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INSPIRING COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN A WIDENING ACCESS CONTEXT WITH TECHNOLOGY

Campbell, Julie, Sterritt, Roy, Moore, George, Bond, Raymond, Fraser, Simon, Trombino, Giuseppe, Cleland, Brian and Hanna, Paul (2015) INSPIRING COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION IN A WIDENING ACCESS CONTEXT WITH TECHNOLOGY. In: INTED2015 - 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain. IATED. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This paper summarises a regional widening access STEM initiative in utilizing computing programming for RaspberryPI, Arduino, Lego Mindstorms and Quadcopter Drones in a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course targeted at IT teachers from schools with a demographic that aligns with the University’s widening access strategy. The paper reports on the results from a second run of a “Teach the Teachers” (T3) programme and tracking their views of Technology Enhanced Learning for Computer Science Education (TEL4CSE) before and after the CPD course.The paper will firstly address the regional environment and associated statistics that highlight the various achievement gaps. It then goes on to describe the widening access project including the CPD T3 TEL4CSE course that targeted schools with a high percentage of pupils from the categories at the lower end of the spectrum of achievement. The paper then presents some of the results and feedback from the teachers on the CPD course and highlights how it is influencing their practice in school before concluding with future plans for the initiative.The outreach initiative has been a success to date and the data indicates that the teachers have left enthused and believe it will help with improving and motivating the pupils in the lower achievement categories. The teachers will be contacted at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months to monitor progress. From the feedback it is also intended to offer further CPD advanced courses in each of the technologies.Keywords: Widening Access, Computing programming, RaspberryPi, Arduino, Lego Mindstorms and Quadcopter Drones, CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:31117
Deposited By: Mr Roy Sterritt
Deposited On:20 Mar 2015 10:12
Last Modified:20 Mar 2015 10:12

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