Newsletter - Autumn 2011
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Links to further resources and information covered in this issue:
computing in the curriculum: the word is out
The full text of Eric Schmidt’s keynote address to the Edinburgh International TV Festival 2011 is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/interactive/2011/aug/26/eric-schmidt-mactaggart-lecture-full-text
Some of the wide ranging coverage that his call for teaching computing generated can be found in the following links:
TEACHER CONFERENCE KEEPS ON GROWING
You can access slides and other presentation material for many of the workshops and seminars from the CAS website: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=conf2011 See also the CAS YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/computingatschool . There is also a CAS Audioboo channel: http://audioboo.fm/ComputingatSchool . Both have been set up for us by Leon Cych who filmed the conference talks and Bring and brag sessions - thank you! Together these provide an excellent record and repository of resources from the day.
computer science day rounds off animation 11
To see the winning entries from Animation11 competition and a video of the prize giving, film festival and computer science day please visit www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/Animation11 .
primary school ‘light harp’ using scratch and arduino
Further details about Scratch for Arduino (S4A) can be found at http://citilab.eu/en/communities/arduiners
scratch sensor boards
More information about Picoboards can be found at http://scratched.media.mit.edu/resources/picoboard and http://www.picocricket.com/picoboard.html. In the UK the boards can be purchased from companies such as Proto-Pic (http://proto-pic.co.uk/picoboard/)
students enjoy awe inspiring time at Young rewired state
The Young Rewired State website can be found at www.youngrewiredstate.org To get a flavor of the event, some of the many pictures and videos of YRS2011 can be found at
introducing computing without computers
Computing Without Computers can be downloaded free from Paul Curzon’s website: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~pc/research/education/puzzles/reading/
fairy tales and folkdancing: novel ways to teach concepts
Shannon Duvall’s CS Fairy Tales can be found at http://jonah.cs.elon.edu/sduvall2/CSFairyTales/Welcome.html
Algorythmics YouTube Channel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/AlgoRythmics
google code-in 2011
Details about Google Code-In 2010 are at http://code.google.com/opensource/gci/2010-11/index.html Keep an eye on the website where details of this years project will appear later.
getting to grips with games is childs play with kodu
Details of Kodu, download links and teaching resources can be found a thttp://fuse.microsoft.com/page/kodu.aspx
delivering a computing curriculum for schools
Computing: A Curriculum For Schools can be found here: http://computingatschool.org.uk/data/uploads/ComputingCurric.pdf If you have any teaching resources to share, please contact Cynthia Selby (email@example.com) or Stephen Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
no cas local hub? set one up!
For more details and how to book for any of the events listed use the following link: http://bit.ly/jnZZ5v Details of other hub meetings will appear on the website when they are organised. You can download the hub manual from here: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=documents
cas goes to whitehall
Submissions to the National Curriculum Review (CAS, Royal Soc, and others), and EBac enquiry: https://sites.google.com/site/computingatschool/body-of-knowledge
Livingstone/Hope report: https://sites.google.com/site/computingatschool/links-to-external-resources/national-reports
sixth form conference: oxford university computer science dept
Booking details will be online shortly. For further information contact Claire Davenport on email@example.com
GRAPHICS AND FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING: GEOMLAB
The excellent GeomLab resources can be found at http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/geomlab
WHEN SIZE DOES MATTER (PART ONE): gETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE NOTION OF ALGORITHMIC COMPLEXITY
This article is based on the content of an Educational Computing Services Ltd course on teaching Algorithmic Complexity. Further details about their services can be found on their website http://www.educational-computing.co.uk/ The series of articles, from which this is taken, plus the answer to Enrico Fermi’s estimation of piano tuners in Chicago can be found on the link to CAS Newsletter articles from their homepage.
from basics to A level: five day programming summer school
The materials used in this intensive course provide an excellent introduction to Python for any teacher wishing to use it in the classroom. The resources, including video clips, resources and tasks can be viewed via the course website at http://www.pythonsummerschool.net
using linux to explore artificial intelligence
Further details about how to access either the remote Linux server or to install Virtual Box are provided by Aaron Sloman at http://tinyurl.com/thinky-linux This also provides links to the PopLog examples mentioned in the earlier article ‘Computing: The Science Of Nearly Everything’.
increasing use of bluej to teach java
The BlueRoom can be found at http://blueroom.bluej.org
challenging the myths about careers in computing/IT
A set of careers slides for CAS members with links to resources is available on the CAS Google Groups area: https://sites.google.com/site/computingatschool/links-to-external-resources/careers-in-computing
succesful first conference for computing in wales
Tom Crick blogs at http://drtomcrick.wordpress.com/ where you can find details of both the conference and his success in ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me out Of Here’.
spreading the message to school governors
If you would like to suggest ideas for the Governors Support Pack or ways to strengthen links with governing bodies please contact Simon Humphreys via firstname.lastname@example.org
google computer science grant aid
You can read more about the CS4HS program on the website: http://www.cs4hs.com/ Application deadlines for 2012 will be announced around December this year.
The application portal for EMEA is open in September and October 2011 at http://www.google.com/diversity/rise/index.html. For examples of winning projects from the last round see http://www.google.com/diversity/rise/recipients.html#emea
A pause for thought
The wonderful NRICH maths website can be found at http://nrich.maths.org/
The circuit problem, together with further problems, teaching material, extensions, the solutions and a link to a classroom poster can be found here: http://nrich.maths.org/5948
more classroom cs4fn resources
The mini documentary “Why Faces Are Special” can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Row6GSzg_m4
The pdf cutout resources can be found at http://www.cs4fn.org/faces/emotionmachine.pdf and
The current and past issues of CS4FN can be downloaded from their website: http://www.cs4fn.org/ Use the link on the left to order copies of future editions. Issue 13 and other material relating to faces can be accessed via the portal http://www.cs4fn.org/faces/
bcs academy produce factsheet for employers
The ‘Fact Sheet, why computing education is important for the UK’ can be downloaded from the CAS website: ">Fact sheet
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