CAS Edinburgh North and East Hub
Digital Creativity meeting
Brian Clark, Portobello High School
Tuesday 25th November 2014 16.30 - 18.00
Come along and try some fun and engaging
Computing, ICT and digital creativity activities in your class
Light Refreshments available
16.30 - 16.40 Introduction and Welcome - What is CAS? What are Digital Creativity Hubs? Why you should join us?
16.40 - 17.45 - Sequencing with PCs and iPads - learning simple programming skills using drag and drop based programming (Scratch and Hopscotch)
17.45 – 18.00 - Feedback, questions and close
We look forward to seeing you.
Edinburgh are setting up four neighbourhood hubs to support Primary teachers to learn digital creativity skills. Teachers participating will learn new activities and concepts in Computing, ICT and digital creativity.
Throughout this year we will look at "unplugged computing" classroom activities (no technology required!) and learning simple computer programming for animation and games design. Through these activities we will focus on three core concepts in Computing for broad general education:
Sequencing: We sequence things by arranging them in a particular order. Computers work by following a precise set of instructions.
Loops: When a sequence of instructions in a computer program is repeated, this is called an iteration. In a computer program, a common form of iteration is a loop, which repeats code a number of times
Selection: In computing selections are decisions or questions. At certain steps of a program there may be more than one way to proceed – so a decision needs to be made.
There is a national skills shortage in the IT industry in Scotland with 11,000 jobs going unfilled every year. Edinburgh Council are pleased to be working with Computing At School Scotland in trying to get more youngsters thinking positively about Computing and creating rather than consuming using technology.
27-30th October: Sequencing unplugged - learning about describing a solution to a problem as a list of precise instructions. We will cover class activities that don't require computers
24-27th November: Sequencing with PCs and iPads - learning simple programming skills using drag and drop based programming (Scratch and Hopscotch)
26-29th January: Loops unplugged - learn about loops and iteration with fun practical activities (no computers required)
2-5th March: Animate with Loops using PCs and iPads - Learn about loops and iteration through making computer animations (using Scratch and Hopscotch)
11-14th May: Selection unplugged - Learning about choices and decisions making in Computing without needing computers.
1-4th June: Make computer games with selection using PCs and iPads - learn about choices and decision making by creating simple computer games using drag and drop based programming (Scratch and Hopscotch)
Each of these meetings will be held 4.30-6pm in a different neighbourhood each day of the week:
Tuesday: North and East Neighbourhoods (which includes Portobello, Craigroyston, Leith, Trinity, Castlebrae, Holyrood, Broughton and Drummond clusters) http://dc-cecne.eventbrite.co.uk
Thursday: West Neighbourhood (which includes Craigmount, Forrester, Royal High, Tynecastle, Queensferry and St Augustine's clusters) http://dc-cecw.eventbrite.co.uk
The dates for this Hub (North and East neighbourhoods) are:
Tuesdays on 25th November, 27th January, 3rd March, 12th May, 2nd June
We hope that these meetings will encourage clusters to work together on developing digital creativity skills within their schools. However, teachers may attend meetings out with their neighbourhood if they can't attend their local meeting.
Have questions about CAS Digital Creativity Edinburgh North and East Hub?
Contact Computing At School Scotland