On June 16th 2018 the CAS Conference will be 10 years old which, give or take a month or so, means CAS is 10 years old! (And, yes, I've not taken the advice of one colleague who commented "Ah! But as you're into computer science surely that should be 1010 years old?"). To mark the moment we asked people to recommend their top ten in various categories and here's the first of these.
I remember talking to a secondary school teacher recently who commented "We're awash with resources". He had a point. Trying to find good resources that teachers have used in their classrooms can be difficult because there are so many and I know the 4000 or so teaching resources uploaded by CAS members to our resources area can be overwhelming. So, where could you start? Here's a list of top ten, as recommended by CAS members as good places to begin your journey.
1. Craig ’n’ Dave Online resources for GCSE and A Level [£] Craig and Dave have a plethora of excellent materials to support GCSE and A Level teaching which, as teachers, they use themselves! Some come with a subscription but others a free and well worth checking out.
2. Teach London Computing Run by the same people who produce the fabulous cs4fn magazine and website this collection of resources use mainly unplugged methods to teach the concepts of computer science in fun and engaging ways.
3. Barefoot Computing for Primary Barefoot Computing started life as a CAS project with DfE funding it is now run by BT who are taking it to a new level! There are workshops and resources aimed at primary school teachers introducing computing for the first time in their schools. All are provided free and the resources, authored by experienced primary school teachers, are just fabulous.
4. Twitter - CASChat, Alan O’Donahoe (Exa Foundation), Phil Bagge. As twitter grows so does the interaction and discussion with teachers looking for help. Not sure who to follow? Coming highly recommended are both Alan and Phil, long-time CAS members, experienced teachers and presenters. Log into Twitter and follow them. #CASChat is a regular Tuesday night, 8PM, Twitter Chat run by CAS Boad member Simon Johnson (@clcsimon) - do join us!
5. PGOnline book “Learning to Code in Python” PM Heathcote [£] Like it or love it Python has gravitated to being the language of choice for many schools and teachers. It's not a free resource but comes recommended by many of the teachers in the wider CAS community.
6. CSUnplugged A collection of free resources to teach computing to both primary and secondary without the use of a computer instead focusing on games and puzzles featuring lot of running around accompanied by paper, string and crayons! Lots of fun, highly engaging, activities!
7. CAS Quickstart QuickStart Computing was developed to support primary and secondary schools with the computing curriculum. It provides all teachers with the resources needed to successfully run computing CPD for colleagues in your school, cluster, or area with subject knowledge, a framework/guidance for planning, teaching and assessing progress for all pupils.
8. Workbooks produced by Axsied [£] Another highly recommended text book for those teaching GCSE Computing (OCR)
9. Tenderfoot CPD Materials for KS3 and KS4 This series of units covers the essential concepts for computer science underpinning the Computing curriculum for secondary school teachers (KS3) in England. There are seven complete units designed as CPD units to take teachers deeper into the computer science subject knowledge and pedagogy in the school curriculum. Lots of classroom activities are embedded in each unit
10. Free quizzes and test for all via Project Quantum Looking for free quizzes to use in the classroom, then look no further than the CAS Project Quantum. All the quizzes provided here are formative, automatically marked, of high quality, and will support teaching by guiding content, measuring progress, and identifying misconceptions. What's not to like?
And finally, do not forget there are the 4000+ resources contributed by members of the CAS community, it's a treasure trove! You can search by age or category and save your favourites to different lists of your own choosing.