CAS and CAS-related events for teachers in the North East of England.
Current events are listed below.
The National Centre for Computing Education now has a full programme of CPD for primary and secondary teachers that is not included below. Please sign up on their site: https://teachcomputing.org/ to keep up-to-date with what they offer.
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Sunderland University, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sunderland SR1 3SD
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Charge:Free to eligible teachers/schools. Eligibility for free places and bursaries is determined by DfE/NCCE rules. See the booking page for details.
Programming and algorithms are fundamental to the primary computing curriculum. Algorithms are clear and unambiguous instructions to solve problems which can often be translated using a programming language for a computer to follow. By thinking computationally, children can harness the power of computers to extend their capabilities.
Teachers may wish to attend teaching and leading key stage 1 or key stage 2 computing before participating in this CPD
During this one-day professional development, you will discover engaging and effective ways to help children use computational thinking. You will be equipped to develop their knowledge of how technology works, and the skills to make computers follow instructions in simple programs. A range of approaches will be explored, including ‘unplugged’ activities that require no computer, and multimedia activities that allow creativity and promote widespread engagement.
The professional development will highlight the differences and commonalities across Key Stages 1 and 2, helping all primary teachers to plan for age-appropriate learning while developing an understanding of progression through computing.
We are really excited to announce the first CAS Gateshead Community meetings which is taking place on Thursday 7th November at Cardinal Hulme in Gateshead from 4.15pm to 6pm. This is a little bit of a relaunch of the community with myself, Marty Edwards, as the new community leader and Cardinal Hulme's new conference suite as the venue. Our main aim is to build a network of support between computing teachers across Primary and Secondary schools across all key stages.
Our first community meeting will be a networking meeting. We would like to give like-minded computing practitioners to be able to meet in a friendly and in-formal environment so that they can collaborate and share good practise.
In addition, we would like to update everyone about the support now available from the three National Centre for Computing Education Hubs in our region. The Computing Hubs will provide tailored support to all computing teachers (primary, secondary and colleges). They have a wide range of funded courses starting as early as November covering all key stages
This masterclass has two parts. In the first part, students will work through topics on the Isaac CS platform. In the second part, you will find out how to develop and program models of dynamic biological systems such as pandemics and predator/prey ecosystems. You will program simple agents and explore the group behaviour that can emerge from their random interactions. You will discover how you can use computational models to answer questions such as: How long on average does it take a disease to infect a whole population? What is the impact of immunisation on the spread of disease? How do predator/prey ecosystems reach balance where both species can survive? What combinations of predator and prey populations lead to extinction? And you will see how to produce simple animations of these systems. A free sandwich lunch will be provided.
This session will cover A level topics on data structures, algorithms and algorithmic complexity including: stacks, queues, graphs and trees; searching and sorting algorithms; and analysis of algorithms and the Big O notation. Refreshments and a free sandwich lunch will be provided.