The first of our "top ten" articles listed some of the top recommended resources for teachers and here we'r extending that list to include "online" resources. Obviously, most of those in the first article could be categorised as online as well so consider this as a Part 2!
1 #CASCHAT "Learnt so much and everyone is really supportive even when I ask a dumb question!" Every Tuesday night at 8PM some 300 or so CAS members and others log in to Twitter and start talking about computing in their classrooms. A great moment to ask any question!
2 OCR computer science Facebook group, Over 3000 members (June 2018) where lots of great things are shared. Ideal for those teaching GCSE Computer Science and using the OCR board.
3 CAS forums and resources - need I say more? Facebook and other platforms are great for the quick answer, just in time, request but the CAS Forum allows for a "slower burn" and chance to dig deeply into topics. All the discussion forums are searchable and will always be there!
4 Bloodhound race for the line STEM competition - "dead easy to do, ticks all the boxes and kids really like it" The main aim of the BLOODHOUND Project is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The programme is available to all primary and secondary schools, students in further and higher education, home educators and children’s groups and clubs. Check it out!
5 Cyberdiscovery - Cyber Discovery, HM Government's Cyber Schools Programme, is an extracurricular learning programme for students in years 10-13 across England. Its goal is to ensure that many more people enter the cyber security profession in the coming years. There's a competition, great resources and really interesting challenges
6 Raspberrypi.org - There's a wealth of fabulous resources and lesson ideas here, well worth exploring and see what's suitable for your classrooms
7 CSFN magazine and website - Focusing on the fun and the interesting this site puts people at the heart of computer science (where else should they go?) and use puzzles, creativity and lots of fun activities to explore some of the current topics of computing as well as some of the more challenging issues behind the subject.
8 Bebras Competition - The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. It is organised in over 40 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing. You really should get your pupils signed up for the next one!
9 ExaBytes - CAS Member and CAS Master Teacher will be well known to many. his website and blog discuss a whole raft of issues on computing education. His annual meet up comes highly recommended.
10 Hour of code - The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Their site contains the resources used in previous years for running hour of code events which are ideal for classroom use.
Any "top ten" list will always have omissions as there is so much good stuff out there! Why not drop a message to the CAS forum of your top ten?
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! To mark the moment we asked people to recommend their top ten in various categories and this is the second of these.