BETT 2014: From 21st century computing to 16th century Shakespeare – Cambridge University Press supports teachers in delivering the new 2014 national curriculum

imageMichael McGarvey, UK Director, Education, at Cambridge University Press - a not-for-profit education publisher - on stand B340, outlines the exciting new resources on show at BETT 2014, stand B340 to help students and teachers meet the demands of the new UK national curriculum. 

Cambridge University Press, stand B340, will showcase products especially developed to support schools and teachers in delivering the new UK national curriculum 2014 -  set to bring the biggest changes schools have seen in a generation, particularly at GCSE level.

Chances are a large proportion of teachers under the age of 35 will be new to the linear forms of assessment being introduced and are entering a brave new world with far less prescription. So we have developed a range of assessment-driven premium resources to support teachers in delivering the new framework.  Chief among these is our new, free, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Cambridge GCSE Computing Online  - the introduction of computing as a subject to replace ICT being one of the new curriculum’s most challenging reforms.  MOOCs are online courses available to unlimited numbers of people and aimed at fostering digital learning. Having established themselves as one of the hot topics in Higher Education, MOOCs now look set to revolutionise secondary education too.

Developed in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and exam board OCR and shortlisted  for  the BETT 2014 ‘Free digital content/Open educational resources’ Award, our online course is designed to help GCSE computing students learn the basics of computer programming and demystify the world of algorithms, logic gates and RAMs.  Accessible on-the-go, via smart phones and tablets, as well as on computers in the classroom or at home, it features a combination of videos and interactive learning exercises and can be used as a traditional teaching resource, as a revision aid, as a self-teaching resource for flipped classrooms, or as a combination of all three. 

With digital education evolving at an incredible rate we have also developed other cutting-edge digital resources to inspire and engage learners and support teachers. For example, as part of the greater focus on Shakespeare as it becomes mandatory in the new curriculum, our  latest editions of the highly successful Cambridge School Shakespeare  texts are now fully supported by enhanced web resources for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 and will be accompanied by enhanced eBooks from 2015 . These enhanced digital assets will address the 11 major plays used in schools beginning with KS3, including Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet. Each play has been carefully edited to take into account extensive research and development work on how to teach Shakespeare successfully in schools and invites students and teachers to bring the play to life in their classrooms, halls or drama studios through enjoyable stagecraft activities that increase understanding

We haven’t forgotten primary schools either – the stand will feature our new Cambridge Primary Maths, teaching package combining online and print resources mapped to the internationally-renowned Cambridge Primary curriculum and a range of new resources for English Language Teachers. The stand is also playing host to a rolling programme of presentations covering coding, computing, literacy and to the launch on January 22 of a new white paper The Future of E-Ducation: The Impact of Technology and Analytics on the Education Industry see

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