I expect that most of the Digital Schoolhouse Lead Teachers are experienced and of course have developed and run a million different types of lessons, training sessions, conference lectures etc. etc. But there’s always room for worry and nerves and in this spirit I found myself massively overpreparing for my first ever Digital Schoolhouse workshop which happened last week! I have created my own workshop around the theme of algorithmic design called ‘Make Steps and Build a World’.
This month, year 1 classes have been contacted by aliens! The aliens sent us a message explaining that they were coming to visit us very soon. They didn’t have photographs of themselves so they sent us some instructions so that we could draw them ourselves. Children listened carefully to the set of instructions and composed the alien portraits. Draw a square for a head. Add 4 round eyes. Add 8 wiggly legs. They were very excited to meet these weird and wonderful creatures!
So we’ve come to the end of the first half term…where did all that time go?! As I get to work on the long half term holiday to do list, I am most excited about planning for our new STEM club. Along with our secondary school, we will be running weekly sessions focusing on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can work together. And, of course, computing comes into this in a big way. Our big focus is on skills development in these areas, in particular, working scientifically and computational thinking.
Just Dance with the Algorithm was developed by Digital Schoolhouse in partnership with Ubisoft, and is based upon the original workshop ‘Get with the Algo-rhythm’. This workshop combines dance and video games to teach core programming and computing concepts in a way that appeals to a diverse range of students. The workshop begins by creating flow charts of instructions to perform dance moves from popular music tracks.
Last week, Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) hosted its first Lead Teacher Meeting of the new academic year, bringing together our community of Digital Schoolhouse teachers to harness and grow their programme outreach and development.
Games engage and excite students in a way that few other topics can. It's why so many teachers ensure that games development is attempted at least once during each key stage. Using the medium of games we can bring together all the different strands of computing and combine it with artistic creativity and fun.
"...Can you just press the 'x' button please, I'm getting really tense!!..."
The Educated Bananas, Slumdog Mignolet & the Archbishops of Banterbury are just some of the teams competing in this year’s Digital Schoolhouse eSports tournament.
Everyone has a strategy for solving jigsaw puzzles.