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

Nicholas H.Tollervey ntoll at ntoll.org
Wed Feb 17 14:27:06 EST 2016

Hi Steve,

The initial list of locations came from CAS. The major centre in the
West country is Plymouth. Unfortunately, no-one from that centre
expressed an interest.

However, if you can get together a group of Pythonistas and a suggested
location I can prompt CAS again. CAS are being very supportive, but as a
grass-roots movement they can only work with those who "step up" as it were.



On 17/02/16 17:40, Steve (Gadget) Barnes wrote:
> On 17/02/2016 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.
> I think that this is a marvellous idea and a great response so far but
> have a bit of a moan to voice.
> Is it computers, python, teachers or Education that don't reach the West
> of England - If there were sessions at Bristol, (almost next door),
> Exeter (an hour down the road), or even Plymouth at a push I would be
> jumping forward to volunteer but it seems that the West Country is very
> under-represented.
> Keep up the good work but please look West.

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