Upcoming eventsThe next events running in Redbridge to support teachers in bring coding into schools are two Python Programming Workshops (1st and 15th March) which are already fully booked.
In response to a clear need expressed by Secondary schools we will be running a course entitled "KS4 Computing at speed" in which teachers who would like to be teaching Computing and Computer Science next academic year can cover the whole KS4 Computing curriculum in 3 'long Saturdays' in June and July after the KS4 and KS5 exams have started.
Each of the 'long Saturdays' will start on Friday lunchtime and will run through to Saturday late afternoon. There will be practical and written tasks that will need to be completed between the face-to-face sessions. Registration is not yet open as the details are still being finalised but we have already started a list of schools that have already expressed an interest. If you would like to add your own name to this list, you will be given priority registration when the course detail is published. Do get in touch directly to express an interest.
Key LinksThe key links that were discussed at last night's CAS hub were:
- AppShed - an environment used by Debden Park High School to run a KS3 App development scheme of work. Apps are simulated on the website and can be submitted to the App Store if desirable.
- Python - a simple and free text based programming environment that uses colour coding to reinforce correct syntax. Can be installed on a Windows PC but comes pre-installed on the 'Wheezy' installation on the...
- Raspberry Pi - a small and cheap computer system based on Linux that enables students to explore computing concepts without potentially damaging school networked PCs.
- GCSE specifications from OCR and AQA were discussed.
- Oracle Academy supporting teachers with developing programming skills. Free tutorial sessions in London (based on Java) were advertised.
- Computing at Schools website has many downloadable resources, including a complete curriculum.
- Code.org a great resource site designed very very well to give quick access to a significant number of resources to support teachers and learners.
- Code club - a site that provides all resources and support materials to start up a Code Club as an after school or lunchtime enrichment activity within your school. If you have not yet done any coding before this could be a great place to start and would work with KS2 or KS3 students.
"Great coders are today's rockstars - that's it!" - Will.i.am
Alex Rees, @alxr1