The CAS South West Regional Centre has a number of resources which can be borrowed from the lending library. Currently we have Pico Boards, Netgadgeteer kits, BBC Microbits and a copy of the BCS Glossary. Items are offered on a six week loan period. If you would like to loan items please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Good News Stories
This section is a standing item in our newsletter, where we celebrate success in our region. Featured in this issue are:
Glen Park Primary School, Plymouth - Steven Gibson (CAS Master Teacher and CAS Hub Leader)
“Being asked to co-ordinate computing in a primary school can often be daunting, especially as the new curriculum has introduced so many things teachers have never actually taught! When one teacher contacted me in my role as Computing At School Master Teacher and asked for help, I quickly snuck them onto a course I was running for the PTSA Schools Direct team. In one day, we managed to cover everything from binary communication to networking, from algorithms to programming and from digital image representation to e-safety. We even managed to consider the ethics of computing in the modern curriculum and our responsibility to the next generation of digital natives.
It has been an even greater privilege to co-ordinate the Primary hub meetings in Plymouth, which are growing in popularity and becoming ‘must attend’ events. Guest speakers and attendees are all given an opportunity to share ideas, discoveries and shortcuts. The 'top tips for grant applications’ was particularly useful! With the conversations often continuing in our Facebook group, it has been fantastic to see teachers supporting teachers in a mutually beneficial way.
My dream for 2017? I would love to see more computing lessons that don’t actually use technology. I love the Computing Unplugged ideas that are all over the Internet, and make teaching the subject much more accessible for nervous staff than trying to do everything on a computer or device. Even better though, I’d love to see more primary pupils teaching lessons, enabled and equipped by supportive staff to become the real ‘experts in the room’.
Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance - Simon Elliott (CAS Master Teacher and CAS Hub Leader)
We implemented a new RaspberryPi suite and it has been full on! The BBC Microbits are being used in Product Design with the rocket cars. Not yet in Computing. I am hoping to get some docks to link them better to the Pi to use their sensors.
New CAS Master Teachers
Welcome to the new CAS Master teachers in our region.
- Janet Ross- Hamp Academy
- Karen Sims- St Peters School
- Olivia Bartlett- Eggbuckland Primary School
- Ian Gover- Somerset County Council
- Rob Nightingale- Islambard Community School
- Sophie Keylock – Compton C of E Primary School