For both primary and secondary teachers.
08:15-16:20, Thursday 16 June 2016, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Helping you implement the computing curriculum.
£35.00 by credit card or £40.00 by invoice for a day's CPD!
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 offers a range of hands-on practical sessions on how to deliver various aspects of the computing curriculum in both primary and secondary school. Topics covered include:
- approaches to computational thinking
- computing without computers
- curriculum planning
- data representation
- physical computing
- primary and secondary programming
- SEN and computing
The conference opens with a keynote by Sally Waterston. Sally is founder and director of Waterstons, a local IT consultancy established in 1994. Sally will share insights on careers in computing and the skills that employers look for.
The conference programme is given below. Descriptions of all sessions are available. Just click on a session title to see its description and information about speaker(s). The given key stage relevance is indicative and many sessions will be of interest to both primary and secondary.
Session resources are now available.
|08:15-09:15||Registration, tea and coffee||HERB Foyer|
|09:15-09:20||Welcome - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||HERB LT2|
|09:20-10:10||Technology - the employer's perspective - Sally Waterston, Waterstons||HERB LT2|
|10:10-11:15||Barefoot Computing - Andrew Lickley, Barefoot Computing||BSTC G.33||KS1, KS2|
|10:10-11:15||Making Marking Awesome with software development tools - Andrew Charlton, Venerable Bede CoE Academy||BSTC G.34||KS3, KS4, KS5|
|10:10-11:15||Networks almost unplugged - Duncan Maidens, CAS West Midlands and Birmingham City University||BSTC G.36||KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4|
|10:10-11:15||Physical computing in primary with the Crumble controller - Nick Cook, Newcastle University, and Jane Waite, CAS London||BSTC Side||KS1, KS2|
|10:10-11:15||Play Minecraft, Learn Python - Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School||Daysh Rack||KS2, KS3|
|11:30-12:35||BBC micro:bit micropython programming - Simon Roberts, Carmel College||Daysh Mill||KS3|
|11:30-12:35||Challenging learners of all abilities in Programming with Python - Ben Hughes, Sandhill View Academy||BSTC G.34||KS3, KS4|
|11:30-12:35||Cross-curricular computing in primary - Kelly Smith, Our Lady of Lourdes RCVA Primary||BSTC G.33||KS1, KS2|
|11:30-12:35||Play Minecraft, Learn Python - Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School||Daysh Rack||KS2, KS3|
|11:30-12:35||Primary robotics with the CrumbleBot - Nick Cook, Newcastle University, and Jane Waite, CAS London||BSTC Side||KS2|
|11:30-12:35||The Knight's Tour - graphs, algorithms, abstraction and decomposition - Mark Clarkson, Egglescliffe School||BSTC G.36||KS3, KS4|
|13:25-14:30||Barefoot Computing - Andrew Lickley, Barefoot Computing||BSTC G.33||KS1, KS2|
|13:25-14:30||Block-based and text-based programming - Steve Bunce, Vital CPD||BSTC G.36||KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4|
|13:25-14:30||Computing education research - Laura Heels, Newcastle University, and Elizabeth Hidson, Durham University||BSTC B.29||KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5|
|13:25-14:30||Finite State Machines and Finite State Automata - Jeanette Patterson, Saltus Grammar School Bermuda||BSTC 2.40||KS3, KS4|
|13:25-14:30||From burglar alarms to data logging with Scratch and Picoboard - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||BSTC Side||KS1, KS2, KS3|
|13:25-14:30||Sonic Pi - computer science through music - Sarah Zaman, CAS North West - Manchester||BSTC G.34||KS2, KS3|
|14:45-15:50||BBC micro:bit Block programming and input/output - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||BSTC Side||KS2, KS3|
|14:45-15:50||BBC micro:bit micropython programming - Simon Roberts, Carmel College||Daysh Mill||KS3|
|14:45-15:50||Creative Computing and Communication! - Claire Graham, North Tyneside CLC||BSTC 1.48||KS1, KS2, KS3|
|14:45-15:50||CS Unplugged - Paul Robson, Cramlington Learning Village||BSTC G.36||KS2, KS3|
|14:45-15:50||Minetest in the classroom - John Lamb, Monkwearmouth Academy||BSTC G.34||KS2, KS3|
|14:45-15:50||Primary computing unplugged - Sarah Zaman, CAS North West - Manchester||BSTC G.33||KS1, KS2|
|15:50-16:20||Close and prize draw - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||HERB LT2|
- BSTC B.29: seminar room 2, lower ground floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- BSTC G.33: teaching room 1, ground floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- BSTC G.34: teaching room 2 (laptop cluster), ground floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- BSTC G.36: teaching room 3, ground floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- BSTC 1.48: teaching room, 1st floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- BSTC 2.40: PC cluster, 1st floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- BSTC Side: PC cluster, ground floor Barbara Strang Teaching Centre
- HERB Foyer: ground floor, Herschel Building
- HERB LT1: lecture theatre 1, ground floor, Herschel Building
- Daysh Mill: Computing Science linux cluster, Daysh building - access from 6th Floor Claremont Tower
- Daysh Rack: Computing Science PC cluster, Daysh building - access opposite entrance to Claremont Tower
The entrance to the Barbara Strang Teaching Centre (BSTC) is on Queen Victoria Road next to the Armstrong Building.
The programme is also available ordered by room.
Who should attend?
- Primary and secondary computing leads responsible for delivery of the computing curriculum in their schools
- Teachers who want to extend their computing skills and who are looking for classroom ideas
- Senior leaders who want to find out more about the importance of computing in school
- Anyone with an interest in computing and computer science education
The conference covers both primary and secondary computing and builds on last year's conference and 2014 primary conference.
Feedback from last year included:
- "... gave me confidence to teach the new curriculum ..."
- "... lots of practical ideas that can be used in the classroom straight away ..."
- "... highlighted computational thinking and that there is more to computing than computers ..."
- " ... fantastic opportunity to meet other computing coordinators ..."
The registration fee includes resource packs, lunch and refreshment breaks. There are two rates: £35.00 for payment by credit card and £40.00 for payment by invoice.
The conference is on Newcastle University campus. Please see our directions page for further information on travelling to the University
The conference is organised by the CAS North East in collaboration with CAS regional and national partners.