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

Inspiring learning and engagement in your primary school computing

In the Online Computing Club pilot (Summer 2019):

Average pupil score: 8.5/10

100% agreed they had “learned lots about programming”

Our mission at Online Computing Club is to support primary school computing in a new, exciting and accessible way, with all activities and resources delivered online by teachers from a BETT Award winning team of educational technologists.

Many primary schools would like to run a successful after-school computing club or to kickstart their computing curriculum through high quality in-class computing experiences. However they can face obstacles to doing so 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

Online Computing Club is a new answer to these challenges. Schools and after-school club providers have been successfully piloting the service during June and July 2019, with availability to all schools and organisations from September 2019.

Read on to find out more, and if you like what you see, get in touch now.

Right from the start the videos were a real hit with the children. They liked the visual examples and the clear instructions from the videos. We liked that all the activities were part of a big project and we were rather proud of ourselves when we completed our games.
— Learning Support Assistant
The children are loving this way of learning computing, and I’m loving learning along with them!
— Class teacher

What the children have said in the Online Computing Club pilot phase:

I want more sessions!
— Year 6 pupil
Thank you for teaching me amazing knowledge that only people like you would know!
— Year 5 pupil
I love Online Computing Club!
— Year 4 pupil
It was really an amazing experience.
— Year 5 pupil
Thank you for the great sessions. It really helped with my problem solving.
— Year 5 pupil
Thank you for all the fun I had in our Online Computing Club!
— Year 4 pupil
Thank you for all the challenges you have allowed me to do when I thought I couldn’t do it.
— Year 5 pupil
I do not want to stop I WANT MORE!!
— Year 5 pupil
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How Does Online Computing Club work?
how will it benefit pupils and staff?

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great content, delivered weekly

Online Computing Club projects are targeted at Key Stage 2 children aged 7 to 11 years.

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

You choose when in the week your session takes 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 view and interact with the materials on individual devices, or as a class via a shared screen. As school staff work alongside the pupils, they are learning too!

The focus of activities is 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 give your designated club supervisor plenty of notice to liaise with your technical support.

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 share back the best of their work via an online upload that goes directly to our team.

We 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 celebrate the best of the content created through awards and prizes.

We believe that great computing work deserves recognition and celebration.

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Other Benefits for pupils and staff

Develop staff skills. As your school staff work alongside the members of your club, they learn and develop their computing skills too, broadening their curriculum knowledge and picking up new ideas for use in lessons.

Retain access to all previous Online Computing Club projects for as long as your school is subscribed. Your subscription will give you access to an ever-growing bank of computing video resources and project ideas for as long as you are subscribed, with new materials arriving each term.

Work alongside OCC to develop the service. Feedback from your staff and pupils is really important to us. Because we limit the number of schools who are subscribed to Online Computing Club at any one time, we’ll have the time to be responsive and work with you if something isn’t working for you and your children.

 Online Computing Club Video Showcase

A selection of video materials from the pilot phase of Online Computing Club running this summer. All schools subscribing for September 2019 will receive access to the learning materials from our Scratch ‘Flappy Parrot’ Online Computing Club pilot project.

 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 online Computing Club

This is a whole new way of delivering a computing club, and we’re partnering with a number of primary schools and after-school club providers for a pilot phase in the second half of the Summer Term 2019.

The full service for Online Computing Club is available for September 2019 with pricing as follows:

  • One term subscription (2 Online Computing Club projects) = £400 + VAT

  • One year subscription (6 Online Computing Club projects) = £900 + VAT (**save 25%** on termly pricing)

For pricing for Multi-Academy Trusts or other school consortia, please contact us with your requirements.

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If you’re interested in signing up for the service for September 2019, please get in touch.

Because of the personalised nature of the service, the number of schools signed up to Online Computing Club for any term will be limited. We hope you’ll want to be involved, and look forward to working with the young people in your organisation very soon.


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