CAS Scotland 2017 Sessions

  • Peter W Donaldson

    Hello everyone,

    just a quick update on sessions available at this years CAS Scotland 2017 conference on Saturday the 2nd of September in the University of Glasgow .

    The broad themes for this years conference are improving diversity through creative computing activities, implementing cyber security, practical support for the new CS BGE Experience’s and Outcomes and Benchmarks, formative assessment for Computing and a chance to influence the agenda for future professional learning and school based research in Scottish schools.

    This year we have over twenty different sessions (around half of which are hands on workshops) to choose from with a selection of highlights that include

    An opening keynote by the founder of Computing At School in the UK, Microsoft Researcher and giant in the field of Computer Science, Simon Peyton Jones

    especially for Nursery and Primary specialists at BGE early, 1st and 2nd levels

    Hands on with Barefoot unplugged activities with one of the creators of the resources and expert Barefoot instructor- Jane Waite

    Working with the CS E’s and O’s and benchmarks- Judy Robertson and Kate Farrell

    especially for Primary and Secondary teachers at BGE 3rd and 4th levels

    Diving deep into primary programming- design for quality and independence- Jane Waite

    Hands on workshop of new unplugged activities for teaching the basics of parallel processing- Jeremy Singer and Louise Black

    Developing Computational Thinking with 3D Animations & Games in Alice- Quintin Cutts and Fionnuala<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: medium; text-size-adjust: auto;”><span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span></span> Johnson

    especially for Secondary teachers for the Senior Phase and FE

    Teaching the level 6 Cyber Security NPA and learners experience of it- George Mullin

    Planning and advice for introducing the level 4/5 Cyber Security NPA’s in your school- Peter Liddle and Gareth Rae


    Sessions linked to a powerful and free platform for formative assessment of Computing

    -Project Quantum- tests worth teaching to?- Miles Berry

    -Creating good formative assessment questions for Computing- Project Quantum leader- Miles Berry

    Sessions linked to current schools based research

    -Hot off the press: latest research in computer science education in schools (2015-17)- Sue Sentance

    -Discussion session “Educators would like to know? Generating questions for future schools based research”- Judy Robertson

    and a chance to discuss and help shape 3 early stage projects for new forms of professional learning in Computing for teachers and learners.

    We realise that the SQA will be holding development days in the coming month so we’ve made sure that most of the sessions at this years conference complement, rather than repeat them.

    This year we’ve also listened to your feedback and increased the length of sessions, created breaks in between, put on a much nicer lunch, created optional industry keynotes and have seating in the Wolfson Medical Building attrium you can use to catch up with colleagues both old and new.

    If you’ve never been to a previous conference before then there’s never been a better time to go!

    best wishes,


    Peter Donaldson

    Lead Organiser casscot17

    CAS Scotland 2017 Conference

    Peter W Donaldson

    Hello everyone,


    just wanted to remind you that today is the last chance to grab a ticket for the CAS Scotland 2017 conference at Glasgow University tomorrow. An overview and tickets can be found at and the full programme can be found at

    Finally if you have already signed up to join us and haven’t received an email from Eventbrite because of your spam filter then the Google form for early session sign up is

    This year we have the chair of CAS UK, the chair of the CAS UK Academic Researchers group and the leader of the formative assessment Project Quantum as well as our usual wealth of hands-on workshops, discussions and seminar sessions. If you fancy getting a hands on experience of teaching OO at Advanced Higher level using Python and Pygame, teaching Javascript using the Microbit or adding your own formative assessment questions to the Project Quantum question bank then please come along. We also have a great line up of teachers and pupils sharing their experience of teaching and learning in the Cyber Security NPA at levels 4, 5 and 6.

    with best wishes,



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