Hour of code 2018

    This year the Hour of Code will be the biggest and best ever. There is so much I can’t wait to share, and it starts with a special video! Creativity is our theme for the Hour of Code this year. Hour of Code during CS Education Week, December 3 – 9th. Students worldwide…

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CodeClub Paignton – Update 2

  First code club session on the 15th September went well.  I am now looking forward to the next session.  I have printed out all the activities for Scratch : Module 1,   so can add these to the resources for code club. I should probably get a Trinket account ( https://trinket.io/ ) as this is used…

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CodeClub Paignton – Update

  Just a quick update. I will hopefully running the Paignton Code Club from 15th September 2018. I am NOT taking over on a permanent basis,   but want to keep the club running until the group leader is able to take over and carry on.  I can then go back to just helping out…

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Essential digital skills framework

  Looks like the Digital Skills Framework has been updated : (12/9/2018) Looks pretty straightforward. Makes interesting reading and some of the statistics are interesting too.   Not sure if these are based on people who have ‘bits of paper’ or from other research. I am sure that I am able to do the following :-…

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Scratch 2.0 development

The main topics covered in the Teaching programming in primary schools are :- Variables Repetition Selection Sequencing This afternoon I put together a small scratch program that demonstrates some of these concepts. Which produces:- Now includes some user interaction.   Works nicely.  Previous programs produced Spirograph(tm) type patterns.  This program can be easily modified for this. …

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CPD Update 2018 – Part 3

  Just a quick update as to recent CPD courses undertaken, since my last update around February. Completed: Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python Teaching Programming in Primary Schools With FutureLearn and obtained formal certificates for all 3 courses completed so far £32 each or £96 in total.  I also completed the Grow…

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More Google and Privacy problems

If you are still using google for e-mail, then you should read the recent article disclosing that 3rd parties may be able to read PRIVATE e-mail,   the fact that this is NOT against their policies is rather worrying. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44699263 If you want real privacy, then perhaps it is time to dump Google,  if you need…

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Worksheets and programming resources 1

  I am working on a set of worksheets to explain / demonstrate various programming ideas.   However as Scratch 3.0 is very close to release I am using this as a basis for these resources. I will be releasing under some sort of creative commons license, however as I am also looking for paid work…

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