ICT lecture two- Unplugged Computing
Monday November 11th 2013, 7:10 pm  Tagged , , , ,
Filed under: EYFS,ICT,National Curriculum

The National Curriculum will be changing as of the next academic year . This curriculum takes a step away fro the idea of ICT and a step towards ‘Computing’ which seems to involve more of the process behind computing itself. ¬†Computing also needs to be taught and used across the curriculum, not just in a specific timetabled slot.

This has a particular place in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. This can be introduced by activities such as follow the leader or Simon says, in which a command is given resulting in an action.

These ideas can then be transferred to more computer related skills by use of a simple computer literate machine other wise known as… A Beebot! ¬†Beebots are exciting to use and look very engaging and child friendly. Once a child understands how they work, they can be used for a range of different processes and topics. Mats for the Beebots can be brought and bridges and blocks. However I particularly like the idea of making your own mats, once you have the outline, you can used it for Maths, story telling or sequencing. Beebots sometimes take a few tries to get it right but this can be seen as positive as it encourages children to keep trying and to work with what they know (EYFS Development Matters- Characteristics of Learning.)

These skills can also be used on apps and websites such as purple mash. The set up here is exactly the same but it is less practicle as therefore may be harder for some children as it is on screen.


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