For both primary and secondary teachers.
08:15-16:10, Wednesday 25 March 2015, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, NE2 4PT
Helping you to implement the new curriculum.
The CAS North East Regional Conference is a day of high quality CPD delivered by experienced teacher trainers and practitioners, with a focus on lessons to take back to school and opportunities to share practice and ideas with colleagues across the region.
The conference will help you make sense of the new Computing curriculum with hands-on practical sessions on how to deliver the new curriculum at all Key Stages, in primary and secondary school. Workshops cover a range of topics including:
- computing without computers
- physical computing
- primary and secondary programming
- computational thinking with Beebots, Lego and iPads/tablets
- curriculum development, planning and progression
The conference opens with a keynote from Paul Curzon of CS4FN and Teaching London Computing. Simon Humphreys, CAS National Coordinator, will close the conference.
The conference programme with indicative relevance to key stages is given below. The workshop by Sue Sentance runs over 2 hours. All other sessions are for 1 hour (Mark Dorling is repeating his session). Note, some sessions are of interest to both primary and secondary (particularly given the transition to the new curriculum). iPads will be available for the iPad workshop. However, if you plan to attend that session, and you have one, it is advisable to bring your own.
Click on a session title to see a description of that session and the biography of the speaker.
Session resources are also now available.
|08:15-09:15||Registration and workshop sign-up||GNM Hall 2|
|09:15-09:25||Welcome - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||GNM Hall 2|
|09:25-10:55||Programming and Computational Thinking Unplugged - Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London||GNM Hall 2|
|10:55-11:15||Break||GNM Hall 2|
|11:15-12:15||Developing computational thinking with Logo/Turtle programming in Python - Andrew Charlton, Venerable Bede CoE Academy||CLT 7.01||KS3, KS4, KS5|
|11:15-12:15||Effective teaching strategies to encourage computational thinking at primary - Zoe Ross, Barefoot Computing||GNM Clore 1||KS1, KS2|
|11:15-12:15||North Tyneside's Build-IT Initiative (physical computing and maker activities) - Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School||CLB Mill||KS2, KS3|
|11:15-12:15||Planning and progression at Key Stages 2 and 3 - Mark Dorling, Digital Schoolhouse||CLT 1.01||KS2, KS3|
|11:15-12:15||Progressing with Programming in Primary - Kelly Smith, Our Lady of Lourdes RCVA Primary||GNM Clore 2||KS1, KS2|
|11:15-12:15||The CPU unplugged - Paul Robson, Cramlington Learning Village||GNM Hall 3||KS3, KS4|
|12:15-13:05||Lunch||GNM Hall 2|
|13:05-14:05||Building on Barefoot and gaining confidence - computer science from early years to lower KS2 - Jane Waite, CAS London||GNM Clore 1||KS1, KS2|
|13:05-14:05||How the digitally illiterate are failing young people - Simon Finch, NorthernGrid for Learning||GNM Clore 2||KS1, KS2, KS3|
|13:05-14:05||Introduction to Unplugged Programming for Teachers - Dave White, University College London||GNM Hall 3||KS2, KS3|
|13:05-14:05||Planning and progression at Key Stages 2 and 3 (repeat of 11:15 session) - Mark Dorling, Digital Schoolhouse||CLT 1.01||KS2, KS3|
|13:05-14:05||The Little Man Computer and Assembly Language Coding - Veronica Dunn, Caldew School||CLT 7.01||KS4, KS5|
|13:05-15:20||Working with databases with Python (2 hour session) - Sue Sentance, King's College London||CLB Mill||KS4, KS5|
|14:05-14:20||Break||GNM Hall 2|
|14:20-15:20||Data Representation - Getting to Grips with Binary Numbers at KS3& KS4 - Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School||GNM Hall 3||KS3, KS4|
|14:20-15:20||Disney Pseudocode - from animation to programming and back again - Claire Graham, North Tyneside CLC||GNM Clore 2||KS1, KS2|
|14:20-15:20||Image manipulation and computer science - Lee Willis, Sacred Heart Catholic High School||CLT 1.01||KS3|
|14:20-15:20||Using Lego WeDo in the computing curriculum - David Gregory, Lego Education||CLT 7.01||KS2, KS3|
|14:20-15:20||Using tablets/iPads for computational thinking and planning next steps - Steve Bunce, Vital CPD||GNM Clore 1||KS1, KS2|
|15:20-15:55||Closing address - Simon Humphreys, CAS||GNM Hall 2|
|15:55-16:10||Thanks and free prize draw - Tom Anderson, Newcastle University||GNM Hall 2|
- CLB Mill cluster: 6th floor Claremont Bridge building (also accessible from 6th floor Claremont Tower)
- CLT 1.01: 1st floor Claremont Tower - main Computing Science building
- CLT 7.01: 7th floor Claremont Tower - main Computing Science building
- All other rooms are in Great North Museum
The programme is also available ordered by room.
Who should attend?
- Primary and secondary Computing Coordinators who are leading delivery of the computing curriculum in their schools
- Teachers who want to extend their computing skills and who are looking for classroom ideas
- Senior managers who want to find out why the new computing curriculum is important
- Anyone with an interest in computing and computer science education
The conference covers both primary and secondary computing and builds on last year's primary conference. Feedback from last year included:
- "... made the new curriculum seem more relevant and understandable ..."
- "... inspired confidence that I will be able to move forward with the new curriculum ..."
- provided "... great info about websites and programmes that can be used to support the new curriculum ..."
- was " ... genuinely the best CPD I have attended in 12 years as a teacher ..."
Conference registration is now closed.
The conference is at the Great North Museum: Hancock on Newcastle University campus. Please see our directions page for further information on travelling to the University and the location of the Great North Museum.
The conference is organised by the Newcastle University School of Computing Science outreach team in collaboration with CAS regional and national partners and Barefoot Computing.