Case Study: Fiona HumphreysPublished on 02 June 2020
Fiona Humphreys is the latest teacher from Ysgol Bro Dinefwr to go through our VTCT course. She follows two of her colleagues who have successfully completed the qualification with the Technocamps team. She is the Head of Business at the school and also teaches ICT so the course naturally appealed to her.
With limited knowledge of programming, Fiona had initially been thrown into the deep end. “I had to teach Scratch with no prior knowledge and had to learn myself had to think computationally. I also began running a weekly code club with the Head of ICT and Computer Science at the school. I learnt so much from her and also from the pupils who really have a passion for programming.”
The Technocamps team regularly runs sessions to complement the fantastic work that already goes on at the school. Sitting in on one of the workshops, Fiona was keen to find out more: “The Technocamps staff were so inspiring with their knowledge and engaging tasks that gave me so many ideas that I could do with my own classes.”
The school has been incredibly supportive of its staff and has recognised the importance of ongoing professional development. The VTCT course requires a substantial commitment (18 full days over the course of an academic year), but the school and its pupils are now reaping the rewards.
Fiona (and her colleagues) have been able to take ideas and inspiration from aspects of the course and embed them into their lesson plans, completely revolutionising the way pupils learn about computer science at the school. The course has helped to create a highly-skilled department who are ready and willing to embrace digital learning for the benefit of all learners at the school.
“I now feel that I have the skills and understanding to teach aspects of computer science confidently in the classroom. I am able to solve problems quicker and easier as the Technocamps course has equipped me with the knowledge and experience to do this. I can provide more challenging and engaging lessons as I have the skills readily to deliver this. ”
By participating in this program, a Teacher will gain Technocamps recognition as a ‘Technocamps Certified Teacher’, or a School can achieve ‘Technocamps Certified School’ status at the level of Bronze, Silver, or Gold.
When Ben Dodd decided to join some friends at a lunchtime Robotics Club while in Secondary School, little did he know that it would be the start of his journey into a career in Computer Science.
Robert is a Cardiff University graduate whose career in computer science was inspired by a week-long Technocamps workshop he undertook while in school.