Friday, 27 January 2012

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Things you might find useful

A few links to some things that might be useful for you.
This is the link to the Royal Society report, which reviews the current teaching of ICT and makes recommendations
This is the proposed Naace Curriculum, which Paul Heinrich will be telling us more about
This is a page with general helpful documents, including what Computing at School are proposing as an appropriate curriculum
This is the current live consultation on ICT teaching, which will for the basis for decisions tken about ICT teaching in maintained schools from September 2012 as an interim measure before a proper decision is taken along with all other subjects for first teaching September 2014

Monday, 23 January 2012

Genius schedule

Attached is an electronic version of the genius CPD sessions. 
It may be useful to highlight sessions in forthcoming performance management interim reviews.
Any questions please ask

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


In the light of recent news stories, this site may be of some use?
Attached is the curriculum, produced by a working party within CAS, describes in concrete terms what a Computing curriculum at school might look like. It uses the same structure as the National Curriculum Programmes of Study: importance of the discipline; key concepts; key processes; range and content; and level descriptors. It is not cast in stone, so please send feedback.

Sopa Blackout

Viewpoints: Sites go offline in US piracy laws protest

Friday, 13 January 2012

New Robots

Really loved these at BETT yesterday. Only £12000 each!

Friday the Thirteenth,

It's Friday the thirteenth,
First of all, have you ever researched (read: looked up on Wikipedia) the origin of Friday the 13th? So sayeth the oracle:
The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen") attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning "fear"). The latter word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Code Year

Something to introduce to students?
Make your New Year's resolution learning to code.

Sign up on Code Year to get a new interactive programming lesson sent to you each week and you'll be building apps
and web sites before you know it.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Educational research articles

Here is an index to a variety of pieces of educational research from over the past 10 years. I haven't read them all but of those I have looked at, there were some really interesting points and ideas.