Programming Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Developing Computing Teaching (FutureLearn)

Programming Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Developing Computing Teaching (FutureLearn)
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This course is designed for teachers and subject leaders responsible for teaching programming to primary school children (5-11 years old).
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Programming Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Developing Computing Teaching (FutureLearn)
Investigate a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for teaching programming to primary school pupils (aged 5 to 11 years old). Learn how to run a successful computer programming class. On this four-week course, you’ll examine a range of teaching methods suitable for teaching programming, particularly block-based programming languages, to primary school pupils.

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You’ll look at general pedagogical concepts like Bloom’s verbs, semantic waves and cognitive load, as well as programming specific approaches such as Parson’s Problems or designing lessons using levels of abstraction.

You’ll have the chance to reflect on your current teaching practices, and how you can adapt your own lessons to take advantage of these approaches.


Syllabus


Week 1: Introduction to pedagogical concepts

Week 2: Targeted tasks

Week 3: More targeted tasks

Week 4: Applying pedagogical approaches


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

- Describe a range of pedagogical approaches, including unplugged approaches, 'Use-Modify-Create', and Parson's Problems

- Investigate the key programming concepts of sequence, variables, selection, and iteration, and how these can be taught

- Model a learning sequence as a semantic wave

- Apply different pedagogies into a lesson plan

- Evaluate the use of these pedagogical approaches in your classroom



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39.00 EUR
This course is designed for teachers and subject leaders responsible for teaching programming to primary school children (5-11 years old).

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.