Computing at School is an open group. We are eager to collaborate with anyone (individuals or organisations) who care about CAS's objectives, and we encourage you to join the CAS working group?
Joining the CAS community is free and all members have access to an online community area that offers:
Discussion Forum. The forum supports posting and reading of messages as you would expect. Discussions are sorted into a small number of themed forums, so that you can choose to concentrate on the discussions that interest you. You can receive email notifications of new posts on the site (with clickable links directly to the discussion page), with flexible frequency. You can choose whether you like notifications every hour, just once a day with a summary of all the day's activity, or even just once a week.
To post to the discussion forum, you have to go to the site. This is a deliberate decision: There is much more going on on the site than just the discussion; it's a social place, and we'd like to encourage you to visit it regularly.
Resources. The site supports a collection of resources. Any member can upload a resource. The resource section is very flexible, and supports different use cases. Resources may be anything, including lesson plans, schemes of work, a list of URLs, a collection of videos, ...
Activity page. A summary on the front page always shows you what's going on on the site, and helps you find new content.
Location Map. A map shows the location of members. This makes it easy to find other CAS members near you if you want to get in touch.
No gatekeeper. Curation of a resource set, and the assurance of quality, is always a difficult problem in resource collections. Who decides what's good enough to go in, what should be kept out, what's outdated?
In our model, this role is taken by the community itself, supported by the underlying technology. The wiki-access model ensures that anyone can improve a resource. Think something is missing? Found an error? You can fix it! The comment trails attached to resources also serve to assess quality.
If we all pull together, we can achieve quality without a high-overhead, slow, upfront review process. This model scales better, is quicker, more effective, and more fun!