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1 AQA Development COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTING AND ICT Continuing Professional Development

2 Computer Science Computer technology continues to advance and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries. Our courses are designed with this in mind. Demystify GCSE Computer Science: online support programme This exciting new programme of support for GCSE Computer Science consists of ten, twohour, online twilight sessions enabling you to develop your understanding of the specification without losing valuable time out of the classroom. The learning outcomes are mapped directly to the AQA GCSE Computer Science specification and the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) qualification. The programme focuses on making the very best use of no cost and low cost resources. As part of this series you will receive regular surgery sessions, an helpline and recordings of the live sessions. Online New series to start April 2013 dates to be confirmed 500 GCSE Computer Science: introduction We ve developed this free AQA support web conference to make it easier for you to access training from the convenience of your school and college or home. It will give you an opportunity to find out more about our brand new qualification, GCSE Computer Science. Online 11 December Online 14 January Online 07 February Key Stage 3 and 4: Raspberry Pi An Intro to Practical Programming This year has seen the launch of the Raspberry Pi, the programme set to revolutionise school computing. At the same time, there is a drive to put Computer Science at the heart of the curriculum and address the growing disconnection between the consumption of IT and the work that goes into it. This course will introduce Raspberry Pi, look at existing hardware and network issues that affects its deployment, and includes practical demonstrations of its potential in the classroom. Cambridge 13 February Leeds 05 March London 21 June Manchester 10 July Bristol 23 July Key Stage 4 and 5: Programming with.net Gadgeteer and Visual Studio.NET Gadgeteer, an open source toolkit for building small electronic devices, has great potential in schools as it can be used to teach students computer programming, simple electronics and also some computer-aided design. It is ideal for working in groups, inspiring creativity and engaging students. This programme will introduce the fundamentals of using this technology in the classroom and how it can benefit your students. London 07 February Leeds 11 March London 27 June Birmingham 08 July

3 COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTING AND ICT Key Stage 3 and 4 Computing: let s make a game of IT using Gamemaker This exciting new course is an introduction to computer game programming using the Gamemaker software. You will be taken through the necessary steps to create your own platform video game and be provided with an array of possibilities to take the game further beyond the course itself as a resource for teaching. London 13 December Manchester 08 February London 18 March London 14 June Key Stage 3 and 4 Computing: starting from Scratch Starting from Scratch is an exciting new course, for Key Stage 3 and 4. It introduces you to the world of computer programming using MIT s Scratch visual programming language. London 05 February Manchester 12 March Leeds 15 May London 23 May Manchester 10 June

4 Computing Our computing courses are designed to expand your and your students understanding of the specification as well as giving you the confidence to teach some of the more complex aspects of the subject. Key Stage 3 5 ICT/Computing: introduction to creating and designing web pages This course provides an introduction to web design and aims to give you the confidence to teach this challenging area by taking a step-by-step approach to developing an accessible web page. Leeds 08 July London 15 July Key Stage 3 5 ICT/Computing: advancing your knowledge in web design This course looks in detail at Cascading Stylesheets. It focuses on expanding your students understanding of CSS1, CSS2 and CSS3. Leeds 09 July London 16 July A-level Computing: feedback on A2 This web conference will give you the opportunity to reflect on the summer 2012 examinations for the A2 written unit, COMP3: problem solving, programming, operating systems, databases and networking, and review the grades for the course. Our senior examiners will use exemplar scripts and mark schemes to give you feedback on student performance. They will highlight common pitfalls, suggest general strategies for best practice in preparing your students for the assessment and consider how this translates to the classroom. Online 10 December

5 COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTING AND ICT A-level Computing: feedback on AS This new web conference will give you the opportunity to reflect on the summer 2012 examinations for the AS units, COMP1 and COMP2, and review the grades for the course. You ll leave the course with the tools to address common exam issues and the confidence to raise achievement for the next series. Online 13 December A-level Computing: stepping up to A2 This workshop has been especially designed to enhance your understanding and delivery of A2 Computing. The course will look at the more in-depth mathematical aspects of the specification and allow you to deliver the course with confidence. London 20 June Manchester 04 July A-level Computing: stepping up to AS This workshop aims to give you confidence in your understanding and delivery of AS Computing. You will be given the opportunity to explore activities and resources which will help embed students knowledge and understanding of computing. London 19 June Manchester 03 July A-level Computing: stepping up to COMP4 This participative workshop supports the teaching of COMP4, offering practical tips on appropriate project choices and tools on how to help students manage their own work. It aims to give teachers the confidence to help students choose from a wider range of projects and maximise their achievement in the coursework unit. London 21 June Manchester 05 July

6 ICT Feedback, stretch and challenge and maximising performance. We have a range of courses for ICT to help you get the most out of your students. A-level ICT: feedback on A2 These two-hour live web conferences will give you the opportunity to reflect on the summer 2012 examinations and review the grades for the course. Our senior examiners will use exemplar scripts and Mark schemes to give you feedback on student performance. They will highlight common pitfalls, suggest general strategies for best practice in preparing your students for the assessment and consider how this translates to the classroom. Online 11 February Online 12 February Online 13 February A-level ICT: a balanced approach to INFO1 The course will provide you with an overview of the unit of study and the assessment requirements. The focus is on the key topic areas of the unit, providing you with an overview of the unit of study and the assessment requirements. You will leave the course with the confidence to deliver these units in an integrated and contemporary fashion and also provides the opportunity to share your experiences with colleagues from other schools and colleges. A-level ICT: bringing INFO2 to life The course will provide you with an overview of the unit of study and the assessment requirements. The focus is on the key topic areas of the unit, helping you to motivate your pupils by taking a lively and engaging approach to teaching ICT. London 08 February Leeds 06 March Manchester 25 June Bristol 05 July A-level ICT: maximising performance in INFO4 This popular course will support your teaching of A-level ICT. The aim of the course is to improve your understanding of what students at this level need to know, understand and be able to do. London 24 May Manchester 27 June Bristol 01 July Leeds 09 July London 07 February Leeds 05 March Manchester 24 June Bristol 04 July

7 COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTING AND ICT GCSE ICT: feedback on Units 1 and 4 This new web conference will give you the opportunity to reflect on the summer 2012 Unit 1 and Unit 4 exams and review the grades for the course. Our senior examiners will use exemplar scripts and Mark schemes to give you feedback on student performance. They will highlight common pitfalls, suggest general strategies for preparing your students for assessment and look at how this translates to the classroom. Online 10 December Online 07 March Online 12 March GCSE ICT: successful teaching of Unit 3 This course is designed to help you achieve success in Unit 3: practical problem solving in ICT. Bristol 14 January Leeds 22 January Manchester 24 May London 27 May GCSE ICT: successful teaching of Unit 2 (2014 task) This course is designed to help you achieve success in Unit 2 with the focus on one of the tasks. Bristol 11 March Leeds 20 March Manchester 18 June London 20 June

8 Book a professional learning course now We also have a wide range of professional learning courses, we ve highlighted some courses below that we think might be of interest to you. SMART board: essentials for teaching and learning This updated course will use Notebook 11 to show you how to enhance your teaching with SMART board. You will explore a range of functions and features and build interactive materials you can take straight into the classroom. You will also learn how to effectively re-purpose some teaching materials you already own. Birmingham 11 January Manchester 24 January ICT across the curriculum This course tackles strategies for managing the effective delivery of digital literacy, IT and Computer Science. On the course you will identify and overcome barriers of planning and delivery, look at auditing the skills of staff, pupils and parents and help you develop suitable qualification combinations for working in the industry. Social networking: essentials for teaching and learning Many teachers are reluctant to embrace social networking in their classroom. Back by popular demand, this course dispels their concerns. You will learn about the teaching and learning potential offered by NING social networks and see a great example of subject teaching with NING. Manchester 15 January Birmingham 14 March How to book Book online Visit coursesandevents.aqa.org.uk for full details of the programmes we offer and to book your place now. Contact details If you want to talk to us about any of our courses: e: t: Cambridge 12 February Leeds 27 February Manchester 12 July London 18 July aqa.org.uk Copyright AQA and its licensors. All rights reserved. AQA Education (AQA) is a registered charity (registered charity number ) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (company number ). Registered address: AQA, Devas Street, Manchester M15 6EX. November 2012 AQA.CPD

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