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Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:03 pm
by mvnorwood
Hi all,

I thought I would set up a thread for attendees of the forthcoming Picademy on 27-28th April 2015. Just for people to introduce themselves and discuss things without the 140 character limit imposed by Twitter.

My name's Mark Norwood. I teach students who have been excluded from their mainstream schools usually because of their behavioural, emotional or social difficulties. I teach across the KS3 and KS4 age range. As a behaviour specialist I have to be a bit of a 'jack of all trades'; I have taught a wide range of subjects from Cooking, to PSHE, to English. This year, as one of our more technophile minded teachers, I have been given Computing to teach at KS3 (to begin with). I have not taught computing before.

I am hoping to develop a 'hands on' practical computing curriculum for our students, less about MS Office and more about wiring things up, making things go or hacking Minecraft. I am hoping that Picademy will help me with this.

I also happen to be a Cub Scout Leader and am interested in using the RPi to help cubs with their Digital Maker and Digital Citizen badges.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the end of April
Mark

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:23 pm
by designsaunders
Hi, everyone!
My name is David Saunders, and I'm really looking forward to meeting you all next month. I am a library media specialist at an independent school in the States where I run maker events and a coding club for students in 4th-9th grade. While I've done some tinkering with Raspberry Pi over the years, I'm excited to get beyond the basics and learn some awesome new stuff at Picademy that I can bring back for my school community.
As for traveling, I'm planning to fly into London on the Friday night before Picademy and then spend Saturday and Sunday exploring before heading up to Cambridge Sunday evening. If any of you are in London that weekend, let me know! I'd love to get together.
See you soon! :)
David

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:49 pm
by MrBedu
Hey guys!

My name is Steve and I'm a primary assistant head teacher in London. Extremely pleased to be selected to attend Picademy 8 as I've been playing around with the Raspberry Pi for a year or so and would love to introduce it into my school's computing curriculum. I managed to interest my Year 5's last year by doing some Logo scripts with python, as well as setting up a time lapse camera for our Summer Fair, but I'm looking forward to learning much more.

Roll on April 27th! :)

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:26 pm
by ukrocky
Gutted I didn't get selected and missing out, will ensure I apply again for the next one and cross my fingers harder! Hope you all have a good time!

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:31 pm
by mvnorwood
I'm sorry to hear that :(

I saw your other thread. Let's hope you are luckier next time. I'm finding it really useful reading 'Adventures in Raspberry Pi' second edition. I also have 'Adventures in Minecraft' which I'm going to move on to next. I have also bought the CamJam EduKits to play about with at home and have downloaded the accompanying worksheets. I have also bought kits to accompany the 'Adventures' books.

I'm a newbie to teaching Computing so I am also reading 'Computational Fairy Tales' (Kindle edition is about £2.49) and will move onto 'Best Practices of Spell Design' (£1.49 on Kindle)

There are also Raspberry Jams

Hope this helps :)

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:01 pm
by stephenconnor
Hi all,

I'm Stephen and I'm a y5/6 teacher in Derby. I am the computing coordinator at our school and have a keen interest in using technology to engage children. Other than using Scratch, I have no experience in programming but I've enjoyed learning with the children as we've looked at the new curriculum.

I'm looking forward to learning more in Cambridge and finding out how I can use the Raspberry Pi with my children, as well as challenging myself!

Looking forward to a brilliant couple of days.

Stephen

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:47 pm
by MissTurner101
Hi everyone!

I'm a primary school teacher and computing coordinator in Essex. I was given the subject this year and, outside of my own interests in gaming and tech, it's pretty new to me! I've loved working on it so far though and I'm always looking for new ways to teach code and use tech in the classroom.

I haven't got a Raspberry Pi yet, so I'm hoping this course will give me a real insight into what I can do with it. I then hope to purchase my own kit and start using it in my own class with the view to spreading the use across the school.

I apologise in advance for my newbie knowledge of code though! I'm a fast learner but I am pretty much starting from the basics :P

I can't wait to meet all of you! It really promises to be an amazing couple of days.

Please do follow me on Twitter if you haven't already:
@MissTurner101

See you soon!

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:49 pm
by MissTurner101
mvnorwood wrote:I'm sorry to hear that :(

I saw your other thread. Let's hope you are luckier next time. I'm finding it really useful reading 'Adventures in Raspberry Pi' second edition. I also have 'Adventures in Minecraft' which I'm going to move on to next. I have also bought the CamJam EduKits to play about with at home and have downloaded the accompanying worksheets. I have also bought kits to accompany the 'Adventures' books.

I'm a newbie to teaching Computing so I am also reading 'Computational Fairy Tales' (Kindle edition is about £2.49) and will move onto 'Best Practices of Spell Design' (£1.49 on Kindle)
PS: Thanks for posting this! I will have to give these a look!

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:27 pm
by alexyoung25
Hi everyone,

I'm Alex and I'm a year 3 primary school teacher in Weston-super-Mare. I am also Literacy and Computing coordinator for the school. The heavy weighting of coding and programming has prompted me to want to better my skills in this area. I have enjoyed using Scratch and Kodu with the children but I feel they are always that one step ahead of me and I find it difficult to really challenge them. I'm hoping to gain a solid understanding of using Raspberry Pi's and have the confidence to be flexible in my approach to teaching programming so that I can really push and challenge the more able children (which feels like most of them in comparison to myself at the moment!) I also know that I will be teaching in the infants in September so I hope to find ways of using Raspberry Pi's with young children.

I will also be doing my homework Miss Turner and reading up on Python as the welcome email suggests and I have never used it myself before. Thank you for the book suggestions Mark, I think I will purchase ‘Adventures in Raspberry Pi' to read over the Easter holidays.

If you’re in London at the weekend David, be sure to cheer on the London Marathon runners. It’s a fantastic atmosphere. This will mean London will be a bit busier than usual but I’m sure there will be plenty of information explaining which roads are closed. There are some great apps that give you regular updates about public transport. I am in London myself on Sunday but as my Dad is running the marathon I will be kept quite busy on one of the Cancer Research supporters stands. Make sure you go to plenty of museums, they are all free and great fun!

Really looking forward to meeting you all on the 27th April and I’m glad were staying in the same place. Perhaps we can meet up on the Sunday evening for a drink in the hotel or meet up Monday morning to make our way to Pi Towers together.

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:30 pm
by cristina.bridges
Hello,

My name is Cristina and I'm the Head of ICT in Oporto British School (Portugal).
I've been teaching ICT to KS3/4 and ITGS (IB) but I'm introducing Computing next September from Primary level to KS3 to start with, so I'm looking to exciting ways of teaching this great subject!
I can't wait to learn a lot :)
cristina

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:55 pm
by PiPete
Great idea Mark.
My name is Pete Gaynord and I'm a KS2 general primary school teacher.
I converted to primary teaching about 9 years ago after 20 year stint as a software engineer.

I also worked in SEBD for 3 years but have spent the last 6 years in a large north Cambridge junior school. I was appointed as a CAS master teacher last year but I am new to physical computing and Raspberry Pi.

I have bought a Pi and an Edukit and a book on Python. I am doing very well and have completed the exercises in the basic Edukit.

I am delighted to be on the course and really looking forward to the two days of PImersion.

I live in Cambridge and am more than happy to meet up and show you around town on Sunday if you like.

pete

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:02 am
by MrsHoldsworth
Hi guys,

I'm Laura or @MrsHoldsworth on Twitter. I'm a year 4 teacher and the computing coordinator at my school in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Great to hear that many of us are new to using Raspberry Pi, I have one at home which my husband uses but I'm not 100% confident with using them.
I'm currently working on a MOOC learning Python, I teach computing through Scratch at school. I'm looking forward to learning about Raspberry Pi so I can begin using them at school.

I'll be travelling down on Sunday evening to Cambridge staying at the Orchard Park Hotel until Wednesday. I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

Laura x

Re: Picademy #8 Attendees

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:12 pm
by Mr_McGill
Hi all!

Im Dan, have always had a deep interest in all things computing and really looking forward to tomorrow.

Im a primary school teacher, currently teaching year 3. I am also the schools ICT Co-ordinator. I have just bought a number of Pi2's and I cannont wait to further develop my very basic skills in order to help others!