Finding Computing Daunting? We Can Help!
Having to teach children from 5 years old something like computing can be quite daunting. We have seen an increase in ability with students using
things like iPads and other tablets but starting to tackle things like 'Algorithms' is an altogether different challenge!
Like all things in education, it starts with engagement; being able to engage with the whole class, with such a mix of aptitudes & characters
is better achieved using games, music and more importantly with computing - ROBOTS!
In our experience, once you have students started with robots, they often take off, achieving wonderous things, so the question is, how
can we support you the teacher, as well as provide the opportunity for the children?
We have seen the best results using a cross curricular, project approach which provides hooks for all the different types of thinkers, Auditory, Visual & Kinesthetic. There
isn't much different to projects you might already do, we just start to embed parts of D&T and Computing curriculums into the project.
For example, a project about space could involve a lunar vehicle (using our Robotic Car Education Kit) to pick up various blocks. You would ask
the students to create the surface of the Moon or Mars, you could create obstacles; meanwhile, you are also learning about planets, the sun and our own earth.
When you start to program the lunar vehicle to move around, this is computing - and can be achieved in Scratch or Python.