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Computing Science Packs launched

Posted 04/12/2012

Under a joint project, the RSE and the BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT, have developed teaching materials that support Computing Science-related aspects of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

Implementation of CfE and the introduction of new National Qualifications in Scotland have presented a timely opportunity to revise the way Computing Science is taught in schools and to provide a more interesting, up-to-date and engaging experience for both teachers and learners. The project has sought to highlight the value of learners having insight into computational thinking. While CfE is a Scottish initiative, the materials are driven by the latest Computing pedagogy so they have considerably wider international applicability.

The Societies secured funding to second Jeremy Scott, Head of Computing at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, to lead the development work. He has been seconded to the project on a part-time basis since August 2011. 

Three resources comprising teacher and learner materials have been produced in the first phase of the project and they are being launched at an event at the RSE on Tuesday 4th December. The launch event is being attended by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, and Professor Muffy Calder, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

View or download the exemplification materials

About the Materials

Pack 1 - Starting from Scratch:

provides an introduction to computer science and basic computing concepts and provides learners with grounding in computer programming.

Pack 2 - Itching for more:

explores further computing concepts with a focus on abstraction, modularity and hierarchy within programming.

Pack 3 -  I Love My Smartphone:

uses mobile app development to provide a course in programming for mobile devices. It explores new paradigms in computing e.g. mobile technologies and new interfaces, and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary linkage.

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