This course is ideal if you are a teacher or educator in a variety of subjects. It will not only improve your knowledge of new technologies and computer science, but also how to use these to enhance your classroom learning.
Why choose this course?
Recent changes to the curriculum for primary and secondary computer science has left many educational professionals with gaps in their ICT knowledge. This innovative new course aims to bridge these gaps with practical technical knowledge supported by critical analysis of computing science in education and teaching.
What will I study?
Some of the modules you can take include the following.
1. Developing Digital Literacy in the Classroom: Examine the role and importance of digital literacy in the classroom by testing an area of your own practice to raise the digital skills or awareness of learners.
2. Computational Thinking in the Curriculum: an introduction to computing as a subject in schools and using programming in the classroom. It includes practical programming sessions.
3. Creativity and Innovation using Technology: Focus on how to use technology to enhance the classroom experience and academic progression.
4. Programming for the Classroom: Study standard programming languages and their uses in more depth.
5. Engaging Learners in Computer Science: Develop innovative strategies to teaching topics in Computer Science, such as artificial intelligence, ethics, crime and social networking. Learn to critically analyse new developments and how to engage your learners with them in the classroom.
6. Anticipating and Responding to Technological Change in an Educational Setting: Review the changes in education and technology and their impact on effective teaching and learning.
7. Research Skills or Research in a Professional Context: Develop your practical skills and critical understanding of research, strategies, methods and techniques.
8. Dissertation: Produce a substantial piece of academic writing around a negotiated and agreed research focus.
How will I learn?
This is a demanding and exciting programme that requires you to immerse yourself in reading, thinking and discussion alongside practical ICT sessions. Hands-on sessions will be run in our specialist computing labs by expert tutors from both our teaching and computer science teams, giving you access to the latest thinking from both areas.