, links and guest list visit our full show notes Thanks for listening!
45:13
October 18, 2019
Why Teach Computing?
To kick off our podcast series, we’re exploring the reasons why computing education is so important to the lives and education of all our students. There are many reasons why we might want our young people to be confident and literate, not only in how to use technology but also in how it works and is created. First and foremost, computing should be tremendous fun and is one of the most creative disciplines; it enables our learners to create, invent, explore and simulate the world around them. Exposing students to computing skills and concepts is incredibly empowering, giving them new ways to solve problems, represent their world, and express their ideas. “Computing is one of the richest, deepest, most fascinating, most creative, most ingenious playgrounds of the mind.” – Simon Peyton Jones Computing is a broad, rich, and deep discipline that has something for everyone; beyond its core concepts and ideas, it connects with almost every other subject, making it truly multidisciplinary. It is an academically rigorous discipline which promotes maths, logic, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Computing is already pervasive within society and the workplace, so the workforce of tomorrow (across all sectors) will need a solid level of computing literacy. This will enable them to understand and harness the power of computing to make good decisions and solve new problems. In order to explore the question “Why teach computing?”, we spoke to a number of experts and practitioners of computing education to find out why they think computing is so important. If you want to find out more about the topics we discuss in the episode, you’ll find some useful links below. You can find a full set of show notes including links and downloads on the Teach Computing Blog, you can also download a full transcript of this episode. We want to make a show that is both interesting and useful to computing educators, to do that we need your help. Complete this feedback form to tell us what you liked (or didn’t) and what you’d like to see more of. Finally, tell us what you think, why should we teach computing? Leave us a voice message and we may feature you in a future show.
39:27
September 23, 2019
Teach Computing Podcast - Coming soon
An exciting new podcast from the National Centre for Computing Education in England. Each month, you get to hear from a range of experts, teachers, and educators from other settings as they discuss with us key issues, approaches, and challenges related to teaching computing in the classroom. teachcomputing.org/
00:50
September 17, 2019