Course: Presentation Skills using Keynote on iOS

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KeyNote is a powerful multimedia presentation tool, so before jumping to PowerPoint, investigate the amazing things possible with this program, which incidentally comes free on a new iPad and which can read or write PowerPoint files.

Attendees should bring sample materials that they would want to present, in order to give you a focus for this practical session.

This session is run by our Director of Digital Technologies

Park along Boscathnoe Lane. Please bring Photo ID

Refreshments included

Course: An Introduction to iPads

You are welcome on this course to explore using an iPad.

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This course is for those who might be complete beginners with technology or those familiar with other computing platforms (Windows, MacOS or Android) and explains the core areas of using an iPad for day-to-day work.

We will look at setting up an iPad up, including adding email, how to add apps and those which are useful for letting your iPad feel more like a full computer. All questions answered!

We have iPads to use, but if you have yours, please bring along.

Park on Boscathnoe Lane. Please bring photo ID.

Refreshments included.

Course: An Introduction to Python and the RaspberryPi

If have an interest in coding and finding out more about the RaspberryPi, then this course is for you.

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Friday 27th January 2017 at Mounts Bay Academy Pi Suite.

We will look at both the Python3 language and its use on the RaspberryPi computing platform (although the work will be transferrable to other systems running IDLE3).

We will investigate all areas of code development and you will leave with a confidence in using this popular language in the upper KS2 (Year 6) to KS4 (Year 11) curriculum.

You will also take away fully editable materials to use with your own classes.

Although aimed at teachers, this workshop is also suitable for those in the community with a particular interest in coding.

The workshop is run by our Director of Digital Technologies Simon Elliott

If you need further information please get in touch –

Refreshments provided.

You can park along Boscathnoe Lane and please bring photo ID.

Workshop: A453 Controlled Assessment for OCR GTIN8 Problem

On behalf of Computing At School and the Network of Excellence

A453 Controlled Assessment Workshop for OCR – GTIN8 Problem

January 20, 2017 at 1:30PM

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Mounts Bay Academy

In this workshop, delegates will investigate the OCR Controlled Assessment task on GTIN8 Barcodes and have the option to bring sample work from their students to discuss and moderate grades. The three sub-problems will be reviewed with sample, working cod


Time Topic
13:30 Welcome
13:40 Analyzing the problem
14:00 Solution to task 1
15:00 Solution to task 2
16:00 Solution to task 3

Simon Elliott
My name is Simon Elliott and I have been teaching since 1992. For the last thirteen years I have taught IT from Key Stages 1 to 5, in maintained and independent schools, including boarding. I am now introducing CS at GCSE level and developing Python skills, as well as other IT programmes. I have also written bespoke Challenge Based Learning materials. Over the last two years I have developed an iPad 1:1 scheme developing hardware and software to ensure value for money as well as effective curriculum delivery. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and the main trainer for the Penzance Apple RTC.
All materials and resources used on this course will be made available to all delegates after the course.

Simon Elliott,
Mounts Bay Academy
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Improving Teacher Programme

We are running this essential course soon, ideal for teachers who want to gain a set of skills and strategies to reach the next teaching level.

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Details below:

ITP 2017

Teacher Training 2017/18

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to start your journey into teacher training. We expect the application process for 2017/18 courses to open on UCAS on 18th October. All our places will be listed there under Mounts Bay Academy. Some subjects are very popular and could likely fill before December (PE!) Other popular subjects such as History and Primary last year were full nationally by early February. We only offer Tuition Fee places. We don’t offer any Salaried places. You can get in touch with any questions before you apply. Contact Helen Rodgers 01736 352321

PGCE v School Direct v QTS
There is much confusion surrounding the difference between these terms. PGCE is an academic award at Level 6 or 7. It usually is immersed as part of a teacher training course. It doesn’t qualify you to teach. It does give you Masters Level credits which is useful if you are looking to do a Masters at some point. Teacher training is either School-led or University-led. All training teachers have to spend at least 120 days training in school. School Direct means the training year is largely based in school and generally more ‘immersive’ than a University-led course. School Direct courses can come with or without a PGCE. QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is the most important – through the year your progress is measured and assessed against the Teachers’ Standards to ensure you meet at least the minimum standard in each one. You aim to gain QTS at the end of the course and then progress into your NQT year.


We have a new date for our FREE CPD day with Stormfront – one of the UK’s largest education Apple partner.

The day will feature keynote speakers who will share their experiences of teaching and learning with Apple technology in a practical way.

There will also be workshops delivered by Apple Distinguished Educators plus, Stormfront will showcase how the Apple ecosystem for education can be used to create powerful and personalised learning experiences.


Creating Multi-Touch textbooks with iBooks Author
Bring content for learning to live with your own immersive multimedia books. Learn how to create an iBook using your existing materials and add interactive elements and assessment tools.

The Paperless Classroom
See how apps like Showbie and Book Creator allow for a rich content creation experience with tools to provide assessment and feedback as well as differentiation.

iTunes U: Bring your classroom together
Explore iTunes U, the world’s largest free source of education content. Create your own courses to share with students, learn how to set homework, manage hand-in, and mark work.

Science with iPad
Use sensors and data loggers as well as augmented reality to creatively bring the Science curriculum to life.

Apple CPD booking details

Conference: Stephen Heppell and Hywel Roberts

Spend the day with two amazing and inspiring speakers who will be with us at our Conference on 8th July – book now to avoid missing out! We are so pleased to have them both in Cornwall and you will want to hear what they have to share.

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Tregenna Castle, St Ives