In collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation we are launching a replacement to “Switched On”.
In the Autumn of 2009 Computing At School launched it's newsletter/magazine "Switched On". In truth we were not sure how it would fare. Would we find enough material? Aren’t newsletters so often worthy, but dull? We couldn't have been more wrong. Under the expert editorship of Roger Davies, who produced and edited every one of the 21 issues while teaching at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirby Lonsdale, Switched On has provided a vibrant, inspiring, and creative vision of what computing could be like in our classrooms.
It’s hard to sustain that level of quality indefinitely from volunteer effort alone, and we had been wondering about Switched On’s long term future. Then the Raspberry Pi Foundation (RPF) approached CAS to ask if we would like to partner with them to launch a new magazine, by and for teachers. After some months of consultation and planning the CAS board decided, with enthusiasm, to enter into this partnership.
- It’s a genuine, deep partnership between RPF and CAS. It is “CAS’s magazine” and “RPF’s magazine”.
- It will have around 100 pages each edition, will be written for educators, by educators, and will have no paid-for advertising. (The term “educator” includes teachers, of course, but it is intended to embrace anyone who is directly involved in education; e.g. a software engineer running a Code Club.)
- It will always be available for free as a PDF online, and it will be free to UK-based educators, posted to your front door.
- Just like Switched On, the primary authorship will be active educators. It’s a platform to give them a voice and share their ideas. A major part of CAS’s contribution is to help find, nurture, encourage, and support these authors.
- Its content will be internationally relevant, rather than purely UK-focused.
- The magazine will be device and platform-neutral; the focus is what is good for education.
Hello World is CAS’s magazine. Please write for it, read it, and share it. Thank you RPF; and thank you Miles for working so hard on the first edition, which you can find here.