The Computing at School Working Group is an informal group that aims to promote the teaching of computing at school. The membership is broad, and includes teachers, examiners, parents, university faculty, and employers – and the Microsoft Research group in Cambridge are one of the backers. The focus is specifically on computing as a subject rather than ICT generally, so it focuses most of its work on supporting specialist ICT/Computing teachers, by providing them with teaching material and training, as well as encouraging the developments for GCSEs in computing.
They’ve just announced details of the free Computing at School 2010 Teacher Conference on 9th July 2010 at the University of Birmingham. They’ve got an good line-up of speakers already:
- Matthew MacLaurin - Chief Developer for the KODU project
- Peter McOwan - Computer Science for Fun
- Michael Kölling - Greenfoot
- John Woollard - Institute of Education, Southampton University
- Peter Dickman - Google
- Miles Berry - Roehampton University
- Rebecca George - BCS Women
- Matthew Applegate- pixelh8
- Andrew Herbert - Microsoft Research UK
And probably the best reason to find out more (or pass on the info to your IT teachers) is this one quote from an attendee last year:
|I learnt more and connected with more interesting people than on any course that my school has previously forked out hundreds of pounds for.|
The conference free to attend, and this year there are also small bursaries available for those who need assistance with travel expenses and overnight accommodation.