High-quality projects for your school computing club, delivered online

high-quality projects for your school computing club

Video: Welcome to Online Computing Club

Demo video: What is an algorithm?

Many primary schools would love to run a computing club for their students, but face obstacles to doing it well:

  • Staff in school may be lacking the time or expertise, or may be working on other priorities for the school

  • Designing high quality activities and projects for the students is time-consuming

  • Bringing in an external supplier to lead computing sessions can be prohibitively expensive

Our mission at Online Computing Club is to support computing clubs in a new, exciting and accessible way. We’d love students and staff in your school to get involved in a pilot phase in the second half of the Summer Term 2019.

Read on to find out more, and please let us know if you’d like to take part.

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How will Online Computing Club work?

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great content, delivered weekly

Every week, we will deliver teacher-led videos, screencast tutorials and downloads through the Online Computing Club website. Media will be communicated in a fun and engaging way; think “high-class You-Tube”!

You choose when in the week, from Tuesday to Thursday, your club will take place, and the students follow along with the activities and ideas we share, building their skills in coding and digital media as they go. Students can view and interact with the materials on individual devices, or as a class via a shared screen.

The focus of activities will be on using free online services on Windows or ChromeBook, or free iPad apps; you almost certainly have the equipment required for Online Computing Club activities in your school already.

If we need you to install new apps for young people in the club, we’ll give your designated club supervisor plenty of notice to liaise with your technical support service.

No last minute requests, we promise!

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evaluation, showcasing and recognising achievement

As the students work through the activities in a project, they will share back the best of their work via an online upload that goes directly to our team.

We will evaluate submissions to bring out learning points for the materials the following week, and showcase work back with your school’s students and the rest of the Online Computing Club learner community in other participating schools.

At the end of each half-termly project, we’ll celebrate the best of the content created through awards and prizes.

We believe that great computing work deserves recognition and celebration.

 About the Online Computing Club team

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Who are we?

Online Computing Club is brought to you in association with The Centre for Digital & Online Behaviours and Squirrel Learning.

We are BETT-award winning educational technologists with a 10+ year track record in supporting schools to make the most of technology tools in enhancing the learning of young people.

Most importantly, we know schools, and we know computing. We are qualified teachers who understand the challenges of bringing high-quality computing to learners in primary schools.

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Get Involved in the online Computing Club pilot

This is a whole new way of delivering a computing club, and we’d love to design and develop the service alongside the young people, teachers and support staff in your school, in preparation for a full launch for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We’re looking for partner schools to work alongside us in the second half of the Summer Term 2019, beginning the week commencing June 3rd.

If you’re interested, here’s what you need to know:

  • We’d like to work with a group of up to 30 Key Stage 2 students from each school through June and July 2019.

  • This group could be an existing or new computing club, or a class of children who use the materials in curriculum time

  • The group will require supervision during sessions from a designated supervisor, either a teacher or support assistant. We will communicate directly with that supervisor, in advance of sessions, with any preparatory information or printable materials required to facilitate the activities with the students.

  • We’ll also ask the designated supervisor for feedback and comments to support further developments and improvements of Online Computing Club.

  • If you participate in the pilot phase, we will charge your school a one-off cost of £125 + VAT, to support the development of the technology and resources for Online Computing Club. If you participate in the pilot phase and then choose to move forward into a full subscription for September, you’ll receive a discount of £200 on your first year subscription.

We really hope you’ll want to be involved. If you do, or if you have any other questions, please complete the form on this page. Places for schools on the pilot will be limited, so please let us know as soon as you can.

We’ll then be in touch to make arrangements to get your students up and running in Online Computing Club!

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