This is collection of short clips which will introduce you to the free Get Started With Code teacher guides from the Everyone Can Code curriculum.
These video highlights of the Get Started With Code teacher guide are designed to help early years and primary teachers wrap coding around their existing teaching. There are many aspects of the curriculum that they already teach which already support computational thinking. The Get Started With Code teacher guide brings this point home and our collection of clips points out a handful of activities that do this well. The clips also provide teacher advice and photographs of children’s work.
Tip 1: Allow time to learn the fundamentals of using an iPad. This will save time when you start teaching from the Teacher Guide.
Tip 2: Story mapping teaches sequence, learn how to link this to coding.
Tip 3: Learning a dance routine is the same as sequencing commands in code.
Tip 4: Some instructions can happen in any order, other instructions can’t. Like making a sandwich or drawing a face. Link these experiences to coding.
Tip 5: Sometimes you have to repeat some instructions in a task, learn what this looks like in coding.
Tip 6: Sometimes your code goes wrong, learn how to spot mistakes in instructions.
Tip 7: Design your own controller for a robot. What buttons do you need to give movement commands?
Tip 8: Play snakes and ladders… “if this happens then do this…”
Tip 9: Making fruit kebabs like writing code.
Tip 10: Write down instructions in your own symbol code. This is pseudocode!
Tip 11: We read and write in English. Developers read and write in Swift.
Tip 12: Give the children the Answer Keys in the Teacher Guide for independent problem solving.
Tip 13: Lay the code blocks along the puzzle before clipping them together.
- Siobhain Kelly (a maths specialist teacher from Glasgow)
- Simon Koivumaa (EdTech Leader from Finland)
- and Bronwyn Desjardins (Technology Coach from South Africa)
- Jane Moffatt (Solicitor and Course Manager at the Education Centre of the Law Society of Ireland).
- Rob Lowney (Educational Technologist)
- Marc Faulder (Early Years Teacher and Computing Leader)