Primary school leaders often tell us that they looking to run a new after-school computing club or to improve an existing club, but that there are barriers to doing this effectively:
School staff may lack the time or expertise to develop high-quality activities for a computing club
Bringing in external individuals or organisations to lead a computing club can be prohibitively expensive
In response to these challenges, we’re delighted to announce plans for our new Online Computing Club service, an exciting and cost-effective way of delivering a computing club into primary schools.
Here’s our vision for the service.
Every week, the service will deliver teacher-led videos, screencast tutorials and downloads through the Online Computing Club website at onlinecomputingclub.com. Media will be communicated in a fun and engaging way; think “high-class You-Tube”! Schools choose when in the week, from Tuesday to Thursday, their club will take place, and the students follow along with the activities and ideas shared online, building their skills in coding and digital media as they go.
As the students work through the activities in a project, they will share back the best of their work via an online upload that goes directly to our team. We will evaluate submissions to bring out learning points for the materials the following week, and showcase work back with your school’s students and the rest of the Online Computing Club learner community in other participating schools. We believe that great computing work deserves recognition and celebration, so at the end of each half-termly project, we’ll celebrate the best of the content created through awards and prizes.
Students can view and interact with the materials on individual devices, or as a class via a shared screen. The focus of activities will be on using free online services on Windows or ChromeBook, or free iPad apps; you almost certainly have the equipment required for Online Computing Club activities in your school already.
With the new Ofsted Framework for September 2019 refocussing schools on the importance of a broader, richer curriculum, now is the perfect time to be looking for ways to enhance the learning experiences of primary age children beyond reading, writing and maths. We believe that Online Computing Club will be a great solution for doing that.
As part of the development of the service for a full launch for the new school year, we’re looking for primary schools to participate in a pilot phase in June and July 2019. Please visit onlinecomputingclub.com to find out more, ask any questions, or let us know your school would like to get involved in the pilot.
We’re really excited about the possibilities, and can’t wait to get started with young people in your school.