Autumn Term is Coding Term

This term two international week long celebrations provide a good opportunity for schools to look at how the coding part of the Computing curriculum is going and perhaps inject some new ideas, with some new resources on hand to bring variety to your teaching.

EU Code Week is on15th – 23rd October 2016

Quoting from the website: Learning to code helps us to make sense of how things work, explore ideas and make things, for both work and play. What’s more it helps us to unleash our creativity and work collaboratively with wonderful people both near us and all over the world.

Hour of Code 5th - 11th December

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week in the US, but has become an international event. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week will be December 5-11, but you can celebrate an Hour of Code all year round.

For the UK version of Hour of Code click here – some new resources have been added.

Did you know there are new features and tutorials in the free MIT Scratch 2.0 software including the option to ‘record a project video’ great for capturing evidence or creating tutorials. If you’re still using version 1.4. perhaps it’s time to look at upgrading.

Mobile coding apps for schools:

Hopscotch for Schools

Top Paid App - Hopscotch for Schools  

Well established block based coding app.

 

Lightbot

Top Free App - Lightbot Code Hour

Structured activities to build problem solving and coding skills.

 

Special offer to help you make the most of Coding in the Computing Curriculum:

Image source: iTunes app store, Lightbot Code Hour- https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/lightbot-code-hour/id873943739?mt=8

3-day block of support to be booked and completed by Jan 31st 2017

Review of coding and programming element in your school curriculum, building progression and challenge – hands on workshops for pupils and teachers and support staff – session for parents

  • Special price for new schools: £1250
  • Special price for existing SLA schools: £1000
  • Substantial saving on normal price of £1800

Image source Hopscotch: iTunes app store Hopscotch for schools 

Image source: iTunes app store, Lightbot Code Hour

 

 

 

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