Updated 6 Feb 2018, v6
The CAS London Conference 2018 will be held on Saturday 24th February at Gladesmore Community College in North London (South Tottenham, N15 6BF). It’s an all day event with an opening keynote from Jon Nixon from Ofsted, and talks, workshops and demos exploring different aspects of Primary and Secondary Computer Science. Download a flyer.
There are four session blocks (2 in the morning, 2 in the aternoon) and you can pick one from each. The full list of workshop and talks is below the ‘plan for the day’.
Doors at 9.10am, opening keynote is at 9.40am, first morning session at 10.20am. There will be other activities and networking opportunities at lunch.
CAS London Conference – plan for the day
||Delegate registration and morning refreshments
||Opening keynote John Nixon, Ofsted National Lead for Computing
||Lunch & Drone Demonstration (Staggered lunch start 12:30 and 12:45)
||Plenary: Cyber Schools Programme – Michael Heering (TBC) & Fireflies!
- Primary – Smelly code and primary programming pedagogy with Jane Waite
In this hands of session, you will mark code and create a practical student checklist of what makes sweet code! Bring along code for marking! We will also look at two very practical methods to review your planning to reveal what pedagogy you already use. We will look at instructional approaches to scaffold learning as well as ideas for encouraging independence and mastery.
- Primary – iPads Tried and test apps for classroom impact with Gillian Arnold
- Secondary – pedagogy with William Lau
- Secondary – AQA exam board session with Chris Swan
- Primary – Using tangible programming to support SEN children with the computing curriculum with Jody Carter
- Primary/Secondary – Minecraft (using virtual worlds and programming) with Simon Johnson (CLC Cimon)
- Secondary – Python Introduction with Jon Feleppa
- Creative projects with the micro:bit (python focus)
- A level – Databases in Python with Hardip Mothada
- A level – OOP with William Marsh
- KS2/3 – FastForward. Machine Learning & Big Data including digital identity With Paul Curzon and Jane Waite
Are driverless cars fact or fiction? Can machines make better AI than humans can? How is our data used? Can we support our young people to understand their online (and real life) persona? Practical ideas for starters, plenaries and projects.
- Secondary – Algorithm writing with pseudo code and flow charts with Trevor Bragg
- Secondary – Edexcel exam board with Atif Khan
- Primary – Physical computing pedagogy session – not what to teach but how to teach physical – including use of spheros, microbits, bluebots, drones with Nic Hughes
- Primary – Google classrooms/G Suite – Darren Murphey & Wendy McLeod
- Secondary – Creating websites with HTML
- Secondary – Stride (a framebased editor to transition from blocks to text) with Michael Koelling
- A level – Teaching embedded systems with Arduino and Linker with Michael Jones
- A level – Teaching Boolean Algebra & Karnaugh Maps with Eliot Williams
- Early Years and KS1 – Cubetto and Early Years with Helen Cheung & Eleni Vasileiadou
- Drones with the Royal Academy of Engineering (KS3 focus but may be of interest to KS2) with Scott Atkinson & Ivan Gutowski-Smith
This session will explore how drones work and how they can be used for civilian, humanitarian and commercial purposes. This resource is designed as an introduction to the uses of drones, aimed at dispelling the myth that they are just weapons or toys. In fact they have wider ranging practical civil, humanitarian and commercial applications. We will also explore how drones can be reverse engineered, exploring ways in which enquiring minds can build their own functioning quadcopter. All the resources are also available on our website at: https://www.raeng.org.uk/education/schools/teaching-and-learning-resources/curriculum-resources including Engineering in the Movies and RAF100 ‘Aiming for Awesome’ which will be demonstrated during this session.
- A level – NEA project assessing/ standardisation with Garfield Godon
- Secondary – OCR exam board with Vinay Thawait
- Primary – Scratch Maths (Year 6 resources) with Pier Saunders (UCL)
- KS1 to KS4 – Networks with Duncan Maidens (back by popular demand)
- KS4 – Teaching data representation (with practical activities that involve manipulating images and sound in Python) with Alex Hawden-Bennet
- KS3/4 – Pedagogy for programming – PRIMM with Sue Sentence
- A level – C# with Martin Richards
- KS4/5 Data Analysis with Jupyter Notebooks –Michel Wermelinger and Clifford French
Michel Wermelinger will demonstrate how to use Python in Jupyter Notebooks, running in a browser, to analyse data on world diseases. Jupyter notebooks provide an intuitive, easy to use environment that integrates explanations, exercises and the output of the code so that students program incrementally and get immediate feedback. Teachers will be able to use what they learn both in computer science lessons and in Science or Geography at KS4 (or higher) with no need to install software.
- Primary – Assessment with Phil Bagge
- KS3/4 – Embedding Computational Thinking with Rob Heathcote (PG Online)
- Primary – Unplugged programming and programming with Scratch
- Primary – LGFL cross curricula with VR with Bradely Dardis
- KS2/3/4 – Cybersecurity with Duncan Maidens
- KS4 – CraignDave – Challenges of teaching GCSE and flipped classroom solutions.
- KS4/5 – Sorting and Searching Algorithms in Python with Demetrios Skamiotis
- A level – Advanced Python e.g. Web Development Frameworks and Python with Sue Sentance
- A level – Big O notation with Python with Ramzi Ramzi
This session will cover what Big O is, explaining O(1), O(N), O(N^2), and O(log N). Practical online activities will get you coding each example in Python using variously sized datasets (whilst hopefully not crashing all of computers!) By the end of the session, you will feel more confident explaining and showing students, what Big O is using Python.
Happy New Year everyone!
We have a new one-day CPD event for teachers on Saturday 10th February taking place at King’s College London from 9.30am to 5pm, £15 (this includes a Makey Makey to take home).
Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/makey-makey-workshop-with-tom-heck-from-the-makey-team-tickets-42037489262
This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about making with the Makey Makey from Tom Heck. A train the trainer event for educators who expect to teach others on introducing STEM through physical computing with the Makey Makey.
Welcome and afternoon tea/coffee will be provided but to keep costs down please bring your own lunch. Please also bring a laptop! (See further info on lunch and laptops below)
- 9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Refreshments (tea/coffee & breakfast pastry)
- 10:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
- 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – please bring your own, or pop out for a sandwich
- 1:00 – 5:00 Afternoon session (includes a tea/coffee break)
- 5:00 Close
Really important bit about laptops
Please bring your own laptop. Everyone needs to bring a laptop and their charging cable. The following computers work well: Chromebook, Mac, Windows, Linux. Do not bring tablets because they will not work. Regardless of the kind of laptop used, it must have the ability to plugin a USB “type A” plug – these are the most common type of USB plugs and it’s how the Makey Makey is connected to a computer. Some new laptops don’t accept a USB type A plug so the user must supply their own adaptor (“dongle”).NOTE: If you have a school issued laptop please check with your IT people to make sure your laptop will work with a Makey Makey!
Waterloo station is full of snack places, Benugo upstairs, M&S downstairs, outside the station there are Sainsbury’s and Tesco types of mini-supermarket.
Update 18 September 2017: The A2 Projects with Databases & Python course (pink in the diary image below) is now full but we have spaces on the Object Oriented Programming course at QMUL (blue in the image below). If you’re attending the A2DB course you’ll be able to attend the OOP one as well.
We have two ‘Teach A Level Computer Science’ courses coming up later this year. Please bookmark this page as it will shortly be updated with details of the earlier course (to be held at Queen Mary University of London in October / Nov). The details of the later course (to be held at King’s College London Waterloo in Nov / Dec) are below. Both cost £100 and free places are available for CAS Master Teachers.
- Teach A-Level Computer Science: Object Oriented Programming
- Teach A-Level Computer Science: A2 Projects with Databases and Python
Please note that these courses are for in-service teachers who are already confident in teaching computing at GCSE level, Python will be the programming language used.
The course dates are arranged so that it will be possible for teachers to attend both courses.
1. Teach A-Level Computer Science: Object Oriented Programming
Find out more and book a place
- Wed 4 October
- Wed 11 October
[Break – Wed 18 Oct]
- Wed 25 October
[Break – 1 Nov]
- Wed 8 Nov
- Wed 15 Nov
Location: Queen Mary University of London
Tutor: Dr William Marsh, CAS London
2. Teach A-Level Computer Science: A2 Projects with Databases and Python
Find out more | Apply for a place
- Week 1 (1 Nov 2017) – Single table databases and sqlite3
[Break – 8 Nov]
[Break – 15 Nov]
- Week 2 (22 Nov 2017) – Foreign keys and relationships
- Week 3 (29 Nov 2017) – Many-many relationships
- Week 4 (6 Dec 2017) – Developing a project for A-Level Part 1
- Week 5 (13 Dec 2017) – Developing a project for A-Level Part 2
Location: King’s College London, Waterloo
Tutor: Dr Sue Sentance, CAS London
For more information please contact Jo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Short courses from CAS London
2017 course dates and prices are in brackets, similar prices and dates are envisaged for 2018.
- KS3 Teach KS3 Computing – January to March
(8 sessions, £160, 23 Jan to 20 Mar)
- MA module in Computing Education – January to March
(10 sessions, £1,150, 17 Jan to 28 Mar)
- KS4 Teach GCSE Computer Science – April to July
(10 sessions, £200, 24 Apr to 3 Jul)
- KS5 Teach A level Computer Science: Algorithms and Data Structures – March
(5 sessions, £100, 1 Mar to 29 Mar)
- KS5 Teach A level Computer Science: Object Oriented Programming in Python – June to July
(5 sessions, £100, 7 Jun to 5 Jul)
- Diving Deep into Primary Programming – Summer / Winter
(All-day session, £60, 9 Jun)
- KS5 Teach A level Computer Science: A2 Projects with Databases and Python – September to November
(5 sessions, £100, 1 Nov to 29 Nov – register of interest full, please contact Jo Brodie (email@example.com) for waiting list information)
- Diving Deep into Primary Programming – Winter / Spring
(All-day session, £60, tbc)
As one of the projects funded by the Mayor of London’s ‘London Schools Excellence Fund’, or LSEF, we receive the regular LSEF bulletins and this caught my eye…
…its text says…
“Calling all London teachers – LSEF Legacy Teacher Innovation Fund launched
Teachers can apply for up to £10,000 to boost their subject knowledge. The aims of the Fund are to:
• Improve teacher subject knowledge and pedagogy
• Improve students attainment and progress
• Make available more resources and tools to use inside and outside of the classroom.
Please share this with your school networks. The deadline for application is 12pm on Monday 16th May 2016. To apply please download an application form here.”
There is money available to support teachers in London develop their own knowledge and share their learning with other teachers. Computer Science is explicitly listed among the subject options, which also includes languages, maths, science and tech.
From the FAQ, teachers / applications must satisfy the following London Teachers Fund Criteria –
- Improve the subject knowledge and pedagogy of teachers
- Improve students attainment and progress
- Make available more resources and tools for teachers to use in the classroom
- You need to be a qualified teacher working in a school or state supported education provision in one of the 33 London Boroughs
Visit the Shine Trust’s website (who are managing the innovation fund for LSEF) for more information and links to application forms and the FAQ etc. Good luck 🙂