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.
A quick blog post to share the two session presentations from the first Computing at School Mid Bucks Primary Hub, which were:
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.
After being inspired by Alan O’Donohoe’s work at Nic Hughes school recently – https://teachcomputing.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/surfing-safely-in-hammersmith/ 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 – http://shsdl.weebly.com/blog/family-e-safety-hackathon
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.
Last year, I wrote an article for Creative Teaching and Learning magazine on The best apps for primary programming. The team there kindly sent a paper copy of the magazine to me today, as seen below:
An extract from the magazine can viewed here – CTL_extract or you’re able to purchase the article from here – http://library.teachingtimes.com/articles/best-apps-primary-programming.htm
My Prezi for the CAS London workshop is available below to view or here – http://prezi.com/5lunf-caqmco/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
An example of the finished Scratch program can be found here – https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/97896014/
My Scratch booklet to help teachers of KS2 pupils, which is rated with five stars on the TES, can be found here – http://computingchampions.co.uk/scratch/