Effective computing pedagogy

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Collaborative working is effective in many curriculum areas, but a structured pair programming approach can support learners to develop programs and problem solve more successfully.

14 November 2019

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‘Data science’ is a term being used more frequently in academia and industry, but a Royal Society report, Dynamics of Data Science Skills, suggests that data science skills are an important area that should be discussed in education, and data skills need to be built into a school’s curriculum.

24 October 2019

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James Robinson explains why carefully designed multiple choice questions (MCQs) are a powerful and effective tool for assessing and addressing misconceptions held by learners.

24 October 2019

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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’.

18 October 2019

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Worked examples are a tool commonly used in a range of subjects including Maths & Science to support novice learners. By studying worked examples alongside the completion of traditional practice problems, learners are exposed to the problem solving process as well as frequently applied techniques. A well constructed worked example:

10 October 2019

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To round off September, we’re completing a pedagogical hat trick by sharing the very first episode of our brand-new computing education-focused podcast: Teach Computing.

23 September 2019

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Jane Waite talks us through some of the many instructional approaches that are available to educators when teaching programming.

18 September 2019

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Sway Grantham, Primary Learning Manager at Raspberry Pi Foundation, summarises the research findings and evidence of using manipulatives to challenge learners' concept of a computer.

18 September 2019

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Busy teachers don’t always have the time to access, read, and assimilate pedagogy research into evidence-based practices, let alone begin to implement these practices in their classrooms. To help, we’re developing a series of bite-sized Pedagogy Quick Reads.

12 September 2019

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Every teacher understands that how you teach is as important as what you teach. Here, James Robinson describes the NCCE's plans to support teachers of Computing who are interested in pedagogical strategies and evidence-based teaching.

24 July 2019

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George Boukeas, Learning Manager at Raspberry Pi Foundation, explains how Learning Objective Graphs can be used effectively in planning progression.

09 July 2019

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Jane Waite, a teacher trainer and researcher at Queen Mary University of London, describes recent research on the teaching of programming in primary schools.

09 July 2019

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James Robinson, Senior Learning Manager at Raspberry Pi Foundation, considers what common misconceptions learners exhibit and what techniques you can employ to mitigate them.

09 July 2019

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Dr Elizabeth Hidson, Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Sunderland, describes her thesis on developing computing pedagogy within the 2014 curriculum.

02 May 2019

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Katharine Childs, Programme Coordinator at Raspberry Pi Foundation, briefly explains some of the findings from her MSc Computing in Education dissertation about how teachers are using physical computing activities in Key Stage 2 lessons.

02 May 2019

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James Robinson, Senior Learning Manager at Raspberry Pi Foundation, discusses the benefits of pair programming and how to integrate this in the classroom.

02 May 2019

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James Robinson, Senior Learning Manager at Raspberry Pi, discusses the use of journal clubs as a valuable way to develop professional practice.

28 February 2019

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A brief introduction to Energy in Schools, a government-funded initiative, investigating whether physical computing can be used to help engage young people in sustainability issues.

28 February 2019