bloc // May 20, 2013

2013 Technocamps/CAS Wales Conference ⁄⁄

“Supporting Computer Science for Schools in Wales”

Conference: Friday 5th July 2013, 9:30am-5:00pm
CPD: Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July
Swansea University
http://tccaswales13.eventbrite.com/

This third annual conference, hosted by Technocamps and Computing At School (CAS) Wales (after hugely successful events in 2012 and 2011), will provide teachers, leadership teams, HE/FE academics, examination boards, education policymakers and industry with a forum to highlight and discuss the important issues surrounding computer science education in Wales. This year’s conference is contextualised by the currently ongoing review of the ICT curriculum as part of the wider National Curriculum Review in Wales.

It will feature keynote talks from:

Eben Upton, Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Welsh Government (TBC)

This year we have expanded the format: the main conference on the Friday will follow-on from the last two years by offering a forum to discuss issues around education and policy in Wales, as well as showcasing best-practice and initiatives for teaching computer science.

In addition, this year we are offering two days of low-cost/high-quality CPD for primary/secondary/FE teachers of ICT/Computing to develop subject knowledge and skills to teach computer science.

The VENUE

Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP:

Local information and how to get to Swansea University and campus map.

The DATES

Main Conference:
Friday 5th July: 12:30-18:00

CPD:
Saturday 6th July: 09:00-17:00
Sunday 7th July: 09:00-13:00

Conference PROGRAMME is online at http://tccaswales13.eventbrite.co.uk/#

Teachers: what to EXPECT

Are you concerned about the recent announcements regarding Computer Science and ICT and the wide range of qualifications available?
Are you frustrated by current opportunities for the support of teaching Computer Science?
Want to know what is happening in Wales and how CAS and Technocamps can support you and your school?
Looking for inspiration to breathe more life into your lessons and engage your pupils?
Do you wish to enhance your own skills to keep pace with your students and the new qualifications and curricula?

Then join us, for a unique opportunity to connect with teachers and educators across Wales to discuss the key issues, learn new skills and help develop computer science in our schools. Come and share your ideas and experience!

What DOES IT COST?

The main conference is free!

It is expected that your employer will cover travel and/or accommodation expenses especially as we are making no charge for the main conference itself.

However, there is a charge for the Saturday/Sunday CPD sessions, but this includes accommodation, refreshments and lunch.

Please follow @CASWales and @Technocamps; the hashtag for the event will be: #tccas13

Any QUESTIONS?

For further information please contact the Technocamps Communications Manager: Sian Jones (sian.jones@swansea.ac.uk or 01792 606652).

Technocamps is a £6m Convergence project led by Swansea University in partnership with the Universities of Bangor, Aberystwyth and Glamorgan. Technocamps will provide daily and weekly sessions to pupils aged 11-19 on a range of exciting topics in Computer Science, including robotics, games development, animation, digital forensics, software development and much more.

Backed by £3.9m from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, it will deliver a series of outreach programmes to schools and colleges, inspiring young people to study Computer Science-based topics underpinning and aligned with the STEM subjects and pursue a career in one of the strategic areas that drive economic growth and create wealth. For further information, please see: http://www.technocamps.com and @Technocamps.

Computing At School (CAS) is an organisation that promotes and supports the teaching of Computer Science in UK schools, supported by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Its memberships is diverse, with nearly 4000 members, including teachers at thousands of schools across the UK, as well as university academics, examination boards, industry, chartered/professional societies, parents and governors.

CAS seeks to work at a number of levels, including directly supporting teachers, as well advocacy at a national policy level. CAS Wales has been working in partnership with Technocamps since its formation to drive forward the CS education agenda in Wales. For further information regarding CAS and its activities, please see: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk and @CASWales/@CompAtSch.