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Primary Coding – Support with Scratch

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.

Primary coding!

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.

Support videos for the new GCE Digital Technology

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 it’s 5th birthday

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.

Digital Skills training for Key Stage 3 Art & Design and Music teachers

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.

Four CCEA GCE subjects now accepted by Irish Universities Association

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.

New Guide launched for Post Primary Schools: Computing at School

A high-quality computing education 'equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world' (Department for Education, 2013).

This new guide looks at computing and the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It introduces the key concepts to help teachers in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland provide opportunities for their pupils to develop skills in computing and coding.

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