Developing Computational Thinking

  • Developing Computational Thinking

About Suffolk Education Consultants:

Suffolk Education Consultants was established in late 2004 by three former members of Suffolk County Council’s Advisory Service and has gone from strength to strength over the succeeding years. The initial focus was on working with schools in East Anglia but their reputation quickly spread and work has taken them across the United Kingdom and beyond.

All three original members had long and varied careers in the classroom after which they went on to successful periods of service working as school improvement advisors where they developed reputations which helped them to build a large and varied client base when they set up as independent consultants.

Past and current clients include many Schools and LAs including Suffolk, Norfolk, Peterborough, Luton, Bexley, Greenwich as well as MLA, NHS, Pearson Education, BECTA, Hertfordshire Museums, Dubai Women’s College, HBMeU, Honda Motor Company, South East Wales EAS, RM Results, UNESCO, RTA, Microsoft and Wize Learning, NCCE and 2Simple

About the Trainer
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BRENDAN ROUTLEDGE

Brendan Routledge taught for 17 years in schools, holding a number of posts including Head of Year, Head of Mathematics, Head of ICT and member of SLT. In 1997 he was appointed to the post of Advisory Teacher and then Content Manager with Suffolk LA. He became manager of the LA’s curriculum website and helped schools to develop their own online learning resources. In December 2004 Brendan founded Suffolk Education Consultants and works with school and LAs across the country and abroad. Brendan has provided consultancy and training to E2BN and other RBCs.

Brendan Routledge taught for 17 years in schools, holding a number of posts including Head of Year, Head of Mathematics, Head of ICT and member of SLT. In 1997 he was appointed to the post of Advisory Teacher and then Content Manager with Suffolk LA. He became manager of the LA’s curriculum website and helped schools to develop their own online learning resources. In December 2004 Brendan founded Suffolk Education Consultants and works with school and LAs across the country and abroad. Brendan has provided consultancy and training to E2BN and other RBCs. He has been involved in the development of many projects including Cookit, Discovery Box, the E2BN Gallery, the BETT Award nominated Myths & Legends and the recent silver award winning ‘Risks and Rewards’ project in conjunction with ING Bank.

He has taught degree courses in animation, web design and digital storytelling for Anglia Ruskin University. He is a tutor on the Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT programme, ranked as a top ten training provider in the UK, where his work was graded ‘outstanding’ in two successive Ofsted inspections. He has also been a tutor on the BCS ‘Digital Creator’ qualification, delivering training across the UK as well as in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ireland and Dubai. Brendan also works as an instructional designer and has helped author training materials for the Honda Motor Company. Brendan is a tutor for the UK NCCE, is a STEM Associate Facilitator and an accredited trainer for Purple Mash, Smart, Espresso and Seesaw.

Programme Overview

 

Topic Developing an understanding of the aspects of the Computing curriculum which are focused on Computer Science, programming and coding
Delivery Model A three-week programme, with a 60-minute live session each week, plus relevant follow up tasks and group research activities for active learning in participants’ own time will be set at the end of each session.
Cost AED 472.50 per delegate including VAT
Dates & Times *
Face to Face Online sessions 6 hours programme (plus professional research time)
  • Session 1: Wednesday 3rd March at 4pm
  • Session 2: Wednesday 10th March at 4pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday 16th March at 4pm
  • Short pre-course survey (ahead of Session 1)
  • 3 hours online facilitation
  • Participant research time between course sessions including short gap tasks
Times are Dubai time and calls last 1 hour

Deadline booking date: Wednesday 24th February 2021

 

Programme Details:

A course focused on developing Computational Thinking at keys stages 1 and 2

Live Sessions using ZOOM

Session 1: What is Computational Thinking?

Understanding the different elements which make up computational thinking and what it looks like in the primary classroom. Becoming familiar with teaching and learning components available when planning and delivering lessons on algorithms and programming. Consider some current research related to this aspect of Computing.

Session 2: Programming and Algorithmic Thinking

Understanding the importance of logical thinking for pupils in assisting them in developing work with algorithms. Using programmable toys with younger pupils to develop algorithm creation before moving on to screen-based challenges. Understanding how computational thinking underpins programming and other aspects of computing. Identifying how computational thinking can be embedded across the curriculum.

Session 3: Programming on the screen

Understanding a range of teaching pedagogies to choose pathways of learning that would suit learners not familiar with screen-based programming technologies. Understanding some key components of programming including sequence, repetition, selection and the use of variables.

 

Who Should Attend?

Teachers in key stages 1 and 2 who are interested in making greater use of technology.to increase engagement, develop creative approaches and foster a more independent atmosphere.

Intended Outcomes
  • Teachers will understand the structure of the Computing curriculum
  • Teachers will become familiar with applications for teaching Computing in KS1 and 2
  • Teachers will understand the language of the Computing curriculum
  • Teachers will become familiar with a range of teaching approaches when developing pupils’ computational thinking skill

 

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Testimonials

El Alsson, Giza, Cairo

“It was a very full programme, which allowed some practical use of the software. Brendan has a real passion for the work he does, his enthusiastic manner is infectious and makes you want to use many of the sites straight away on your return to school.”

 

Fair Field Junior School, Herts

“An excellent day with lots of time to practice the skills shown by the course leader”

 

Jebel Ali Primary School, Dubai

“There were no weaknesses of the programme, all was relevant and pace was suitable. The different websites that were displayed during the course can be easily utilised during lessons, far more easily than I had ever realised. Confidence to use them has grown!! Brendan was very easy to listen to with lots of experience and some lovely anecdotes to accompany his knowledge. He was extremely patient with some of the “less technically” minded teachers present i.e. me!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole 2 days.”

For more information please email us on info@infinitelearning.ae