Michael Gove has been in the news recently about his announcement on scrapping ICT and changing to Computer science. In some ways I complete agree with him but I also agree with other educators when they say that this should be done gradually.
Although I’m as happy as a “Pig in Muck” I feel that this change should be gradual. Some teachers do not have a computer science background may be worried. There would need to be some type of training available for these teachers. According to the BBC, 1 in 4 ICT teachers are qualified in computer science which means that a lot of school might be worried about how they deliver the curriculum.
What is codeacademy?
Code Academy is a free “online” based way of teaching your students how to program code. If you go to http://www.codeacademy.com it is free to sign up and can be a useful teaching result. The first lessons are basic lessons on getting you to pass variables back and forward.
Students receive badges for completing lessons and pass these badges to twitter upon completion. Students also receive points for completing the lessons. My students are doing really well and they’re only in year 7.
They have managed to use length variables and they understand the basics of creating variables now. They were able to tell me the length of my name and they now understand why they should put quotations around their name.
Click on the image to see how you can earn your badges and to see how you can get your students into programming code. My students are now going home and competing to see who can get the most badges for every Tuesday when we do our programming club. These students are in year 7, I can’t wait to see what impact this has on their Maths results in the future.
I have recently been nominated for a learning without frontiers award as an Innovator in Secondary education. If this has been useful to you I would appreciate it if you would vote by clicking on the link to the left and by finding my name – Ray Chambers.
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