Computing At School :: The Network of Excellence September 2012 saw the launch of the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. CAS, working in collaboration with the BCS Academy to co-ordinate and provide training opportunities for both existing teachers and those training for the profession.
An Introduction (The 2DIY script archive)
Hakitzu Elite is a dangerous sport of the future. Hakitzu | Kuato Studios
Scratch Lesson 1: Programming an Etch-a-Sketch Game There's been much talk in the media recently about the need and value in teaching computer programming in primary schools - see this article from the BBC News website and this article from the BBC Newsround website, for instance. A few years ago I blogged my lessons about how to program Scratch games but felt that they needed revisiting since I've tweaked and improved them since then.
Scratch Lesson 2: Programming a Car Racing Game The second Scratch lesson that I like to teach involves programming a car to move around an on-screen race track in response to presses on the arrow keys on the keyboard. This builds nicely on the Etch-a-Sketch game since it basically just replaces the triangle sprite with a car and the white background with one of a race track. From my experience of asking children to create this game, I've found that it takes about an hour and a half so can either be done over two sessions or a slightly longer single session.
Now that the children are more familiar with the different command blocks available in Scratch, for the third activity I like to teach them how to program a slightly different game - a Pong-style game in which they have to use a paddle/bat to keep a ball bouncing around the screen for as long as possible without touching the floor. Scratch Lesson 3: Programming a Pong-Style Game
Kodu Mars 4 Age 4+ Creating a Game
Welcome to MSWLogo View a MSW Logo screen shot. (24 KB) GUI and Extensions By George Mills (email@example.com) MSWLogo, An Educational programming language
Photo Credit: flickingerbrad via Compfight cc I have spoken a lot recently about my frustration with a lack of apps that help teach children to code. Coding, Computer Science and iPads – My Current View
Ok we had a week off due to it being UK Easter Holidays. Each week my Flipboard app, Twitter responses, my kids, my Kindle Fire and my Google reader deliver a collection of new web tools, apps, books, crazy experiences and must read articles. Here is this weeks Stuff I have seen: Coding
TomBarrett'sArchive for googleDocs Back in October I wrote a proposal for the use of Google Docs (as part of Edu Apps) to deliver online reporting to parents at our school.
Become a Google Apps Ninja It looks like word finally broke on Twitter yesterday about a project I’ve been working on for about 5 or 6 weeks at my school. It started as a “I wonder what would happen if….” project and has turned into a pretty awe inspiring, self-motivated, get-out-of-their-way, dare I say fun project. When I was going through the process of becoming a Google Apps Certified Trainer I was taking the required tests on all the Google Apps. The tests run on Google’s own system and once you press start you have 90 minutes to finish.