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SAT: Using Simple Open Source Computers and Free software to provide Innovative Computer Science lessons (Claire Griffiths)
Cloud created by:
Dr Simon Ball
4 February 2014
The presentation will take the form of a slide presentation leading to a web tour of a bespoke multimedia website featuring text, images, related links and video clips of help tutorials for use in Innovative Computer Science lessons. The website will illustrate a selection of Open Source Computing devices, free programming languages and Open freely sharable teaching resources which can be used to develop Innovative Computing lessons. The presentation will explain why they illustrate the concept of Innovation in Open Education.
The Royal Society Report on the Provision on the Education in Computing in UK Schools summarises clearly why Computer Science needs to be taught in an improved way in schools to counter the serious fall in the study of Computer Science in Secondary Schools and subsequently at University. There are therefore strong reasons for a new approach to be taken in its presentation in schools i.e. a new innovative approach which will engage children in the subject (Royal Society, 2012). The presentation will touch on this issue.
Throughout the presentation there will be an intention to show the positive initiatives being adopted by the Scottish and UK governments to address the situation faced by Computing Science Education rather than dwell on mistakes of the past. Please note the Scottish Government deals with Education as a devolved issue so both governments are dealing with the situation in their separate ways. Continuing the theme of the conference the focus will be on those initiatives which feature open source and free resources.
Computing at Schools Scotland Organisation has been included in the website artefact as it has recently benefited from Scottish Government funding to provide targeted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Computing Teachers. The training includes the promotion of free programming software e.g. Scratch. CAS Scotland members in partnership with British Computer Society (BCS) Academy of Computing and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) have been involved in the development of materials utilising Free Programming Software such as Scratch and BYOB. The Ofsted Report (2011) stated the importance of staff training and the need for systematic planning in the updating of ICT and the training of staff to promote innovation therefore the CAS Scotland work is essential to the promotion on Innovation in Computing Science.
To view the website under development go to http://computingclubideas.wordpress.com/
N.B. Be aware though that just like Computing Science this website will be constantly changing (in response to your comments and new ideas) until the day of the presentation on Saturday 15th February at 3.45 p.m. and beyond !
Ofsted Inspection 2008-11 (2011) ICT in schools 2008, No. 110134, Manchester, Ofsted [online]. Available at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/filedownloading/?file=documents/surveys-and-good-practice/i/ICT in schools 2008-2011.pdf&refer=1 (Accessed at 8 January 2014)
'Royal Society demands radical overhaul of ICT in schools' 2012, Education (14637073), 452, p. 2, UK & Ireland Reference Centre, EBSCOhost, viewed 3 February 2014.
Royal Society (2013) Introduction to Computer Science [Online] Available at http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/1034_ComputingScience.html (Accessed 8 January 2014).