[python-uk] URGENT: Volunteers for teacher collaboration please... :-)

Nicholas H.Tollervey ntoll at ntoll.org
Wed Feb 17 08:35:37 EST 2016

No, I'm not going mad... my email client (Thunderbird) crashed mid-send
without saving a draft. :-/


On 17/02/16 13:26, Nicholas H.Tollervey wrote:
> Hello Folks,
> Many many thanks for the awesome response. The next steps are...
> * Me: coordinate with CAS
> * Me: send you a micro:bit to play with
> * You: attend the event and help master teachers.
> I'll be in touch "out of band" from this thread to sort out the details.
> Yay for the UK's Python community being made up of such wonderful people.
> N.
> On 17/02/16 08:30, Nicholas H.Tollervey wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I realise I must sound like a stuck record about this sort of thing -
>> please accept my sincere apologies.
>> TL;DR: I need volunteers from around the country to support a twilight
>> meetup of teachers happening in various parts of the UK. It's not
>> difficult and likely to be a lot of fun and will only take a few hours
>> of your time in the early evening of a single day. I may be able to
>> cover travel expenses. Please get in touch. More detail below...
>> Computing at School (see: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/), a grass
>> roots movement of computing teachers in the UK would like to run a
>> series of training courses for "Master Teachers" in MicroPython on the
>> BBC micro:bit during March. These teachers would go on to act as the
>> seed / catalyst for other teachers who require Python training during a
>> series of training events over the summer. Put simply, this is an
>> exercise in Python evangelism for teachers.
>> Master teachers are those who have demonstrated a combination of deep
>> subject knowledge and teaching skill. Put simply, they're the most
>> senior teachers you can get. They're also the leaders in the field and
>> what they say or do influences many hundreds of their colleagues.
>> The idea is for the master teachers to get together with Python
>> developers (that'd be *you*) for a few hours to work through MicroPython
>> related educational resources. These events would happen at university
>> based hubs around the country. As a Python developer you'll *get a BBC
>> micro:bit* and be expected to offer advice, answer questions and
>> demonstrate Python as needed. Honestly, it's not an onerous task and
>> will only last a few hours in a "twilight" session (i.e. after work).
>> The locations and proposed dates are as follows:
>> London: 25th February
>> Birmingham: 9th March
>> Nottingham: 15th March
>> Lancaster: 16th March
>> Newcastle: 17th March
>> Hertfordshire: 21st March
>> Manchester: 23rd March
>> Southampton: 23rd March
>> It's easy for UK Python to be very London-centric. This is an
>> opportunity for Pythonistas throughout the UK to step up and get involved.
>> Why should you volunteer a few hours of your time to help teachers? Need
>> you ask? Your help and influence will ultimately contribute to the
>> education of the next generation of programmers - your future
>> colleagues. It's a way to give back to the community by fostering the
>> next generation of Pythonistas with the help of the CAS Master Teachers.
>> It's also, from a moral point of view, simply a selfless and
>> unambiguously good thing to do.
>> If you're thinking "oh, they won't want me", then YOU ARE EXACTLY THE
>> PERSON WE NEED! Your experience, perspective and knowledge is invaluable
>> and teachers need to hear from you. Rest assured, this will not be a
>> difficult or high-pressure activity. In fact, it's likely to be a lot of
>> fun.
>> Remember that awesome person who mentored you and/or gave you a step up?
>> Now's your chance to be that person for a group of master teachers.
>> If this is of interest to you, please get in touch ASAP and I can start
>> to coordinate things with CAS.
>> I'm going to put in a grant request to the PSF to see if we can cover
>> travel costs for developers. But there's no guarantee this will come about.
>> Best wishes,
>> N.
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