Code Coaches – Code Your Own Game

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Last week I tried out a new CPD approach. I wanted to develop a format that allowed teachers to learn how to deliver a series of lessons whilst experiencing them in the role of a learner alongside their children. Six children and their teachers attending a morning session at the Innovation Centre. We worked through the main points of six lessons to learn to code our own games. The lessons were based on year five of the Computer Science strand of our Computing Curriculum. Over the morning we taught the main points of each lesson to put together our own games. The idea is that when the teachers return to school they take all the lesson plans and resources with them. Both the teacher and a group of pupils will have had experience of covering the main points of the lessons. This will enable them to teach the lessons with confidence as they have already experienced them as a learner.

We start off by learning about decomposition. We break down an everyday task into smaller parts. In this example we decompose getting ready for school.

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We follow this up by decomposing real games before we start to write our own. We write an algorithm in language for humans to understand before we turn it into code in Scratch.

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The session was attended by four schools with teachers reporting how their children were buzzing with excitement on their return to school.

We will be running another Code Coaches session on the morning of Thursday the 4th of February starting at 9.30. This is for four schools only who can bring up to five children and a teacher. The session costs £100 per school.

Click here to book your place.

If you have any questions please email me on tim.bleazard@theinnovationcentres.com

 

Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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