During the annual “hour of code” week, KHS Year 7 and Year 8 students worked with Tanners Wood School in Watford. Students were encouraged to try computer programming for one hour, by working together using edmodo to share resources and work in groups to solve Scratch programming challenges and using Skype to video conference. Students consulted via Skype and got together in their teams to plan and discuss tasks, split workload and share their findings.
One Year 7 student commented ‘I found this very exciting to see how I can work with another student who is far away and solve the tasks. It was really fun.’
Kingsbury High School will be participating in an Hour of Code between the 8th to the 14th December. The Hour of Code campaign aims to demystify computer science for students across the country by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online.
Teaching & Learning Champion, Paul Fuller, would like the whole school community to get involved. He said “At Kingsbury High School our Computing curriculum plays an important part in developing logic and problem solving skills which help performance in many other subject areas.
“Many business organisations and key individuals realise there is a growing demand for people that can write computer programs and those skills need to be taught in schools and developed early on.
“A lot of students took part in last year’s event, but we’d like to get more people involved this year. We want to try and get ALL students, parents, teachers, carers and governors to take part and spend an hour learning to write code.
On Thursday 2nd May 2013, Year 11 student, Dhaval Shah, was presented with his certificate for successfully completing the CISCO IT Essentials course, by Head Teacher Jeremy Waxman and E-Learning Manager, Mr Fuller.
KHS currently has sixteen students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12, studying internationally recognised CISCO courses at the school.
If you would like to study a CISCO course at KHS, please contact Mr Fuller.
[text by Mr Fuller; photograph by Steve]