We have asked her to give us some insight for the work that she has undertaken.
I was asked to deliver a computing course for NQTs from EYFS, SEN, KS1&2
My initial approach was to¬†start from¬†the National Curriculum Computing POS. From here I looked at two of the key elements in the POS, which were Digital Literacy and Coding. In EYFS there is no separate computing¬†curriculum, however there are references in the Early Learning Goals which give practitioners a route into using technology and computing at EYFS. ¬†In my role as a¬†Computing Specialist, SLE and Teacher Adviser, my experience has taught me that one of the key elements of Digital Literacy is teaching pupils about keeping safe online, so this was an important item to include on the course.¬† Ensuring that the NQTs¬†understood the issues surrounding online safety, knowing who to go to if they come across issues in the classroom and to effectively respond to evidence of unsafe practices. Some scenarios example were presented¬†in the Dilemma activity.¬†¬†Understanding some of the terminology in the Computing Curriculum and what they entail was an excellent starting point to explore what exactly we mean when we talk about Digital Literacy, it’s elements and the similarities and differences to the old ICT curriculum.
The main challenges were pitching¬†the course¬†right for the intended audience, having the right kind of activities to engage and enthuse, and also having the range of activities for the various age groups from EYFS, SEN, KS1&2 represented in the cohort of NQTs present. I was being able to bring in a new resource I had found for coding in EYFS, I had seen the resource in¬†action really helped to show the range of possibilities. The greatest challenge on the day was technical support…what to do when things go wrong? For a short while there connectivity issues but through perseverance¬† this was resolved, this was followed by videos not working, this situation didn’t have too much impact since I was able to talk about the contents of the video. Always have plan B in computing as we more often than not, cannot predict technical failures.
- What was impact of your deployment and how did you measure
The impact of my deployment was 100% engagement and a greater¬†understanding of what Digital Literacy was by the delegates. This was evident in the¬†paired Dilemma Activity, discussions they had¬†throughout ¬†all the activities and talk about¬†how they could adapt some of the activities to use in their classrooms¬†when they got back to school. The laughter and paired discussions indicated enjoyment which was a good indicator to how the session was going. We also presented feedback forms which were very positive.