Interactive presentations I’ve just been looking at a really interesting on line tool called Voicethread. What's Voicethread?Voice thread enables users to create online presentations using their own images. It also allows the creator to add audio or written text to the images and give access to other people to leave audio or text comments on the presentation.
Scratch Lesson 3: Programming a Pong-Style Game 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. Like last time, I once again began by giving them a quick demonstration of what moving sprites (objects) needed creating and how the background needed designing: After this, I just then let them work independently at copying my sheet of commands which they all managed to do really well. They basically instruct the paddle to move left/right in response to changes in the mouse's X position and the ball to bounce around the screen edges until it touches a line near the bottom. The children seemed to work much more confidently this week programming their games and their ability to combine various command blocks together successfully in Scratch had really improved.
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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. Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2017 Which torrent sites are the most popular this year? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay comes out as the king of torrents once again. Since several torrent sites have shut down in recent months, this year's top list also reveals some newcomers. At the beginning of 2017 the torrent landscape looks quite different from a year ago. With the shutdown of KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu, two of the largest players in the scene disappeared.
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. To begin, it's worthwhile just highlighting the progression that the pupils have in programming at my school so that you can see where teaching Scratch programming during Year 5 fits in. In summary: Scratch can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Now unfortunately if you just open the application up, by default it gives you a cat to move around – to make the progression from MSW Logo easier though, I instead always open up a project file (as Scratch calls them) where I’ve replaced this cat character (or ‘sprite’) with a more familiar and less distracting triangle.
Alchemy-Garabatos Download License & Disclaimer Alchemy is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. Alchemy is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. 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. The original blog post proved incredibly useful in sparking some debate about the use of such cloud based tools for reporting to parents. It also brought about some challenges and raised questions in the blog comments, again very useful to help me better understand the whole idea. I have been exploring the resulting responses on and off for the last 9 months or so and this blog post is an update about the project and some information I have discovered along the way that may prove useful.
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.
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. This initiative is supported by The Department For Education, OCR, CPHC, Microsoft and Google. As the government and other industry leaders and educators call for more Computer Science in the school curriculum there is a need to raise the confidence level of existing ICT/Computing teachers to embrace Computer Science, if they are not already doing so. The DfE have supported the application made by CAS/BCS to continue and expand the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE). The heart of the programme is to build a high-quality, sustainable CPD infrastructure at low cost.