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Thursday, 12 February 2015

CAS CPD Events

This term I will be running two CPD sessions on behalf of Computing at Schools.


The first course - Introducing Computer Science to the Primary Classroom (10/03/15)  - explains the computer science concepts and terminology of the new computing curriculum and explores a range of engaging unplugged activities (non IT) that can be used to introduce such concepts to the classroom. 

These activities include the algorithm or advice quiz; roboteach makes squash; human number sort; the selection dance; variable guess who.


The course was over subscribed when run last term. Below is some feedback from course attendees
  • "The activities shared were very useful"
  • "It was excellent"
  • "[the course] made me realise I had a better understanding of the concepts than I thought"
  • "great examples of unplugged resources"
  • "loads of practical ideas to use in the classroom" 

The second course - Using Makey-Makey Boards with Scratch (19/03/15) -  explores how Makey-Makey boards (more info here) can be used in conjunction with Scratch to program activities and games that use external inputs. As this session will be very hands-on, the numbers are strictly limited to 15 to ensure that all attendees have access to resources.

The session includes ideas on use a makey-makey board to test electric conductors; to control maze based games, control two player race games; play an onscreen instruments. 

Both courses will be run as twilight sessions from 4pm to 6pm at St Paul's Primary School in Withington (M20 4PG)  and the charge per attendee is £27.15. If you would like to book a place on either course please use the links below. Course attendees will be receive copies of resources used in the training sessions


Using Makey-Makey Boards with Scratch - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-makey-makey-boards-with-scratch-registration-15350938069

In addition to these events, Sally Jordan will be hosting the termly South Manchester Primary CAS Hub meeting and CPD sessions on Scratch and Kodu - details below.

Next CAS Primary Hub is at Acacias Primary School on March 5th
Courses:
Introducing Scratch to Primary Teachers KS1 & KS2 on 26/03/2015 16:00 – 17:30
Using Scratch to deliver the Computing Curriculum in Primary Schools.
Exciting and engaging ideas for you and your class with practical activities to deliver straight away.
There will be an opportunity to gain practical experience using Scratch and to learn about the wide variety of plans and resources available.

Introduction to Kodu for Primary Teachers on 30/04/2015 16:00 – 17:30 at Acacias Primary School, Burnage.

Sally Jordan - Sally is Computing Co-ordinator at Acacias Primary School, and was appointed as a Primary Master Teacher (Level 2) in July 2014. She is currently teaching Computing across the school and Year 6 intervention groups.
Venue for both training courses is Acacias Primary School, Alexandra Drive, Burnage M19 2WW

For further information: sally.jordan@computingatschool.org.uk

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