Festival will explore ways to teach computing and how to apply it to other areas of education

The Festival of Computing will bring together primary and secondary teachers, students, researchers and University academics in a one day festival to celebrate computing in education. 

Posted: 8 June 2016

The festival will include inspirational talks, workshops and research presentations, where educators can meet, create, share and inspire one another. Practical workshops will be enriched with talks and presentations about pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching with technology. From programming to iPads in education, teaching to assessment, there is something for everyone.

Miles Berry, a principal lecturer at Roehampton, will address the idea that students could apply their programming skills, learnt in computing classes, to other areas of their schooling in meaningful contexts including estimating pi, with his keynote on “Coding across the curriculum”.

Henrike Lode, CEO and Co-founder of Lohika, will present on “More than code: Teaching programming with games” which will look at how different games approach computing education, and the areas for development before children are ready to code.

Dominic Traynor will explore how teachers can combine traditional teaching methods with tablets to improve literacy progress and develop children’s digital skills in his presentation “Doubling literacy progress with filmmaking”.

Yasemin Allsop, Senior Lecturer in Computing Education at University of Roehampton, and one of the organisers of the festival said “This event will bring together educators from primary and secondary, from both the UK and overseas and allow them to share their ideas across a range of areas relating to computing in education. This cements Roehampton’s reputation for teaching excellence, and highlights that we are committed to being at the forefront of developments in teaching.”

Alongside sessions for adults there will be workshops for schools wishing to bring their classes to the festival. There will be a ‘School’s corner’ for students from different age groups to come and share their computing projects. This will be an opportunity for all everyone to celebrate the good work that is taking place in schools.
The University of Roehampton offers a wide range of Education courses, including teacher training, and has been providing higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.

Roehampton Festival of Computing will take place on Friday 17 June 2016 in Froebel College at the University of Roehampton. 

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