Mastering Computing in a primary school

The idea of mastery of computing is fascinating to explore. It has been challenging and exciting to work with teachers in primary schools, to develop ideas of what this looks like and how it can be achieved. Do the learning experiences we plan provide opportunities for our children to become masters of their use of technology? What can this look like? How do we build mastery as part of planning to increase the skills and knowledge of our learners? How is it attainable in busy classrooms?
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GiDT Themed Training

I've been working through training scenarios for Get it Done Training (GiDT) in Office 365. This latest video looks at how 365 might be applied to support a school in refreshing their Schemes of Work.
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What does creative computing look like? 5 key themes…and yes, you need time!

In conversation with Sam Patterson, Puppet Master & Makerspace Coordinator, Echo Horizon School, San Francisco (@SamPatue), Michael Luetjen, Computer Sci. & EdTech Lead Learner, Pine Crest School, Florida (@Criticalclick), and Cory Roush, Literacy Specialist at Muskingum County Library System, Ohio (@coryroush) certain traits can be identified which are exciting educators ‘beyond the hour of code.’ These are...
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GiDT Training Available Now

Laurence Boulter is trying to rethink how Office training may be offered to schools. "Get it Done Training" (GiDT) aspires to move schools on by focusing directly on addressing school development plans.
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Programming – who needs it?

Yet again we see a claim that all pupils should be able to program. What for? Do the vast majority of children really need to be able to write programs, as a competence for later life? Of course not.
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Making a Difference in Primary Maths with Technology

Some schools are fortunate enough to have lots of computing equipment, but many more agonise over which tech gadgets to spend their limited budgets on. It’s good to have a plan. Decide what you want to achieve with technology that you just couldn’t without it. Don’t settle for filling your lovely new tablets with apps for practice and drill activities, important though these are. Think big. Then have a look around and take advice on what devices will do the job you have identified.
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On Reflection – Updating the Self-review Framework

The Naace Self Review Framework will still consist of six Elements but these will now be Leadership and Management, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, The Learning Community, and Resources and Technology. This tool, first developed by Naace members, now needs to be updated and Naace members are again invited to lead and participate in this review.
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