Matt MacLaurin, director of Microsoft's Redmond FUSE Lab will be presenting on the KODU Project – games-creation technology (pictured) that is moving to PCS from Xbox 360 and attracting interest in schools – at the Computing at School (CAS) teachers' ICT conference in Birmingham on July 9.
The purpose of this free event, in its second year, is to inject more excitement and dynamism into computing and ICT curriculum work. It is organised by, and hosted at, the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.
Support from the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) and Microsoft Research means that the event is free for teachers. Other speakers include Peter McOwan from Computer Science for Fun, Michael Kölling from Greenfoot, John Woollard from Southampton University's Institute of Education, Google engineering manager Peter Dickman, teacher educator Miles Berry who runs Open Source Schools and is an expert in the use of Scratch, Rebecca George, of BCS (British Computer Society) Women, and Matthew Applegate (see his creative music work at www.pixelh8.co.uk). The event kicks off with a reception in the evening of July 8.
Teacher feedback from the 2009 CAS conference included: "I learnt more and connected with more interesting people than on any course that my school has previously forked out hundreds of pounds for."
Local CAS organiser contacts:
Tel: 0121 414 2791
Tel: 01793 417736