Newsletter Spring 2013 (Issue 10)
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2012: the year computing came in from the cold
- You can find details of the strategic information pack sent to schools here: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=headteachers
- The homepage of the Network Of Excellence is at http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=noe
- Details of the scholarships available for graduates of computer science to train as teachers are here: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00215981/new-industry-backed-plans-to-boost-computer-science-teaching
- News coverage of Michael Gove's offer to consider Computer Science as part of the E-Bacc is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20003327 The BCS case for inclusion can be found here http://academy.bcs.org/EBacc.
- The initial draft of the proposed ICT Programme of Study submitted to the DfE is here: http://academy.bcs.org/content/draft-ict-programme-study.
- Our new online community is here; http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/ You can see the usage stats here http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/graph_list
where did cas come from?
- The paper submitted to SIGCSE outlining the CAS experience is at http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/~nccb/cas.pdf
- Readers may also be interested in a previous paper outlining the development of CAS as a "community of practice". http://www.icicte.org/Proceedings2012/Papers/15-2-Bradshaw.pdf
there is no them - only us. CAS hubs continue to expand
- For details of all hubs see our community map http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/users/map
building our capability via the network of excellence
- The homepage of the Network Of Excellence is at http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=noe
- If you would like to register your school please use the form available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEYyZ210VzR1ZnBaLUhJSExTVFpGS1E6MQ
- You can find a list of the current CAS Master Teachers at http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=the-cas-master-teachers-personnel
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CAS WHITEPAPER AIMED AT TACKLING TECHNICAL WOES
- The whitepaper is due to be published very shortly. Keep an eye on the CAS Community for further announcements. The paper will be made publicly available on the CAS website at http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=documents
much ado about knitting
- You can find a wonderful video about finger knitting on the Craft Club website here http://www.craftclub.org.uk/video/featured/finger_knitting_instructional_video
- Other resources mentioned are Lion Brand YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/lionbrandyarn
- BeeBot app http://www.tts-group.co.uk/shops/tts/content/view.aspx?cref=PSGEN2293277
- Crystal Channel from Planet Sherston http://sherston.com/crystal/
- LEGO WeDo http://education.lego.com/
- Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/
- Scratch suggested curriculum http://scratched.media.mit.edu/resources/scratch-curriculum-guide-draft
- Scratch and LEGO WeDo http://info.scratch.mit.edu/WeDo
A recursive sweater
- You can download the paper; Knitting For Fun - A Recursive Sweater from http://www.di.unipi.it/~chiara/publ-40/Fun07.pdf
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computer science bits & bytes
- You can join the mailing list to receive the fortnightly bulletins at http://www.nsf.gov/cise/csbytes/
starting programming is childs play with gamemaker
- Gamemaker is free for educational use. You'll find further details on their website at http://www.yoyogames.com The recent release of Game Maker Studio allows pupils to create games for iOS, Android, desktop and the Web (HTML5) and will produce an app store-ready iOS, Android or OS X app, Windows executable or HTML5 code, all at the push of a button and all from the same source code! See www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio
computational thought - THE LITERACY OF THE 21st CENTURY
- This is a shortened version of an article that was first published in The Telegraph on 17/11/2012. The full, unedited version can be found on Tom Crick's excellent blog, "Computing, The Science Of Nearly Everything" at http://drtomcrick.com/tag/computational-thinking/
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codecademy launch class kits for computingclubs
- Teachers can sign up for their After-School Programming kit here: http://www.codecademy.com/afterschool
- There is also a discusson group for chools involved in running clubs here: http://www.codecademy.com/groups/programming-after-school
- Please note, Codecademy doesn't support Internet Explorer 8 and they recommend installing Google Chrome Frame or using Chrome, Firefox or Opera
computing++ linking coders and schools
- Martin Saunders created and maintains Computing++, a website that brings coders and teachers together. It aims to support teachers and facilitate mentoring, particularly those new to coding. See the previous issue of SwitchedOn for a review and check out the website here: www.computingplusplus.org
beginning to appreciate the beauty and joy of computing
- The course is available at http://bjc.berkeley.edu/. The material can be viewed online or downloaded as a Moodle course. Blown To Bits is also available as a free pdf from http://www.bitsbook.com/
where are the girls? tackling the gender gap in computing
- geekEquality is passionate about empowering organisations to diversify their workforce through public engagement and diversity training. You can find out more about their work at http://www.geekequality.com/, which includes several excellent links to articles on the research page.
The following articles / papers were referenced in the feature:
- Deem, R. (1981). "State Policy and Ideology in the Education of Women, 1944-1980." British Journal of Sociology of Education 2(2): 131 - 143.
- Byrne (1978). Women and Education. Volume 172 of Social science paperbacks, Routledge.
- Whyte, J. (1986). Girls into Science and Technology: the story of a project. London, Boston and Henley, Routledge & Kegan Paul.
- Ormerod (1975). "Subject preference and choice in coeducational and single sex secondary schools." British Journal of Educational Psychology(45): 275-67.
- Fothergill, R. 1981 . Microelectronics Education Programme: The Strategy , Stanmore, Middlesex : Department of Education and Science
- Forrest, G. M. (1992). "Gender Differences in School Science Examinations." Studies in Science Education 20(1): 87 - 122.
- Janet Carter and Tony Jenkins. 2002. Gender differences in programming?. SIGCSE Bull. 34, 3 (June 2002), 188-192.
- International journal of gender, science and technology GST can be found at http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/index
girls into computing: year eight is too late
- Sophie Dare-Edwards is a workshop developer for TechnoCamps. Her website is http://csnotjustforgeeks.com/
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#include: computer science for all
- There is a dedicated forum space for "Girls in Computing" on the CAS Community. The #include website, which includes some excellent links on the wiki can be found at http://casinclude.org.uk/
video stories that will inspire girls
- You can find Geek Gurl Diaries at http://www.geekgurldiaries.co.uk/home/. Check out the latest episodes.
little miss geek: bridging the gap between girls and technology
- Details of Lady Geek, and the book "Little Miss Geek" can be found at http://ladygeek.com/littlemissgeek/ You can read several complimentary reviews of the book at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0957389809/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_opt,
technology to wear: creative coding with the lilypad arduino
- Sophie McDonald is co-founder sketchPatch.net and MzTEK. sketchPatch is a programming playground based on the language Processing. It allows people to play with programming in a easy and fun way. You can write your own programs and run them in the browser, share them, or collaborate with other people making new versions of their programs. You'll find it at http://www.sketchpatch.net/index.html . MzTEK is a non-profit organisation with the aim of addressing the imbalance of women artists working in the fields of new media, computer arts, and technology. See http://www.mztek.org
GET started with the help of open softwear
- You can purchase the second edition of "Open SoftWear: Fashionable Prototyping and Wearable Computing" from various outlets. Details can be found at http://softwear.cc/ The original beta version is also still available as a freely downloadable pdf. The 14,000+ downloads were the inspiration to produce a second version in print: http://softwear.cc/book/2011/open-softwear-2nd-edition/page/2/
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celebrating female role models past and present.
- Thanks to Neil Brown for pointing out some of the research finding mentioned. You can find the introductory videos of both Ada Lovelace and Hedy Lemarr at http://pioneers.bcs.org/.
- The supporting website for Ada Lovelace Day is at http://findingada.com/. The BBC produced a very good video featuring 4 contributors to mark this years celebrations; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/19923050
- You'll find the video "Girls in a Tech World" on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYBPotROKC8&feature=player_embedded It is one of several videos produced by Google, and others too on this channel are well worth watching, in particular the recent Google Hangouts "CS on Air".
- The CS4FN special "The Women Are Here" can be downloaded at http://www.cs4fn.org/women/.
- As well as the many other inspirational links covered, take a look at Teen Tech Girls, founded by Kim Wilkens http://teentechgirls.wikispaces.com/ and the site they inspired http://www.dayofthetechgirl.org/index.html which is full of useful snippets.Although US based, the FemTech Project is another good resource: http://www.thefemtechproject.org/
- The CAS Community is also collating links. In particular take a look at http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/61 and use it to share any other links you find useful.
CAS WALES REFLECTS ON EXCITING TIMES AHEAD
- You can keep up to date with developments and CAS Wales activities by following Tom Cricks blog - Computing: The Science Of Nearly Everything at http://drtomcrick.com/
- To express an interest in joining the Codecademy Cymru initiative please see the post at http://drtomcrick.com/2012/10/24/codecademy-cymru/
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first conference "sell out" success for cas scotland
- You'll find photos of the conference at http://www.flickr.com/photos/casscotland
- Other coverage of the conference can be found on Doug Belshaw's blog: http://dougbelshaw.com/conferences/2012/10/27/cas-scotland-conference-2012-casscot12/
- and David Muir's live blog http://edcompblog.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/CASScot12
more positive developments for cas in northern ireland
- For more details of the "go beserk" series please visit www.go-berserk.com
latest "must read" issue of cs4fn out now.
- You can place orders for cs4fn or download pdfs of previous issues by visiting http://www.cs4fn.org/contactus/wantusform2.php For Electronic Engineering For Fun visit www.ee4fn.org to download or order a copy.
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Tommorrow's generation inspired by today's creators
- A full report of the event is on Alan O'Donohue's blog: http://teachcomputing.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/hack-to-the-future-11-10-12/
GETTING TO grips with your pi using some raspberry filling
- You can download a copy of the Raspberry Filling from http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/388
manchester hub hosts introduction to pi-face
- You can find more details of the Pi-Face interface board at http://pi.cs.man.ac.uk/
- You can watch the twitter tweeting robot chicken at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX4dQ4nMX7c&feature=plcp and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjME3WU7ao0&feature=plcp
raspberry jamboree: manchester
- Details of this event can be found at http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/events/80
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teentech events inspire tommorrow's innovators
- TeenTech organise lots of events across many regions. You can find out more about their initiatives on their website: http://www.teentechevent.com/
- TeenTech has introduced a competition for 11 to 16-year-olds, encouraging them to develop a project idea, form a team and collaborate with other schools or companies to try to resolve the problem. The Duke of York is patron of the awards scheme, which is designed to encourage entrepreneurship. Google is sponsoring the Education category, details of which can be found here: http://www.teentechevent.com/teentech-awards-2013/education/
teachers made welcome at pycon uk community meet
- Nicholas Tollervey is a software developer, former teacher and one of the organisers PyconUK. This article is taken from a recent blog post of his. You can read the full article here: http://ntoll.org/article/pyconuk2012
- Carrie Ann Philbin's PythonEDU mailing list can be found at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#%21forum/pythonedu and the Python in Education Special Interest Group at http://www.python.org/community/sigs/current/edu-sig/.
computer science 4 high school: CS4HS
- The deadline for funding applications is 16 Feb. Further details of the CS4HS program including information for this years submissions can be found at www.cs4hs.com
a good thing? code checking extensions and project roslyn
- You can find out more about Project Roslyn at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/hh500769.aspx See also http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=263978 for a guide to writing a "Quick Fix" in Visual Basic. The code mentioned in the article is available on the CAS Community resources section at http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/440
A PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
- A wonderful Knights and Knaves Puzzle Generator can be found on the Wolfram site: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/KnightsAndKnavesPuzzleGenerator/
essential reading for pi enthusiasts
- The main web site from which the MagPi pdf can be downloaded is http://www.themagpi.com/ There is a link from this web site, allowing someone to order paper copies of the magazine.
- The IPhone/IPad AppStore link for the MagPi is, https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-magpi/id569252554?mt=8
- This link can be found by opening ITunes. Then click on ITunes Store. Then search for MagPi. Then look under Apps for iPhone or Apps for iPad.
- Articles can be submitting to the magazine by emailing them to email@example.com
- Instructions for authors are provided at: http://elinux.org/RPi_MagPi_InfoForAuthors
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