Session 2: Computing skills and techniques

You have been working hard! It’s great to see so many new blogs appearing and to read your thoughts on internet safety.

This week we are moving on to exploring computing skills and techniques. This may sound a little daunting, but we hope you’ll enjoy making a computer game using some free software called Scratch and looking at resources for introducing programming concepts in the Early Years.  I’ve posted more about these themes here.

The good thing is that these tools are intuitive and easy to use; you don’t need to be an expert or even have any previous programming experience yourself. You really can take the role of facilitator and learn the basics alongside the children. Please be reassured that we’ll be looking for your thoughts on how best to help children get the most out of their experiences rather than demonstrate your own brilliance.  It’s all about helping them learn to solve their own problems and figure things out for themselves.

But we do hope you get a buzz out of dabbling with computing and end up with a game you can share with your family. You can get a real sense of achievement when the computer does what you tell it to do!


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