CAS North West: Manchester Newsletter    February 2017
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More events and hub meetings are constantly being added so please keep an eye on our regional events page here.
Dear CAS member,

 February 2017

Hello and welcome to our February 2017 newsletter.
There have been many exciting events that have already occurred in the North West in 2017 and lots more to come. You can read all about many of our events on our news pages.
We would like to call on our colleagues in the North West to try to get involved with your regional centre; attend CPD, attend hubs, advertise events, showcase pupils work, pass the newsletter on to colleagues, ask for support, offer support... . We really would love to hear from you.
Carl, Carol, Dave, David and Sarah
Team CAS Manchester

The Computing At School team from the North West (Manchester) Regional Centre at The University of Manchester are proud to have been nominated and then be announced winners of the award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation'.
Read all about it here.

In an exciting development, the University of Manchester extends its support for schools’ computing in the UK to schools in sub-Saharan Africa.  Through co-operation with RIPPLE Africa, we are developing a programme to bring computing education to schools in Malawi. 
Essential components of this programme are the expertise of the Computing at School (CAS) team in Manchester, the highly successful CAS model of support for computing education in UK schools, and RIPPLE Africa’s established links with education in Malawi.
University staff and student volunteers will visit schools in Malawi, bringing educational activities to teachers and schoolchildren. A variety of equipment, including Raspberry Pis and robots, will be used, and teaching will be both equipment-based and “unplugged”.
How can you get involved? 
Do you have any computer equipment hidden at the back of your cupboards gathering dust? Are there some original Raspberry Pi's pushed aside as new ones arrived? Would you be willing to donate them to Project Malawi? 

Would you like to be involved in a twinning or a shared project with schools in Malawi?
For more details to to express an interest contact the Project Malawi co-ordinator: Karen Corless

CAS North West Manchester hubs

CAS hubs are the perfect opportunity to meet colleagues, share ideas receive support and training.

Why hubs? Read all about them here.

Do you know where your nearest hub is?
Have you attended a session at your local hub yet?
Have you contacted your hub to request particular training/information?

Where is your nearest hub? Enter your postcode here and find out

No hub near you? Have you thought about becoming a hub leader? Read about the importance of hubs here.
Express your interest in becoming a hub leader here or for an informal chat drop us an email
We our delighted to welcome our newest hubs.

Following the success of the Trafford hub with Rachel Fernley Trafford now has a dedicated Primary hub and a Secondary hub.
The Primary hub is still organised by Rachel with the new Trafford secondary hub organised by Simon Howe and Phill McKenzie.

The new Alsager hub is based near to junction 16 of the M6. All colleagues from primary, secondary and FE are welcome and is organised by Scott Barron.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at one of the CAS hubs or events over the coming months.
Check out the constantly updated events page for details of events near you.

Teach Meet in Manchester

The University of Manchester School of Computer ScienceCAS Manchester and Exa Foundation present:


TeachMeet Manchester - #tmmanchester

Thursday 23rd March
17:30 - 20:00

What is a TeachMeet? A fun, informal event for sharing great ideas for teaching and learning with opportunities to network with other educators.

Read more about this FREE event and for details of how to book click here.
Tickets are moving quickly so book now and pass on to colleagues who may be interested.

**Future CPD**

If you have a suggestion for future workshops/training or CPD sessions please let us know here:

Your input will help us to plan future EHU sessions, the regional conference, hubs and more.

FREE Edge Hill Computing
Workshops for Teachers

The tremendous workshops at Edge Hill University continued in February with colleagues having the opportunity to attend FREE Computer Science workshops.
We are really pleased to continue to offer FREE, quality workshops for all teachers of Computing. These will take place at Edge Hill University,  we'd love you to see you there.
You can read about previous events here.

There will be several workshops running and these are currently being finalised so if you have any particular requests please get in touch and we will try to accommodate them.
We have TWO further days planned for 2017 that you can sign up to.
Don't miss out on these brilliant opportunities.
Click on the date to make a booking.

More CPD for teachers

There are already numerous CPD events planned across the region. Many of these are already being advertised on the events page and are open for bookings.
Below we are highlighting some of the upcoming events.
Following on from the successful 'Teaching A' Level Computer Science' course delivered by Dave Ames we are delighted to offer another opportunity for teachers of A' level to enhance their subject knowledge. 

Teaching A Level Computer Science -

Programming in Python (6 week course)

Tuesday Apr 18, 2017 4:00PM until Tuesday May 23, 2017 6:00PM

A 6 week course to equip teachers with the necessary level of knowledge required to use Python as their programming language.

The course will run each week from approximately 4pm until 6pm on Tuesdays (except for Wednesday 17/05/2017) at Cheadle Hulme High School in the Sixth Form Centre.

The course will cover most of the aspects of programming that teacher's of A Level Computer Science need to know in order to deliver the new specification. The weekly breakdown of topics will be published in due course, but will include material on functions, recursion, searching and sorting algorithms implemented in Python, common data structures and OOP.
For further details about this course and how to book please visit here.

Are there any CPD opportunities that you would like us to offer?
Get in touch and let us know here.
On Tuesday 25th April  3pm - 6pm we are hosting a showcase of a selection equipment that could be used when teaching Computer Science across the key stages. The University of Manchester and CAS North West Manchester have libraries of equipment that our Master Teachers can borrow on your behalf. This is not a sales pitch however it is an opportunity for you to chat to colleagues and see some equipment in action.
We look forward to seeing you in the Kilburn Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road on Tuesday 25th April 3pm - 6pm
Google Expeditions

We were very fortunate to be able to lead a Google Expeditions day for KS2 children at Our Ladys of the Lourdes School where one of our Master Teachers Jo Hodge works.After an initial introduction to how the kit works by Google Alex we got straight into talking to each class about how exciting VR is and that this low cost device can be used with phones to virtually take you anywhere in the world. For them it was Egypt, the Amazon, Space and a dive with sharks.

From Machu Picchu to Antarctica to the International Space Station – where will you take your class?
Visit Google Expeditions to arrange your FREE journey.

Master Teachers
We are actively recruiting Master Teachers for our region. 
Are you interested?
If you are a member of CAS click here to find out more.
If you are not yet a member click here to join - it is FREE!
Our colleagues further North in Lancaster also have numerous events planned over the coming year. We would recommend that you look at their events page also as many of you may find that some of these are easily accessible to you.

Coming Soon

As you can see there are lots of plans afoot for 2017.
However we do need to hear from YOU! What support and events would you like? Please get in contact and we can help - and if we can't we will know someone who can!
Keep checking the regional website for updates, especially the Upcoming Events section on the right hand side - scroll down to the bottom of this section and click on all events, this will help you see the whole year.
Regional Website : CAS North West Manchester

Contact Us

Twitter: @CAS_Manchester
Regional Website : CAS North West Manchester
National Website: Computing At School
Our mailing address is:
CAS North West: Manchester, School of Computing Science, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL.

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