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A Working Model for Teacher Training in Computing through the Literacy from Scratch Project

  • Lawrence Williams
  • Miroslava Černochová
  • G. Barbara Demo
  • Sarah Younie
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 444)

Abstract

From September 2014, classroom teachers in the United Kingdom are required to move away from teaching ICT, towards new Programmes of Study in Computing, including computer programming. This chapter presents a developing international working model for teacher training, designed to support this major change in focus. Conceived at Brunel University, west London, ideas for the development of computer coding in the classroom were swiftly shared with colleagues at Charles University in Prague, at the University of Torino, Italy, and with De Montfort University, UK. Based on the MIT Scratch program, teacher trainers and classroom pupils are introduced to elementary block-coding, through a highly creative cross-curricular teaching and learning project called “Literacy from Scratch”. This centres on the cross-curricular production of animated narratives, together with the pupils’ own art work, for Sprites and Backgrounds. The project has successfully engaged pupils in computer coding from the ages of 5 through to 14 in the UK, and to 16 in Italy.

Keywords

Computing teacher training key competencies creativity 

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Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Williams
    • 1
  • Miroslava Černochová
    • 2
  • G. Barbara Demo
    • 3
  • Sarah Younie
    • 4
  1. 1.MirandaNet FellowshipLondonUK
  2. 2.Charles University in PragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsUniversity of TorinoItaly
  4. 4.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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