Computer programming for Key Stage 3

Woollard, W.J. (2009) Computer programming for Key Stage 3. In, Computing at School Conference, Cambridge, UK, 05 - 06 Feb 2009. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton18pp.


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This document illustrates how the yearly objectives from the Framework for teaching ICT capability: Years 7, 8 and 9 can be grouped together and taught in a way that promotes and utilises knowledge and understanding of computing. Programming is a core activity of computing because it enables the user to access and release the potential of the computer they are using. Computer programming can be likened to playing chess - although there is a relatively small set of simple rules, it is the strategic and sustained application of those rules that can create interesting games between children or intellectual fights between grand masters. The same with programming, the first applications of the rules can produce the interesting results, fun play on graphics, numbers or words. But, there is no boundary preventing the learner moving all the way to being the grand master of computer programs. Once you can do it, the sky's the limit over what you can make computers do.

This paper is the focus of the Workshop discussions of Computer Programming for Key Stage 3

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: computer programming, school, key stage 3
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 65441
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
5 February 2009Published
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:50

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