The MOOC has landed!

A few months ago, I published a post titled Proposal for a GCSE Computing MOOC in which I described an idea I was considering to support other teachers with the teaching of GCSE Computer Science. Well, the good news is it’s now ready for use at –¬†http://courses.exa.foundation The problem: I taught GCSE Computing over a…

Challenges of Teaching GCSE Computer Science

Since I joined Exa in October 2015, I believe I’ve supported as many teachers as in the previous 5 years with the development of GCSE Computer Science. Through my work with exa.foundation I’ve been able to visit teachers in their schools as well as leading CPD events in regions around the country. One of the…

CPD Events Calendar

“You don’t need glossy textbooks, iPads or a class set of Raspberry Pi computers to be an effective teacher. The best resource you have available is you. Invest as much as you can in your own development and your pupils will reap the rewards.” Alan O’Donohoe Attending a high quality professional development course has the…

Programming for GCSE Computing

I’ve mentioned quite a few times before that people often ask me which particular GCSE Computing specification I would recommend. Having only ever taught one of them (OCR GCSE Computing), I find myself in the position of a mortgage advisor in that I can only really offer advice on one product. As the availability of…

PyConUK – What’s in it for me?

I arranged a CAS online meeting on Tuesday 4th September at 8pm (GMT) The main reasons were… 1. to introduce Nick Tollervey, an enthusiastic Python developer I met at the PyConUK conference last year with a keen interest in supporting Computing education. 2. to allow Nick to explain what plans he has to include teachers…

Computing at School Conference 14th-15th June

The Computing at School Conference started on Thursday 14th June and finished on Friday 15th June. There is a link here to presenters audioboos, films, slides etc. and you can download the programme from here and I have a photo gallery here of my images from the conference. Bring and Brag The Thursday night is…