Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School
Object oriented programming is now a very well established paradigm widely used by computer scientists. These days OOP is very much part of the A level syllabus and many degree courses but it is also a useful tool for encouraging students to think about the problem they are trying to solve. This in turn means students give more consideration to program design before automating their solutions, thus reaffirming and building upon the computational thinking skills gained at KS3 and 4.
This workshop will introduce the fundamental concepts of OOP needed at A level and give you some ideas for covering this topic with your own students. It will show you how to introduce the idea of objects and how programmers can use ideas from the real word to assist program design. There will be worksheets and activities that you will be able to take away and use with your own students.
Jeanette Patterson's biography
Jeanette Patterson is the Curriculum Team Leader for Computing and Technical Applications at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, where she is also Lead Practitioner for Computer Science. She has over twenty three years' experience of teaching A level Computing/Computer Science and is a CAS master teacher. Jeanette is also a member of the team at CAS North East, centred at Newcastle University where she is based part-time.
Relevant Key Stages: KS4, KS5
Room: BSTC G.34 - seminar room 2, ground floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
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