Is That I.T?
I was recently at a Education Technology (EdTech) Conference called Tech That, which was organised by the terrific Martin Bailey (@Animate2Educate) who also organises the brilliant Tech on the Tyne Conference, see more here.
On the first night, which was a standard Teachmeet in a very open forum, I was fortunate enough to present. I decided to talk about IT Systems, this included Computational thinking, a Bubble Sort exercise, Databases, Binary and Pixels and finally Flowcharts. The approach I took was to demonstrate how I explain these abstract concepts in a practical, physical format, as this helps children to connect to the idea in a concrete way. The PowerPoint I used to demonstrate this is below, please note that these are ideas I have adapted from a NAACE course and the Flowchart idea for creating song algorithms I got from Dr Steve Bunce, who is a constant source of inspiration for me when it comes to physical computing, programming and edtech ideas.
I was asked by a few coordinators if I could add a copy of my presentation to my blog so here is the PowerPoint:
Please note that I do not own the Flowcharts and they were used solely to demonstrate to the children at my school and at the Teachmeet.
Please let me know how you get on with it by commenting below, if you use the PowerPoint why and what was the outcome from it.