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We at CAS Manchester welcome you all to our new website. Please look around and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at: casmanchester@computingatschool.org.uk

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Sarah Zaman

I am a primary school teacher who has always been enthusiastic about ICT and new developments in the primary ICT/Computing curriculum. I am now Regional coordinator for CAS Manchester based at The University of Manchester.

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Carol Murray

I have been a teacher of ICT and then computing in an 11-18 school for 13 years, as an AST and SSAT lead practitioner. I am currently one of the newly appointed regional coordinators of the CAS Regional Centre North West (Manchester).

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Dave Ames

I originally did a degree in Maths and have taught Maths for the past 20 years.

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Carl Simmons

I have been a secondary school Computing teacher, college lecturer and I now work in teacher training at Edge Hill University predominantly with Computing trainees. I am interested in promoting the increasing use of computing and programming in schools, and the role that e-learning can play in making learning and collaboration effective.

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CAS

The North West CAS Regional Centre (North West) is based at The University of Manchester. The Regional Centre is an initiative to build regional support for computing in all Primary and Secondary schools. It is run jointly by the University of Manchester (School of Computer Science) and Edge Hill University, and is funded by the Department of Education through BCS (CAS).

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David Rydeheard

University senior lecturer. Originally a mathematician, now applying areas of mathematics to computer science, including logic, semantics, abstract algebra and topology. Involved with the promotion of computing in schools, especially expanding the range of support activities in the University of Manchester.

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Recent News Stories

The blue-bots were used by a Year 1 class for the second half of the summer term, during the IPC topic, From A to B. 

We began in the first week by familiarising ourselves with the commands and directions, working as a whole class and then in smaller groups, sending the blue-bot to various members of class.

Our Lady’s RC Primary School, Whalley Range loaned 10 Scratch Picoboard kits, which were used within Code Club (an after school programming club for pupils in Years 4 - 6) and also as an extension of a Computing project that pupils in Year 4 had done previously.

Piloting the use of the Picoboards during code club sessions enabled us to ’tinker’ with the hardware and pupils were able to explore its capabilities as they developed their own independent projects. Some pupils connected their Picoboard and used it as a controller for existing projects that they had made, others used them as stimulus for creating brand new projects from scratch.

Project Malawi:
Teaching computing in schools in Malawi

An outreach project by the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

July 2017

Dave Ames, Karen Corless, Jo Hodge, Carol Murray, David Rydeheard, Sarah Zaman, Mihai-Dan Garbur, Razvan Lacatusu, Teo Taylor

Introduction

We describe a pilot project to deliver Computer Science education to schools in central Africa, through a team of University of Manchester staff and students, and UK schoolteachers. We evaluate the effectiveness of this support for education overseas.

The conference at Chester University will take place on Saturday 21st October

This year we are looking to branch out and hold conferences and other events across the region. One of these conferences is this one at Chester University.

We are charging £10 for the conference will all monies raised to be used to purchase equipment for Master Teachers to support teaching and learning in the Chester region.

The conference at Liverpool Hope University will take place on Saturday 11th November


This year we are looking to branch out and hold conferences and other events across the region. One of these conferences is this one at Liverpool Hope University.

We are charging £10 for the conference will all monies raised to be used to purchase equipment for Master Teachers to support teaching and learning in the Liverpool region.


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