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

João Miguel Neves joao at silvaneves.org
Wed Feb 17 10:16:30 EST 2016

Available for London.

Good luck,

On 17 February 2016 08:30:31 GMT+00:00, "Nicholas H.Tollervey" <ntoll at ntoll.org> 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
>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
>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
>Why should you volunteer a few hours of your time to help teachers?
>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
>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
>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
>Remember that awesome person who mentored you and/or gave you a step
>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
>Best wishes,
>python-uk mailing list
>python-uk at python.org

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