Computer science teachers invited for “Phish ‘N’ Chips” at CAS Conference
From ‘Phish ‘N’ Chips - Cyber Security CPD for Teachers, to Making Music with your Micro:Bit - this year’s Computing At School (CAS) conference is a must for both primary and secondary school teachers delivering computer science. CAS, which is supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is holding this year’s conference at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 18 June.
Simon Humphreys, National Coordinator CAS says: “Packed full of ideas, useful advice and information, the CAS Conference aims to help bring computer science to life in the classroom. The event is an ideal opportunity to find out about the range of resources and support available to computer science teachers. It will hopefully provide inspiration and help you breathe more life into your lessons, find dynamic resources to engage your pupils and enhance your own skills.”
Guest speaker Conrad Wolfram, a prominent proponent of 'Computer-Based Math'- a reform of mathematics education to make greater use of information technology and founder of www.computerbasedmath.org, will present arguments for the connections between Maths and Computing and the relevance for all classrooms.
Also speaking is David J. Malan - professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. David will provide a hands-on taste of some memorable moments from Computer Science 50, otherwise known as CS50, which he teaches. CS50 is Harvard University's largest course, Yale University's largest course, and edX's largest MOOC.
The conference will include a number of plenary sessions, over 40 different workshops, the opportunity to network and take home practical examples of lessons and other resources that can be used in the classroom.
There will also be presentations and workshops from CAS Master Teachers and other experienced practitioners keen to share their knowledge and understanding including:
- Primary Control of Physical Systems! A friendly alternative to the dusty corner of the ICT cupboard
- Computing through Mathematics... a way to develop higher order thinking skills
- Pedagogy in Primary computing
- MicroPython for the Micro:Bit for Absolute Beginners
- “Phish ‘N’ Chips” - Cyber Security CPD for Teachers
- Observation as a Primary Concept for the Computational Thinker
- Making Music with your Micro:Bit
- Computational Thinking and Digital Literacy
- Encouraging Responsibility Online Through a Text-Based Adventure Game
- Equipping Primary Teacher to Let Go
- Assessing Computational Thinking Skills & Programming Constructs
Find out more and register your place at the CAS annual national conference in Birmingham on Sat 18 June.
Several of the newly formed CAS Regional Centres are also hosting a number of one day regional conferences for computer science teachers in June:
Wednesday 15 June
Lancaster University CAS Regional Conference - free tickets
Thursday 16 June
CAS North East Regional Conference - Newcastle
Thursday 30 June
CAS West Midlands Regional Conference - Free
Thursday 30 June
CAS South East Primary Computing conference
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