Scratch! Session 5

This lesson we have been learning about coding. Pupils can easily use this programme and create their own. When you use this online there is a step by step guide to help you.

We also discussed as a class about how the curriculum has changed to include this new subject, Computing. We looked at how a number of different sites can be used in the classroom such as Pinterest and Scratch. Pinterest is useful for teachers to share resources and ideas between each other in a simple yet clever manner.

We were then encouraged to try Scratch for ourselves. By teaching ourselves how to use this software it enables us to help pupils to use it and get the most out of it. My Scratch can be found above.


This session I have also added an RSS feed to my blog for the BBC Education website.

The Hour of Code!

In the previous session we were told about The Hour of Code scheme that is being rolled out across America. I decided to give this a go and came up with this.

Activities to learn about using code and activities that can be used with children can be found on this website:

In the future it is predicted that coding will be a considered to be a basic thing that pupils will need to know. This means that us as teachers need to familiarise ourselves with it so we can be comfortable in teaching it.

Session One.

In todays session we were manipulating media to use in the classroom. We decided to create a video of Is this the way to amarillo? This is because children in need is on friday and so this this activity could be done by the children.

We originally planned on using a green screen to change the background of where we were but the app for this would not work due to the ipad being updated to ios7 and the app itself not being changed. Because of this we decided to film it in different parts of the campus and then put the various clips together using Windows Movie Maker before later uploading to youtube.

This activity can be easily replicated by children but it shows the issue with technology. When planning to do this in the class the ipads would all need to be checked beforehand to ensure all are working.

This link from the BBC discusses iPads in the classroom and gives some key tips to teachers who are thinking about using them and ideas on how to get the most out of them.

RE session 4.

This session involved us talking about how IT can be used to benefit RE.

The three key ways in which IT can help with RE are : Enhancing teaching and learning. Improving administration and planning. Improving assessment and reporting.

Although only the first way directly helps the children the other two ways will help with RE as a whole and the children will reap the rewards of this in their learning. An example of this is using the internet to gain lesson ideas from other teachers and to share your own successful lessons/ideas.

As parents and carers are interested in knowing how their children are performing at school teachers could set up a blog or write on the school website letting them know what their class are currently studying in school and how they can be assisted at home.

Using IT in RE can allow pupils to view video clips and information online to gain a greater understanding about the topic that they are studying. It can have many different benefits if used effectively.