CAS East Midlands Newsletter    November 2015
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Dear CAS member,


Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has successfully led the Computing at School (CAS) East Midlands Hub for 3 years, pro-actively building membership and co-ordinating a range of successful events from full day conferences to twilight workshops, which are valued by a membership of over 300 teachers.  Our commitment to computing and supporting the development of computing in schools is further reflected in our range of Initial Teacher Education courses for pre-service computing teachers, and an innovative Masters course, MSc Computing in Education, aimed specifically at teachers. We have also delivered CAS Master Teacher training for the last 2 years.  In addition we have part-time PhD students who are researching into developing technologies such as ‘I think, therefore I compute’ An investigation into developing a pedagogical framework for computational thinking; and An investigation into how the KS3 and KS4 computing curriculum is implemented in different types of schools in Leicester.

Our staff team who support the CAS CRC are active nationally in developing the computing curriculum and sit on various national committees such as Teaching Schools Technology Advisory Board, Expert Group, Education Technology Action Group and the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education.  We are also working with local schools on a European Horizon 2020 project, No-one Left Behind, with schools in the United Kingdom, Austria and Spain to develop gaming to enhance pupil’s computational proficiency, creativity and social skills. Email us at

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 17th November 2015. 4.30 - 6.30pm
Physical Computing Workshop
Belper School, John O'Gaunts Way Belper, Derbys DE56 0DA

A workshop focussing on the advantages of physical computing in the KS3 and KS4 computing curricula. We’ll be demonstrating the use of the Arduino open source microprocessor together with practical examples and loads of resources. Click here for tickets.
12th November 2015
Mini Conference
Nottingham Trent University are hosting a mini-conference for teachers involved in teaching computing. This event will consist of a series of short practical and pedagogical workshops by teachers. There are a range of interactive workshops in 4 parallel sessions:
  • Primary sessions are focussing on what an outstanding computing lesson should look like and an opportunity for a hands on Raspberry Pi session;
  • Secondary workshops are focussing on using audience response systems, an introduction to programming, using the BBC Micro:Bits, using the Raspberry Pi with KS4, bridging the gap between Scratch and Python using Microsoft Small Basic, Coding Playground using the iPad and comparing algorithms.
This event will be held at the Clifton campus on Clifton Lane, Nottingham. NG11 8NS. Registration in the Ada Byron King building, Room 003 ground floor from 4.50pm. Click here to book

BBC Micro:Bit Workshop

Over 70 teachers across the East Midlands attended the BBC Micro:Bit event held at Nottingham Trent University on the 15th of October 2015. Feedback from the event was excellent with teachers now feeling confident in using the Micro:Bits and having access to a great range of resources. The sessions, led by Stuart Ball from Microsoft, were interactive and modelled how teachers can introduce and use the Micro:Bits in their classroom. A representative from the BBC also attended explaining the development of the Micro:Bit, how they will be rolled out to schools, and when they will be available more widely; he also took questions from the teachers. It was great to see the enthusiasm of teachers in getting this hands-on training. See the NTU website for more information.

SwitchedOn out now!

The autumn issue of the CAS termly magazine is available now. One year on and it is clear that Computing teachers are rising to the challenge of the new curriculum and a vibrant grassroots community of practice is emerging. This issue reports on developments to support the wonderful work of CAS members. Plus a look at the contribution made by Ada Lovelace to our history with the bicentenary of her birth coming later in the term, a host of teaching ideas and some really informative contributions illustrating the pedagogy emerging from reflective practice.

CAS Hubs can order hard copies for local distribution. If your local Hub doesn’t yet order copies, Hub leaders can contact us and we can tell you how to place an order. Often articles and features can
provide a focus for a discussion or activity at hub meetings, and distributing to members who couldn’t make a meeting is a good way of keeping in contact. Details of forthcoming Hub meetings can be found below. Many more will be setting dates in the near future so keep an eye on the CAS Community. Meantime, you can download a pdf version from:
Our mailing address is:
CAS East Midlands, Nottingham Trent University, School of Education, Burton Street, Nottingham. NG1 4BU.

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