I can’t believe that as I write this blog it has been 50 days since we first officially moved the whole Ukie office to work remotely! I’m finding as time goes on, I am getting used to the new rhythm of my working week and am even enjoying the challenge of finding better ways to teach remotely.
With 5 live streamed workshops under my belt I though I would discuss a little about the pedagogy behind the delivery of our Digital Schoolhouse live streamed workshops.
Following on from last weeks workshop, Part-Baked games, this week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is Machine Code Mario, a workshop that will introduce your children to machine code – the language of computers.
Machine code is another name for binary code, the 1’s and 0’s that are used to control everything your computer does!
This week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is Part-Baked Games, a workshop that will introduce your little gamer to the concept of game mechanics.
Game mechanics are the rules that govern how a game is played and more importantly won or lost!
Hello, I hope this blog piece finds you well and developing new strategies for working and perhaps teaching your own children at home.
Needless to say, along with everyone else the past month was half normal(ish) and then quite suddenly completely different. Following the announcement by the government of school closures nationwide we have all been relegated to home-working and, most probably, being more-than-a-little glued to the machines we have chosen to base our teaching careers around!
It has been a very exciting and busy 5 months or so at New College Swindon with our internal Smash Bros league-taking place every lunchtime. Despite having over 100 learners across the college sign up we decided to put the tournament in the canteen to increase awareness and interest around esports. This has resulted in lots of spectators, including staff and students, watching the matches.
It’s a fresh new year and that means one thing: our annual Schoolhouse applications are now open!
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.