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@yallsop @roehamptonedu Festival of Computing 2016 Computational Thinking thoughts

Friday was both the final day of this year’s PGCE, and the Festival of Education, both taking place in/around the lawns of Grove House. Sadly this meant I only got to see half of each of them. Teaching Computational Thinking through marble runs / Unplugged I was very unsure how my morning session would go.

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For teachers: what programming languages are respected in industry today?

If you don’t work in industry – if you’re a Teacher – a frequent question to Industry is “what programming languages do you use? what are you investing in / committing to today?” My own (biased) experience: until recently, my career was as a senior programmer and hiring manager, working in Web, Enterprise, Entertainment, Startups,

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How dare schools and governments routinely lie through their teeth about school performance?

I was reading Robert Coe’s 2013 talk today, got a little way in, and was reminded of my love/hate relationship with statistics, and especially their use in Public Office / Government / Education / etc. It has always seemed to me that stats are bused left, right, and center, and despite some exceptional scrutiny (e.g.

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Why do Secondary teachers hate games in the classroom?

Clapping to get children’s attention, or playing “last one to spot that everyone else is silent”, are deemed “age inappropriate”. But who is doing this deeming, and where do they get that opinion from? My experience of children up to and including Y11 is that they love to play – they’re children. They’re more than

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