In our current dynamic world of digital technology, the OAKS Computing Course is designed to offer an approach which incorporates both the ‘legacy’ ICT courses with newer, dynamic, cutting-edge computing courses and also satisfies the current NC Requirements for the subject. If you have a desire to shape the minds of the children of the future, contributing to their development as thinking individuals, then this course is for you.
Our studies are structured around Computing in the NC and consider the needs of teachers, pupils, school requirements, and the requirements of commerce and industry.
The Computing course content includes the following: –
(1) Understanding and application of the fundamental principles and concepts of CS and of computational thinking, including abstraction; decomposition; critical thinking; logical reasoning; algorithms and data representation.
(2) Analysis of problems in computational terms, through the practical experience of solving such problems.
(3) Gaining knowledge of a variety of software applications and programming languages, using a practical approach. Typical languages range might be Java, C, Visual Basic, Scratch, Python, ASP, Pascal, Logo, and development tools would include Access, App makers, Visual Studio, Macromedia Studio, and Movie Maker.
(4) Understanding of how to harness the power of technology and think creatively, analytically, critically and logically, in order to devise novel solutions to problems:
(5) Understanding of the components that make up the different types of digital system and how they communicate with each other and with other systems.
(6) Understanding of the impact of technology, relative to both the individual and also to wider society
(7) Application of mathematical skills relative to the CS.
The course also considers the following pedagogical aspects including exam technique and as a computer expert, you will be encouraged to develop your own expertise in the use of Digital Technologies.
You will be encouraged to create a dynamic and creative atmosphere within your classroom, given insight into how to work well in a practical environment.
Lessons need thorough planning and must be appropriately targeted, taking into consideration the variety of abilities and attitudes of your pupils. Classroom management will be discussed along with ways to enhance pupil learning and understanding.
The course has a large element of in school hands-on teaching: The OAKS has excellent working relationships with colleagues at both our lead schools and all other partnership schools, that will contribute to your continuing professional development.