Apps for Computer Science As part of the new primary curriculum for ICT, there is a significant emphasis on computer science. Below I've included what the children should be taught and a selection of apps which can be used in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Key Stage 1 Pupils should be taught to: understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructionswrite and test simple programsuse logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs Key Stage 2 design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller partsuse sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programsuse logical reasoning to how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs Codea: £6.99
Cato's Hike Lite: A Programming and Logic Odyssey Free online tutorials for learning to use technology and ict in education How to work with screencasting tools www.teachertrainingvideos.com uses Camtasia for making the training videos. I also use JING for making short videos. If you look at the menu on the left-hand side, you can see a complete list of the screencasting tools that I have worked with and made videos for. Camtasia 7-Two sets of videos All the videos I have made on this site use Camtasia 7. SnagIt SnagIt is not free but it is a very reasonably priced option for creating screencasts and it also allows for doing much more. SnagIt part two ScreenR A simple screen cast tool that works on the web. ScreenCast-o-matic Another free screen casting tool that does not need any download and allows you to record quite long videos. Russell Writes in the Teacher Training Journal
KineScript Lite : Visual Programming Students get computer programming experience from the pros He taught the students to select words from a list rather than typing them out in order to avoid spelling errors. He also said to let the computer do the math, because computers are good at math. The students applied this rule to make a tortoise draw a blue-sided square, which gained more colors, sides and complexity as the lesson proceeded. Midway through the lesson, the box had evolved into a multicolored spiral. "[It is] a lot of fun," said Bridger Belyea, a junior at Jordan High school. The lesson was part of an experiment featuring six Utah schools presented by Teaching Kids Programming, a nonprofit group, and Pluralsight, an Ogden-based company that offers training for professional programmers. "One of the reasons we founded this is because there is a shortage of computer science teachers that know how to program because most people who know how to program become programmers," Langit said. Pluralsight also hosted the videos on their website where they are available at no charge.
Kodable Sleipnir 4 Web browser for Mac - The ultimate advance in Web browsing without an address bar The page title is shown when the cursor is aligned and when switching tabs. It has been designed so that the page title can be checked at the most necessary timing. You can modify the address by clicking it. All the necessary functions are included. The list of candidates have been designed so that you can quickly arrive at the page you want to open. The sites you want to open appears compact, easy to view, and easy to select. Even with the bookmark bar shown, the beauty and the slimness that overwhelms others doesn't change. Thumbnail tabs to understand what is inside Tabs originally became smaller and smaller the more you open them making the shrunken title not very useful for telling what a page is. Unique scrolling easy to view even when overflowing with tabs Why the address bar should be removed These days, rather than directly inputting addresses(URLs), users are much more likely to perform searches or open bookmarks. Luxury of browsing the Web with beautiful text on PC too