5 Brilliant 'Design Your Own Game' Websites for Students There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the use of gaming in the classroom – from the ‘gamification’ of learning to the use of Minecraft to teach everything from physics to strategic thinking. Since long before education technology even existed, video games have been a hugely successful way to engage students, creating a fun and compelling environment in which they can learn, develop and interact with their peers. But allowing students to actually take control of designing the game themselves takes the concept to a whole new level, allowing them to practice a host of new creative and technical skills. 1. This brilliant website allows students a vast range of options. 2. Ideal for younger students, this game allows the player to create their own pathway for a stick man hero by spray painting a route for him onto the game board. 3. 4. 5. What ‘design your own game’ sites or tools are you using to encourage students to get creative in gaming? Feature image courtesy of Flickr, JD Hancock.
guide.pencilcode LURCH Explanation Conventional algorithms Conventional algorithms for exploring a system's state space are deterministic, in that they have specific decision paths for mapping inputs to outputs. Nondeterministic algorithms, on the other hand, do not have such specific paths, allowing for the same inputs to result in different outputs. Deterministic analysis is often considered safer than nondeterministic methods since it explores all possible system states in an exhaustive and thorough way. Nondeterministic analysis, however, may only explore a subset of the entire state space, and thereby miss some of the possible faults. Nondeterministic analysis methods Decisions on using LURCH Menzies et al. in  argue that LURCH is no less safe than conventional deterministic algorithms for software model analysis; that LURCH is simple, competent, fast, scalable, and a stable nondeterministic analysis method: See also References
A Beginner's Guide to Integrated Development Environments The Web Development Series is supported by Rackspace, the better way to do hosting. Learn more about Rackspace's hosting solutions here. If you're new to programming (or new to programming in a particular language) you might be looking for an IDE — that's an integrated development environment, the handy, dandy piece of software that acts as text editor, debugger and compiler all in one sometimes-bloated but generally useful package. Unless you're committed to working in a text editor and a command prompt window (and there are compelling reasons for doing exactly that) you might be looking for some advice on how to choose a good IDE, the pros and cons of various varieties, the relative costs (financial or system resources) of running a particular IDE, what other languages the IDE might handle well, the operating system(s) it runs on and ever so much more. I was recently in need of such advice, myself. The topic is apparently a minefield of catastrophic proportions. Multi-Language IDEs Geany
Three Free iPad Apps That Teach Kids To Program The first time that I wanted to stay after school was in the sixth grade. In sixth grade we could stay after school to use Logo Writer. My friend Sean and I had a great time building some simple programs that we ran on the two computers in our teacher’s room. Daisy the Dinosaur is a free iPad app designed to introduce young students to some programming basics. Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. Kodable is an iPad app that introduces children to logic and programming through a simple visual interface. Tags: coding , free ipad app , free ipad apps , programming
The Royal Society of Edinburgh | Computing Science For Teachers Resources → Computing Science → Implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and the development of new National Qualifications in Scotland have presented a timely opportunity to revise the way Computing Science is taught in schools and provide a more interesting, up-to-date and engaging experience for both teachers and learners. This resource will provide an introduction to computer science and basic Computing concepts and give students a grounding in computer programming. Download the full resource pack. This resource will explore further Computing concepts, with a focus on abstraction, modularity and hierarchy within programming. Download the full resource pack. This resource seeks to consolidate previous concepts through the medium of mobile app development. Download the full resource pack. This resource supports aspects of the Information Systems Design & Development Unit of the Scottish National 4/5 Computing Science qualifications. Download the full resource pack.
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repl.it Help What is repl.it? It is an online environment for interactively exploring programming languages. How do I start? Once you have selected a language, start by typing an expression into the console on the right side of the screen and pressing Enter. Can I use variables or other state? Yes! Can I save my session? Yes! Is repl.it open source? Can I use repl.it on my phone or tablet? Yes! How does repl.it work? All code processed by repl.it runs entirely on your computer, with no server-side evaluation. Enter Evaluate the entered command. Shift+Enter Continue to the next line. Tab Indent. Shift+Tab Unindent. Up Previous history item. Down Next history item. Ctrl+Up Move to the line above the cursor. Ctrl+Down Move to the line below the cursor. Ctrl+E Move to the end of the current line. Ctrl+A Move to the start of the current line. Ctrl+K Clears the console. Ctrl+Z Cancel current prompt. Ctrl+L Open languages selector. Ctrl+G Open examples preview. Ctrl+H Open this help page. Ctrl+S Save session (new revision). Escape About Us
Computer coding and programming for primary school children If getting your child to learn his times tables is a struggle, the thought of him mastering computer programming probably sounds rather far-fetched. But from September 2014, following a successful campaign led by Google chairman Eric Schmidt to introduce computer coding to the primary-school curriculum as a matter of ‘prominence and urgency’, all five to 11 year olds in England will be taught code as part of the ICT curriculum. Baffled? Here’s what you need to know. Why is coding so important? Coding means telling a computer what to do by giving it commands to which it responds. ‘We live in a digital age, and children need to understand how the devices they’re using work and how to control them,’ says Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder of Code Club, a new initiative offering free after-school coding lessons to Year 5 and 6 children. Teaching coding puts children in control of the computer and lets them learn through experimentation, mastering concepts such as logic and consequences. Code Club
Europe Code Week 2015 - Resources and guides EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeEU event and add it to the codeweek.eu map. To make organising and running coding events easier, we have prepared different toolkits and selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources. Presentations and toolkits Local resources in your language Coding lessons for beginners of all ages Scratch ode to code: Multilingual Scratch tutorial for Europe Code Week Codecademy: Learn to code interactively, for free, on the web. Coding for younger beginners Scratch: With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Full online courses for advanced learners edX: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities.
Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction In real life, you would never use a ladder that only let you go up. Likewise, when creating abstractions, stepping down is as important as stepping up. Here, we take the abstraction from the previous section, and overlay a concrete representation on top of it. That is, we draw the trajectory that represents all time, but we also draw the car at some particular time. How do we select which particular time to show? We could use the slider, which has reappeared. This is a general and powerful technique. Try cranking up the turning rate to 8° or so, and then inspecting the car's behavior as it makes its first two turns. In this case, it's fairly easy to look at the trajectory and imagine the car moving along.
Intelligent code completion Intelligent code completion appears in many program environments, an example implementation being Visual Studio's IntelliSense. The term was originally popularized as "picklist" and some implementations still refer to it as such. Overview Similar to other autocompletion systems, intelligent code completion is a convenient way to access descriptions of functions, particularly their parameter lists. Intelligent code completion works using an automatically generated in-memory database of classes, variable names, and other constructs that the application being edited defines or references. The feature also lets the user select from a number of overloaded functions in languages that support object oriented programming. History Research extends back to 1957, including spelling checkers for bitmap images of cursive writing and special applications to find records in databases in spite of incorrect entries. IntelliSense Eclipse Example Notes
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