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In our current dynamic world of digital technology, the OAKS Computing Course replaces what was formerly described as an ICT course: this is in order to satisfy the new national curriculum requirements

If you have a burning desire to shape the minds of the children of the future in a meaningful way, contributing to their development as thinking individuals, then this course is for you.

It is structured around Computing in the National Curriculum, the needs of teachers, of pupils, of schools, and of commerce and industry, with attention also given to requirements for 16 plus examinations. Our aim: 'To help trainees to achieve the standards required for the award of qualified teacher status using a hands on approach'. Our focus: 'Enabling trainee teachers to develop teaching practices which will give their pupils the confidence and independence to solve problems in a structured manner'.

Computing course content (delivered electronically) Includes the following: -

(1) The understanding and application of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science and of computational thinking, including abstraction; decomposition; critical thinking; logical reasoning; algorithms and data representation.

(2) The analysis of problems in computational terms, through practical experience of solving such problems - including designing, writing, and debugging computer programs.

(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, dependent on your placement schools.

(4) The understanding of how to harness the power of modern technology and think creatively, analytically, critically and logically, in order to devise novel solutions to problems:

Modern problem solution = critical thinking plus computing power

(5) The 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) The understanding of the impact of technology, relative to both the individual and also to wider society

(7) The application of mathematical skills relative to computer science e.g. binary number system.

The course also considers:

Exam technique: looking in some detail at how we prepare our students for their exams and practical tasks, how pupils are assessed, and how to manage and record assessments efficiently. As an ICT 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 and how to make use of other qualified adults such as classroom assistants. To help create such an environment, you need to be both enthusiastic and well organised!

Lessons need thorough planned 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.

All schools have enthusiastic and highly qualified subject mentors, who have been trained by us and they are responsible for your learning and development when on placement.

Course participants are assessed through written academic assignments and portfolios of evidence. Throughout your placements you will be assessed against the National Teacher Standards. Your final award will be either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the outcome being determined by your performance in your formal academic assignments.