Computing for teachers….

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Announcing Code Club Pro
Training for Teachers
As many of you already know, last Friday we launched our newest Code Club initiative: Code Club Pro – Computing for Teachers. That’s right… not only is it Valentine’s day today, it is also our one-week anniversary. See press articles here: GuardianTelegraph; and check out our new websitewww.codeclubpro.org.
What is it? 

In partnership with CAS and with the support of Google, Code Club Pro will deliver CPD training and resources to primary school teachers. We’d like our teachers to feel confident and excited about the new computing curriculum and computing in general.

Why are we doing it?

 

As the teachers out there know, the new computing curriculum comes into effect this September. That’s only 6 months away. Eeek! In our experience, many feel they have not had sufficient programming experience or training. The language is totally new and frankly, can be quite off-putting. And that’s on top of changes to the rest of the curriculum. A huge task, by any measure – thank goodness our teachers are up to the challenge! We want to help. It is key that the front-line implementers of the new curriculum and policy – the teachers – should be given the skills and support they need.

 

How do we feel?

 

We are excited. It’s a great move toward children thinking like engineers: solving problems, using logic, analysing processes and creating rather than just consuming technology. These skills can be used to enrich other subjects too, like Maths, Science and English. See tef’s blog post here.

It’s quite a big task though! There are approx 200,000 teachers in the UK and we want to help as many as we can. Luckily, Google and CAS have invested in our project, and we have you – our amazing volunteers. With great supporters behind us, we know we can achieve many things.

 

Happy one week CCP Anniversary all!

Sophie Deen
PM, Code Club Pro

PS: Code Club Pro are looking for an intern. We want someone very smart and are offering heaps of exposure, experience, fun and autonomy, plus the London living wage. Check out the ad here.

PPS:
 If whilst reading this newsletter you felt a creeping sense of déjà vu, it’s probably because you already read my blog post last week…

 

(NB: I have no financial or other stake in this, I am merely a Code Club volunteer)

2 thoughts on “Computing for teachers….

  1. Hi Adrian!!!

    Congratulations for the anniversary of your club. I think this could be a good idea in our country. There are a lot of young people in my land which are computer programmers and most of them and myself would gain with this idea: a club where everybody could share their experiences in making software just for fun and with freedom.

    I want to thank you now for the post that you made about my work in P versus NP that I did as hobby besides of programming software:

    https://cartesianproduct.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/more-on-p-and-np/

    After that, I received the help of a professor of Belgium who found a flaw in my proof P versus UP that was published in IEEE-AL. I learned an important thing with this experience: only a very strong argument could solve this problem and I should submit my work to a more specialized journal in that topic the next time.

    Recently, I have found a beautiful argument to show the existence of one-way function and thus proving at the same time the P versus NP Problem. I used the EXP-Complete problems for this construction and I wrote a simple comment to my friends and coworkers who know few about this problem. I want to share it to you too (I even shared this to my family and neighbors in a more simple way and they understood):

    I have submitted the paper to the Theorical Computer Science journal in my birthday and now I should wait for their revision and final decision. I have read the editorial elsevier allows the author could share even the published work in his web page, so I upload the original submission in this comment in google++. This time I hope there will be a happy end in this story, and thus, the post that you kindly put in your blog would not be in vain after all.

    Good Luck,
    Frank.

  2. It was withdrawn my paper in Theorical Computer Science journal after my request. There was a confusion with old emails that I had sent to them. However, I decided to submit it to another journal today.

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