How can we support all students in developing key digital skills?

By James Robinson. Posted

This week we return to the theme of inclusion within computing and ask: How can we support all students in developing key digital skills? What are the key digital skills that learners need to develop? Do they intuitively understand technology more given their increased exposure to it? We consider the variability of our learners and the different skills they bring and challenges they encounter. Carrie Anne, James, and guests discuss tools, frameworks, and practices that can support all learners, particularly those with specific needs.

Guests

Joining us today are two digital makers and research scientists with a passion for computing, ecology, and education:

  • Catherine Elliot is a columnist for Hello World magazine and the expert in England on inclusion in computing

  • Alexis Cobo is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Technology program and is the Director of Educational Technology & Innovation at a K–12 independent school in Boca Raton

Carrie Anne Philbin.
Carrie Anne Philbin, MBE, is a computing educator, YouTuber, author, and host of the Hello World podcast.
James Robinson.
James Robinson is a computing educator, trainer, and host of the Hello World podcast.
Catherine Elliot
Catherine Elliot is a columnist for Hello World magazine and the expert in England on inclusion in computing.
Alexis Cobo
Alexis Cobo is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Technology program.


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Show notes

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- Subscribe to Hello World magazine

- Find out more about the charitable mission of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

- Download our special issue, The Big Book of Computing Pedagogy

- Write for us — simply share your idea and we'll help you see it published in a future Hello World issue

Inclusion and digital skills:

- Read Catherine's article Key digital skills for young people with SEND from Issue 16 of Hello World Magazine

- Read more about digital literacy and its place in the curriculum with this report from the National Centre for Computing Education

- Discover why the widely held idea of the "Digital Native" is now considered to be a myth

- Review the Essential Digital Skills framework

- Learner variability is a concept that embraces the natural variation between learners and their needs

- Read more about the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework

- Discover high leverage practices and how they could support your learners' needs

- Assistive technologies and accessibility features are built in to products from Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Linux distributions

- Explore the work of the Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL)

- Develop your understanding of how UDL principles can be applied to computing with this interactive guide from UDL4CS

- If you're not already familiar with Cognitive Load Theory, read more in this quick read

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