Netbook Upgrade

  I spent a few hours this afternoon migrating my netbook from Lubuntu to Debian 9.5 (Stretch),  this went really well. There were no issues with hardware support as I had already tested this before migration. So having installed the base OS,  installed extra software and copied back all my backed up files.  I am…

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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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Xournal

  Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions) and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal or to other alternatives such as Jarnal, Gournal, and NoteLa I have it installed on my system,  I…

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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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Updates May 2018

  The past week has seen a somewhat flurry of activity around a range of different issues. Firstly,  I was contacted with regard to CoderDojos starting up in Devon.   This is really exciting as it takes Code Club to the next level and extends participation to 7 – 17 year olds.   There should be a…

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Futurelearn course update May 2018

  I have decided to undertake my next future learn course ‘Teaching programming in Primary Schools‘.  This covers using scratch to create simple and more complex programs.  It is designed also cover the basic concepts in programming. Hopefully I can not only use what is taught to  help me as a Teaching Assistant in schools…

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