This book offers practical guidance on how to teach the computing curriculum in primary schools, coupled with the subject knowledge needed to teach it.
This Seventh Edition is a guide to teaching the computing content of the new Primary National Curriculum. It includes many more case studies and practical examples to help you see what good practice in teaching computing looks like. It also explores the use of ICT in the primary classroom for teaching all curriculum subjects and for supporting learning in every day teaching. New chapters have been added on physical computing and coding and the importance of web literacy, bringing the text up-to-date.
Computing is both a subject and a powerful teaching and learning tool throughout the school curriculum and beyond into many areas of children’s learning lives. This book highlights the importance of supporting children to become discerning and creative users of digital technologies as opposed to passive consumers.
About the Author
John Potter is Reader in Media in Education at University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE). He works in the UCL Knowledge Lab and was a founder member of the Digital Arts Research in Education collaborative (DARE). His research and publications are in the fields of: media education, new literacies, creative activity and learner agency; digital video production by young learners; the use of social software and online networks for publication and learning; the changing nature of teaching and learning in response to the pervasive use in wider culture of media technologies in formal and informal settings. Before becoming an education researcher and academic John worked as a primary school teacher in East London and, later, a local authority advisory teacher for ICT. He currently teaches on the MA in Digital Media Culture and Education and supervises doctoral students in the fields of learning, media and technology at the UCL IOE.
Jeremy Burton is Senior Lecturer in Computing Education in the School of Education, University of Brighton. He leads the computing subject group and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. While working as a primary school teacher and ICT co-ordinator, Jeremy developed a passion for digital media education. A self-taught web designer and developer, he coded his school's first website in 1998 and has since worked freelance for private clients. His experience in this area, and in digital media production more broadly, has informed his teaching of ICT/computing to student teachers. Jeremy is a co-founder of Numeracy Ready (a web-based tuition package that prepares candidates for the Numeracy Skills Test) and Staffrm (an online professional network for teachers).
Jonathan Allen is Strategic Lead for Teacher Education at the UCL Institute of Education. He was previously Director for Initial Teacher Education, involved across Primary, Secondary and Post-compulsory programmes, as well as in e-learning projects. Before joining the IOE Jonathan held posts responsible for Primary ICT in teacher education at University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University.
Jane Sharp is a Learning Development Tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University, working with students at all levels to develop the academic practices, skills and attributes needed for effective study at university. Her current research centres on the academic writing experiences of students studying education at university. Jane was formerly Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and ICT at the University of Winchester and a researcher at the University of Exeter involved in innovative and largescale computing projects in schools.