CCEA has launched a new Digital Skills Framework for Key Stage 3 that aims to ensure young people become Digital Citizens, Workers and Makers. Accompanying the framework are a series of resources which will support Coding in the Classroom.
CCEA, in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, have developed a new resource to support coding at Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14). CCEA have designed the resource to support the development of skills in the Python programming language.
The Python Year 10 Resource helps prepare learners to programme to GCSE and A-level programming.
Whether you are new to Python or reinforcing skills this course will guide you through object-oriented programming with Python. Our resources explain how to write Python code, explore common coding challenges and you’ll create Tic Tac Toe game.
CCEA, in collaboration with Kainos, have provided training on coding with Python for Key Stage 3 ICT/Computing teachers from the Fermanagh area.
The aim of the training was to assist with the upskilling of teachers and to encourage schools to teach programming and coding at Key Stage 3. This initiative follows a series of one day workshops on a range of digital skills that were attended by over 200 teachers.
In December, CCEA will be providing a series of one-day courses aimed at Key Stage 3 teachers of discrete ICT/Computing. The courses are available to book through the Training & Support section of our website. Below is a brief outline of their content.
Part of the revision of the Legacy GCE ICT specification was to add more computational thinking to the new GCE Digital Technology specification.
In Unit AS 1: Approaches to Systems Development, there are learning outcomes assigned to a section entitled ‘Programming’ where students are required to demonstrate their knowledge in order to describe the fundamental programming concepts of sequence, selection and iteration, including count-controlled and condition-controlled loops.
EU Code Week is celebrating its 5th birthday on 7-22 October 2017. We’re encouraging schools to create an app, a game, a website, make an interactive story or make a robot move.
Throughout the two weeks of EU Code Week, CCEA will be signposting you to some free resources and showing you how coding can fit into the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
Develop skills in using filmmaking and animation digital tools in this free three week online course from FutureLearn beginning 30 October 2017. Integrating film and animation into your lessons helps pupils develop their skills as digital makers and also enhances their understanding of the topic they are studying.
As part of its ongoing Digital Skills initiative, CCEA has provided six 1-day workshops entitled "The use of Adobe Photoshop for image editing" and "Recording music in the classroom using Garageband". The workshops were aimed at Key Stage 3 Art & Design or Music teachers with little or no experience of using the software.
Following a review by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), CCEA is pleased to announce that the IUA have taken the decision to accept the CCEA GCE (A-Level) subjects, listed below, as acceptable for entry in 2018 and beyond:
- GCE Moving Image Arts
- GCE Digital Technology
- GCE Environmental Technology
- GCE Software Systems Development
The seven Universities from the Republic of Ireland, that form the IUA, will now update their websites and publications to take account of this change.