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Teaching with Physical Computing

Arm Education via edX Professional Certificate


Whether you’re new to teaching Computing or a specialist Computer Science teacher, this program will set you on the path to becoming an expert in delivering Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the classroom.

The Arm School Program’s suite of four professional development courses introduces you to the world of Physical Computing and how to apply it through Project-Based Learning in the classroom to maximize engagement and learning. We demonstrate how programmable physical computing devices enable educators to apply a constructionist approach to computing education, centering classroom learning experiences around real world problem-solving.

In this self-paced experience, our program will lead you towards mastering PBL: the pedagogy, its practical application and supporting educational theoretical principles. It also covers how to embed Project-Based Learning into your curriculum, as well as how to assess it effectively. You will acquire a toolkit of concepts and techniques that you can apply with confidence in the classroom.

While not part of the formal assessment of the courses, they also include action research topics to explore in the classroom, to help embed and improve the practical application of PBL in Computing.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Teaching with Physical Computing, Course 1: Introduction to Project-Based Learning

This course introduces teachers to Physical Computing and the concepts underpinning Project-Based Learning

Course 2: Teaching with Physical Computing, Course 2: Practical application and classroom strategies for PBL

This course guides teachers through Project-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy, practical application and supporting educational theoretical principles.

Course 3: Teaching with Physical Computing, Course 3: Assessment of Project-Based Learning

This course guides teachers through the effective assessment of Project-Based Learning.

Course 4: Teaching with Physical Computing, Course 4: Soft skills, teamwork and the wider curriculum

This course provides teachers with a comprehensive exploration of the role of Project-Based Learning in supporting the development of soft skills, and its place in the curriculum.


Taught by

Oli Howson, Robert Leeman, Dr John Woollard and Gareth Edgell

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