EU Code Week – Icebreaker MOOC

This is a very short introductory course that aims to make EU Code Week more appealing and meaningful for teachers and schools and raise awareness about the importance of integrating coding and computational thinking into their lesson.

The course starts on 3rd June and will run for 5 weeks, and 1.5 grace week at the end of the course. This is an introductory course with one single module and five different sections, with an estimated workload of five hours in total. Teachers can start the course anytime between 3-26 June.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Section 1 – Why coding and computational thinking in schools?
  • Section 2 – What is Code Week and why should teachers participate?
  • Section 3 – How to register an activity and how to report back
  • Section 4 – What is Code Week4 all challenge & how to get involved
  • Section 5 – Assessment

To register follow the link:


Bett Show – 24th to 27th January 2018

The annual Bett Show is the biggest British educational training and technology show and will be held at the Excel in London this year. This immense exhibition brings together 850 leading companies and 103 new edtech start ups from all over the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate, seek knowledge and find inspiration about how innovation is changing the face of current education.

The mission of this event is to portray cohesion within the education sector and also teach one another about the modern technologies that are surfacing to give children and educators a new experience of learning, that enables them to fulfil their potential in their everyday work.

There will be talks held over the course of three days by various speakers. These will give you an insight into various companies and their technologies, to inspirational educational talks on how we as a society of education are shaping the future for upcoming generations. There will also be stands for each company, where you can get interactive with different technologies and learn more about the products that are available to enhance everyday learning experiences. More information about the show can be found here.

You can find Tyncan learning at stand A440 in partnership with Robotix. Come along and discover the TACO playbits, TACO robobricks, and PHIRO code. These are new technologies that encourage children from the ages of 3 to use technology as a source of fun, educational learning. More information about these can be found at the following website: Robotix

****COMPETITION TIME**** Over the 3 days that we are at the Bett show, you can enter into our competition by simply giving your contact details, with a chance to win a PHIRO unplugged.


BETT 2017 25th – 28th Excel London


Visit Globisens at BETT for a Fresh Slant on Science

Make sure to visit Globisens, booth number A40 and join almost 35,000 educators and decision makers from 138 countries at BETT – ExCel London 25th to 28th January. As ever the Labdisc will be presenting a fresh approach to science education, this year with US-based partners Boxlight-Mimio.

Dov Bruker Globisens CEO said “visitors to BETT already expect to preview some of the latest innovations in science and technology for education. This year at the Globisens and Boxlight-Mimio stand they can experience just that, Labdisc hands-on science screened on cutting edge interactive white boards and Integrated with MimioStudio™ software.”

The exciting technology partnership supports the latest teaching techniques for teacher-led and student collaborative learning alike. Labdiscs, bringing science data logging for any science, grade level and platform, can now integrate touch, high definition screens for a vivid learning experience. The proven technology collaboration enriches interactive and engaging experimenting and data analysis in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies and Physics.

CAS Tyneside Hub Meeting


CAS Tyneside Hub Meeting Newcastle University

On February the 27th over 50 Teachers attended a meeting in The Beehive at Newcastle University to come together and discuss the impact of the curriculum consultation document on teaching ICT and computing in our schools.The School of Computing Science hosted the event led by Mike Carter from Tyn Can Learning. Dr. Nick Cook from Newcastle University set out how North East Universities were willing to support North East schools in areas of knowledge skills and capability and to work with schools to introduce computing science and coding into the curriculum. Mike Carter outlined the present consultation document and pointed to the unbalanced nature of the document and asked colleagues to seriously look at the document and take part in the consultation process to try and change the document so that there is  much more balance including Digital Literacies, ICT and Computing. Stephen Reid from A Higher Place shared his thoughts regarding the place of creativity in the curriculum and the use of programs such as MineCraft to introduce coding concepts to young people especially when combined with the Raspberry Pi. Delegates were asked to discuss in small groups the best way for the Universities to provide meaningful support to schools and feed back to Nick so that a CPD plan could be drawn up to offer to schools.

The delegates at the meeting decided that the next meeting in the Summer term should concentrate on harnessing the expertise in the region to organise a sharing session so that colleagues could learn from each other and formulate good practice across the region.

As an after thought I created a Wordle from the contents of the “Computing” consultation document.

Curriculum 2014

The elements of the 2014 Computing Curriculum

CAS Tyneside Hub Meeting

Tomorrow is the second meeting of the Tyneside Hub for Computers at School. The meeting is being held in the Beehive Centre at Newcastle University where the School of Computer Science have kindly offered to host the meeting with refreshments and also a workshop to help teachers learn about how they can deliver the new “Computing” curriculum from 2014. To register for the meeting go to

to book a place there will be around 70 colleagues attending the event.

BETT 2013


Well that is that for another year. The first time that the show has been held at the Excel Centre in the new upcoming East docklands area of London. I was only able to make it for one day the Friday and had to pack a lot of things into that day including meetings. Shame a couple of people who I was looking forward to meeting did not turn up! Anyway the positives, larger venue all on one level (except for the gallery meetings). I was late for my first meeting and was told that it was up in the galleries as the stand number was G would have saved a lot of time if the staff had known the layout a little better. I was definitely out of my comfort zone in the arena as it was all new having had several years at Olympia however I thought the layout was fine once I understood the numbering system.I liked the cafe areas for seating and chat and the way other  delegates were more than helpful. What grabbed me in the short time I  had to look around.

1.  Labdisc from  this is a really fantastic concept and it is so practical for measuring in both science and geography.

2.  2Simple  score again with their EYFS  profiler. So intuitive so simple so good.

3. Planet Sherston again puts cloud learning in the mix

I was also intrigued by the number of cloud based solutions and also the presence of 3D technologies which I think are coming  of age.

I also think that Apple have their work cut out in 2013 the stem the Android tide Google and Samsung leading the charge.

Congratulations to all those who won awards especially Just 2 Easy as they really deserved the accolade for the work they have put in creating a truly wonderful product!

Here is to next year and hopefully a longer stay at the show for me.

Summer Courses for Teachers

The Daylight Sessions

Tyncan Learning Centre Courses

Summer Professional Development

am 9.00 – 12.00 pm 13.00 17.00 

£42 per session


Course Title

23/7/2012 am

2Simple Super-story: This software is your complete tool for personalised multimedia story creation. It helps to inspire children’s writing through the use of versatile tools and templates.

23/7/2012 pm

ICT in EYFS: What is ICT in EYFS how is it integrated and managed and what does it look like

24/7/2012 am

An Introduction to Games Based Learning:

Discover how to introduce games into the curriculum to aid engagement.

24/7/2012 pm

Introduction to simple programing 1 – Scratch: How to use this innovative program to engage learners in problem solving and collaboration.

25/7/2012 am

Introduction to Animation in the classroom: How to begin to use animation in the classroom, handy tips and hints for creative uses of ICT

25/7/2012 pm

Using Web 2.0 in the classroom: Learn about engaging tools on the web to use in class.

26/7/2012 am

Literacy and ICT in the classroom:Learn how to embed literacy within ICT

26/7/2012 pm

Introduction to Animation in the classroom: How to begin to use animation in the classroom, handy tips and hints for creative uses of ICT.

27/7/2012 am

Introduction to simple programing 2 – Robots: Learn how to program robots for classroom use

27/7/2012 pm

Effective use of ICT in the Classroom: CPD

To Book

Tel.: 0191 2399022

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Primary Twilight courses using ICT as the focus across the curriculum.
The cost of each course is £35.00 +VAT per delegate. Courses are from 16.00 – 17.30 including refreshments.
Although laptops are available, delegates may wish to bring their own to work from and download applications to.
To book a place email with the subject Twilight Sessions stating school name, staff name, date and course title.
June 2012
Tues 19th – Introduction to Programming
Wed 20th – Literacy in the Digital Age: Reading Comprehension
Tues 26th – Introduction to Programming
Wed 27th – Literacy in the Digital Age: Reading Comprehension
July 2012
Tues 3rd – Web 2.0 and You
Wed 4th – Simple Animation
Tues 10th – Web 2.0 and You
Wed 11th – Simple Animation
Tues 17th – ICT Coordinators: The future of ICT in Education
Wed 18th – ICT Coordinators: The future of ICT in Education