Let’s Teach Computing MOOC
Let’s Teach Computing is a free 6-week course for Primary/K-12 educators to share ideas about how the computing curriculum can be put into practice. It is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you.

Who is it for?
Let’s Teach Computing is aimed at anyone with an interest in teaching computing to children aged 5-11, such as teachers, trainee teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. It is aimed at practitioners but we welcome input from a broader audience.

Weekly overview:
There will be a new theme and suggested activities each week. You’ll be able to earn digital badges for joining in with these and a certificate if you complete the course.

Week 1: 11th May 2015
Theme: Algorithms & computational thinking
Demystifying computing terms and think about how computational thinking can be embedded in good primary school practice.

Week 2: 18th May 2015
Theme: Programming
How to engage children in writing, predicting and debugging programs, and how to reinforce these skills using a variety of software and apps.

Week 3: 25th May 2015
Theme: Physical Computing
Helping children to design and write programs that accomplish real world goals including controlling or simulating physical systems.

Week 4: 1st June 2015
Theme: Networks and responsible use of the Internet
Developing knowledge of computer network terms and practices, and looking at how children can be helped to become responsible, discerning and creative digital makers.

Week 5: 8th June 2015
Theme: Using technology purposefully across subjects (Key Stage 1)
Planning opportunities for younger children to use technology to produce creative digital artefacts using a range of devices and applications.

Week 6: 15th June 2015
Theme: Using technology purposefully across subjects (Key Stage 2)
Learning objective: Plan opportunities for older children to use technology to produce creative digital artefacts using a range of devices and applications.

Each week you’ll have the chance to:
• Read an excerpt from the course textbook.
• Browse and reflect upon examples from practice.
• Join an online discussion on the week’s themes.
• Follow suggestions of things to try in the classroom.
• Share your classroom experiences and ideas with others through our G+ community.
• Read the week’s tweets and contributions summarised as a Storify

What do I have to do?
First make sure you have signed up
Once you’ve done this you’ll be on the list to get our weekly emails with all the key information and links. We will put these on the Google+ (G+) community and website too.

Next you’ll need to join our G+ community so that you can share content and join in with our conversations. You’ll need a Google+ account. Then you can access Google Plus from the top right, where it says your name followed by a +. You’ll find your communities under ‘Home’ at the top left and you’ll be able to share posts. Notice that you can turn the email notifications on or off if it gets too busy.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @letsteachcomp and use #letsteachcomp to see what others are posting.

We are a flexible MOOC and it is absolutely up to you how much you join in! You are free to dip in and out as much as you like.

Why should I take this MOOC?
You’ll get to know educators with similar interests and challenges as yourself and share successes with them. Over the six weeks we’ll explore experiences from real classrooms and reflect upon emerging best practice for the new field of primary computing in a supportive network.

We want to help you to develop the skills and understanding to deliver the primary computing curriculum with confidence, and to be able to inspire and engage your learners. Our approach to teaching computing is very much about creativity and encouraging children to respond to challenges and problems using technology as a tool.

To help you do this we’ll share lesson ideas and resources from our book ‘Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools’ and use some of these as jumping off points for you to try out ideas for yourself. Along the way we will also model the use of online tools and apps to help you embed technology enhanced learning across subjects. Our aim is for you to leave each session with a new idea or approach that you can use straight away. We would then love you to share the outcomes with an understanding audience via our G+ community.

You can earn digital badges for completing each week’s activities and a certificate if you do them all. But remember there’s no pressure to complete everything. Feel free to dip in to any topics that suit you as and join in when you can. The idea is to take a few risks, share our developing practice in the field and learn together.