13 Nov 2015
BY Stuart Davison POSTED IN West Midlands
Birmingham City University hosted the launch of the Computing At School Regional Centre for the West Midlands (CAS WM) on Monday 9th November. Held in the 375 seat digital Auditorium at Millennium Point, the event was well attended by Master Teachers, Hub Leaders and representatives from Lead Schools across the area.
The three hour session centred on a debate about how best Master Teachers could be deployed across a large region that is more than just the West Midlands. Representatives from Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands discussed ways forward to shape operations in the region. A focus on coordinated efforts between Master Teachers and Hub Leaders was identified as the main priority to ensure that resources are used effectively with maximised impact.
Those in attendance also benefited from CPD sessions in data encoding and network simulation using specialist industry software. This celebrated the fact that CAS WM is looking to develop networking and cyber security expertise across the region. It is the intention to draw upon the expertise of the University in this field and, together with industry partners across the region, increase awareness and subject knowledge of teachers in this increasingly important field.
International relations were also fostered with the Australian branch of CAS WM with a presentation of the online learning platform Grok Learning.
The event is just the start of the development of CAS operations in the region and, over the coming months, the cause of Computing At School will be championed far and wide.