13 week course
During this online course you will have the opportunity to explore how children use coding to help them learn, so that you are better equipped to support your children with their learning outside of the classroom. The course will be delivered via our online learning site ‘Moodle’, with stimulating and interactive activities to help you learn the different ways you can help support your children with coding. This course will help you understand what coding is and the importance and benefits of coding at a young age. This is a 2 hour short course that focuses on how different apps can stimulate and encourage children to thrive in digital technology. As the course progresses learners will have the opportunity to download the app ‘Scratch’ and use this tool themselves and explore the different features it contains. As learners will grow in confidence in using this app to support their child’s learning it is expected they will use their knowledge attained in this course to complete a short task with their children.
This short course allows learners to choose a time and day that suits them and can be studied at home. The learners will have the opportunity to complete the course at their own pace and time and allows learners to revisit the course at their convenience. Once you have enrolled you will be sent information on how to get started on Moodle. Throughout the course there will be an opportunity to speak to one of our tutors and there will also be ‘live’ chats available to those who wish to participate. Your tutor will be on hand throughout the course to offer you support, feedback and guidance.
For this course, you will ideally have an email address and access to the internet and either a Smart phone, tablet or computer. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. No prior knowledge or skills are required to enrol on this course.
What will I learn?
Through a gentle introduction to coding you will look at how schools and young children are taught this skill and its relevance to your child’s future. You will look at the importance of play and active learning, and how to encourage children to develop not only their coding skills, but literacy, communication and language skills through applications used for coding.
At the end of the session you will be able to:
1. Understand what is meant by ‘coding’ and know some key terms used in teaching this subject.
2. Download an app that can be used at home to support your child’s coding skills.
3. Use apps to develop your skills in coding.
4. Know some useful websites and applications to support your child’s learning.
5. Identify further learning opportunities and aspirations
How will the course be assessed?
This is a an online session where you will be involved in various online activities which will enable you to develop new skills.
Materials and other information
The Additional Learning Support Team work across college supporting learners with a variety of learning needs in different ways. Support can be requested at enrolment or at any point throughout your course. For more information telephone 0300 123 6711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Progression and Careers
During the course you will have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the teacher and feedback will be provided online. You will also be encouraged to provide course feedback to your teacher and take part in an online end of course quiz.