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24 June 2021

CAS Virtual Showcase - How can we prepare students for the future?

How can we prepare students for the future?

That’s one of the questions which will be discussed in the CAS Virtual Showcase programme, which continues this week.  

The CAS Virtual Showcase, so far has been engaging and diverse – and there’s still more to come, including sessions looking at moving online homework, supporting SEND learners and an Instagram Live session on early years provision.

On Thursday 1 July, Jennifer King, Schools Engagement Lead for Microsoft will give a presentation on Microsoft’s Explore the Digital Future Programme. 

“Our future is actually not as unpredictable as one might think. We have had a steady stream of innovation that has pointed us to where we are now and where we are going,” said Jennifer.

“So, it is up to us, as educators, to take action and prepare our students properly for their future. And the explore the digital future programme can help teachers do just that. We will also be hearing from Graham Feek, Deputy CEO from Greenwood Academies Trust, who will be taking us through what their Academies are doing to future-proof their students.”

Her session will look at  Microsoft’s digital skills programme which brings together Microsoft resources into immediately useable lesson plans and experiences for students. Teachers and Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts will also talk about the impact it has had.

Jennifer King is an award-winning, international thought-leader in education with 20 years of experience in the education sector, from classroom to corporations, and works for Microsoft Education UK.

She is passionate about how the power of technology can transform the way they work and learn. Jennifer was previously the Head of Film and Media at Strode’s College in Surrey, before starting her own education consultancy. She has been the Schools Engagement Lead for the UK since 2019 after returning from the Microsoft Corp in Seattle, where she was the Director of Education in the 21st Century Jobs, Skills, and Employability team.

“We’ve enjoyed some fantastic sessions in the first week of our CAS Virtual Showcase, from STEM Ambassadors special, an Instagram Live session on Tech support, SEND, Barefoot live, Cybersecurity session and resources to support primary computing leads and more,” said Beverly Clarke, National Community Manager for CAS.

“We’ve also had two great Keynote Speakers Baasit Siddiqui and Kate Arthur whose talks inspired us all and we’re very grateful. We have a great range of events still to come - do join us for some of the closing sessions!

Coming up on CAS Virtual Showcase:

Wednesday 30 June

4pm - 4.45pm - Moving Homework Online Key Stage: 1 & 2, Will Franklin. Suzanne Cray

Despite its many challenges, the national lockdown accelerated the adoption of online learning platforms in schools and encouraged teachers to find new opportunities to cover the curriculum digitally. In this session, we will explore a range of online resources to help teachers create exciting new homework activities that will boost children’s digital literacy skills, support their progress and, most importantly, save teachers time.

4pm - 4.45pm - Learning to Cross Curricular Topics: Using Podcasting to Deliver Lessons Key Stage: 3 -4James Jerrold

This presentation will cover how to plan, create and deliver a podcast. As part of this process, James will explore how to consider content, audience, platform, recording technology and team dynamics. He will share the importance of editing technology, mic technique, interludes and music.

5pm - 5.30pm Top Tech Tips for EYFS Instagram Live Session - join us on @computingatschool KeyStage: EYFSHayley Winter, Wendy Piccinini, Bethan Ware

In this Instagram live session you will discover some top tech tips to use when teaching Early Years with guest speakers Hayley Winter (@allaboutearlyyears) and Wendy Piccinini (@ wendypicci) from the BCS Computing at School team

Thursday 1 July

4pm - 4.45pm - Data and Data Logging Key Stage: 2 & 3 Aimée Fagan: Roxana Escobedo

Find out more about the micro:bit and the Arduino Science Journal app. The Arduino Science Journal is a free, open-source app that allows you to gather data about the world around you by harnessing the sensors in your smartphone. It transforms smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks into pocket-sized science tools that encourage students to explore their world.

As they conduct experiments, they’ll record observations and make new, exciting discoveries. The Arduino Science Journal app can be used on its own, or explored together with external sensors that are compatible with micro controllers that connect using bluetooth. The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that, when programmed, let it interact with you and your world

4pm - 4.45pm Microsoft’s Explore the Digital Future Programme Key Stage: 3 Jennifer King

During this session, hosted by Jennifer King, the Schools Engagement Lead for Microsoft, you will learn all about Microsoft’s digital skills programme that takes all the best resources across Microsoft, and brings them altogether into immediately useable lesson plans and experiences for your students. You will hear from teachers and Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts who have used the lessons about the impact it has had.

Friday 2 July

12pm - 12.45pm Supporting Learners with SEND through a Blended Learning Approach, Catherine Elliot

Schools have made great progress with remote learning over the past year. This session will help you to develop ways to support learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in computing through a blended learning approach. This will include how to use your learning platform effectively to support pre-teaching and consolidation of key learning, and highlight simple accessibility tools built into mainstream technologies.