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/
I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a BBC micro:bit, which were delivered to Y7 teachers last week. The micro:bit website provides a range of resources to help secondary school teachers and I intend to produce a guide for primary teachers over the next few months.
On the micro:bit website, pupils can write their programs using a number of environments, including the “Block Editor”, which is very similar to Scratch. For more advanced programs, Mu – a “micro” editor for MicroPython and the BBC micro:bit, can be used, which is currently in development here. If you’re familiar with Python, Mu is a joy to use and even displays error codes on the micro:bit’s display!
To test how this works, I decided to make a program allowing text to be entered on the micro:bit itself, which can then be scrolled across the device’s display. This is likely to be useful if you’re using your micro:bit as a wearable and want to change the text while away from your computer. The program can be seen in action in the (shaky!) video below:
The code is available on GitHub here for those of you who would like to use it yourself, or even enhance it.
Let me know what you think on Twitter @computingchamps