Workshop Details

Computational Thinking: Prof Therese Keane and Jayanti Nayak
Computational thinking is a fundamental analytical skill that everyone can use to solve problems. This will be a 90 minutes workshop where we shall unpack the key elements of computational thinking skills. Participants will explore algorithms without using a computer. We shall look at how computational thinking skills such as abstraction, generalisation, problem-solving, algorithmic skills, are applied in teaching students to program and develop software products.
Professor Don Passey, Lancaster University
With rapid developments in technologies, there are changes in features and functions that technologies provide. However, there are certain fundamental characteristic features and functions that match well with teaching and learning needs, and have persisted over time. With more hardware, software and application choices available, it is important for you as teachers to know how to consider the choices you have, and how they might support either school, teacher, parent or pupil needs. This workshop will explore how to consider technological features, the key areas that technology can support, and how you as the teacher can effectively explore 'ICT Tools for Learning - How to Choose Them and When to Use Them'.
You will be able to take away a range of frameworks to support your choice of technologies, and you will be able to consider in the workshop how to do this, and what choices you might make over the next one to three years.
Mick Chesterman : Platform Game Making with GLITCH.COM
Platforms games were made very popular with computer game characters like Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. In this workshop we'll take a broken platform game, fix it by altering javascript code and then adapting it to make it our own. https://en.flossmanuals.net/phaser-game-making-in-glitch/_full/#jumping-right-in To do this we'll use the free online CodePlayground tool glitch.com. The workshop is based on this chapter of a manual to support game making in Glitch.
Takeaways include exploring accessible ways of learning computational thinking and design patterns and knowledge of a new web tool with many applications
Louise Hayes and Ellie Overland: Digital Badges- Earn Digital Skills using iDEA
iDEA is the digital and enterprise equivalent of The Duke of Edinburgh Award. It allows learners to work independently to earn a series of badges from Bronze through to Gold advanced. As an international programme its aim is to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills -all for free. Ellie and Louise will use this online platform to show you how you and your learners can get access to the career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain an industry recognised awards that helps them stand out from the crowd. https://idea.org.uk