Scotland - Coding Clubs

West College, Renfrewshire

Teacher training for Code Clubs in Scotland

As part of West College Scotland’s rollout of Coding Clubs across schools in Renfrewshire, the College has provided CPD sessions to teachers, centred on the use of micro:bits to teach coding skills. During the sessions, WCS Microsoft Education Experts David Renton and Amanda Ford taught the teachers how to use the micro:bit for fun and engaging activities to take back to their schools including games of rock, paper, scissors and how to make music.

The sessions were a great success with the 30 teachers participating all provided with a pack of micro:bits together with lesson plans to try out with their pupils.

Teachers were positive about their experiences:

Claire Carrigan, from Barsail Primary School commented, “It was great to get to try out the micro:bit and be given lesson ideas. Thanks for the opportunity and the micro:bit packs!”

Karen McDowall, from Bishopton Primary said “It was very hands on and you quickly got to understand and love the micro:bit. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I am keen to try out the micro:bit with the pupils.”

One computing teacher who used the micro:bits in school said “The hands-on micro:bit coding is going down really well with the pupils.  I think the idea of writing code to run on a physical device they hold in their hand gives them something extra.  All pupils seem to have a love for technology and creativity so the micro:bit exercises really appealed to them.”

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