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Primary Computing and Digital Technologies: Knowledge, Understanding and Practice

Primary Computing and Digital Technologies: Knowledge, Understanding and Practice

Seventh Edition

September 2016 | 328 pages | Learning Matters

What do you need to know to teach computing in primary schools? How do you teach it?

This book offers practical guidance on how to teach the computing curriculum in primary schools, coupled with the subject knowledge needed to teach it. 

This Seventh Edition is a guide to teaching the computing content of the new Primary National Curriculum.  It includes many more case studies and practical examples to help you see what good practice in teaching computing looks like.  It also explores the use of ICT in the primary classroom for teaching all curriculum subjects and for supporting learning in every day teaching. New chapters have been added on physical computing and coding and the importance of web literacy, bringing the text up-to-date. 

Computing is both a subject and a powerful teaching and learning tool throughout the school curriculum and beyond into many areas of children’s learning lives. This book highlights the importance of supporting children to become discerning and creative users of digital technologies as opposed to passive consumers.

Organising digital technologies in your classroom
Planning for digital technologies across the curriculum
Planning to use digital technologies in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Digital display technologies
Mobile technologies
Planning for primary computing as a subject
Assessment in primary computing
Computational thinking and programming
Physical computing
Web literacy (including coding for the web)
Digital media/digital literacies
Writing with digital technologies
Social media - tools for communicating, collaborating and publishing
Graphing programs
Databases and spreadsheets
Professional use of digital technologies
Safety; online and off
Ethical and legal issues

An essential text that covers everything necessary for teaching Computing in the Primary Classroom. Computing subject knowledge, connections to the National Curriculum, and practical guidance on delivering lessons make this book a Reading List must!

Mr Ed Carr
Primary Education Dept, Plymouth Marjon University
July 11, 2022

This is a useful book for Computing subject leaders in schools and one that I would recommend that schools have a reference copy of for all teachers to access. The book stresses the range of areas that computing covers and does not just focus on coding. Whilst not delving into any of the areas in great depth the coverage is very useful and gives essential and useful information, some practical ideas and reflective tasks and some links to wider research and literature.

Mr Paul Hopkins
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
May 5, 2017

Clear, concise and accessible

Mr Steve Dixon
Department of Education, Newman University
November 9, 2016

This book is full of useful information

Miss Anita Gebarowicz
Department of Primary Teacher Education, Manchester Metro University
October 20, 2016

Keith Turvey

Keith Turvey is Principal Lecturer in Education at the Education Research Centre in the School of Education, University of Brighton. He teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and plays a leading role in the MA Education course. As a primary school teacher of 15 years he led successfully a range of subjects, including music, ICT and mathematics, and took on a number of senior management roles both in the UK and abroad. Since joining the University of Brighton in 2003, he has researched and published widely in the fields of digital technologies, pedagogy and teacher education. He completed a PhD in 2011 focusing... More About Author

John Potter

Prof John Potter is Professor of Media in Education at University College London Institute of Education. His research, teaching and publications are in: new literacies, media education, play on and offscreen, curation and agency in social media, and the changing nature of teaching and learning in the context of digital media.  He is a founder member of the DARE research centre at UCL, recently re-launched as ReMAP (Researching Media, Arts and Play) and is currently directing the ESRC funded National Observatory of Children’s Play Experiences during COVID-19. More About Author

Jeremy Burton

Jeremy Burton is Senior Lecturer in Computing Education in the School of Education, University of Brighton. He leads the computing subject group and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. While working as a primary school teacher and ICT co-ordinator, Jeremy developed a passion for digital media education. A self-taught web designer and developer, he coded his school's first website in 1998 and has since worked freelance for private clients. His experience in this area, and in digital media production more broadly, has informed his teaching of ICT/computing to student teachers. Jeremy is a co-founder of NumeracyReady (a... More About Author

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is Strategic Lead for Teacher Education at the UCL Institute of Education. He was previously Director for Initial Teacher Education, involved across Primary, Secondary and Post-compulsory programmes, as well as in e-learning projects. Before joining the IOE Jonathan held posts responsible for Primary ICT in teacher education at University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University.  More About Author

Jane Sharp

Jane Sharp is a Learning Development Tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University, working with students at all levels to develop the academic practices, skills and attributes needed for effective study at university. Her current research centres on the academic writing experiences of students studying education at university. Jane was formerly Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and ICT at the University of Winchester and a researcher at the University of Exeter involved in innovative and largescale computing projects in schools. More About Author

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