CAS Roundup Flashmeeting #1

4 May

The CAS Roundup Podcast – Flashmeeting #1

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Apologies that the audio levels in this podcast aren’t quite right. We’ll get better with practice!

Recorded on Tuesday 1st May, 2012, the very first CAS Roundup Flashmeeting was well attended.

We discussed different ways to introduce programming to students, tackling maths problems in computer game development, ‘thinky programming’ & language based problem solving, learning platforms in schools, CPD for teachers and much, much more.

To see links from the meeting, click to see more below…

The music in this podcast is courtesy of Jonathan Coulton and is released under a Creative Commons license.

Hyperlinks mentioned throughout the podcast:

Teach ICT (ICT & computing resources) – 

Sinepost (Neil Brown’s blog on learning and applying maths using computing) –

Edmodo (learning platform) –

Review of Edmodo a year on by students –

Moodle (learning platform) provider –

I See Tea (Dai Barnes’ blog), category on Frog (learning platform) –

Aaron Sloman –

Tips on how thinky programming can be taught to beginners –

Overview of types of programming and lots of examples of  thinky programming, and a few others –

Some (amateurish) video tutorials — to be extended –

Installation scripts for anyone wishing to try out the system Aaron uses (on
32-bit linux):

Code Boom (bl0g post on why CS graduates don’t teach) –


2 Responses to “CAS Roundup Flashmeeting #1”

  1. Neil Brown June 12, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I have finally finished my quick index of the podcast, for those who don’t have time to listen to the whole thing, but want to listen to selected parts:

    00:30 – Mark Clarkson talks about the Teach ICT website
    02:30 – Neil Brown discusses his sinepost blog
    05:15 – James Radcliffe talks about Edmodo
    09:00 – Discussion moves onto VLEs, with Mark Clarkson
    10:45 – Dai Barnes says he is moving to Frog
    12:15 – Dai Barnes starts discussing Frog vs Moodle
    21:30 – Discussion moves on to talk about the issues surrounding which programming language to teach with
    24:45 – Neil Brown suggests a few issues to guide the choice of programming language
    26:00 – James offers his experience of language choices
    29:45 – “OCR [A-Level?] is easier to get higher grades, because it allows them to do a project they’re actually interested in”
    30:45 – Mark Clarkson talks about assessment criteria, and how OCR computing is not tickbox-marking
    36:00 – Mark Clarkson discusses teaching by-topic vs by-problem
    40:30 – Aaron Sloman introduces “thinky” programming, and goes on to discuss Natural Language Processing
    55:00 – Dai Barnes discusses using screencasting for assessment
    59:00 -Tom Crick talks about an OCR Computing & ICT consultation
    64:00 – Aaron Sloman discusses the dangers of a narrow focus in education
    68:00 – Tom Crick discusses education vs training
    70:00 – Aaron Sloman contrasts universities with schools, re: exam boards
    72:00 – Neil Brown talks about the usefulness of a degree education
    74:00 – Alan O’Donohoe suggests we should focus on exposure and inspiration at GCSE level, not complete training for developers
    81:00 – Mark Clarkson questions whether CPD is the answer
    86:00 – Discussion moves on to why computing graduates don’t think about becoming teachers
    96:30 – Simon Humphreys discusses universities valuing computing qualifications
    101:00 – Simon Humphreys summaries discussion of the CAS/BCS Network of Excellence


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