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Barefoot Computing Volunteer Training
Wed 12 April 2017, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
Train to be a Barefoot Computing Volunteer with STEM and CAS London. Come along and find out about Computational Thinking and Programming in the Primary Classroom. Learn how to deliver twilight staff meetings introducing the award winning Barefoot materials to teachers. The Barefoot resources are free, written by teachers for teachers. The material demystifies the concepts and approaches required to deliver the computer science elements of the computing programme of study. You will be trained to run short fun activities that explain concepts such as algorithms, decomposition and logical reasoning and be shown how to signpost online teaching resources for programming, and networks. You will not be required to teach programming.
Tech skills are increasingly important for everyone. This initiative is designed to provide primary school teachers with the confidence and resources to deliver the new curriculum. Teachers tell us that the Barefoot resources are great and we need your help to spread the message by running a workshop for teachers to showcase them..
Barefoot volunteers come from all backgrounds, not just industry professionals or people with a technical knowledge, but what they do have in common is a desire to help others, enthusiasm to improve the awareness and knowledge of computer science. You’ll get all the training you need and you definitely don’t need to be a tech expert, just a good communicator.
What do Barefoot volunteers do?
Barefoot volunteers go into schools to talk to teachers about the new curriculum, the value of computer science and the importance of pupils being able to understand the new and developing technologies around them. You will explain that computational thinking lies at the centre of the curriculum and that through practical activities children will learn how to tackle challenges, solve problems and better understand situations through ideas like abstraction, decomposition, algorithm, generalisation, evaluation and logical thinking.
What support does a Barefoot volunteer get?
You will receive full training (approx. 90 minutes). You will then be able to access materials and resources to share with the teachers. You can also be ‘buddied’ with another volunteer for extra support and join the Barefoot Community.
Why should you volunteer for the Barefoot project?
Volunteering can support your own personal and career development by giving you new skills such as a renewed confidence and improved presentation techniques. You will also be helping teachers and indeed every child in the UK can gain benefits from this programme
How do I become a Barefoot volunteer?
To get involved as a Barefoot volunteer to help every child in the UK gain benefits from the new computing curriculum, register as a Barefoot volunteer here.
What volunteers have said "It was a huge priivelge for me to be involved with this. Thank you for letting me be part of this great BT initiative"
What teachers have said "It was nice having 'real people' talk to our staff about computing. They didn't make us feel silly if we didn't know something"