Exploring #exabytes17 Workshops

Looking back at #exabytes17

Whether you were at #exabytes17 or weren’t able to attend, with over 30 sessions through the day, you won’t have been able to see everything taking place at our teacher-led conference. As such, we’ve written up a couple of posts taking you through some of the great sessions we were able to visit through the day. In this blog, we’re taking a look through the first half of the day - tomorrow, we’ll be posting our look at the second half of #exabytes17, so stay tuned!

Keynote Session at #exabytes17

We kicked off #exabytes17 with two great keynote speakers. After a quick welcome to the conference from exa.foundation organiser Alan O’Donohoe, CAS Master Teacher and teaching resource creator Phil Bagge explored approaches to problem solving, in a session which proved to be incredibly popular with visitors. Critically, Phil talked about changing attitudes towards failure, and how embracing the possibility of failing and improving can make a real positive difference for learners.

After this great session, Phillip Meitiner from the Micro:bit Foundation took the stage, quickly exploring some of the fantastic work the foundation do around the world. The Micro:bit Foundation was designed to take over management of the BBC micro:bit, distributing and promoting the devices across the world, with Phillip’s speech covering some of the fantastic ground they’ve covered so far.


Introduction to Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi

The keynote session led right into the first choice of sessions at #exabytes, and we headed over to a session on physical computing led by CS & ICT teacher Beth McCue. This great workshop took attendees through the basics of setting up Raspberry Pi to control physical elements (LEDs and buzzers), using simple Scratch code to control how the devices behaved.

Beth’s kindly made the resources from her sessions available online, covering the entire session (along with some Python-based approaches there wasn’t time to demonstrate).

Introducing Digital Forensics for KS4/5

In one of many cybersecurity sessions he ran through #exabytes17, Cyber Security Challenge UK’s Jason Stanton ran through a fantastic introduction to using digital forensics - particularly via Volatility, an effective analysis and exploration tool, to analyse memory dumps.

Through the session, attendees learned how to use various techniques to uncover potential red flags within a provided memory dump, getting a firmer understanding of where to look to uncover issues. Jason’s also created a digital version of the session, along with a number of other useful cybersecurity-related games - definitely recommend checking it out if you’re interested in finding out more about digital forensics!