Computing Subject Network – November 26th 2016
Our dedicated, talented, creative computing teachers from the North West joined us on November 26th for free workshops at Edge Hill University to learn new skills and explore the computing curriculum. The sessions were led by volunteer master teachers, expert teachers, Computing at School co-ordinators and university lecturers giving up their Saturday to share their passion for the subject. It was a really busy day for the Secondary and Primary computing teachers who attended to improve their own computing skills, create resources and swap ideas.
The feedback from the day has been great, some teachers found practical solutions for example in preparing pupils for controlled assessment, others got a new idea for a topic or inspiration to start a themed computing club, some even went home with a 3D printed Christmas bauble they had designed from scratch. The sessions covered Python, SQL, Codebug, 3D printing, Tenderfoot, Spheros and wearable technology.
Here’s a selection of what teachers had to say about the sessions:-
The session introduced possible ways to use 3D printing in the computing curriculum as well as other subject areas. Hands on experience of software and tips for producing final product. A brilliant session - lots of ideas and a finished product to take home.
Great run through of MySQL to bring subject knowledge up to speed. Very beneficial.
Really good exercises in algorithms and computational thinking.
I think that the idea behind Tenderfoot is very promising and feel that the approach it takes is a very good one. The content is invaluable (and I imagine that it will be even more so for teachers that are less confident in their subject knowledge).
I have been able to learn more python basics and how to implement it in the classroom. It was beneficial to me for my professional development, as I will be able to use some of the ideas from today's session again. Vikki knows how to make sessions fun!
Today I have realised that it is not over complicated and to stop over-thinking the code. It was great to see that what took place in today's session would be easily implemented in my school. I intend to purchase some code bugs and use them in lessons and to demonstrate to staff.
I did SQL this morning and by 3 o’clock my head was full! Since I drove for 3 hours to get here it is good value to do both sessions.
The workshop was fun and the way Vikki explained variables, loops, conditionals, etc. was very simple and easy to understand.
In the afternoon session I attended the codebug session led by Leon. It was a practical session I really enjoyed making the marshmallow piano as well as the Christmas tree star. It was very useful and something that I would definitely try with my KS3 students. I would say that keep running workshops like these to help teachers as they are very useful. The resources are excellent. I have definitely enhanced my coding skills and knowledge on codebugs and python.
It was very informative and helpful as I had never used it before, THANKYOU VERY MUCH
I really found this useful seeing it working and having a go myself thank-you very much for your time. It was really informative and has helped me to see the expectations of controlled assessments
I learnt how to use key commands in SQL, this has been useful for my professional development as I am using SQL in part of my project 2 in the BCS secondary course. It was good to use the command line of MYSQL instead of the front end GUI.
I attended the Advance python. It was nice to see python used and linked into the GCSE controlled assessment. I would now like to create schemes of work linking to Python for my year 8. I would also like to develop my knowledge on Java Script.
A structured approach to tackling (and solving!) the OCR A452 research task. Giving me the skills and confidence to mark my students' coursework effectively. Using my knowledge to confidently and effectively mark my students' research assignment. For future it would perhaps be useful to cover the new theory topics added to the 9-1 GCSE, such as algorithmic thinking/problem solving and Cyber Security.
This was a great workshop which helped refresh my knowledge and gain some fabulous ideas for lessons and teaching I will get together with the head of computing and share what I have learned. I will also give it a go myself!
These are always fun and informative sessions; they're invaluable to us teachers who have very little time to spend on our own CPD. Attending these events over the past two years has dramatically reduced the pressure I have been under to deliver and assess the GCSE Controlled Assessments. Thank you Carl and team! It was perfect in every way; pace, delivery and knowledge of the presenter.
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