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Course Overview

On this course, teachers will explore the ethical, legal, cultural, and environmental concerns surrounding computer science. You will build the skills needed to hold relevant, open, and exciting discussions in the classroom.

You will explore the best ways to help your students be productive and write long-form answers to questions. This course is useful CPD for teachers who are looking to improve their skills and put them to practice at school.

·         Week 1

Introducing Discussions to the Classroom

Welcome to the course

An introduction to the course, and a chance to meet the course educators and your fellow learners

Evaluating the impacts

Looking in more detail at the categories of impact

Introducing Discussions to the classroom

How can we run a good discussion in the classroom?

Planning to have a discussion

When should we have discussions? Do they all require the same preparation?

·         Week 2

Making your discussions impactful

Researching topics

How can you prepare properly to run a discussion?

Great discussions

How can you run good quality discussions?

Comparisons and thinking critically

How can you encourage learners to think critically about a topic?

Balancing our arguments

How can you provide balanced evidence to avoid biasing the discussion?

·         Week 3

From discussions to writing


A welcome to the final week, and a chance to reflect on your learning so far

Evaluating evidence and drawing conclusions

How can learners “answer” a question by rounding off the discussion with a conclusion?

Transitioning from discussing to writing

How do you move your learners from taking part in discussions to writing their own answers to long-form questions?

Putting it into practice

Write your own answer to a question about the impact of technology, to be assessed by your peers

End of the course

A round-up of what you’ve learnt, and a chance to provide feedback

This course is for teachers delivering GCSE computer science, or at an equivalent level.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Explain the links between technologies and related impacts, across the different areas specified by exam boards
  • Debate topics covering the entire Computer Science curriculum
  • Develop plans for classroom discussions in a range of formats
  • Engage your students with well-framed, relevant questions
  • Summarise the main laws that affect the use of technology
  • Demonstrate how to plan a written answer to a discursive Computer Science exam question
  • Accredited CPD Certificate