Introducing indi (Class Loan Kit) *NEW COURSE*

Part 1: Monday 16th September 2024 (full day PL @ SSERC)

Part 2: Monday 3rd February 2025 (online twilight session 3.30-5.00pm)

The following professional learning opportunity from SSERC includes the loan of an entire class kit of indi robots, starting from the face to face day at SSERC and lasting around 16 school weeks. This will allow delegates to instantly apply their learning in their setting, focussing on small groups, class or whole school implementation, as well as sharing with staff in their school.

This course will provide an introduction to Sphero indi and how this fantastic and engaging resource can be used in the Primary setting (targeted at Early/First level) to enhance engagement in Computing Science principles and concepts.  

We will encourage hands on practical experience with indi via a full day face to face session, self-study elements and a final twilight live remote session, using the Sphero indi resources from a SSERC class kit.

There will also be a focus on developing an understanding of different pedagogical approaches, whilst considering the impact of play-based and cross-curricular learning, along with unplugged activities.  To find out more about Sphero indi, click here to watch a UK Case Study: indi in the classroom!

This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with a resource that will enhance not only Computing Science outcomes, but also focus on developing learner skills of problem solving, collaboration and resilience.

If you are looking to enhance your digital focus in your school, get staff engaged with Computing Science, have Technologies on your School Improvement Plan or are working towards your Digital Schools Award Scotland, then this course will provide the learning and the resources to make a huge impact.

Spaces are limited due to the amount of resources we provide to schools, so apply below now to ensure you can take advantage of this opportunity.

*indi is generally used as a completely unplugged resource, and while not essential the Sphero Edu Jr. app is an add on that we will explore briefly during our PL day, so you may wish to have this downloaded onto your school devices if you wish to use it during your two term loan period. 

Audience

For Educators working in and around Early and First level CfE, although this resource could be used to introduce Computing Science concepts across the entire primary setting.

Rationale

This exciting professional learning practical course provides the opportunity for you to try out engaging STEM activities, inclusive of Computing Science elements, and to consider how they can be transferred to your own setting.

Course Leader

Kevin Reid Kevin.Reid@sserc.scot 

Location

Face to face full day session at SSERC – Monday 16th September 2024

Live remote session on MS Teams – 3.30pm – 5pm on Monday 3rd February 2025

There will also be a short Gap Task to complete via MS Teams.

Each successful applicant will receive an invite to a SSERC Ltd guest teams account.

 

Cost

Course cost: £60

The course fees include the PL, ongoing access to all of the PPT and indi resources used during the PL, the lunch provided on the day, and also helps to cover some of the cost of the loan kit returns via Fed Ex.

Approximate Fed Ex pick up date: Wednesday 5th February 2025

*Loan kits will be collected via Fed Ex on a predetermined date as above, or if you are local to SSERC these can be handed in as agreed in advance.

*Any successful applicant gaining a place on this course must complete the Loan agreement process which will be sent out once your place has been accepted. 

 

Core outcomes covered:

Organiser: Designing, building and testing computing solutions

I can develop a sequence of instructions and run them using programmable devices or equivalent. – TCH 0-15a

I can demonstrate a range of basic problem solving skills by building simple programs to carry out a given task, using an appropriate language. – TCH 1-15a

Aim and objectives

On completion of this training, you should be able to:

· Integrate the teaching of Computing Science concepts within your setting

· Use Sphero indi to develop pupil knowledge and understanding of computational thinking

· Plan, implement and evaluate play based learning opportunities for your learners using Sphero indi.