The course will focus on bringing together aspects of the DCF as well as Science & Technology AoLE enabling teachers to take ideas back to school, which will engage and enthuse pupils in an exciting, fun and innovative way. Pupils who have already worked with Micro:bits enjoy the challenge of seeing their coding tasks successfully transferred to a 'real life' output that they have designed and made.
This one day course will be an introduction to the BBC Micro:bit followed by many tried and tested practical activities. Participants will have the opportunity to code and 'tinker' with their Micro:bit to develop their skills and confidence in coding. The afternoon will focus on designing and making activities that will incorporate the Micro:bit.
All participants will leave the course with their own BBC Micro:bit!
Course Presenters: Gareth Morgan, Nerys Tudor Jones
DIGITAL COMPETENCE and DCF - Gareth's primary school teaching career began in 1996, then in 2003 he joined Newport LA as ICT curriculum improvement adviser. For over 15 years Gareth Morgan has worked across Wales providing advice, support and training in the use of ICT as a curriculum subject, and also in its effective use across the curriculum to schools.
He has an MSc in eLearning and is an ICT Mark assessor for NAACE. Gareth was also previously employed by the Welsh Government as their ICT subject adviser, where he worked closely on what it means for pupils to be digital competent. He was a past member of the National Digital Learning Council (NDLC), a body which provides advice to the Welsh Government on the use of technology to support learning and teaching, and also part of the group that produced the influential, "Find it, make it, use it, share it: learning in digital Wales" report.
Gareth Morgan has a strong interest in the effective use of 'cloud technologies' such as G Suite for Education and is a Google for Education accredited trainer.
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Nerys Tudor Jones
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY - Nerys has 20 years teaching experience in Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 in five different primary schools and three authorities. She has been senior leader in 2 and Deputy Head Teacher for 6 years. During this time Nerys Tudor Jones also worked on Welsh Government projects to write new materials and produce resources, including assessments and examples of best practice. She has presented at a Welsh Government conference on cluster, transition and enterprise projects. She has presented at the Birmingham NEC on various successful design and technology projects including food technology, computer aided designs, healthy eating weeks, electrical and computer control. Nerys was invited to represent Wales in the James Dyson Innovation Group, which involved working on an innovative project, incorporating Literacy, Numeracy and thinking skills.
Nerys’ passion for Design and Technology began in secondary school, where she achieved an ‘A’ grade for Design & Technology at A level, before going on to study at university, completing a 4 year B.Ed specialising in D&T.
Nerys Tudor Jones is an author of educational books and was a recipient of a prestigious National D&T teaching award. She has worked on various projects with the Design and Technology Association as her role in the Primary Advisory Group, which includes ‘Projects on a Page’.
In addition to working with Collective Learning as a course provider, Nerys is also Primary Consultant in Design & Technology working alongside schools, running INSET and providing support for schools in the effective delivery of D&T. Nerys believes it is an exciting time for Wales with Prof Donaldson’s recommendations recognising the importance of Science of Technology as an AoLE.
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Course Location: South Wales - Cardiff