SICSA School-University Meeting

Date(s) - 23/07/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

University of Glasgow, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

SICSA Education: School-University collaboration
Date: Thursday, 23rd July, 2015, 10am-4.30pm
Location: Room 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, University of Glasgow

As the teaching of computing science in Scottish schools is strengthened, both through the recent new SQA qualifications and Education Scotland’s expected review of the 3-15 Broad General Education in computing, there may be value in SICSA working more closely with the various school organisations. During this one day Workshop, we will explore the opportunities for how universities could contribute to the development of school-level computing science, while also gaining in the process.

9.30 Registration and tea/coffee
10.00 Morning session (with coffee break!)
Engaging with the SQA qualifications
During the morning, we will review the course specifications for the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, as well as looking at one or more exam papers for each qualification. The aim is to determine if, and how, a SICSA group may be of value to both/either the SQA and/or teachers.
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Afternoon session (also with a break)
Engaging with Education Scotland and the Broad General Education (BGE) The current “experiences and outcomes” in Curriculum for Excellence that define computing science for 3-15 years olds are generally recognised not to capture the essence of our subject. A review of Technologies, which includes computing science, is just getting underway, which gives a great opportunity to shape a more appropriate initial education in or underpinning our area.

Particular questions to be addressed are:
• Why should computing science be included in the BGE?
• What should be included in BGE computing science?
16.30 Close

Attendance is free and catering is provided courtesy of SICSA If you’d like to take part, and haven’t ticked the Doodle poll circulated a few
weeks ago, please contact:

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