With the current school closures, the vast majority of children are currently being home schooled and we want to provide you with a comprehensive list of resources that you could use to engage your little gamer with something that is both educational and fun!
We’re here to support teachers, parents and anyone who loves computer science with our variety of ‘unplugged’ playful computing* activities that use everyday household objects, so grab the playdough and dust off that jigsaw!
*Unplugged computing is the collective noun given to activities that are designed to teach computational thinking skills, computing concepts, procedures and processes without the use of any digital technology. For example, activities may make use of resources such as playing cards, string and playdough.
It’s crazy to think that a year has already passed since I first took on the role as Curriculum Content Developer at Digital Schoolhouse, and what a year it has been!
Two things strike me as I reflect on my first year at Digital Schoolhouse. Firstly, that the crazy teaching ideas that got me into trouble when I was doing my teacher training are actually what I get paid for now and secondly, that this is the best job I have ever had!
Every lunch time since September we have been running an eports tournament with Digital Schoolhouse. This has involved students taking on roles such as manager, shoutcaster and others in what is actually a huge industry worldwide - the competitive playing of a game in front of an audience for (potentially) huge prizes. The Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros.
Let it go...
Letting go is hard, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and am very protective of my work and therefore having to let go and trust that one of my sixth formers will run this years esports tournament with minimal input from me has been terrifying!
Well... As of today I am a ‘seasoned-pro’ having delivered a whole three of my self-crafted Digital Schoolhouse workshops and things are starting to fall into place with lessons learned and tweaks made. One thing I seem to particularly lean on as a teacher - I guess it’s my particular ‘teaching style’ - is to treat a lesson or series of lessons rather like a story. I think that really means trying to internalise the content of what I am teaching, and then wrap it up in a strong reason why it might be interesting or applica
Last month Laura and I went to the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki. It was fascinating hearing about Education initiatives from across the globe. A couple of things struck me. Firstly, there is a huge gulf between the haves and have nots – the initiatives from parts of Africa and India make a huge impact with so little - and secondly, many of the initiatives were incredibly creative, something Digital Schoolhouse strives to bring to UK classrooms.
This months blog inspiration comes from the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. If you haven’t seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, imagine a mash up of Project Runway and The Apprentice but with Drag Queens and you won’t be far off the mark. What has this got to do with education or my hybrid role I hear you ask, well as I have been watching the series unfold over the last few weeks it has occurred to me that communication is at the show’s core.