In this video, you’ll hear how the staff at Holy Cross Girls' Primary School in Belfast embed and develop Using ICT across the curriculum.
Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITC) recently provided a new digital skills programme called 'Time to Code' for primary schools.
Many primary schools are keen to help their pupils learn to code. Providing lessons in coding can help schools cover the requirements of the Northern Ireland curriculum for Using ICT.
CCEA were involved in advising BITC on the type of support schools need to introduce this aspect of Using ICT in primary schools.
FutureLearn has developed an online course specifically for primary teachers who want to learn key programming concepts using Scratch as the programming language.
This begins in February 2018. The time commitment is estimated at two hours a week over a four week period.
Computational thinking feature concepts such as decomposition (breaking a problem down), writing algorithms (a list of instructions) and being creative.
The approach can enhance work in programming with Scratch or any other programming language you are using with primary children.
It will also align with Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities in the Northern Ireland curriculum.
If you are interested in introducing computational thinking to your pupils, it will also help you develop the Explore digital problem-solving element of Using ICT.
If you are interested in developing computational thinking and coding in your primary classroom, there are a number of initiatives that you can explore.
If you want to learn about the programming language Scratch and you’re the type of person who prefers to learn with others, the following are some options.
During EU CodeWeek, CCEA visited St Peter's and St Paul's Primary School in Foreglen to experience a number of coding activities using a variety of software, hardware and programmable devices.
In this short video, Principal Michael O’Kane shares how he is developing coding through the school; where this fits in within the Northern Ireland Curriculum and the benefits and learning opportunities it presents for his pupils.
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.
Digital Skills will play a critical role in the social and economic futures of our young people. Collaboration, between education and employers, is the only way to address the digital skills shortage. These are the key messages of CCEA’s ‘Educating the iGeneration’ conference, attended by major industry representatives and a European delegation of education policy advisers.
Local education body CCEA has received high level recognition for the development of a 'Digital Skills Framework' for schools in Northern Ireland. The organisation has just been announced as winners of the prestigious O2 UK Digital Skills Award for 2016.