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Going beyond Scratch - Free CPD for Primary Teachers Tuesday Mar 13, 2018 from 1:15PM to 4:30PM
Organised by: Neil RickusNeil Rickus Hosted by: Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT
CAS East of England
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On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

Going beyond Scratch

Tuesday Mar 13, 2018 from 1:15PM to 4:30PM (registration from 1:15pm, sessions begin at 1:30pm) @ Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT, on the campus of the University of Suffolk, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ

Hosted by CAS East of England

CAS East CRC (University of Hertfordshire), in conjunction with Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT, Ipswich are pleased to be running a fantastic, free, afternoon of CPD for primary school teachers. 

The first part of the event will focus on other software which can be used in the primary classroom offering an alternative approach to the widely-used Scratch. We will be introducing teachers to Microsoft’s free and highly engaging package, Kodu, which allows pupils to create 3D environments, populate them with characters and props and programme them to move and interact, creating X-Box style computer games.

During the second part of the event, you’ll undertake hands on sessions with a range of physical computing tools, including micro:bits and other available technologies. You will become familiar with the micro:bit and explore how it can extend your pupils’ programming skills. We’ll include practical ideas for use in the classroom, information on cross-curricular links and examine approaches to getting physical computing into the classroom for free! 

The afternoon is suitable for all teachers of primary computing – from subject specialists to those teaching the new curriculum for the first time. Sessions will be led by: Brendan Routledge – CAS East Advisor and Computing Lead at Suffolk & Norfolk primary SCITT and Neil Rickus – Senior Lecturer in Computing Education / CAS East CRC, University of Hertfordshire – Twitter @computingchamps 

Further information on the presenters can be found below. For more details, email or Tweet @CAS_east 

Presenter information: 

Neil Rickus 
Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and project lead for the Computing at School (CAS) East of England Regional Centre. He is also the Computing tutor on the Primary PGCE (teacher training) courses for Brunel University, London and an external examiner for the University of Roehampton, London. He has successfully prepared hundreds of trainee teachers for life in schools and works with established teachers to prepare them to deliver the new Primary Computing National Curriculum. Neil continues to teach Computing to children in a range of school settings.
Neil’s work is increasingly recognised at an international level and, over the past year, he has presented on behalf of the British Council in Belgrade, Serbia, as part of their “New Technologies in Education Conference” and at the International Scratch conference in Bordeaux, France. Neil has also recently worked as a consultant for Cambridge University in Astana, Kazakhstan and was a lead contributor to European Schoolnet Academy’s (Brussels) “How to teach computing” MOOC.
Neil is an experienced primary school teacher, assessor for the Computing at School / British Computer Society Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, a Raspberry Pi and Google (Level 1) Certified Educator and a Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Ambassador. He regularly contributes to a range of magazines / blogs, including TES, “Hello World” magazine and academic text books, such as “Unlocking Speaking and Listening: Developing Spoken Language in the Primary Classroom”.

Brendan Routledge
Brendan is a consultant advisor to the CAS East of England team based at the University of Hertfordshire. He taught in schools for 17 years before becoming an Advisory Teacher and then Content Manager with Suffolk LA. In January 2005 Brendan founded Suffolk Education Consultants and now works with school and LAs, not only in the East of England, but across the whole country and abroad. Brendan has provided consultancy and training to many clients and has been involved in the development of well-known projects including Cookit, War Witness and the BETT Award nominated, Myths & Legends. He has taught degree module courses in animation, web design and digital storytelling for Anglia Ruskin University. He is Computing tutor on the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training PGCE programme where his work has been graded ‘outstanding’ in two Ofsted inspections. He was a tutor on the BCS ‘Digital Creator’ qualification and has delivered training for centres across the UK as well as in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Ireland. Brendan is a regular tutor for Infinite Learning, Dubai where he provides training in the use of digital technologies to schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Kuwait. He is an accredited trainer for 2Simple, SMART, Seesaw and is a CEOP Ambassador. He has delivered training related to the Computing curriculum for many schools and was the judge in 2015 for the Microsoft UK Coding Cup final at Microsoft HQ.

Venue details:
The session will take place in the training room at Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT, based on the campus of the University of Suffolk,  Ipswich, IP4 1QJ – next to the Quayside Day Nursery. Parking is available on site at a cost of £2. If the campus car park is full additional parking is available at Duke St and Fore Street car parks.

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