Computing for Key Stage One – getting off to a good start
Over the past 2 years we have been working on teaching Computing to Key Stage one pupils developing activities and approaches specifically for delivering the UK computing Curriculum. In this workshop we are going to be talking about the resources we have developed, feeding back on our research findings and talking about the off the shelf hardware we use.
Over the past year we have paired a group of Computer Science undergraduate with teachers from rural primary schools. We will be talking about how these pairings have worked and how we hope to sustain this project in the future.
Benjamin Wohl is a EPSRC funded PhD student at the University of Lancaster researching the relationship between the computing curriculum and the digital economy. His research is split between researching the best way to teach KS1 kids about computing and what effect teaching computing is having on KS3 pupils. This means he gets to play some cool toys and see kids do amazing things with computers. He is equally happy talking about the practicalities of teaching computing or the implied ideology of computing and the UK computing curriculum.
I am a big fan of making things physical whether using an Arduino or a an unplugged exercise.
Benjamin Wohl M.A. M.Res.