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Wondered about the wonders of Pi? Intrigued by Raspberry Jam?

Raspberry Jams are community events organised to support knowledge share, learning new skills, gleaning new ideas and meeting other like-minded digital makers.

They’re an informal and great way to find out more about the Raspberry Pi, what’s possible, and to talk through project plans and aspirations with others.

The first Raspberry Jam in Hull was hosted at Kingswood Academy in November 2014. Since then, Malet Lambert became hosts in April 2016 and the most recent event was held at Central Library on Albion Street.

This city centre location has allowed us to test out a new low power network being installed across Hull, as part of the Connected Hull project, and to launch some additional STEM projects with partners.

More details to follow soon…watch this space.

Details of the next Raspberry Jam event?

Join us in Hull to make, learn, share, tinker and invent together at the next Raspberry Jam on Saturday 22 April 2017.

Everybody’s welcome, with or without your own mini computer, and it’ll be a great way to find out more about the wonders of Raspberry Pi.

 

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                                          Images from the most recent Raspberry Jam on 18th February 2017

Just register on this link and come along 😀

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Next Hull Raspberry Jam: Saturday 22nd April

The next Raspberry Jam in Hull is at the Central Library on Saturday 22nd April.

Register for free tickets by clicking on the image below.  You’ll also find more information about Raspberry Jam.

Join us as we share, learn & tinker with digital making projects using Raspberry Pi.

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Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone welcome – with or without a Raspberry Pi.  

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Our third Tech 4 Change conference was another great CPD and networking event, and this time focused around issues to support the online safety of young people.  More details about the programme here and you’ll find links, comments and the online presentation area below.

What did attendees most like about the day?

  • ‘The information regarding engaging parents and raising their awareness’
  • ‘The informality of the event’
  • ‘Very informative presentations’
  • ‘The different speakers all with a wide and extensive range of knowledge’

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Presentations and useful links

Slidedecks and resources from the day can be found below:

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             Click the image to launch presentation area

Guidance from UKCCIS:

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                        Click the image to launch document from UKCCIS

Delegate comments:

  • ‘The event was very enjoyable and gave me updates on the latest trends and risks’
  • ‘Left this event with a lot of ideas. Thought it was excellent’
  • ‘Pleasure to attend’
  • ‘A very enjoyable and informative course. Thank you’
  • ‘Very relaxed, informal and well organised’
  • ‘Really useful – thank you for putting this on’

 

Community learning: Digital making programme and Raspberry Jam at Malet Lambert

Saturday 10th September: Another great community learning event when over 80 people registered, and this time planned with more support for a wider array of digital making projects.

We were joined by friends from GPIO and Code Club  who added to the workshop programme and gave more opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborating and networking.

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These events are hosted at Malet Lambert and are open to communities from across Hull and further afield. This latest Raspberry Jam saw digital makers joining us from the city as well as North and West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and East Riding.

Highlights above from Trevor’s ‘Introduction to GPIO – Hello World in lights’ workshop and creative inventions from the ‘Wearable wonders with Codebug‘ activity below.

Great also to see projects used before the Summer inspiring new challenges away from the Jam, and bringing them back to share with others.

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Look closely and you’ll see some of our younger members helping others to write and download the code onto the device.  We do say we’re all learning together!

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The hackspace gives the chance to work on individual robot projects and we also had a couple working on a flight simulation digital making piece using Scratch on the Pi.

We also shared our ‘Do not feed the bears’ project, demonstrating text to speech and an intro to capacitive touch with Bare Conductive’s PiCap using Python on the Raspberry Pi.

So much more code and tools to explore for next time 🙂

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Hands-on training from Victoria, our regional Code Club coordinator, for volunteers about to launch a club for 9-11 yr olds and an overview for those planning to offer a club.

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And great to see our Jam library expanding and being used 📚

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Look out for the date of the next digital making day in Hull.

We’ll share in the next week or two 🙂

Makerfest at The Amy Johnson Festival

Great to be involved with the first Makerfest in Hull, which was part of the Amy Johnson Festival.

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Working in the shadows of Amy’s moth, Jason, was the inspiring backdrop for STEAM activities throughout the day.

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The scribblebot challenge was ‘a low tech with lots of creative possibilities’ activity enjoyed by families and makers regardless of age or experiences with robot builds.

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Art robots were either created by individuals’ ideas or collaborations in small groups which were nurtured for each step of the making process. Intergenerational teams equipped those groups with the different skills needed to complete the build and showcase art.

Or scrapped altogether, inspired by the Amy theme, and turned into aviation flights of creativity instead!


More STEM to STEAM activities came from designing art on screen and seeing final designs painted using the Watercolorbot designed by teenage Sylvia.

Not a typo, but the US spelling for the invention brought to Kickstarter from America and which inspired so many makers of all ages in Hull on Saturday.

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We were also sharing news about the Hull Raspberry Jam community in the city and borrowed their Raspberry Pi photo booth.

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More digital making workshops at their next Raspberry Jam meet up on Saturday 10th September. Registration link here for the event hosted at Malet Lambert.

Sharing teaching ideas, strategies and evolving pedagogies at Tech 4 Change

The programme of workshops at this year’s Tech 4 Change conference was guided by school and teacher priorities added to CPD plans over the year.

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What did teachers hope to gain from the event?

  • ‘New ideas regarding technology and updates regarding e-safety’
  • ‘Tips on implementing cloud technologies’
  • ‘Keep up-to-date with any new initiatives and learn some best practice techniques used in other settings’
  • ‘An insight as to what technology is doing to contribute to the learner experience’

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Feedback from the day

  • ‘Especially liked the now press play and the Tweendykes practical sessions showing how to incorporate a range of technology for cross curricular usage’
  • ‘Loved the Lego workshop!’
  • ‘The keynotes were brilliant!’
  • ‘Good chance to meet with other colleagues. Also identified some useful ideas and resources for use at my school’
  • ‘Like the variety of workshops’
  • ‘Really enjoyed the workshops’
  • ‘The online safety workshop was brilliant’

The theme for this year was inspiring, preparing and empowering students to be successful and responsible citizens in this technology-rich modern world.

Practical sessions gave opportunities to share ideas, strategies, available support and build on the schools’ network to explore how technology has positively impacted on learning.

Here’s an overview:

Innovative technologies to support the wider curriculum

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Kath Oliver, and a group of students from Tweendykes School, delivered a practical session with Russell looking at how technologies have extended the range of learning opportunities in school.

Examples of projects and resources explored by teachers included Google Cardboard, electric paint with Touchboard, physical computing devices, a barcode scanner and 3D printing.

Making the KS 1&2 computing curriculum clear: Unplugged with LEGO

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Tom Radge, an Assistant Head from Ganton School and CAS Master Teacher, joined us to share his ideas for teaching unplugged computing.

This hands on workshop gave teachers the chance to explore the use of LEGO and constructionism to deliver computing activities in school.

Constructionism starts with the belief that children learn best when they experience things first-hand and within a meaningful context. LEGO allows us to do this, and the session generated lots of practical ideas and reflections from the group.

Embedding a culture of literacy across the curriculum

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This session from Bron Duly explored how the use of ebooks has helped children to make significant progress with their reading and get the most reluctant readers to enjoy reading more, according to a study published by the National Literacy Trust in December 2015.

With a local focus, Bron also explored the findings from the reading intervention project with online libraries across a group of primary schools in Hull.

Making sense of sensors and programming possibilities: Hands-on with the BBC micro:bit

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David Ames, Associate Tutor in Computing/ICT at Edge Hill and CAS Master Teacher, joined us to share practical hints and resources with teachers.

Some of our schools have already received the devices and students have been given tinkering homework tasks since half-term.  Other teachers are planning to use micro:bit with Year 7 students in the forthcoming weeks and were keen to share ideas.

Organised learning and connected students with Apple’s iTunes U and Showbie

Neil’s practical session used iTunes U to model an environment for students to engage, collaborate and share.

Teachers were able to explore how iTunes U supports them to create structured assignments and single lesson materials for students and how learners submit their work for assessment.

Immersive storytelling: Engaging primary age children through emotion, imagination and movement

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Alice Lacey and Tom Owen, from now>press>play, took teachers on creative journeys to other worlds to explore immersive learning through sound, story and movement.

Earlier in the makerspace, the children had been taken back to Ancient Egypt as a catalyst for creativity to extend programming and writing possibilities.  This time the adults wore the infamous pink headphones 🙂

Collaborating within and beyond the classroom: A practical session learning as a learner through Google Classroom

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Google Classroom can significantly transform the way that teachers and students use technology in the classroom and beyond the school walls.

In this workshop Russell and Mark explored how real-time editing of documents by multiple people can support learning, along with the seamless delivery of homework.

Making Online Safety a Priority

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A fundamental part of our CPD programme has been to prioritise online safety and support schools to ensure that their knowledge, systems and protocols are in place to safeguard students and staff.

Kat Howard’s thought provoking workshop looked at the journey to outstanding, and sustaining it, amidst new and continually changing challenges and requirements.

The introduction of Ofsted’s latest safeguarding measures and the DfE’s Prevent Duty on schools as part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 were topical discussion points.

Turning a digital vision into reality through change management

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How do you move an entire school to new ways of working using Google Apps for Education?

After over 25 years of at the chalkface, Mark House is not perhaps the most obvious flag bearer for technology in education.

Through a few twists and turns, Mark became the unlikely strategic lead in his school’s desire to move to new ways of working. He joined us in Hull to reveal the bumps, bruises and near misses that took place along the way, and to share the real impact that whole institution change can make.

 

Engage. Inspire. Collaborate. Share.

‘Increasing diversity and inclusion in tech to inspire our next generation of innovators’

Our second Tech 4 Change conference was hosted in Hull again on Thursday 23rd June.

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Supporting teachers, school leaders and educators working in schools, colleges and community learning projects, the event blended together inspirational keynotes, practitioner-led workshops, and opportunities to build on local and national networks.

We were excited to be joined by Laura Higgins and Kate Bellingham, who both delivered keynotes during the event.

Laura, Online Safety Operations Manager at South West Grid for Learning, is the lead partner of the UK Safer Internet Centre, where she manages two specialist Helpline services.

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The Professionals Online Safety Helpline has established itself as a lifeline for professionals who work with children and young people, experiencing issues with digital technology and online safety.   In 2015, SWGfL launched a brand new service specifically to support victims of revenge porn, which was once again ground-breaking and a first for the UK. 

Online safety is an area of support and CPD offered to all of our schools and one which has been prioritised this year. Laura’s keynote included recent trends and emerging issues, along with invaluable strategies to help teachers and young people.

Kate joined us with a wealth of experiences and approaches to share around the subject of participation of young people in STEM subjects.

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With a degree in physics, MSc in Electronics and Qualified Teacher Status, she has worked as a computer programmer, broadcast engineer, TV presenter (including ‘Museum of Life’ and ‘Tomorrow’s World’), and secondary school maths teacher.  In 2014 Kate was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Hull.

Her work and roles as Patron of WISE and champion for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are closely aligned to projects across schools encouraging greater participation; most recently with girls in computing.