Teach Coding

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitDoes Minecraft have a place in the computer science curriculum?I’m really a traditionalist at heart, but in my mind I also know where some common-sense is needed in school curriculum models. For example, if we are to teach students computer science – as recommended in the compulsory EBacc curriculum – on offer to all English students, coding is an essential part of this curriculum.Minecraft has been used very successfully for many years across the curriculum by those teachers who are willing to engage within the curriculum from the context of the child. (Anon.)Learn to Code:How we teach coding is another matter? And there are many ways teachers can do this well/poorly.“Equal treatment does not create equal opportunity.” (@doctob)Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. This includes Minecraft is a teacher thinks it will benefit their students. Computer science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Speaking with experience, as a former head of ICT (until 2008) and computing teacher, I look in awe at some of the applications, schemes of work and software available to teachers, schools and students today. Software that enables our children to learn how to code and use applications and devices to access the curriculum and beyond.Click to expandEngineers have seen a move from working on-site to working remotely. This translates the physical world into a digital one, and allows engineers to operate in a virtual environment. For example, in the case of equipment on oil platforms, due to remote control an engineer is often not required to go to the site when a problem occurs, because it can be fixed remotely with less downtime. (UK Commission for Employment and Skills)There are a minority of schools that do not teach computer science. Does yours?Image: Shutterstock… analysis reinforces the importance of developing coherent career pathways within STEM occupations. In order to address priority needs, employers should actively consider the extent to which higher apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships, can provide a relevant development route into professional level roles requiring STEM knowledge and skills … (UKCES)Calling ALL teachers:The Minecraft-based tutorial introduces basic coding skills in a 2-D world that mimics the same environment players would find in the popular software game. At the time of writing, there has already been 93,338 Hour of Code events around the world, with 1,012 in the United KingdomSo, what are Microsoft Education offering teachers?Microsoft Imagine connects you with the tools and knowledge you need to create, code and develop your ideas. There are a series of learning plans that allow students and teachers to access the platform.Why not organise an Hour of Code during December 5-11 2016, and register here? Let’s all get involved with some common-sensed curriculum: #HourOfCodeTT.Related

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