University helps to inspire teachers at regional computing conference

From left: Beverly Clarke, Lord Mayor of Plymouth Cllr Sam Davey and Dr Shirley Atkinson

Teachers from across the South West attended a major conference examining developments in computing and how it can inspire their pupils.

The Computing at School (CAS) Regional Conference, held at the University of Plymouth, featured a range of presentations and workshops on topics including digital literacy, e-safety and artificial intelligence.

Opened by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sam Davey, the event was aimed at both primary and secondary school teachers.The speakers included university academics and graduates, including Professor of Social Responsibility in IT Andy Phippen, and BSc (Hons) Web Applications Development alumni Tony Edwards, who now works for Software Cornwall.

Current undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics were also involved in the event.

The University hosts the CAS South West regional centre, which helps teachers utilise modern technology to its greatest effect in the classroom.

It aims to support grass roots projects such as regular skills sessions, continuing professional development (CPD) training opportunities and networking meetings for teachers across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

Dr Shirley Atkinson, Associate Head of Computing at the University and Regional Coordinator for CAS South West, said:

“Our expertise in areas such as information security and software engineering can inspire students at all levels. I am also passionate about using our collective knowledge to support teachers across the region and beyond. Events like this conference are a great opportunity to further that, and demonstrate our willingness to facilitate grass roots projects in coming to fruition.”

Beverly Clarke, CAS South West Outreach Support worker, added:

“This is the biggest conference of its kind we have held so far. And the number of teachers returning, along with the new ones signing up, shows how important computing and related subjects are in our schools. STEM is everywhere and by working together, we can equip all our students with the skills they need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.”

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Computing at School (CAS) Regional Centre: South West 

The University of Plymouth are now the regional centre for Computing at School and therefore will be the main hub of activity for the South West. The team will be designing and delivering innovative training and CPD for teachers across the region and will provide a platform for delegates to network.

The centre aims to enhance and enrich the school curriculum.