This guest blog post was written by Rachael Coultart, Computing Subject Leader at St. Nicholas Church of England Primary School and Nursery, in Stevenage.
Over the last term or two I’ve noticed a growing number of schools showing interesting in, or actually implementing Google’s G-Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education.) Like many people, I’ve long used various Google services and apps for personal use, and recently I have been working alongside my colleagues in SITSS as they develop Chromebook and G-Suite services for schools. I have also recently had the pleasure of visiting a local Hertfordshire primary school that uses G-Suite, more of which later.
It seems that a new app for programming or teaching children to code appears every week, and we are rather spoilt for choice these days. Many follow an independent learning, step-by-step approach, most are games of some sort, and often they are based on directing virtual robots or characters around various mazes or challenges. Continue reading “Getting more from those early programming apps”