CAS Roundup Flashmeeting #2

25 May

The CAS Roundup Podcast – Flashmeeting #2

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Recorded on Thursday 24th May, 2012, the second CAS Roundup Flashmeeting focused very clearly on teachers.

We discussed different ways to introduce computing concepts at KS3, compared GCSE Computing specifications and much more.

Links from the meeting have been kindly curated by the excellent Dai Barnes.

The next meeting is already scheduled for Monday, 18th June where we should be discussing more ideas for how CAS can support teachers and schools as well as debriefing the CAS Summer Conference which is held the week prior. Do add questions and suggestions to the agenda, and do come along!

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

5 Responses to “CAS Roundup Flashmeeting #2”

  1. Neil Brown May 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    For those who don’t have the time to listen to all of it, or who want to know what was discussed, here’s a quick index of the podcast:

    00:35: First topic: I’m an ICT teacher, I need to teach Computing, what can I do?
    02:56: Alan O’Donohoe: “Teaching computing is so much more enjoyable than teaching ICT”
    05:00: Mark Clarkson discusses the value of Scratch
    06:30: Dai Barnes: “Should I be focusing on teaching students if statements, loops?”
    09:45 Mark Clarkson: “More important is getting them thinking about problems” – use of techniques like loops will follow
    11:00 Stewart Dinnage: “Focus on computational thinking”
    12:00 Alan O’Donohoe discusses Play My Code
    15:00 Neil Brown mentions Ofsted maths report recommending tackling larger problems not micro-problems
    17:00 Mark Clarkson discusses the value of experimentation to solve errors, and not needing to know everything
    19:30 Jon discusses teaching problem solving, not answer memorisation
    21:30 Alan O’Donohoe: “Don’t put your hand up when you have a problem, put your hand up when you’ve solved it”
    23:30 Dai Barnes: “I celebrate students overcoming problems”
    27:00 Comparing GCSE Specifications
    29:00 Dai Barnes: iGCSE
    30:00 Alan O’Donohoe talks about OCR
    32:00 Stewart Dinnage compliments OCR
    33:00 Jon discusses OCR, and his preference for assessment besides exams
    34:15 Mark Clarkson discusses tickbox assessment
    40:00 Alan O’Donohoe compliments OCR
    43:15 Jon suggests the possibility of more auditing by exam boards
    45:45 Dai Barnes introduces Snap
    49:15 Mark Clarkson discusses the trap of thinking you must use all tools to your students, and of teaching the same thing in different tools
    54:15 Dai Barnes asks if it’s important to reach text-based languages as a final destination in schools
    57:15 Alan O’Donohoe says why he ends up in Python after Scratch
    59:10 Tom Crick eats his dinner, and goes on to say why problem-solving is the key skill at universities, not rote VB GUI assembly
    67:00 Mark Clarkson discusses computing being more than programming
    69:00 Mark Clarkson asks about terminology for teaching KS3
    70:45 Mark Clarkson and Jon dispel the myth of the digital native
    73:30 Neil Brown asks what HE/industry can do to help out despondent CAS teachers
    75:45 Mark Clarkson mentions CAS network of excellence
    80:00 Mark Dorling asks what teachers want from the network of excellence
    82:00 Jon says it’s important that A-Level computing be respected

    Apologies if I got any names wrong — and I don’t know a surname for “Jon”!

  2. Graham June 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Any chance you could syndicate these downloads into a itunes compatible podcast? You could use something like PodPress (


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