Obviously there’s our CAS London Conference on 24 February 2018 (for both primary and secondary teachers) but the following may interest too.
1 Feb 2018: How to use Scratch at KS2 with Nic Hughes – two afternoon sessions, one from 1.30-3.30pm and one from 4-6pm, both £40.
7 Feb 2018: BBC micro:bit in computing, 1 day – ENTHUSE funding available to make this a FREE course.
10 Feb 2018: Makey Makey – 1 day course – only £15 with Tom Heck from the US Makey team, includes a free Makey Makey
28 February 2018: Teach Algorithms and Data Structures to A-Level using Python 2018 – 5 week twilight course for teachers of A level computer science.
Course now FULLY BOOKED. Contact Jo for a place on the waiting list.
from 5 March 2018: Diving deep for Primary Programming with Jane Waite – only £100 and FREE for Master Teachers, CAS Hub leader and NoE University Contacts. Three day course over two months. [5 March, 19 March and 16 April]
15-16 March: Assessment and progression in primary computing with Phil Bagge – 2 day course – ENTHUSE funding available to make this a FREE course.
We have another two workshops happening next week, on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 May, at Queen Mary University of London. Both are free and you are welcome to attend either or both (but you will need to register for each separately) – there is a half hour break between the two workshops.
Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London we are able to offer these workshops at no charge but we do prioritise London Computing teachers though other Computing teachers are welcome too. The workshops are not suitable for school pupils however.
For more information please contact Jo Brodie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The workshops below are named ‘2’ and ‘3’ as they are part of a series of three, however the first one “Explorers need maps: Abstraction, Representations and Graphs” (last Monday) has finished but the information and slides are available on the workshop website.
Workshop QMUL2: Tue 26 May 2015, 1.30 to 3pm
Primary Computing Unplugged
Computing doesn’t need to be taught at a computer and in fact to get across key concepts it is often better (and more fun) not to. This is especially true of the early stages of learning programming and computing more generally. A core idea behind the new computing syllabus is computational thinking. We will give you a deeper understanding of computational thinking and give practical ways to teach both it and other computing topics such as programming away from computers. Computational thinking is a fundamental skill set that students learn by studying computing. We will demonstrate a range of activities that show how core ideas and concepts can be introduced using fun unplugged activities and games. We will show that computing can be fun for everyone and that it doesn’t have to be taught at a computer.
This session presents a variety of activities from the other workshops. It will cover:
- What is Computational Thinking?
- Inspiring ways to teach Computational Thinking.
- What is an algorithm
- Writing your first program
for Workshop 2 – Primary computing unplugged
More information about this workshop on our page for Primary computing unplugged.
Workshop QMUL3: Tue 26 May 2015, 3.30 to 5pm
The Magic of Computer Science
When you learn to be a magician, it turns out you are learning the skills needed to be a great computer scientist too: computational thinking. Just like software, magic is a combination of algorithms and presentation. In this workshop we will demonstrate some simple to do but strong magic tricks. We teach the group how they are done so they can do the tricks themselves and then use the magic to illustrate the linked basics of computing. Overall we will show what computational thinking is all about and how both magicians and computer scientists rely on it.
This session will demonstrate a variety of activities from the other workshops. It will cover:
- What is Computational Thinking?
- Inspiring ways to teach Computational Thinking using easy to learn magic tricks.
for Workshop 3 – The magic of computing
More information about this workshop on our page for The magic of computing.