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Physical computing kits - KS2 data loggers

CP257 Face to face course

Explore physical computing, data and information in computing using data loggers and find out how Teach Computing Curriculum can be used to engage pupils.

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Data & information Key stage 2 Primary certificate
Face to face course 90 minutes

  • Warrington 3 October 15:45—3 October 2023
  • Ashton-under-Lyne 10 October 10:00—10 October 2023
  • Birmingham 12 October 11:00—12 October 2023
  • Ipswich 23 October 11:30—23 October 2023
  • Leicester 24 October 16:00—24 October 2023
  • Shrewsbury 25 October 10:45—25 October 2023
  • Chesterfield 6 November 13:00—6 November 2023
  • Leeds 9 November 09:00—9 November 2023
  • Bradford 14 November 09:00—14 November 2023
  • Warrington 14 November 15:45—14 November 2023
  • Aylesbury 20 November 13:00—20 November 2023
  • Telford 21 November 16:00—21 November 2023
  • Thornton-Cleveleys 22 November 15:45—22 November 2023
  • Stoke-on-Trent 25 November 13:00—25 November 2023
  • Oxford 30 November 13:00—30 November 2023
  • Rotherham 4 December 16:00—4 December 2023
  • Harrogate 5 December 16:00—5 December 2023
  • Langley 7 December 16:00—7 December 2023
  • Bradford 7 March 09:00—7 March 2024
  • Nottingham 14 March 16:00—14 March 2024
  • Bradford 7 May 09:00—7 May 2024

Physical computing involves using digital devices to sense and interact with the world – an engaging alternative to screen-only activity. Physical computing touches upon many areas of the computing curriculum. Data loggers are digital devices which can record and store data over time. Data loggers can store a range of information about the environment around them, such as temperature, light levels or sound.

During this CPD, you’ll explore how data loggers can be used in the classroom to support the teaching of the KS2 computing curriculum. You’ll find out how the data loggers and their related software work, gain hands-on experience of using them to collect a range of data and how to use them with pupils to collect, analyse, evaluate and present a range of data.

The National Centre for Computing Education has developed a data logger physical computing kit that can be borrowed from your local Computing Hub, following your CPD.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at classroom teachers and subject leaders of computing, looking to develop their use of digital devices as part of their computing curriculum.

How long is this course?

This course consists of one 90 minute session.

How will you learn?

Hands-on experiential learning with the collaborative support of your peers, led by an experienced Professional Development Leader. The course will model teaching approaches that can be taken back to the classroom.


By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Understand how data loggers can be used to collect, analyse, evaluate, and present data and information
  • Gain hands-on experience and confidence using data loggers
  • Deliver a Teach Computing Curriculum unit using data loggers

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