• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Whether you are currently teaching or training to teach the primary computing curriculum, you need to know what effective teaching of computing in primary schools actually looks like. Written for non specialists and trainees, this book uses exemplar primary computing lessons as a starting point for developing subject knowledge. It's a unique but tried and tested approach to developing your computing subject knowledge alongside your teaching practice. The current computing curriculum is explored in manageable chunks and there is no “scary” tech speak; everything is explained clearly and accessibly. You will find example lesson plans alongside every element of the curriculum that can be adapted to suit different year groups and different schools. This resourceful guide inspires an approach to teaching computing that is about creativity and encouraging problem solving using technology as a tool. NEW TO THIS EDITION: Updated throughout and includes information on new apps and other resources for teaching and a brand new chapter on teaching with tablets in the primary classroom. This book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series and includes additional online resources on its accompanying website.

Embedding computational thinking: moving from graphical to text-based languages
Embedding computational thinking: moving from graphical to text-based languages
Mark Dorling

a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world

Learning outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • understand the pedagogy and progression from graphical to text-based language, making sure pupils don’t just copy code;
  • relate the relevant pedagogy in other subjects to computing;
  • learn strategies for selecting problems within the scale and reach of pupils’ abilities and apply computational thinking to solving them.
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