Fifteen pupils from Stourport High School got the chance to discover more about computing during a ‘Live Lesson’ sponsored by OCR and organised by TES recently.
Maggie Philbin, presenter of TV programme Bang Goes the Theory and CEO of TeenTech, led the class in an exciting lesson, based on OCR’s GCSE Computing, in which pupils develop their programming skills by using computer software to create music.
The lesson is now available to watch online. This is a great resource for teachers and pupils alike who can use the ideas to take into their own lessons or teach themselves new skills at home.
OCR Qualifications Group Manager and computing expert, Phill Bryant, said: "I’m a passionate advocate of the value of computing as a subject within schools and of increasing the diversity of the students taking the subject, and this lesson will hopefully play a big part in that."
"If students are to embrace the value of computing and for it to become as popular as I think it could be, it has to be seen as a tool for creating, making or designing. This is a great example of how coding and computing can be combined with creativity and music to make it fun and to engage with students who may not have considered studying it."
"We’re aware that teachers are enthusiastic about delivering computing but are perhaps nervous or unsure of how to bring the subject to life and this lesson will provide them with some fantastic ideas for their classrooms.”
As part of the build-up to next year’s Education Innovation Conference & Exhibition (EICE) in February, Phill was invited to take part in a radio show hosted by Russell Prue, ICT evangelist and broadcaster, where he discussed GCSE and A Level reform.
You can listen to the show online.
OCR is pleased to once again attend EICE. At the 2014 event, we’ll be delivering an exciting programme of activities centred around ‘Teaching computing in the classroom’: how OCR is leading the way in this area with an innovative suite of both computing and ICT qualifications, the wealth of support available to teachers, as well as showcasing some of OCR’s partnerships with key organisations.
More information is available on the OCR computing pages where you can find out more about OCR’s suite of computing qualifications, as well as lots of useful resources such as recipe cards and classroom challenges tailored for use with the Raspberry Pi computer.