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Course Overview

Transform your teaching by developing your pedagogical approach

In the first two weeks of this course, you’ll be introduced to a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for Key Stage 3. You’ll look at a range of pedagogies aimed at developing your students’ computational thinking skills, from unplugged approaches to PRIMM, and more. You’ll also investigate worked examples and targeted tasks such as Parson’s Problems.

In the final week of this course, you’ll see several of these pedagogies in action as you work on a rock-paper-scissors game, and think about how the teaching could be adapted for use with your students

Week 1

Programming Pedagogy

Introduction to the course

Pedagogy Unplugged

Use, Modify, Create


Week 2

More programming pedagogy

Welcome to Week 2

Practical Pedagogy

Encouraging students in the classroom


Week 3

Applying Pedagogy to Programming Rock Paper Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors Unplugged

Developing Rock Paper Scissors

Testing and extending the project

Course Assignment – plan a project

End of the course

This course is aimed at teachers of computer science and programming who teach 11- to 14-year-olds (KS3 in the UK).

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Describe a range of pedagogical approaches suitable for use with 11- to 14-year-olds
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how these approaches can be used in the classroom
  • Evaluate the suitability of each approach for a particular audience and teaching objective
  • Produce a lesson plan using one of the pedagogical techniques addressed in the course
  • Accredited CPD Certificate