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by Sciman
Thu May 16, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: How useful is pseudocode?
Replies: 18
Views: 5195

Re: How useful is pseudocode?

What do people here think of this style of pseudocode AQA GCSE students have to use: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-GCSE-COMPSCI-W-TRB-PSEU.PDF ? The GCSE students are not expected to stick to it themselves when writing pseudocode (according to the specification) but this is the only code ...
by Sciman
Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Greatest game of all time
Replies: 152
Views: 37942

Re: Greatest game of all time

<t>OK ... I've held back on this topic for a long time but there are now 6 pages of suggestions and still no one has mentioned the only real contender for Greatest Video Game of All Time: The original Tron<br/> <br/> Why?<br/> <br/> No graphics - just two lines, cannot be played anywhere other than ...
by Sciman
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Re: Sad about removal of I2S. Why was this change made?
Replies: 76
Views: 45918

Re: Sad about removal of I2S. Why was this change made?

<t>Hi, this is all a little technical for me - but worrying. I have some teachers at my school who are wanting to start a robotics club and would love to have the RaspberryPi act as the brain and use Python code to receive input from sensors and control servos. I had hoped that the Gert board would ...
by Sciman
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>A quick bit of news:<br/> <br/> I have listened to comments about my proposed short book. I have now split it in two leaving OOP for a higher level one. I have looked at self-publishing which has promise, released the first book as a pdf under a creative commons license that basically says do wha...
by Sciman
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Moodle?
Replies: 18
Views: 15086

Re: Moodle?

<t>To run a Moodle quiz on a RasPi, all that is required is that the user logs in using a browser to the school server hosting that quiz. This could be set up with its own login just for this machine so it can only be accessed via the RasPi in the foyer for instance. The RasPi needs nothing more tha...
by Sciman
Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Oh dear! Thanks for pointing that out tufty. That is what happens when you teach yourself and do not have a Computer Science education behind you!<br/> <br/> While reflecting on the last few posts and while teaching my Club last term, a few important issues have surfaced in my mind with regard to...
by Sciman
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Thanks boley for taking the time. It is much appreciated. I usually make several redrafts of work sheets but always start with what I want to get across. Your points are well made. Points 1 & 3 are what encourage me to use a publisher. Points 2 & 3: I have on the top of my to do list to c...
by Sciman
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>I started this topic way back. Since then I have been lurking and contributing little to the forum. However while doing my day job I have also been working on some resources and ideas.<br/> <br/> I am a secondary teacher with little Computer Science knowledge but I do have a little programming ex...
by Sciman
Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Inspirational people in Computer Science
Replies: 99
Views: 16136

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

The kids may have heard of Jonathan Ive - iPod/iPad designer - and he appreciates small computers.
by Sciman
Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pygame
Replies: 29
Views: 6951

Re: Pygame

<t>That is great news. Python 3 pretty please. Kids always want the latest thing and do not want to put in time learning a language that they will see as already out of date.<br/> <br/> My preference (I doubt you will be surprised) is the Python 3 Hello World program. It is great when coming to teac...
by Sciman
Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pygame
Replies: 29
Views: 6951

Re: Pygame

I also would like to see Pygame pre-installed with Python 3 on the Raspberry Pi. At some point when learning to programme, students need to know about digging into libraries. This is an ideal one for many kids.
by Sciman
Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Barnaby - I am writing materials and then using them with my students to find out what works for them and what doesn't, as such I think it would premature to post the stuff I am writing yet. The reason I am having to do this is because there does not seem to be a suitable text that is aimed at yo...
by Sciman
Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Barnaby - I am writing my own materials as I go along, though I have a plan I am working towards. I have always felt that the problem with a lot of ICT teaching is the contexts used. I have seen books that introduce children to spreadsheets, for example, in an accounting context! Thus I am thinki...
by Sciman
Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>When I started this topic I said I was going to be starting a Coding Club at School. This I have done and I thought I might give an update as to how it is going. There are students from years 7, 8 and 9. If successful, I hope to start a club for our Year 6 students from our Junior School. Well so...
by Sciman
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

I love Microsoft's IDE used with Small Basic in the link supplied by Michael above. The URL again:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/ar.....o_code.php
by Sciman
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>At the risk of sounding like a religious zealot for OOP, I have to cautiously disagree with the general feeling that OOP is not suitable for children. I think the most difficult things for beginning programmers is working out where to start and then getting lost later in the development of their ...
by Sciman
Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>I agree ShiftPlusOne that motivation and ownership (ie not having something forced on you) are the best motivators and make children most likely to succeed. This is why we want to teach programming initially in a club at school. I also believe that this kind of motivation helps children battle th...
by Sciman
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>It is a shame that Eclipse is unlikely to run on RaspberryPi as it had a number of advantages and runs really well on my MacBook Pro !<br/> <br/> The main advantage was that it can easily be arranged into three panels: one with file management, another where you code with error alerts, and auto t...
by Sciman
Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31354

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>I hope to start a programming club in my school next year. We will initially work on PCs but I would like to be able to tell the kids that they can get their own, ready to run computer for home and develop my club into a raspberrypi club. I am thinking that proper programming can be taught from a...

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