Events June/July

A list of events I’m offering throughout June & July

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#31WaysInMay

I know from my own experiences that it’s challenging to build a compelling case to be released from school to attend any event taking place on a school day, whether that’s an important meeting, vital in-service training or an inspiring conference. ‘Rarely Cover’ policy and diminishing staff development budgets make it even more difficult for…

5 Questions To Answer When Planning A STEM Trip

If you’re seeking to engage and develop the interest of children into Computing and/or STEM subjects you may have considered organising a trip. Here are 5 questions you should consider as part of your planning, some suggestions for alternatives to school visits as well as recommendations for places to visit.  1. Why even bother? The…

How much should a conference cost?

“So, what’s the best resource you have available?” – It’s a question I’ve asked teachers on more than one occasion. Yes, it’s a trick question that I throw out occasionally to catch out those who might reply “iPads. Raspberry Pi computers. Google. The Internet.” and so on. While these are all extremely useful tools, the…

Surfing Safely in Hammersmith

Have you heard about this amazing new piece of software that completely protects children from the potential dangers lurking on the Internet? No? Well maybe because it does not exist. Perhaps I should be advising you that “Surf-Protect” (Exa Educations’s award winning filtering software) is that very silver bullet. If I did, I would be…

#GirlsinSTEM Minecraft Hack Jam

Durham Arts Council have commissioned a group of award winning architects to design a £4m public monument in celebration of local astronauts Holly and Lola who christened the ninth planet in our Solar System ‘Zues’ after the Greek god of sky and thunder when they visited the planet recently. Both astronauts are former pupils of…

“I got a 1” , thanks to #JamPackedUK

2014 has certainly been an event-full (pun) year for me in many respects from the highs of winning awards and funding grants to the lows of losing cherished colleagues and friends in tragic circumstances. This November, we launched our Jam Packed UK tour with the aim of developing outstanding teachers of computing through a programme…

Raspberry Jamming

“Raspberry Jamming” is a blog post featuring an interview written up by Neil Brown of University of Kent.

CPD Events Calendar

“You don’t need glossy textbooks, iPads or a class set of Raspberry Pi computers to be an effective teacher. The best resource you have available is you. Invest as much as you can in your own development and your pupils will reap the rewards.” Alan O’Donohoe Attending a high quality professional development course has the…

Tech Fest Dubai, Teaching With Raspberry Pi

This week I’ve been teaching/training in Dubai as a guest of Dubai English Speaking College. While I was there I led a series of Raspberry Pi workshops for teachers, children & families to discover the potential of the Raspberry Pi On the first day I led a day long workshop for 20 computing teachers from…

Computer Science CPD Training Opportunities

This week I ventured into some new territory as I led two training events in Birmingham for teachers new to Computer Science. My school has entered into an arrangement with Dragonfly Training for both Vikki Dodd and myself to deliver Computing training to teachers at venues in Birmingham and London. This academic year, both Vikki…