List of sessions at the CAS London Conference 2018 – Sat 24th Feb

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.

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CAS London Conference – plan for the day

Start End Session
09:10 09:35 Delegate registration and morning refreshments
09:40 10:15 Opening keynote John Nixon, Ofsted National Lead for Computing
10:20 11:20 Session 1
11:25 12:25 Session 2
12:30 13:30 Lunch & Drone Demonstration (Staggered lunch start 12:30 and 12:45)
13:35 14:35 Session 3
14:40 15:40 Session 4
15:45 16:15 Plenary: Cyber Schools Programme – Michael Heering (TBC) & Fireflies!

Session 1

  • 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

Session 2

  • 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

Session 3

  • 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.

Session 4

  • 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.

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FREE summer school for 14-18yo at UCL on 3D animated short film – #art #computing

Please pass this information on to arts or computing teachers, and pupils / students who might be interested in a free animation summer school.
3dami
When Wednesday 22 July to Thursday 30 July 2015
Where UCL, London
For whom 14 to 18 year old UK pupils / students
Cost FREE (includes free food, accommodation and transport)
What – 3D animation summer school
3Dami is a 7 day summer school where groups of students run their own studio and create their own animated short film from scratch. It operates at the intersection of art and technology (computer science), and is well suited to students with an interest in both. Students get to experience a semi-realistic studio setup, and create their film as a real studio would – it requires teamwork, thinking on their feet and hard work. The skills taught are directly related to the film effects and computer game industries, both of which are booming in the UK. There will be an industry visit and talks given by experts. The event is completely free for UK students aged 14-18 (includes free food, transport and accommodation!) and runs at UCL (London) from July 22nd to 30th. Please visit the website (3dami.org) to watch last years films and for further details, including how to apply.
Find out more and how to apply at http://www.3dami.org
Supported by
3Dami is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds. The event is happening with support from City and Islington and the CAS Hub. There is also another event happening in Cardiff, see the website for more info.

Classroom Sessions to Embed Computational Thinking – at @RoyalHolloway w Prof Dave Cohen

Please note: as we do not know the detailed content of others’ courses we can’t endorse them – but we think you might like to know about what other people and organisations are up to. We’re happy to mention free or paid-for courses and events on our pages that are relevant to London and near-London teachers (and we don’t charge for listing information, or accept any advertising fee).

There are some sessions on computational thinking taking place in April and May 2015 at Royal Holloway University of London, with Professor Dave Cohen.

Classroom Sessions to Embed Computational Thinking

Department of Computer Science
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX Egham
United Kingdom

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Schedule

Each session will begin at 4pm and finish by 7pm. There will be thirty places available. The sessions cost £20.


Don’t forget that Teaching London Computing is running some CPD courses for teachers who are teaching the new GCSE Computing curriculum. We have two courses running over Easter, both are the same length but one is split across a couple of weeks and the other is a week-long intensive course. You can find out more about both of them and book tickets here.

Know someone aged 15-18 interested in 3D animation? FREE 3Dami summer school in July/Aug

For UK students aged 15-18 there’s an opportunity to participate in a week-long summer school learning about 3D animation techniques. 3Dami are the people behind the event, which will take place at UCL Engineering in London, and here’s their ‘blurb’:

“3Dami is a 7 day summer school where groups of students run their own studio and create their own animated short film from scratch. It operates at the intersection of art and technology (computer science), and is well suited to students with an interest in both. Students get to experience a semi-realistic studio setup, and create their film as a real studio would – it requires teamwork, thinking on their feet and hard work. The skills taught are directly related to the film effects and computer game industries, both of which are booming in the UK. There will be an industry visit and talks given by experts. The event is completely free for UK students aged 15-18 (includes free food!) and runs at UCL (London) from July 24th to August 1st. Please visit the website (3dami.org) to watch last year’s films and for further details, including how to apply.”

“3Dami London are looking for 24 students to make up 3 film studios.  Students are welcome to apply from all over the UK as long as they can sort out their own transportation and accommodation (hopefully there will be some bursaries available).”

You can also download the PDF poster to advertise in schools, click the picture below to open or right-click save as to save, and there’s a YouTube video below that.

The event will run Thursday 24th July – Friday 1st August (inclusive), most days start at 9am and finish at 5:00pm.  On the final Friday there will be a première of the films to parents, friends and other dignitaries at UCL, this event is likely to finish around 8:30pm.

More information from 3Dami London 2014.

3Dami pdf poster

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