Raspberry Pi order of the day ahead of Computer Science in Schools Conference

“The government will be introducing the new IT curriculum to schools in September which sees ICT replaced with IT for pupils in Year 5 or over."

Jonathan Westlake, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing

Staffordshire University are hosting a conference which aims to equip schools with the knowledge to help them plan for changes in the National Curriculum.

The Computer Science in Schools Conference on Friday June 27, will involve teachers working through a series of workshops ahead of the new Computer Science curriculum being introduced to schools this September.

One of the workshops will be learning how to use Raspberry Pi, the credit card sized computer that will see students, taught how to code, programme and create their own electronic projects.

Jonathan Westlake, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, said: “The government will be introducing the new IT curriculum to schools in September which sees ICT replaced with IT for pupils in Year 5 or over.

“The new IT curriculum looks more closely at the computer science and goes back to programming, how to code things and software design. A lot of it will develop problem solving skills.

“The Raspberry Pi project has been ongoing since 2012 and it is a great tool for coding and project work,” added the STEM Ambassador.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.

The conference which is to be held at the Stafford campus will begin with a welcome from Professor Hastings McKenzie, Dean of Computing, Engineering and Sciences and includes a keynote presentations from Dr Nick Cook; Academic Coordinator for CAS/BCS Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

You can view the full conference itinerary here: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/events/conferences/csisc/

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