ViewSonic Education, who you might be aware of through their range of monitors and projectors, asked me to write a post on physical computing in primary schools. If you fancy having a read, the text can be found here
After speaking to a newly appointed Computing co-ordinator last night, she asked for examples of how other schools approach the curriculum. One example scheme of work (SOW), which a school I’ve previously worked with has successfully adopted, can be found here – Computing Champions Curriculum It includes a yearly overview, plus plans for each year group, which are split into individual terms.
Let me know if you find it useful 🙂
The updated resources can be found here, which includes a new project using the microbit’s radio to send messages and data between two devices.
Thanks to everyone who attended the session this afternoon.
The slides used during the session can be found here
BBC micro:bit – 2 options – Adam’s resources for Y7 (suitable for Y5/6) – https://sites.google.com/site/year7microbit2015/home/page-1 or Neil’s micro:bit for primary schools site – http://mb4ps.co.uk/resources (download the “Main lessons” PowerPoints)
Pibrella (with Raspberry Pi) – pibrella-for-pi
Picoboard – http://www.picocricket.com/picoboard.html
Lego WeDo 2.0 – https://education.lego.com/en-us/products/lego-education-wedo-2-0-core-set/45300 (We used the tutorials built into the software)
Probot – NR ProBot Activities
I was honoured to be given the opportunity to run a micro:bit with Raspberry Pi drop in sessions at the Raspberry Pi 5th birthday party event this weekend.The PDF hand outs used can be found below. Feel free to share and modify as you please!
Beginner – microbit drop in- beginner
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:
There’s also lots of images being Tweeted about, with some of the less embarrassing ones shown below…
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.
I was delighted to see my “Let’s get physical” appear recently in the TES EdTech special. The article can be read here
I was kindly been asked by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to present on their stand at BETT today. My presentation can be found on Slide Share and the various Python / Scratch programs by dowloading the bett2017 zip file.