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Links to further resources and information covered in this issue:

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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:



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.


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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/

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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.


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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

Nicki Maddams blog and website is athttp://www.interactiveclassroom.net/ and her scheme of work for Kodu can be found here: http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/?page_id=189

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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 (c.c.selby88@gmail.com) or Stephen Hunt (s.p.hunt@herts.ac.uk). 

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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

Details of the Technocamps project can be found at http://www.technocamps.com and recent coverage in the TES at http://bit.ly/kP2LFe.

sixth form conference: oxford university computer science dept

Booking details will be online shortly. For further information contact Claire Davenport on claire.davenport@hq.bcs.org.uk

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The excellent GeomLab resources can be found at http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/geomlab


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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.

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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

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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 simon.humphreys@computingatschool.org.uk


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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


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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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