A pre-conference workshop will be held on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at an offsite location. Cost to attend the workshop is in addition to the conference registration fee.
COMPUTER SCIENCE…WITHOUT COMPUTERS?!
Facilitator: Professor Tim Bell
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: UNSW Kensington Campus – K-E15-G042, Quadrangle Building
Price: $140.00 per person
“Computer Science Unplugged” is a fun and engaging way to delve into the topic of computer science, without using computers at all, and definitely no programming! Instead, there are games, puzzles and magic tricks that engage students with deep concepts behind the technology that is right under their noses. In this workshop you will get to participate in the activities as a student, and get guidance on how to use them in your own classroom. These activities do not require a lot of technical knowledge to use in the classroom, and have been used in primary and secondary schools all over the world. The activities will link to several curriculum areas, including technology, maths and even language. All of the material is free and open-source. No computers needed – it’s unplugged!
Tim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His “Computer Science Unplugged” project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into over 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in computing education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the 2018 ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.
Completing the Computer Science…Without Computers?! Workshop will contribute three (3) hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.6; 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.