Friday, 25 November 2016

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a great opportunity to get your school coding. This year it takes place from 5th - 11th December (which is also Computer Science Education Week),

New activities have been added alongside a filter tool that will allow teachers to find the best activity for your classroom.

For those who have never done the Hour of Code before be reassured that it’s a really straightforward: anybody can participate, no experience required, and it only takes an hour.

For veteran coders, there are new lesson plans that let you guide pupils through more complicated activities.  
Take a look at the website for new activities and how to sign up.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Courses in Computing

We have several courses running at the Nottingham eLearning Centre which may be of interest to you. I’ve attached the course diary so that you can distribute details to colleagues and I’ve also attached the flyer for the intensive day courses.

The September day courses are usually really popular but there are still spaces on all of them at the moment. They are a great opportunity for teachers or TAs who are new to the profession who would like to review the computing curriculum for their year group, try the activities and get lots of teaching ideas for all aspects of computing. They are also really useful for teachers who have changed year groups and are looking for new ideas appropriate for their new class. Bring a memory stick so that you can copy the curriculum documents and all of the resources.

We have changed the format for conferences for computing curriculum leaders this year. The day conferences have been replaced with half day network meetings each half term. It has become increasingly difficult to book enough rooms to offer the wide range of breakout sessions, hence the change. I hope you will still be able to support us and attend. In the first session we are also going to skype a company that offer free hire of 3d printers to primary schools which sounds really interesting.

A new venture is the Derby hub. We meet once each half term at St. James’ Junior School near the City Centre. We are a relatively new group but thriving. If your teachers would find it more convenient to travel there then please get in touch. The details of the meetings are on the Course Diary.
Nottingham e-Learning Community is part of Nottingham City Council, Children and Adults