Computer Programming


Posted by Daniel | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 14, 2013

I missed the last session we had on computer programming and resources.

Unfortunately I had booked my literacy QTS Skills test for that morning……. and luckily for I passed it! (major relief)

I understand that the session was related to programming, and the use of such programmes in school. This is a topic that is essential in current reforms within ICT education.  Check out this BBC News article   also this one by the Telegraph says the problem is ICT lessons teach children how to use a computer and software such as ‘Microsoft Office’, but not how the programme itself is created.

Coding  means telling a computer what to do by giving it commands to which it responds. ‘We live in a digital age, and children need to understand how the devices they’re using work and how to control them,’ says Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder of Code Club, launched in September 2012 that offers free after-school coding lessons to Year 5 and 6 children. ‘Raising a generation of children who can code will have massive benefits to our future economy.’ Teaching coding puts children in control of the computer and lets them learn through experimentation, mastering concepts such as logic and consequences. It can also be a lot more fun than traditional ICT lessons as aforementioned, which typically revolve around using Word and PowerPoint and teach children how to be ‘secretaries’ rather than helping them learn how computers work.

Scratch a child friendly programme with a free download so children can learn at home as well as school. It is intended to motivate pupils and enhance future learning through playfully experimenting and creating projects. These such prjects can take the form: as interactive animations and games, etc. Individuals who use Scratch at a young age develop a solid foundation of knowledge that helps prepare them for higher level programming languages later in the future. At a basic level they really allow children to explore independent problem solving and critical thinking.




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