Saturday 7th November 2015
University of Dundee
What to EXPECT
For the first time the CAS Scotland conference will have seminars, workshops and discussions that cover all levels of Computing education from Primary through Secondary and on into Further and Higher Education. So whether you’re a lecturer, teacher or industry member with a strong interest in education there will be a wealth of interesting sessions just for you at Scotland’s largest CS Education focused conference.
Our programme includes a wide diversity of topics including the latest developments in Eye Tracking research, Biometrics in Scratch, Minecraft, the BBC micro:bit, Cyber Security and even some Homesick Aliens so it’s an event you won’t want to miss!
Format of THE DAY
This year the conference is organised into
- a short opening talk with several optional keynotes during the day.
- a range of hands on practical workshops available throughout the day including a chance to work with e-Textiles, get a hands on with the latest version of Greenfoot and many others.
- a Broad General Education track with sessions on teaching Computing to Primary and lower Secondary pupils.
- a Senior phase track with sessions useful for anyone teaching National 4 to Advanced Higher Computing Science and equivalent NPAs.
- a Vocational and Industry track with sessions focused around the connection between Computing education in HE and FE and work within the ICT industry.
- a Research and Academic track with sessions sharing a range of recent CS Education findings as well how to get involved or make use of research in your own teaching.
- a drop-in area where you can find out about extra-curricular opportunities that Coder Dojo, Lambda Jam, Code Club and others can provide.
- an exhibition space where you can find out from various providers about Computing resources and equipment.
Registration and breakfast will be from 8.30am till 9.30am and the event will close at 5pm when we hope you will stay for a CAS Scotland general meeting (as well as drinks and nibbles!)
What DOES IT COST?
Tickets for students cost £10, practising educators cost £30 and for industry and national and local government £60 which includes a light breakfast, teas and coffees, lunch, some goodies and a wealth of hands-on-workshops, discussions and seminars throughout the day.
We will also have a number of travel and accommodation bursaries of up to £150 available for practising educators in more remote parts of Scotland to enable them to attend.
After a ‘slimline’ conference last year we will be back to our multiple strands plus workshops model that has worked well in the past.
Following on from our successful BGE strand last year and the positive feedback we got from the
Primary teachers attending we are carrying on with the BGE strand and expanding it so there will be BGE sessions for the full day.
I am also very pleased to announce that we are partnering with SICSA Education to have an Academic and Research strand,
and we’re partnering with College Development Network and ScotlandIS to have an Industry and Vocational Strand.
This will mean professionals from Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further Education,
Higher Education and Industry all gathering together to discuss Computing Science education!