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.
Key Stage 3
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.
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.
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.
CCEA is currently looking at the provision of digital skills across both primary and post-primary schools. As part of this work, we are developing non-statutory guidance for the development of a Digital Skills Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
We would like to hear the thoughts of teachers on this draft document and invite you to attend a consultation event on one of the following dates: