His keynote explores the idea of ‘computational thinking’ as a golden thread running through the new computing curriculum but with wide applications beyond it to problem solving, creativity and critical thinking in other disciplines. He looks at how these concepts and approaches can be used by teachers in the pursuit of their ‘craft’, and some of the implications of this for their professional formation.
Lynn Roberts a lecturer at UCL Institute of Education with a research interest in the use of new media technology in learning and teaching. Lynn teaches on the Primary PGCE programme at the IOE leading on the specialism in New Media in the Primary Classroom, and the Computing, and Professional Practice components. In 2014 Lynn helped to develop, run and evaluate the first UCL IOE MOOC and is currently supporting its second appearance on the Coursera platform. The evaluation report is available here.
The MOOC grew out of a partnership between the UCL Institute of Education and the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education, led by instructors from eight countries. The MOOC aimed to provide professional development for primary phase teachers, head teachers and policymakers working through an examination of ICT in Primary Education. The resources for the course were derived from an IITE funded UNESCO project which had collected practices, experiences, policies, case studies and data from several countries. An important element of the MOOC was its focus on developing a community of learners who were able to share their own experience and knowledge.
Lynn’s keynote considers the outcomes of the first MOOC by illustrating the participants’ experiences in the community of learning and the reflections and analysis of the instructor team. Initial findings from the second iteration of the MOOC (May 26th-July 7th 2015) will also be presented.
John Nixon, an OfSTED HMI since 2013 works closely with David Brown HMI the OfSTED national lead for Computing. An ex-headteacher (NPQH), with considerable experience in advisory work, primary leadership and school improvement from EYFS to secondary, John inspects schools, non-association independent schools, ITE establishments and Local Authority School Improvement services. See his recent presentation at the MGL Spring conference entitled Inspection of Computing & E-Safety. His keynote will include some coverage of the new inspection framework to be implemented from September 2015.
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