North East Events (2016)

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Event(s) in 2016

59 events found


Teesside Raspberry Jam
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School
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Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Egglescliffe School <http://www.egglescliffe.org.uk/>, Eaglescliffe TS16 0LA
Description:

A Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap, general purpose computer. It's deisgned to be affordable and to encourage people young and old to engage with and learn more about computer technology. You can build a robot with it, a webserver, a burglar alarm or pretty much anything you care to think of.

The main purpose of this event is to allow Raspberry Pi users (whether you are a beginner or a pro) an opportunity to get together and to show, tell, ask and experiment. If you have something Raspberry Pi related to show off, something to talk about or discuss with the community or something you want to get help with or learn how to do then come along.

There will be space to set up your project if you want to show it off, as well as some Raspberry Pis and associated components set-up for you to experiment with and experience programming and hacking with the support of others.

If you are a beginner, feel free to bring your own Pi along and find someone who can help you learn how to use it or solve a problem your are having.

If the day is a success we can meet every month to carry on showing, telling and asking!


Python Programming with Data Structures (Part 2)
Organiser(s): Ben Hughes <hughes.b@sandhillview.com>, Sandhill View Academy
Speaker(s): Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy
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Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4
Charge: £44 plus £3.29 eventbrite fee
Venue: Sandhill View Academy <http://www.sandhillview.com/>, Sunderland SR3 4EN
Description:

Reading from and writing to files and databases.

This is part of a series of sessions for the academic year 2015-16 delivered by Sunderland CAS Master Teachers that have need developed in response to a training needs survey completed by 30+ local teachers. Discounts are available for booking multiple sessions from the series.


CAS Durham Hub - Spring Term Meeting
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
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Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Dene Community School <http://www.dene.durham.sch.uk/>, Peterlee SR8 5RL
Description:

The event is for primary and secondary colleagues in and around the Durham area. The meeting is a chance to share practice relating to the implementation of the new computing curriculum.

If you would like to sign up to share good practice then please contact Hub Leader Paul Williams on paul.williams@computingatschool.org.uk with details of what you would like to share, whether your audience is primary/secondary or mixed and how much time you will need.

Agenda:

- Tim Brady from Edexcel on the New GCSE Computing Specification
- Nick Cook from Newcastle University - Hands on with the BBC Micro:bit
- Paul Williams from St Bede's Catholic School - A gentle introduction to Javascript


CAS North East BBC micro:bit familiarisation workshop (Newcastle)
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
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Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Mill Cluster, 6th Floor, Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

This is a hands-on workshop to familiarise Key Stage 3 computing teachers with the https://www.microbit.co.uk/" title="micro:bit">BBC micro:bit

We will work together on programming the micro:bit by:
- following the quick start guide
- experimenting with connecting input and output devices to the micro:bit

If you cannot make this workshop or it is full, we are running the following similar workshops with various partners across the region:
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-durham-hub-spring-term-meeting-tickets-18732449260" title="peterlee">1 February (16:30-18:30) at CAS Durham Hub, Dene Community School, Peterlee
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-newcastle-tickets-20943818525" title="newcastle">9 February (16:30-18:00) at School of Computing Science, Newcastle University
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastinspire2learn-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-middlesborough-tickets-21045259939" title="middlesborough">22 February (16:00-17:30) at Inspire2Learn, Middlesborough
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastnorth-tyneside-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-cullercoats-tickets-21046077384" title="cullercoats">29 February (16:00-17:30) at North Tyneside CLC, Cullercoats
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastopenzone-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-south-shields-tickets-21046266951" title="south shields">3 March (16:00-17:30) at Openzone CLC, South Shields
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-and-northumberland-hub-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-morpeth-tickets-21046341173" title="northumberland">4 March (13:30-15:00) at CAS Northumberland Hub, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
- 16 March (16:30-18:30) at CAS Teesside Hub, venue TBC

The workshops are led by Nick Cook of CAS North East and Newcastle University.


GCSE Computing Standardisation
Organiser(s): Jeanette Patterson <jeanette.patterson@computingatschool.org.uk>, Kings Priory School
Speaker(s): Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School
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Target Key Stages: KS4
Charge: Free
Venue: Kings Priory School <http://www.kingsprioryschool.co.uk/>, Tynemouth NE30 4RF
Description:

An opportunity for teachers to network and standardise controlled assessment.


Computer Architecture and Hardware
Organiser(s): Ben Hughes <hughes.b@sandhillview.com>, Sandhill View Academy
Speaker(s): Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy
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Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £110 full day, £60 half day (plus eventbrite fees)
Venue: Sandhill View Academy <http://www.sandhillview.com/>, Sunderland SR3 4EN
Description:

Morning - suitable for KS1 to KS3
- basic computer architecture
- input / output / storage devices

Afternoon - suitable for KS3 to KS5
- storage technologies
- CPU processing speed
- RAM / ROM / CACHE / ALU / CU memory
- fetch execute cycle

You can book for a half day or whole day.

This is part of a series of sessions for the academic year 2015-16 delivered by Sunderland CAS Master Teachers that have need developed in response to a training needs survey completed by 30+ local teachers. Discounts are available for booking multiple sessions from the series.


CAS North East/Inspire2Learn BBC micro:bit familiarisation workshop (Middlesborough)
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Pauline Jackson <pjackson@lea.rac.sch.uk>, Inspire2learn
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Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Inspire2learn <http://inspire2learnblog.com/>, Middlesbrough TS6 9AE
Description:

This is a hands-on workshop to familiarise Key Stage 3 computing teachers with the https://www.microbit.co.uk/" title="micro:bit">BBC micro:bit

We will work together on programming the micro:bit by:
- following the quick start guide
- experimenting with connecting input and output devices to the micro:bit

If you cannot make this workshop or it is full, we are running the following similar workshops with various partners across the region:
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-durham-hub-spring-term-meeting-tickets-18732449260" title="peterlee">1 February (16:30-18:30) at CAS Durham Hub, Dene Community School, Peterlee
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-newcastle-tickets-20943818525" title="newcastle">9 February (16:30-18:00) at School of Computing Science, Newcastle University
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastinspire2learn-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-middlesborough-tickets-21045259939" title="middlesborough">22 February (16:00-17:30) at Inspire2Learn, Middlesborough
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastnorth-tyneside-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-cullercoats-tickets-21046077384" title="cullercoats">29 February (16:00-17:30) at North Tyneside CLC, Cullercoats
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastopenzone-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-south-shields-tickets-21046266951" title="south shields">3 March (16:00-17:30) at Openzone CLC, South Shields
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-and-northumberland-hub-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-morpeth-tickets-21046341173" title="northumberland">4 March (13:30-15:00) at CAS Northumberland Hub, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
- 16 March (16:30-18:30) at CAS Teesside Hub, venue TBC

The workshops are led by Nick Cook of CAS North East and Newcastle University.


CAS North East/North Tyneside CLC BBC micro:bit familiarisation workshop (Cullercoats)
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Chris Wilde <c.wilde@rgs.newcastle.sch.uk>, Royal Grammar School
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
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Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: North Tyneside CLC <http://www.ntclc.org.uk/>, Cullercoats NE30 3RZ
Description:

This is a hands-on workshop to familiarise Key Stage 3 computing teachers with the https://www.microbit.co.uk/" title="micro:bit">BBC micro:bit

We will work together on programming the micro:bit by:
- following the quick start guide
- experimenting with connecting input and output devices to the micro:bit

If you cannot make this workshop or it is full, we are running the following similar workshops with various partners across the region:
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-durham-hub-spring-term-meeting-tickets-18732449260" title="peterlee">1 February (16:30-18:30) at CAS Durham Hub, Dene Community School, Peterlee
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-newcastle-tickets-20943818525" title="newcastle">9 February (16:30-18:00) at School of Computing Science, Newcastle University
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastinspire2learn-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-middlesborough-tickets-21045259939" title="middlesborough">22 February (16:00-17:30) at Inspire2Learn, Middlesborough
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastnorth-tyneside-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-cullercoats-tickets-21046077384" title="cullercoats">29 February (16:00-17:30) at North Tyneside CLC, Cullercoats
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastopenzone-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-south-shields-tickets-21046266951" title="south shields">3 March (16:00-17:30) at Openzone CLC, South Shields
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-and-northumberland-hub-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-morpeth-tickets-21046341173" title="northumberland">4 March (13:30-15:00) at CAS Northumberland Hub, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
- http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-teesside-hub-meeting-tickets-21110093859" title="stockton">16 March (16:00-18:00) at CAS Teesside Hub, Ian Ramsey CE Academy, Stockton

The workshops are led by Nick Cook of CAS North East and Newcastle University.


CAS North East/Openzone CLC BBC micro:bit familiarisation workshop (South Shields)
Organiser(s): Phillippa Chippendale <phillippa.chippendale@ictinschools.org>, Openzone @ The Word; Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
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Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Openzone @ The Word <http://ictinschools.org/>, ICT in Schools Team, South Shields NE33 1JF
Description:

This is a hands-on workshop to familiarise Key Stage 3 computing teachers with the https://www.microbit.co.uk/" title="micro:bit">BBC micro:bit

We will work together on programming the micro:bit by:
- following the quick start guide
- experimenting with connecting input and output devices to the micro:bit

If you cannot make this workshop or it is full, we are running the following similar workshops with various partners across the region:
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-durham-hub-spring-term-meeting-tickets-18732449260" title="peterlee">1 February (16:30-18:30) at CAS Durham Hub, Dene Community School, Peterlee
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-newcastle-tickets-20943818525" title="newcastle">9 February (16:30-18:00) at School of Computing Science, Newcastle University
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastinspire2learn-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-middlesborough-tickets-21045259939" title="middlesborough">22 February (16:00-17:30) at Inspire2Learn, Middlesborough
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastnorth-tyneside-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-cullercoats-tickets-21046077384" title="cullercoats">29 February (16:00-17:30) at North Tyneside CLC, Cullercoats
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastopenzone-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-south-shields-tickets-21046266951" title="south shields">3 March (16:00-17:30) at Openzone CLC, South Shields
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-and-northumberland-hub-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-morpeth-tickets-21046341173" title="northumberland">4 March (13:30-15:00) at CAS Northumberland Hub, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
- http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-teesside-hub-meeting-tickets-21110093859" title="stockton">16 March (16:00-18:00) at CAS Teesside Hub, Ian Ramsey CE Academy, Stockton

The workshops are led by Nick Cook of CAS North East and Newcastle University.


Data representation, binary and logic gates
Organiser(s): Ben Hughes <hughes.b@sandhillview.com>, Sandhill View Academy
Speaker(s): Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy
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Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4
Charge: £44 plus £3.29 eventbrite fee
Venue: Sandhill View Academy <http://www.sandhillview.com/>, Sunderland SR3 4EN
Description:

Data representation in computers (binary), binary calculations and using logic gates to control the flow of data.

This is part of a series of sessions for the academic year 2015-16 delivered by Sunderland CAS Master Teachers that have need developed in response to a training needs survey completed by 30+ local teachers. Discounts are available for booking multiple sessions from the series.


CAS North East and Northumberland Hub BBC micro:bit familiarisation workshop (Morpeth)
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Julie Edwards <julie.edwards@the3rivers.net>, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Morpeth Chantry Middle School, Morpeth NE61 1RQ
Description:

This is a hands-on workshop to familiarise Key Stage 3 computing teachers with the https://www.microbit.co.uk/" title="micro:bit">BBC micro:bit

We will work together on programming the micro:bit by:
- following the quick start guide
- experimenting with connecting input and output devices to the micro:bit

If you cannot make this workshop or it is full, we are running the following similar workshops with various partners across the region:
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-durham-hub-spring-term-meeting-tickets-18732449260" title="peterlee">1 February (16:30-18:30) at CAS Durham Hub, Dene Community School, Peterlee
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-newcastle-tickets-20943818525" title="newcastle">9 February (16:30-18:00) at School of Computing Science, Newcastle University
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastinspire2learn-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-middlesborough-tickets-21045259939" title="middlesborough">22 February (16:00-17:30) at Inspire2Learn, Middlesborough
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastnorth-tyneside-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-cullercoats-tickets-21046077384" title="cullercoats">29 February (16:00-17:30) at North Tyneside CLC, Cullercoats
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastopenzone-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-south-shields-tickets-21046266951" title="south shields">3 March (16:00-17:30) at Openzone CLC, South Shields
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-and-northumberland-hub-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-morpeth-tickets-21046341173" title="northumberland">4 March (13:30-15:00) at CAS Northumberland Hub, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
- http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-teesside-hub-meeting-tickets-21110093859" title="stockton">16 March (16:00-18:00) at CAS Teesside Hub, Ian Ramsey CE Academy, Stockton

The workshops are led by Nick Cook of CAS North East and Newcastle University.


Digital and Creative Careers Event
Organiser(s): Jacqui Thompson <Jacquithompson@gateshead.gov.uk>, Gateshead Library
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
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Target Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library <http://www.gatesheadlibraries.com/>, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Description:

Meet representatives from creative industries and learn from the experts. Take part in drop in sessions, workshops, and chat about tech start-ups and gaming. Sessions include: Virtual Reality talks and demonstrations, how to design 3D characters using Wacom Cintiq’s with ZBrush, programming robots with Newcastle University and CAS North East, engineering with Sevcon, and programming with Accenture.

Age range: 10 to 25 plus parents! Register for this free event via the booking link.


CAS North East Tenderfoot Workshop 1 (Newcastle)
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): John Woollard, University of Southampton
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Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Core Building, Science Central, Newcastle University, School of Computing Science at the Core, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 5TF
Description:

The Google funded CAS Tenderfoot project will provide high quality and curriculum rich CPD for key stage 3 teachers.

This session is one of the introductory sessions being offered at CAS Regional Centres around the country in February and March 2016. It will focus on:

- the rationale and pedagogy of computer programming;
- the relevance and promotion of computational thinking skills; and
- the teaching of algorithms and graphs in the classroom.

Participants will receive teaching ideas and resources. The workshop is particularly useful for teachers who will go on to train other key stage 3 teachers in their own schools or elsewhere.

John Woollard will present the session. John is a teacher trainer and resource developer with a broad experience of teaching and training in primary, secondary and university level computing and computer science.
Recent activities include the CAS Barefoot project, developing commercial teaching resources, training new teachers in primary and secondary computing and supporting researchers in classroom-based studies. John is a member of Computing At School and the University of Southampton Education School.

This is the one of four identical Tenderfoot sessions on 8 and 9 March in Newcastle and Eaglescliffe (Stockton). You only need to attend one of them.


CAS North East Tenderfoot Workshop 2 (Newcastle)
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): John Woollard, University of Southampton
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Core Building, Science Central, Newcastle University, School of Computing Science at the Core, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 5TF
Description:

The Google funded CAS Tenderfoot project will provide high quality and curriculum rich CPD for key stage 3 teachers.

This session is one of the introductory sessions being offered at CAS Regional Centres around the country in February and March 2016. It will focus on:

- the rationale and pedagogy of computer programming;
- the relevance and promotion of computational thinking skills; and
- the teaching of algorithms and graphs in the classroom.

Participants will receive teaching ideas and resources. The workshop is particularly useful for teachers who will go on to train other key stage 3 teachers in their own schools or elsewhere.

John Woollard will present the session. John is a teacher trainer and resource developer with a broad experience of teaching and training in primary, secondary and university level computing and computer science.
Recent activities include the CAS Barefoot project, developing commercial teaching resources, training new teachers in primary and secondary computing and supporting researchers in classroom-based studies. John is a member of Computing At School and the University of Southampton Education School.

This is the one of four identical Tenderfoot sessions on 8 and 9 March in Newcastle and Eaglescliffe (Stockton). You only need to attend one of them.


CAS North East Tenderfoot Workshop 3 (Eaglescliffe)
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School; Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): John Woollard, University of Southampton
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Egglescliffe School <http://www.egglescliffe.org.uk/>, Eaglescliffe TS16 0LA
Description:

The Google funded CAS Tenderfoot project will provide high quality and curriculum rich CPD for key stage 3 teachers.

This session is one of the introductory sessions being offered at CAS Regional Centres around the country in February and March 2016. It will focus on:

- the rationale and pedagogy of computer programming;
- the relevance and promotion of computational thinking skills; and
- the teaching of algorithms and graphs in the classroom.

Participants will receive teaching ideas and resources. The workshop is particularly useful for teachers who will go on to train other key stage 3 teachers in their own schools or elsewhere.

John Woollard will present the session. John is a teacher trainer and resource developer with a broad experience of teaching and training in primary, secondary and university level computing and computer science.
Recent activities include the CAS Barefoot project, developing commercial teaching resources, training new teachers in primary and secondary computing and supporting researchers in classroom-based studies. John is a member of Computing At School and the University of Southampton Education School.

This is the one of four identical Tenderfoot sessions on 8 and 9 March in Newcastle and Eaglescliffe (Stockton). You only need to attend one of them.


CAS North East Tenderfoot Workshop 4 (Eaglescliffe)
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School; Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): John Woollard, University of Southampton
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Egglescliffe School <http://www.egglescliffe.org.uk/>, Eaglescliffe TS16 0LA
Description:

The Google funded CAS Tenderfoot project will provide high quality and curriculum rich CPD for key stage 3 teachers.

This session is one of the introductory sessions being offered at CAS Regional Centres around the country in February and March 2016. It will focus on:

- the rationale and pedagogy of computer programming;
- the relevance and promotion of computational thinking skills; and
- the teaching of algorithms and graphs in the classroom.

Participants will receive teaching ideas and resources. The workshop is particularly useful for teachers who will go on to train other key stage 3 teachers in their own schools or elsewhere.

John Woollard will present the session. John is a teacher trainer and resource developer with a broad experience of teaching and training in primary, secondary and university level computing and computer science.
Recent activities include the CAS Barefoot project, developing commercial teaching resources, training new teachers in primary and secondary computing and supporting researchers in classroom-based studies. John is a member of Computing At School and the University of Southampton Education School.

This is the one of four identical Tenderfoot sessions on 8 and 9 March in Newcastle and Eaglescliffe (Stockton). You only need to attend one of them.


OCR GCSE Controlled Assessment Standardisation
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS4
Charge: Free
Venue: King James I Academy <http://www.kingjames1academy.com/>, Bishop Auckland DL14 7JZ
Description:

OCR GCSE Controlled Assessment Standardisation meeting organised by Amanda Stewart with Paul Williams, CAS Master Teacher, chairing.

If you would like to attend the event please email Amanda Stewart: Amanda.Stewart@durham.gov.uk as soon as possible.

Also let Amanda know which tasks you are doing as people will be grouped by task.


Introduction to Python Programming
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School
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Number of sessions: 4
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £140 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: Egglescliffe School <http://www.egglescliffe.org.uk/>, Eaglescliffe TS16 0LA
Description:

This 4 week course is aimed at teachers who want to prepare to teach computer programming at KS3, KS4 or KS5, although anyone with an interest in learning to program will benefit. The course comprises 4 2-hour twilight sessions.

Similarly, although the course focuses on the Python language, many of the skills are directly transferable to Java, C++, Visual Basic and other programming languages.

Starting with accessible tasks to use with KS3 students we will move on to look at basic user input and console output, we will examine the role of variables and the need for different data types before moving on to look at the essential elements of control flow - sequencing, selection and iteration.

The course is designed to get you up and running with the foundation elements of computer programming, with sufficient knowledge to be able to cover the subject at KS3 and to begin to tackle programming for KS4.

Most importantly, you will complete the course with the confidence and knowledge to deal with the inevitable challenges that will crop up in the classroom.

The course is delivered by Mark Clarkson, a currently practising teacher and CAS Master Teacher.

No prior programming experience is required and all equipment and software is provided for you as well as l tea/coffee and biscuits.

The four sessions are 16:30-18:30 on the following dates: 10 March, 17 March, 24 March and 13 or 21 April.


CAS Teesside Hub meeting - micro:bit special
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School; Helen Russell, Ian Ramsey CoE Academy
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
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Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Ian Ramsey CoE Academy <http://www.ianramsey.org.uk/>, Stockton on Tees TS19 7AJ
Description:

With the imminent dispatch of the BBC Micro:bit, Nick Cook is bringing his North East Micro:bit roadshow to Teesside. There will be practical activities and hands on the real devices, looking at how to make use of them in the classroom to help students with computational thinking, problem solving and use of practical hardware to bring programming to life.

There will also be some time to look at other ideas, hardware, trials and tribulations involved with getting KS2-3 students excited about computer science!

If you cannot make this hub meeting, there are other upcoming micro:bit familiarisation events across the region:
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastnorth-tyneside-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-cullercoats-tickets-21046077384" title="cullercoats">29 February (16:00-17:30) at North Tyneside CLC, Cullercoats
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-eastopenzone-clc-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-south-shields-tickets-21046266951" title="south shields">3 March (16:00-17:30) at Openzone CLC, South Shields
- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cas-north-east-and-northumberland-hub-bbc-microbit-familiarisation-workshop-morpeth-tickets-21046341173" title="northumberland">4 March (13:30-15:00) at CAS Northumberland Hub, Morpeth Chantry Middle School


CAS South Tyneside Hub - GCSE Exam Board Event
Organiser(s): Rebecca Oxberry <roxberry@harton-tc.co.uk>, Harton Technology College
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Harton Technology College <http://www.harton-tc.co.uk>, South Shields NE34 6DL
Description:

This event will give computing teachers, heads of department and senior leaders the chance to gather information in order to make an informed decision on which exam board to choose for the new GCSE Computing specification starting in September 2016. The event will have representatives from all four exam boards (OCR, AQA, Edexcel, and WJEC) who have all had their specifications accredited. Each exam board will provide an overview of what their qualification will involve. This will be carried out in the form of a carousel so that attendees can gain information from all exam boards. There will then be a Q & A session at the end with all four exam boards

15:15 Registration and Refreshments
15:45-17:45 Carousel of exam board information sessions
17:45-18:00 Q & A session

The event is the launch of the new CAS South Tyneside Hub.


Sonic Pi demonstration by creator Sam Aaron
Organiser(s): Peter Johnson <peter.johnson@ga.newcastle.sch.uk>, Gosforth Junior High Academy
Speaker(s): Sam Aaron, University of Cambridge
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4
Charge: Free
Venue: Gosforth Junior High Academy <http://www.gosforthacademy.org.uk/>, Newcastle NE3 1EE
Description:

Sonic Pi is the live coding Synth for Everyone. To quote from the Web site (http://sonic-pi.net/) it is:
Simple enough for computing and music lessons.
Powerful enough for professional musicians.
Free to download with a friendly tutorial.

It is a great way to introduce text based programming in a really engaging environment, with students coding their own music. It is available on Raspberry Pi, Windows and Mac.

Sam Aaron (https://twitter.com/samaaron), the creator of Sonic Pi, is doing workshops for Gosforth Junior High school students during the day on 11 April. Sam and Gosforth Junior High have also generously offered to put on an after school workshop for local teachers.

Attendance is highly recommended! Sam is a very enthusiastic and engaging presenter (he also happens to have done his PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University!).


GCSE Computing Standardisation
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS4
Charge: Free
Venue: Kings Priory School (Tynemouth), Kings Priory School <http://www.kingsprioryschool.co.uk/>, Tynemouth NE30 4RF
Description:

An opportunity to standardise controlled assessments and network with other teachers.


JavaScript Programming
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Speaker(s): Paul Williams, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4
Charge: £20 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College <http://stbedes.durham.sch.uk/>, Lanchester DH7 0RD
Description:

Learn why JavaScript is used in millions of Web pages to improve the design, validate forms, detect browsers, create cookies, and much more.
Understand why JavaScript is the most popular scripting language on the Internet, and works in all major browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, & Chrome.
Use an accessible language that is easy to teach, and can be used in KS3 or for OCR GCSE Controlled Assessment tasks.
No prior programming experience is required and all equipment and oftware is provided for you as well as refreshments.

About the Trainer:
Paul Williams, CAS Master Teacher, and Co-ordinator of Computer Science at St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, has over 5 years experience of teaching Computing topics to students from KS3, 4 and 5, as well as 6 years experience in industry in roles as diverse as Network Engineering to Software Development.
He has particular interest in making some of the more abstract areas of Computer Science come to life through practical and hands on lessons.


MySQL course
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 2
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £70 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: Egglescliffe School <http://www.egglescliffe.org.uk/>, Eaglescliffe TS16 0LA
Description:

In order to effectively prepare students for GCSE or A Level Computer Science it is necessary to have a good working knowledge of relational databases - how they work and how to manipulate them, using MySQL.

With the current OCR GCSE Computing controlled assessment in mind, but also the wider context in which databases need to be understood, we will explore how to create, populate and interrogate databases at the command line as well as exploring the technical setup behind the scenes.

The course is delivered by Mark Clarkson, a currently practising teacher and CAS Master Teacher.

No prior SQL experience is required and all equipment and software is provided for you as well as l tea/coffee and biscuits.

The course comprises two 2-hour sessions (16:30-18:30):
- 19 April: what is a relational database?, Using a GUI to understand the basics, gentle introduction to MySQL
- 26 April: using scripts to create databases and tables, populating tables, creating relational databases, using MySQL database queries


Using Google in the Classroom and I am Learning
Organiser(s): Jordan Graham <jordan.graham@meadowdale.northumberland.sch.uk>, Meadowdale Academy
Speaker(s): Jordan Graham, Meadowdale Academy
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Meadowdale Academy <http://www.meadowdale.northumberland.sch.uk>, Bedlington NE22 6HA
Description:

The session will look at how to incorporate Google tools in the classroom to assess and provide feedback for students. The session will also look at how Meadowdale Academy has begun to use I am learning to also provide students with access to learning materials outside of school.

Contact Jordan Graham (jordon.graham@northumberland.gov.uk) for information.


The Little Man Computer and low level programming
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Speaker(s): Paul Williams, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £20 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College <http://stbedes.durham.sch.uk/>, Lanchester DH7 0RD
Description:

Explore the many important features of a real CPU and illustrate these in an accessible way, for KS3, KS4 and KS5 Computing lessons.
Have a practical hands on session with the inner workings of a CPU and learn how this complex hardware is used to complete any task possible on a computer.
No prior programming experience is required and all equipment and software is provided for you as well as refreshments.
If payment by invoice or cheque is preferable click "Show other payment options" above. Contact details are below.

About the Trainer:
Paul Williams, CAS Master Teacher, and Co-ordinator of Computer Science at St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, has over 5 years experience of teaching Computing topics to students from KS3, 4 and 5, as well as 6 years experience in industry in roles as diverse as Network Engineering to Software Development.
He has particular interest in making some of the more abstract areas of Computer Science come to life through practical and hands on lessons.


Intermediate Programming with Python
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School
Speaker(s): Mark Clarkson, Egglescliffe School
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 4
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £140 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: Egglescliffe School <http://www.egglescliffe.org.uk/>, Eaglescliffe TS16 0LA
Description:

This 4 week course is aimed at teachers who already have a basic working knowledge of programming with Python and want to focus on some of the trickier techniques that may be required for KS4 controlled assessment (CA) and non-examined assessment (NEA), although anyone with an interest in learning to program will benefit.

Similarly, although the course focuses on the Python language, many of the skills are directly transferable to Java, C++, Visual Basic and other programming languages.

The course is delivered by Mark Clarkson, a currently practising teacher and CAS Master Teacher.

Some prior programming experience is required - a working knowledge of inputs, outputs, selection statements (e.g. 'if') and loops. An introductory course is running from March to April.

The course will cover: regular expressions, lists and arrays, file handling, and preparation for controlled assessment/NEA.

All equipment and software is provided for you as well as tea/coffee and biscuits.

The four sessions are 16:30-18:30 on the following dates: 28 April, 5 May, 12 May and 19 May.


GCSE Computing Exam Preparation
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Speaker(s): Paul Williams, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS4
Charge: £20 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College <http://stbedes.durham.sch.uk/>, Lanchester DH7 0RD
Description:

Give students the best opportunity possible when completing GCSE Computing Exams by using resources and techniques to give students a head start. Take away examples of commonly used question styles in GCSE Computing and develop skill in exam preparation.


Using complex data structures in Python
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Speaker(s): Paul Williams, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £20 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College <http://stbedes.durham.sch.uk/>, Lanchester DH7 0RD
Description:

Learn how to used complex data structures to solve a variety of problems, as well as picking up techniques to help explain these complex structures simply and easily. Suitable for Higher Level GCSE Computing and AS/A Level Computing teachers.
Covers: introduction to data structures in Python, Mutable Vs. Immutable data types, lists, tuples, dictionaries, sets, stacks and queues


Picademy at Newcastle City Library
Organiser(s): Sarah Zaman <sarah.zaman@computingatschool.org.uk>, CAS North West - Manchester
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 2
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Newcastle City Library, Newcastle NE1 8AX
Description:

Picademy (https://www.raspberrypi.org/picademy/) is coming to Newcastle City Library - two days of free computing CPD for Teachers, Educators, HLTAs and Librarians funded by Google.
Newcastle dates are:

  • 18 and 19 May
  • 26 and 27 May
  • 3 and 4 June
  • 27 and 28 June

To quote the Picademy web site:

"Picademy aims to give educators the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level of experience. It’s a two-day course that allows educators to experience what can be achieved with a little help and lots of imagination.
Day one involves running through a series of workshops introducing teachers to a range of engaging ways to deliver computing with students. Highlights include using physical computing to control electronic components like LEDs and buttons, coding music with Sonic Pi, and terraforming the world of Minecraft.
On day two, attendees have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing their own project ideas, learning from each other and our experts. Previous projects have included killer robots, Christmas jumpers with twinkling LEDs, bespoke games in Minecraft, and many more. They reinforce the ideas from day one and also practice decomposing problems, testing, debugging, and building resilience. Our attendees leave as Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, ready to share their new-found enthusiasm with the children they work with and other educators.
Picademy@Google can be applied to by teachers of any subject at primary, secondary or post-16 level, as well as other educators who either work with children or educate student teachers. The Picademy@Google courses are run by a hand-picked group of our highly skilled community members and educators, and are a mix of hands-on making, project-based learning and general hacking."


New GCSE Computer Science - Exam Board Information Session
Organiser(s): Jeanette Patterson <jeanette.patterson@computingatschool.org.uk>, Kings Priory School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS4
Charge: Free
Venue: Claremont Tower Room 7.01, Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

AQA and OCR exam boards will speak to local teachers and let you know what is involved in the new specifications. This meeting will be a good opportunity for NE teachers to find out exactly what is expected for the new GCSE.


Instrution sets and Little Man Computer
Organiser(s): Ben Hughes <hughes.b@sandhillview.com>, Sandhill View Academy
Speaker(s): Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4
Charge: £110 full day plus £7.25 eventbrite fee
Venue: Sandhill View Academy <http://www.sandhillview.com/>, Sunderland SR3 4EN
Description:

Instruction sets in the CPU and using the Little Man Computer.

This is part of a series of sessions for the academic year 2015-16 delivered by Sunderland CAS Master Teachers that have need developed in response to a training needs survey completed by 30+ local teachers. Discounts are available for booking multiple sessions from the series.


CAS Tyneside Hub
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Jeanette Patterson <jeanette.patterson@computingatschool.org.uk>, Kings Priory School
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Mill (Daysh 6.37 - access via Claremont Tower), Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

At this hub meeting we will look at how images are represented with hands-on unplugged and programming activities that cover the creation of simple bitmap images through to photoshop-like manipulations using a spreadsheet representation and programmatically in Python. The tools and activities involved provide engaging ways to cover data representation and data abstraction. They also provide insights into the seemingly complex applications that students use every day to manipulate photo and show how students can easily program (as opposed to apply) their own photo filters.

We are also very happy to include other contributions to the hub - just contact us at cas.northeast@newcastle.ac.uk if you have ideas to share or items you wish to discuss at the hub.


Quantum workshop on shaping assessment
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Durham University <http://www.cem.org/>, CEM, Durham DH1 3UZ
Description:

The http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/4382">Quantum project seeks to support computing teachers by providing a body of high-quality assessment items, hosted in an online platform. But however good the platform is, the project will stand or fall by the quality of the assessment items that it contains. As input to the development of assessment items, the project is running a series of workshops to:

  • Identify the “key constructs” in the Computing Science National Curriculum specification - the things we want students to learn.
  • Develop a range of valid, probing questions, or “assessment items”, to enable effective formative and continuous assessment.

The focus is on low-stakes formative assessment, not on high-stakes summative assessment.
The complete series of workshops is:
  • 18 May - Cambridge
  • 24 May - York
  • 25 May - Durham
  • 10 June - London
  • 17 June - Birmingham

See: http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/4382 for further information about the Quantum Project.
You can also contribute via the https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/quantum-content">Quantum Content Google group.


Picademy at Newcastle City Library
Organiser(s): Sarah Zaman <sarah.zaman@computingatschool.org.uk>, CAS North West - Manchester
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 2
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Newcastle City Library, Newcastle NE1 8AX
Description:

Picademy (https://www.raspberrypi.org/picademy/) is coming to Newcastle City Library - two days of free computing CPD for Teachers, Educators, HLTAs and Librarians funded by Google.
Newcastle dates are:

  • 18 and 19 May
  • 26 and 27 May
  • 3 and 4 June
  • 27 and 28 June

To quote the Picademy web site:

"Picademy aims to give educators the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level of experience. It’s a two-day course that allows educators to experience what can be achieved with a little help and lots of imagination.
Day one involves running through a series of workshops introducing teachers to a range of engaging ways to deliver computing with students. Highlights include using physical computing to control electronic components like LEDs and buttons, coding music with Sonic Pi, and terraforming the world of Minecraft.
On day two, attendees have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing their own project ideas, learning from each other and our experts. Previous projects have included killer robots, Christmas jumpers with twinkling LEDs, bespoke games in Minecraft, and many more. They reinforce the ideas from day one and also practice decomposing problems, testing, debugging, and building resilience. Our attendees leave as Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, ready to share their new-found enthusiasm with the children they work with and other educators.
Picademy@Google can be applied to by teachers of any subject at primary, secondary or post-16 level, as well as other educators who either work with children or educate student teachers. The Picademy@Google courses are run by a hand-picked group of our highly skilled community members and educators, and are a mix of hands-on making, project-based learning and general hacking."


Picademy at Newcastle City Library
Organiser(s): Sarah Zaman <sarah.zaman@computingatschool.org.uk>, CAS North West - Manchester
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 2
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Newcastle City Library, Newcastle NE1 8AX
Description:

Picademy (https://www.raspberrypi.org/picademy/) is coming to Newcastle City Library - two days of free computing CPD for Teachers, Educators, HLTAs and Librarians funded by Google.
Newcastle dates are:

  • 18 and 19 May
  • 26 and 27 May
  • 3 and 4 June
  • 27 and 28 June

To quote the Picademy web site:

"Picademy aims to give educators the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level of experience. It’s a two-day course that allows educators to experience what can be achieved with a little help and lots of imagination.
Day one involves running through a series of workshops introducing teachers to a range of engaging ways to deliver computing with students. Highlights include using physical computing to control electronic components like LEDs and buttons, coding music with Sonic Pi, and terraforming the world of Minecraft.
On day two, attendees have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing their own project ideas, learning from each other and our experts. Previous projects have included killer robots, Christmas jumpers with twinkling LEDs, bespoke games in Minecraft, and many more. They reinforce the ideas from day one and also practice decomposing problems, testing, debugging, and building resilience. Our attendees leave as Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, ready to share their new-found enthusiasm with the children they work with and other educators.
Picademy@Google can be applied to by teachers of any subject at primary, secondary or post-16 level, as well as other educators who either work with children or educate student teachers. The Picademy@Google courses are run by a hand-picked group of our highly skilled community members and educators, and are a mix of hands-on making, project-based learning and general hacking."


Teach Programming with Python
Organiser(s): Rebecca Oxberry <roxberry@harton-tc.co.uk>, Harton Technology College
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 2
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £190
Venue: Harton Technology College <http://www.harton-tc.co.uk>, South Shields NE34 6DL
Description:

This two day CPD course is aimed at Computer Science teachers. This comprehensive course teaches computational thinking and programming concepts suitable for GCSE Computer Science or for simply introducing programming to your classroom. thinking in the classroom even if they have never done anything similar before. There are no course pre-requisites apart from the ability to use a computer.
No prior knowledge of programming is assumed, in a friendly supportive class, this course will gently introduce you to the concepts, skills and techniques required to be a programmer and to teach programming. The course also includes tips on delivering programming courses, differential learning, peer evaluation techniques and ideas for projects. The course includes “how to write a controlled assessment sized project”, list handling, file handling, regular expressions, libraries and more.
This is very much a hands on course suitable for teachers who have never written a line of code before and also for teachers who have already been teaching python for a year or three! Course attendees will leave the course ready to confidently start teaching Python in the classroom straight away. You will have a plan for teaching Python to GCSE students and have a wealth of knowledge, skills and resources to back up your teaching and support your learners; including around 80 programs written in Python. This course is suitable for all current exam boards.
The course is delivered by David Batty, who has 25 years of classroom experience teaching computing, and has been a programmer for 35 years. David delivers courses for the AQA, Westminster Briefing, Code College and other organisations as required. He is the UK's busiest IT teacher trainer having delivered over 100 in-school programming courses to teachers in the past year alone.


CAS North East Regional Conference
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Laura Heels <laura.heels@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Louise Talbot <cs.outreach@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Speaker(s): Steve Bunce, Vital CPD; Andrew Charlton, Venerable Bede CoE Academy; Mark Clarkson, Egglescliffe School; Nick Cook, Newcastle University; Claire Graham, North Tyneside CLC; Laura Heels, Newcastle University; Elizabeth Hidson, Durham University; Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy; John Lamb, Monkwearmouth Academy; Andrew Lickley, Barefoot Computing; Duncan Maidens, CAS West Midlands and Birmingham City University; Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School; Simon Roberts, Carmel College; Paul Robson, Cramlington Learning Village; Kelly Smith, Our Lady of Lourdes RCVA Primary; Jane Waite, CAS London; Sally Waterston, Waterstons; Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School; Sarah Zaman, CAS North West - Manchester
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £35 by credit card, £40 by invoice
Venue: Herschel Building, Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

This conference covers computing in the primary and secondary curriculum. Workshops will be delivered by national and regional experts in teaching computing. See the conference home page (http://casne.ncl.ac.uk/events/2016/conference/) for programme details and registration information.


Advanced Functional Programming
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Speaker(s): Paul Williams, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS4, KS5
Charge: £20 plus eventbrite booking fee
Venue: St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College <http://stbedes.durham.sch.uk/>, Lanchester DH7 0RD
Description:

Create high quality functional programs that demonstrate key Computer Science theory in a practical and hands-on way. Create reusable multipurpose programs that demonstrate high levels of efficiency and can be used in GCSE and AS/A Level lessons.
Topics covered include: defining functions, list comprehensions, recursive functions, higher-order functions.


Picademy at Newcastle City Library
Organiser(s): Sarah Zaman <sarah.zaman@computingatschool.org.uk>, CAS North West - Manchester
Start:
End:
Number of sessions: 2
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Newcastle City Library, Newcastle NE1 8AX
Description:

Picademy (https://www.raspberrypi.org/picademy/) is coming to Newcastle City Library - two days of free computing CPD for Teachers, Educators, HLTAs and Librarians funded by Google.
Newcastle dates are:

  • 18 and 19 May
  • 26 and 27 May
  • 3 and 4 June
  • 27 and 28 June

To quote the Picademy web site:

"Picademy aims to give educators the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level of experience. It’s a two-day course that allows educators to experience what can be achieved with a little help and lots of imagination.
Day one involves running through a series of workshops introducing teachers to a range of engaging ways to deliver computing with students. Highlights include using physical computing to control electronic components like LEDs and buttons, coding music with Sonic Pi, and terraforming the world of Minecraft.
On day two, attendees have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing their own project ideas, learning from each other and our experts. Previous projects have included killer robots, Christmas jumpers with twinkling LEDs, bespoke games in Minecraft, and many more. They reinforce the ideas from day one and also practice decomposing problems, testing, debugging, and building resilience. Our attendees leave as Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, ready to share their new-found enthusiasm with the children they work with and other educators.
Picademy@Google can be applied to by teachers of any subject at primary, secondary or post-16 level, as well as other educators who either work with children or educate student teachers. The Picademy@Google courses are run by a hand-picked group of our highly skilled community members and educators, and are a mix of hands-on making, project-based learning and general hacking."


Networking hardware and communication
Organiser(s): Ben Hughes <hughes.b@sandhillview.com>, Sandhill View Academy
Speaker(s): Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4
Charge: £44 plus £3.29 eventbrite fee
Venue: Sandhill View Academy <http://www.sandhillview.com/>, Sunderland SR3 4EN
Description:

Devices used in networking, data transmission over networks and internet protocols.

This is part of a series of sessions for the academic year 2015-16 delivered by Sunderland CAS Master Teachers that have need developed in response to a training needs survey completed by 30+ local teachers. Discounts are available for booking multiple sessions from the series.


CAS Teesside Hub
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School
Speaker(s): Mark Clarkson, Egglescliffe School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Woodham Academy <http://www.woodham.org.uk>, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4AX
Description:

An opportunity to get together and discuss the challenges and opportunities currently facing schools with the delivery of Computer Science from KS3 to KS5. Whatever your background, whether you're planning for, delivering or starting to panic about any aspect of computer science at any level then this is your opportunity to get share your fear, ideas and experiences.
There will be an opportunity to discuss the delivery and assessment of computer science topics - so please feel free to bring your own stories, ideas and enthusiasm!
The meeting will include workshops on: Micro:Bits - Making things happen, and The Knights Tour - a CS4fn resource looking at abstraction, decomposition and generalisation.


CAS Durham Hub Summer Term Meeting
Organiser(s): Paul Williams <williams.p1@strobertofnewminster.co.uk>, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University; Paul Williams, St Robert of Newminster RC School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College <http://stbedes.durham.sch.uk/>, Lanchester DH7 0RD
Description:

This event is for primary and secondary colleagues in and around the Durham area. The meeting is a chance to share practice relating to the implementation of the new computing curriculum.
If you would like to sign up to share good practice then please contact Hub Leader Paul Williams on paul.williams@computingatschool.org.uk with details of what you would like to share, whether your audience is primary/secondary or mixed and how much time you will need. Agenda:
1. CAS Planning Forum - Sharing good practice and ideas for Computing in 2016/17.
2. Using Flowgrorithms - Paul Williams, St Bede's Catholic School
3. Media computation for data representation and data abstraction - Nick Cook, Newcastle University


Micro Python using the BBC Micro:bit
Organiser(s): Julie Edwards <julie.edwards@the3rivers.net>, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
Speaker(s): Sarah Zaman, CAS North West - Manchester
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS2, KS3
Charge: Free
Venue: Morpeth Chantry Middle School, Morpeth NE61 1RQ
Description:

The aim of this session is to provide some basic tutorials for teachers who have no prior knowledge of the python programming language. The session utilises web based resources from the BBC micro:bit website and other sources. Sarah Zaman (CAS NW Regional Co-ordinator) is delivering this event.


Tech For Life Intro to Coding
Organiser(s): Gemma Sayers <gemma.sayers@campusnorth.co.uk>, Campus North
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £99 plus VAT
Venue: Campus North <http://campusnorth.co.uk/>, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Description:

In this session you will cover...
Scratch - This is a simple coding language and an excellent way of getting to grips with the basic concepts of programming.
Kodu - A highly interactive way of programming 3D graphics using very simple concepts that are quickly built up to create something great.
Sonic Pi - Learn how to make music with code!
PyGame - This library for Python offers easy and engaging ways of making games. We will work in pairs to programme a simple asteroids game and understand how smaller pieces of code become complex programmes.
Multi-discipline Computer Science - Discussion and skills review session thinking about how subjects like maths and physics apply to coding and how coding can affect other, more rudimentary disciplines, like literacy and numeracy with demos of ways you can implement into lessons.

Booking information: http://www.techforlife.co.uk/

Gateshead Library eDay5
Organiser(s): Jacqui Thompson <Jacquithompson@gateshead.gov.uk>, Gateshead Library
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University; Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages:
Charge: Free
Venue: Gateshead Library <http://www.gatesheadlibraries.com/>, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Description:

eDay5 is packed full of activities for you to explore, create and engage with makers, take part in workshops and hands on activities. Our programme already includes: Makerspace, Raspberry Pi hacks Minecraft, VR, drones, robotics, amateur radio and that’s just for starters.

All ages welcome.


CAS Teesside Primary Hub Meeting
Organiser(s): Dan Mount <MEDMount@sbcschools.org.uk>, St Mark's Elm Tree CEVA Primary School
Start:
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Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2
Charge: Free
Venue: Egglescliffe CEVC Primary School <http://www.egglescliffepri.stockton.sch.uk>, Egglescliffe TS16 9BT
Description:

This term we have Victoria Sauron, the North East Regional Coordinator for Code Club Uk visiting us, to show what resources and support are available, and explain how to set up a programming afterschool club in your establishment. Our hub is also a great chance to network, and to share ideas relating to the computing curriculum.


Tech For Life Intro to Coding
Organiser(s): Gemma Sayers <gemma.sayers@campusnorth.co.uk>, Campus North
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages:
Charge: £99 plus VAT
Venue: Campus North <http://campusnorth.co.uk/>, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Description:

In this session you will cover...
Scratch - This is a simple coding language and an excellent way of getting to grips with the basic concepts of programming.
Kodu - A highly interactive way of programming 3D graphics using very simple concepts that are quickly built up to create something great.
Sonic Pi - Learn how to make music with code!
PyGame - This library for Python offers easy and engaging ways of making games. We will work in pairs to programme a simple asteroids game and understand how smaller pieces of code become complex programmes.
Multi-discipline Computer Science - Discussion and skills review session thinking about how subjects like maths and physics apply to coding and how coding can affect other, more rudimentary disciplines, like literacy and numeracy with demos of ways you can implement into lessons.

Booking information: http://www.techforlife.co.uk/

CAS Tyneside Hub Meeting
Organiser(s): Mike Carter <m.carterlea@gmail.com>, TynCan Learning; Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Jeanette Patterson <jeanette.patterson@computingatschool.org.uk>, Kings Priory School
Speaker(s): Peter Johnson, Gosforth Junior High Academy
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Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Gosforth Junior High Academy <http://www.gosforthacademy.org.uk/>, Newcastle NE3 1EE
Description:

At this first CAS Tyneside hub meeting of the 2016/17 school year Peter Johnson will demonstrate the Ohbot robot and its use in the classroom. The Ohbot is a robot head that is constructed and programmed by children. It has seven motors to provide a range of realistic movement. It includes text-to-speech and face recognition technology and can be extended with additional sensors.

Additional sessions at the hub meeting are to be announced. If you have any ideas for sessions or work at your school you would like to show, please contact CAS North East (casnortheast@computingatschool.org.uk) or Mike Carter (m.carterlea@gmail.com) .


Tech For Life Intro to Electronics
Organiser(s): Gemma Sayers <gemma.sayers@campusnorth.co.uk>, Campus North
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Campus North <http://campusnorth.co.uk/>, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Description:

In this session you will cover...
Intro to Python & Raspberry Pi (basic concepts) - Python is a relatively simple but complete programming language. Your mentor will guide you through a quick introduction to its basic patterns using a Raspberry Pi. This coding language can be found almost everywhere, from commercial games through to satellites and telemetry code on space rockets!
Microbit with Raspberry Pi - Curated by the BBC for the purposes of education, the Microbit is a new piece of hardware which you’ll work with to discover its uses. Together with your new Python skills, you’ll create simple games and message displays using LEDs.
Intro to Electronics - Discussion and skills review with demonstrations of ways to create interactive projects with the Raspberry Pi using sensor devices that are perfect for the classroom.

Booking information: http://www.techforlife.co.uk/

Tech For Life Intro to Coding
Organiser(s): Gemma Sayers <gemma.sayers@campusnorth.co.uk>, Campus North
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages:
Charge: £99 plus VAT
Venue: Campus North <http://campusnorth.co.uk/>, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Description:

In this session you will cover...
Scratch - This is a simple coding language and an excellent way of getting to grips with the basic concepts of programming.
Kodu - A highly interactive way of programming 3D graphics using very simple concepts that are quickly built up to create something great.
Sonic Pi - Learn how to make music with code!
PyGame - This library for Python offers easy and engaging ways of making games. We will work in pairs to programme a simple asteroids game and understand how smaller pieces of code become complex programmes.
Multi-discipline Computer Science - Discussion and skills review session thinking about how subjects like maths and physics apply to coding and how coding can affect other, more rudimentary disciplines, like literacy and numeracy with demos of ways you can implement into lessons.

Booking information: http://www.techforlife.co.uk/

Teesside Hub Meeting
Organiser(s): Mark Clarkson <mwclarkson@gmail.com>, Egglescliffe School
Speaker(s): Mark Clarkson, Egglescliffe School; Simon Roberts, Carmel College
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Carmel College <http://carmel.org.uk/>, Darlington DL3 8RW
Description:

The agenda for the hub meeting includes a practical workshop using MicroPython as an IDE to program Microbits - giving students the opportunity to use physical inputs and outputs without all the setup of Arduinos and Pis. It's being run by Simon Roberts and we will have plenty of Microbits for you to use on the day, you don't need to bring your own (though you can!).

For the second half we will be having a discussion about the 9-1 GCSEs now that we've started to deliver them. Thoughts on how to deliver the theory, the challenges presented with NEA, the importance of exam technique - and I'm hoping we'll be able to produce some resources we can all use as a result.


CAS Northumberland (South) Hub meeting
Organiser(s): Julie Edwards <julie.edwards@the3rivers.net>, Morpeth Chantry Middle School
Speaker(s): Julie Edwards, Morpeth Chantry Middle School; Jordan Graham, Meadowdale Academy
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Morpeth Chantry Middle School, Morpeth NE61 1RQ
Description:

This hub meeting will include a choice of workshops on Kodu from the beginning (suitable for KS2, led by Julie Edwards) and Sonic Pi (suitable for KS3, led by Jordan Graham - Master Teacher)


Animation 17 - Stop Frame
Organiser(s): Claire Graham <claire.graham@ntlp.org.uk>, North Tyneside CLC
Speaker(s): Claire Graham, North Tyneside CLC
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages:
Charge: Free
Venue: North Tyneside CLC <http://www.ntclc.org.uk/>, Cullercoats NE30 3RZ
Description:

New to Animation? Whether you plan to enter Animation ‘17 or you're just interested in trying something new with your class this practical session will explore how to plan, create, edit and screen your students work. Animation is a perfect way to embed the use of technology right across the curriculum.


CAS Tenderfoot CPD Unit 4: Bits and Bytes - The Digital Advantage
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Jeanette Patterson <jeanette.patterson@computingatschool.org.uk>, Kings Priory School
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University; Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £75 (free for CAS Master Teachers and Lead Schools)
Venue: Daysh 6.37, Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

CAS Tenderfoot CPD workshop on data representation:
- It’s all done by numbers
- Playing with pictures
- Character codes and compression
- Painting by Numbers
- Computational Graphics

See https://www.computingatschool.org.uk/tenderfoot/ for information about the Tenderfoot project and topics covered.

Tenderfoot training is primarily aimed at secondary teachers. However, it can also be useful for Key Stage 2 teachers both to see the progression in the subject and for resources and ideas that can be adapted to primary.

The training day is free for CAS Master Teachers and teachers from CAS Lead Schools. Other teachers who wish to book on the course should contact: cas.northeast@newcastle.ac.uk for the password to register and for arrangements to pay the £75 fee.


Tech For Life Intro to Electronics
Organiser(s): Gemma Sayers <gemma.sayers@campusnorth.co.uk>, Campus North
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages:
Charge: Free
Venue: Campus North <http://campusnorth.co.uk/>, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Description:

In this session you will cover...
Intro to Python & Raspberry Pi (basic concepts) - Python is a relatively simple but complete programming language. Your mentor will guide you through a quick introduction to its basic patterns using a Raspberry Pi. This coding language can be found almost everywhere, from commercial games through to satellites and telemetry code on space rockets!
Microbit with Raspberry Pi - Curated by the BBC for the purposes of education, the Microbit is a new piece of hardware which you’ll work with to discover its uses. Together with your new Python skills, you’ll create simple games and message displays using LEDs.
Intro to Electronics - Discussion and skills review with demonstrations of ways to create interactive projects with the Raspberry Pi using sensor devices that are perfect for the classroom.

Booking information: http://www.techforlife.co.uk/

Royal Society Computing Education Focus Group
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: Free
Venue: Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

The Royal Society is gathering evidence to inform a new programme of support for teachers delivering computing education across UK schools and colleges. This aims to make high quality computing education a reality in the classroom.

To inform this work, The Royal Society has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to gather information and views from teachers via an online survey. Case studies are also being developed and a series of workshops scheduled.

The survey links are:

Primary: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147738465995

Secondary: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147738478435

Further information about the project is on the Royal Society's website: https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/computing-education/

Additional information, including registering interest in being involved in the focus group workshop on 29 November at Newcastle University is available at: http://www.pyetait.com/computingeducation

Note: places on the workshop will be limited.


CAS Tenderfoot CPD Unit 2: Clever Solutions to Common Problems
Organiser(s): Nick Cook <nick.cook@newcastle.ac.uk>, Newcastle University; Jeanette Patterson <jeanette.patterson@computingatschool.org.uk>, Kings Priory School
Speaker(s): Nick Cook, Newcastle University; Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5
Charge: £75 (free for CAS Master Teachers and Lead Schools)
Venue: Daysh 6.37, Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing>, School of Computing Science, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Description:

CAS Tenderfoot CPD workshop on developing computational thinking and an understanding of data structures:
- The Big Picture and A Perfect Shuffle
- Data Structures Matter
- Many Problems One Solution
- Toy Problems for the Real World
- Oracle of Bacon and The Beauty of Trees

See https://www.computingatschool.org.uk/tenderfoot/ for information about the Tenderfoot project and topics covered.

Tenderfoot training is primarily aimed at secondary teachers. However, it can also be useful for Key Stage 2 teachers both to see the progression in the subject and for resources and ideas that can be adapted to primary.

The training day is free for CAS Master Teachers and teachers from CAS Lead Schools. Other teachers who wish to book on the course should contact: cas.northeast@newcastle.ac.uk for the password to register and for arrangements to pay the £75 fee.


Tech For Life Intro to Coding
Organiser(s): Gemma Sayers <gemma.sayers@campusnorth.co.uk>, Campus North
Start:
End:
Target Key Stages:
Charge: £99 plus VAT
Venue: Campus North <http://campusnorth.co.uk/>, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Description:

In this session you will cover...
Scratch - This is a simple coding language and an excellent way of getting to grips with the basic concepts of programming.
Kodu - A highly interactive way of programming 3D graphics using very simple concepts that are quickly built up to create something great.
Sonic Pi - Learn how to make music with code!
PyGame - This library for Python offers easy and engaging ways of making games. We will work in pairs to programme a simple asteroids game and understand how smaller pieces of code become complex programmes.
Multi-discipline Computer Science - Discussion and skills review session thinking about how subjects like maths and physics apply to coding and how coding can affect other, more rudimentary disciplines, like literacy and numeracy with demos of ways you can implement into lessons.

Booking information: http://www.techforlife.co.uk/