Sunday, 29 September 2013

CPU Dingbats

Here's a fun activity to display on the board as students are entering the room. It gets them thinking about the subject and engaged with the lesson straight away. I used it with my GCSE Computing class.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

A Coding Concept: Video Worksheets

I've been making increasing use of video in my teaching of Computing and have put together a number of "How To" videos. Also, I've previously blogged about the LAWS and VOTE teaching models that I've been using as a means of encouraging students to work more independently. A problem that I have encountered with "How To" videos, however, is how to assess students, apart from the obvious method of assessing the quality of their final coding outcomes.

The "How To" Video

What I wanted was a means of throwing in some higher level questioning, a means of gauging just how much students were understanding about what I was teaching them. One idea I came up with was the "Video Worksheet" -  a set of coding-related questions that are posed for students as they watch a video which is paused and talked through by the teacher at various points. Take a look at the example below and let me know what you think.

The "Worksheet"