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E Loong (B), M Wells (G)
Familiarity with new technologies, and their risks and potentials in terms of student learning, is essential for teachers in the 21st Century. This unit supports students to develop their computing skills and to articulate how these skills are relevant to their future roles as teachers. It also focuses on developing students' awareness of current issues related to the use of computing technology in schools. Assignments produced in this unit will contribute directly to students' professional resumes and should provide compelling evidence during job interviews.
The unit involves ten 3-hour workshops. During hands-on sessions students will learn how to make webpages, bLogs and wikis, and simple animations and claymations. No prior computing knowledge or skills are required. The unit is suitable for ‘beginners’ but also has scope for more advanced computer users to pursue their own interests.
Current issues surrounding school computing will be explored, including the future of computing in schools, online learning, keeping children safe in cyberspace, and learning with computer games. On completion of the unit, students will be able to make informed decisions about the use of computing technologies in classrooms, incorporate technology use into their lesson plans with confidence, and reflect critically on the implementation of technology in educational settings.
Assignment 1. An individual assignment based on participation in online learning activities. (800 words or equivalent - 20%)
Assignment 2: An individual assignment focused on the use of technology in the student's own specialist area or area of professional strength, presented in digital form (2000 words or equivalent - 50%)
Assignment 3: A group assignment focused on classrooms of the future, presented in digital form (1800 words or equivalent - 30%)
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