Author Archives: Neil Rickus

Presenting for the British Council in Serbia

Over the past few days, I joined a number of fellow Computing educators, including Miles Berry, Phil Bagge and Mark Martin (AKA Urban Teacher), at the New Technologies in Education Show, which was organised by the British Council in Serbia.

I delivered two presentations, which can be found here:

Physical Computing in the Primary Classroom

What to do when they’ve had too much Scratch?

There’s also lots of images being Tweeted about, with some of the less embarrassing ones shown below…

Article in Hello World magazine

Raspberry Pi and Computing at School launched their new “Hello world magazine” at the BETT show this week. The magazine’s website is here and there’s an article by myself, which can be found on pg. 44, comparing the UK curriculum with Exploring Computer Science’s curriculum, which is increasingly used in schools across the USA.

Inagurual CAS Mid Bucks Primary Hub

A quick blog post to share the two session presentations from the first Computing at School Mid Bucks Primary Hub, which were:

Using tablets to teach programming in the primary classroom

What to do when they’ve had enough of Scratch?

Further resources linked to the sessions can be found here

Thanks for the positive feedback about the sessions and to the researchers who attended from FMCC (Foundation for Multimedia Communications) in Tokyo, Japan. All being well, our next meeting will be in early December.

Family e-safety Hackathon

After being inspired by Alan O’Donohoe’s work at Nic Hughes school recently – last week I ran a “family e-safety hackathon” for the children and parents at Swanbourne House School.

Details of the event, including examples of the work produced by the children and parents working together, can be found on the SHS Digital Leaders’ blog –



Hands on with the BBC micro:bit iOS app

I’ve had a quick play with the BBC micro:bit app for iOS, which, on first impressions seems to work well. Unfortunately, unlike the Android app, the iOS app is simply a way of transferring programs onto the micro:bit and does not allow the micro:bit to interact with the phone at this stage. For example, on the Android app, the micro:bit could notify you of an incoming call. Hopefully this functionality will be available within future app updates.

I’ve made a brief video of pairing the device and flashing code… I’ll blog about the app further once I’ve had a chance to use it in the classroom.