Workshops - Computer Science in Schools Conference

Computer Science in Schools Conference

Computer Science in Schools Conference 2018


Workshop 1

AQA: Looking for an alternative to GCE ICT? – Room S520A
Sam Halston: Faculty head for ICT & Enterprise at Appleton Academy in Bradford.
AQA’s suite of Tech Levels, offers real vocational alternatives to A-levels. This session will provide a walk through the suite of qualifications with an extended focus on our new and exciting Entertainment Technology Tech Level. Take the opportunity to speak with one of AQA’s E-Assessors and gain the perspective of students studying the course.

De' Morgan who... isn't he a pirate? – Room S500B
Pete Radford - Blue Coat CofE Academy, Walsallhops
De' Morgan who... isn't he a pirate? De Morgan's laws are used to simplify Boolean equations so that you can build equations only involving one sort of gate, generally only using NAND or NOR gates. A drop in session to enhance your subject knowledge, your choice any topic from the A Level Computer Science syllabus.

PatternCraft - Coding through craft Room S509 – for all but ideal for Primary
Gamma May Lathan
Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader. It's a tool for learning the fundamentals of computing and code, and a base for developing interactive projects.

Computing Careers – Room S503
Fiona Knight & Janet Francis (Department of Computing, Staffordshire University) and Staffs Web Meet Up
An overview of the careers available in the “Computing Industry” and the routes students can take to get there.  With a mix of input from University staff, Industry Practitioners and the Developers of a Digital Technology and Solutions Degree Apprenticeship, this session will consider a variety of routes to computing careers, including


Workshop 2

OCR - GCSE, A Level, Level 2 and 3 Qualifications - a brief look at how to succeed  Room S520B
Vinay Thawait (M.Sc. M. Phil. NPQH) - OCR Subject Advisor - Computer Science & IT
OCR’s Computing Suites of qualifications across the Key Stages (GQ and VQ qualifications) with Performance Table points for 2019 and 2020. 
Best practice in the delivery and assessment for these qualifications – how to succeed
Programming Project (GQ) and Model Assignments (VQ) – guidance on the delivery, assessment, resources and administration. 
Challenges and support available for teachers within a centre offering OCR’s qualification(s)

Communication and Networking – Room S409
Keith Buncle CAS Regional Administrator (Birmingham City University), Master Teacher and former Hub Leader
Practical ways of teaching data transmission in networks through plugged and unplugged activities

Barefoot CAS – Room S509 – for all but ideal for Primary
Mike Brown - Barefoot expert volunteer - Director Digital Operations, GE Capital 
This workshop will explain the background to the computing curriculum and through hands-on use of the resources, participants can discover that teaching computing doesn’t always involve using a computer!  Barefoot CAS provides a range of fun, engaging and FREE resources that help Schools deliver the Computing Curriculum.  

Workshop 3

Engaging Women in Computing – Room S503
Fiona Knight – Department of Computing, Staffordshire University, Lauren Swain – Computer Games Programming student  at Staffordshire University and a STEM Ambassador and pupils from St John Fisher School Stoke on Trent
An exploration of how to inspire girls to go into computing careers, led by Women and Girls in Computing!

The Kit Pits and Swap Shop – Room S402
Jonathan Westlake – Staffordshire University
Come along to near room 509 for a pits session on Computer science kit for schools.
Items will be on display.
Advice on what to use, Pi/Microbit/DIY
Implementing what you might already have available. 
Having trouble getting something to work? Bring it along!
Swap shop available as well!  Bring unwanted stuff from School (within reason!) and swap it for our spares.
Plus more to be confirmed!
*workshops may be subject to change