Teaching Computing? Try switching off your screens.



    From robot hamsters to beatboxing, there are plenty of activities to help students develop thinking skills associated with programming. No computers needed


    Computing unplugged

    Period1 Mar 2017

    Media contributions


    Media contributions

    • TitleTeaching Computing? Try switching off your screens
      Media name/outletThe Guardian Teacher Network
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      DescriptionComputing is now a required part of the curriculum from early years to key stage 3 and beyond. But the subject is much more than just using a computer and learning about programming: it’s a way of thinking, of understanding the world so that people can change it.

      Those thinking skills can also be developed away from the computer; in fact, moving away from the screen can often help students understand the ideas without being distracted by the technology. They are more likely, as well, to be able to transfer them to new contexts.

      Here are five good ways of introducing and developing computational thinking across the curriculum through engaging physical activities.
      PersonsHelen Caldwell, Neil Smith