Welcome to our first newsletter of 2019 (previous editions live here). It contains a mix of free resources from our Teaching London Computing website and pointers to some other resources and information which we hope you find useful.
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Table of contents
- Free course on teaching networks from Techpathways London
- New free resources from TLC – Valentine’s Day pseudocode poems and Happy Times cards
- Diversity in Computing posters
- NCCE Hubs – apply for your school to be 1 of 40 Hubs in England
- Discount code for The Power of Computational Thinking
- Applications open (for Sep 2019) to join Digital Schoolhouse
- QMUL is part of the Institute of Coding (IoC)
- LGBT History Month
- Royal Society funding for schools’ STEM projects
1. Free course on teaching networks from Techpathways London
QMUL is jointly running TechPathways London which is a new programme of free training and professional development for (formal and informal) educators of London’s young people aged 11-24.
Sign up here for a FREE course on 28 June 2018 on networking. This is for any teacher who teaches networks to learners of 11 to 24 years of age. Educators from non-formal settings who teach this topic are welcome too. This is a 1.5 day course split over Autumn and Summer terms, download a flyer for more. We expect this to sell out as only 15 places are available.
What digital skills do people need? Techpathways London survey for educators
In order to support educators to better equip their students to enter the digital workforce we (QMUL, CS4FN, Teaching London Computing and London CLC) are working with the Mayor of London to develop some CPD material and would like to hear from teachers/educators and people from industry in London to help us shape, and benchmark this.
(There’s also a survey for industry people too, more information here).
2. New free resources from TLC
Valentine’s Day pseudocode poems & Happy Times cards
Created by Paul Curzon, pseudocode poems are poems that work both as an algorithm/program and as a poem. They incorporate sequencing, selection or repetition constructs and other kinds of statements. You can implement them as an actual program – see what you think of our poems and have a go with your class to create some other ones https://teachinglondoncomputing.org/pseudocode-poems/.
As it’s Valentine’s Day on Thursday how about some Valentine Computing.
Created with Paul’s son Daniel ‘Happy Times’ is a fun Happy families / Rummy style card game where you collect sets of cards in the same times table to win. Playing helps younger children learn about the fun of numbers with a focus on times tables, multiplication, division and prime numbers. It also helps young children start to gain an understanding of the patterns in numbers. This is part of our expanding range of interdisciplinary computational thinking pages which cover the links between CT and other subjects, or look for Mix subjects in our website’s main menu.
3. Diversity in Computing posters
We have a set, free to download, of 30 ‘Diversity in Computing’ posters featuring a range of computer scientists from different backgrounds. There’s also a powerpoint slide stack of the posters which could be used as a looping presentation. We’ve had some lovely feedback from teachers about them and we’d love to know what you think of them. Jane Waite, their creator, wrote about the thinking behind them here https://equalities.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/2019/01/16/posters-celebrating-diversity-in-computer-science/
4. NCCE Hubs – apply for your school to be 1 of 40 Hubs in England
“The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) invites proposals from interested parties to become one of around 40 Computing Hubs in England, supporting the work of the NCCE to July 2022. The final number will be determined by the need to provide a geographical spread across England, and will lead the delivery of computing CPD in local areas.”
If your school would like to become one of the 40 NCCE Hubs you’ll need to get your tender application in by 25th February 2019.
5. Discount code for The Power of Computational Thinking
Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan’s book featuring “Games, magic and puzzles to help you become a computational thinker” published by World Scientific has a 30% discount code WSTPOCT30, available from https://doi.org/10.1142/q0054. Hardcover £48, softcover £20 before discount.
6. Applications open (for Sep 2019) to join Digital Schoolhouse
Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of pupils and teachers with the Computing curriculum. They are looking to expand their network of 34 Schoolhouses to total 50 across the country. The programme aims to reach 25,000 students and 5,000 teachers in 2019 and schools and colleges from across the country are invited to join them. More information in this PDF, and from their website. Applications close on 31 March 2019.
7. QMUL is part of the Institute of Coding (IoC)
The Institute of Coding (IoC) is an exciting, new nationwide initiative, bringing together a range of universities, industry, and training providers to develop computing skills for a rapidly changing and increasingly digital workplace.
We have an IoC page on our main departmental website outlining new events and courses coming up. There are a couple of 3-day ‘Introduction to Coding’ courses in June (registration isn’t open yet but keep an eye on the page).
11-13 June | 18-20 June 2019
Introduction to Coding
Join our beginner-friendly coding course. No prior coding knowledge needed! Registration opens soon.
8. LGBT History Month
To help your class celebrate LGBT History Month we have some information on LGBT computer scientists, also on that page is a link to a PDF version of the 14th issue of CS4FN magazine, which celebrated Alan Turing’s work and influence on computing.
9. Royal Society funding for schools’ STEM projects
Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5–18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects with a STEM professional from academia or industry. Additionally we are looking to support projects on computing and data science. (emphasis added) The round will remain open until the end of the month for initial expressions of interest (Stage 1). Once the project has cleared the eligibility stage, teachers have until the end of March to submit their full application.
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