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by chinaguy
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: How do you Teach KS1 and KS2
Replies: 4
Views: 3898

How do you Teach KS1 and KS2

Dear All, Since this is all we get from the Government as a Guideline for our Computer Curriculum, WHAT DO YOU DO in your classroom? Computing Purpose of study A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking. It develops and requires...
by chinaguy
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Traffic Lights with Sound Sensor for noisy class
Replies: 3
Views: 3928

Re: Traffic Lights with Sound Sensor for noisy class

I do a very similar project in Scratch with my KS2 pupils, using a Picoboard. https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.62.SqVN3m&id=542655341512&ns=1&abbucket=6#detail You can use a PC if it has a built in Microphone, most of the flat panel PCs do. The scratch 1.4 Extra Blocks allow Sensing t...
by chinaguy
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pi-Themed Summer Computing Club
Replies: 4
Views: 3389

Re: Pi-Themed Summer Computing Club

As a Primary Computer Science Teacher I would recommend 3 games that would be suitable in Scratch. Flappy Bird, takes me about one hour to get the basic game working another hour for all students to have it working. Pong, takes about 2-3 hours. Duck Shoot, takes 1-2 hours. You can find them https://...
by chinaguy
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Pi as offline E-learning kiosk?!
Replies: 3
Views: 4145

Re: Pi as offline E-learning kiosk?!

You could try PirateBox to be the Kiosk https://piratebox.cc/ It is very easy to set up and can run from a RP3B and a USB stick to store the files and Data. Great advantage it works Off the Net and Files can be loaded onto the USB from a PC into the shared folder. It works with any PC, Tablet, Smart...
by chinaguy
Tue May 23, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: SMARTBOARD and Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1
Views: 2549

SMARTBOARD and Raspberry Pi

Dear All, I have searched the Forum and other Websites but still no definite answer to the question on if it is possible to use a Smartboard with a Raspberry PI. I am not after anything fancy just the ability to use the SmartBoard as a touch pad and left/right mouse click. The need for a calibration...
by chinaguy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Best Hi Fi HAT
Replies: 19
Views: 28220

Re: Best Hi Fi HAT

One advantage of been in China is I can order from Taobao.com and everything is delivered in 24hrs by a man on a ebike :D So I purchased the X5000 from Suptronics as it comes in a nice project case that allows access to the SD Card, 3USB ports and HDMI. The case includes the board to hold and power ...
by chinaguy
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Most Expensive RP Zero W in the shops 34UK Pounds?
Replies: 0
Views: 476

Most Expensive RP Zero W in the shops 34UK Pounds?

Here in Shanghai the Raspberry Pi Zero W can be purchased for 34.00UK pounds at todays ex-rate! https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.31.cygTyS&id=546108300711&ns=1&abbucket=6#detail Anybody else seen a higher price or mark up? But I can get a Chinese fabricated RP3B fro 23.50UK Pounds! ht...
by chinaguy
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Micro SD card Extension Cables
Replies: 4
Views: 2120

Re: Micro SD card Extension Cables

I looked at them and they all appear to be the same size, so will not fit.

Looks like I will have to cut a hole in the case :-(
by chinaguy
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Micro SD card Extension Cables
Replies: 4
Views: 2120

Micro SD card Extension Cables

I tried to fit this cable into the case of the 7inch display box so I can swap SD cards without opening the case with a screw driver! I want to be able to change the SD inside the display case to allow the use of different OS with the least amount of hassle. I hoped this would allow SD cards to be c...
by chinaguy
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Help installing astrill-setup-linux.deb
Replies: 2
Views: 1957

Help installing astrill-setup-linux.deb

I am trying to install (Debian astrill-setup-Linux.deb file) Astrill VPN onto my RP3. I have copied the file and tried the straight forward double click self install option with the following error "Failed to install file". I then tried the sudo dpkg -I /home/pi/downloads/astrill-setup-Linux.deb But...
by chinaguy
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:44 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Much larger DSI display wanted
Replies: 24
Views: 23734

Re: Much larger DSI display wanted

Thanks you for the info, but nothing on Waveshare looks like it is a finished product like the offical RP display.
by chinaguy
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Much larger DSI display wanted
Replies: 24
Views: 23734

Re: Much larger DSI display wanted

Having worked with charities placing "Used PCs" donated from MNC into rural schools in southeast Asia we would LOVE a larger 10-11inch touch screen for the RP3. We have considered the RP3 for rural schools for many reasons but it is obtaining a suitable supply of monitors at a reasonable cost that p...
by chinaguy
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Long DSI Cable needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Re: Long DSI Cable needed

I purchased the 300mm camera cable and that gives plenty of room to connect up the display ports to each other. All works fine with the longer cable. Will cut a hole in the case to allow the SD card to be changed without undoing the screws on the back part of the display.
by chinaguy
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Long DSI Cable needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Re: Long DSI Cable needed

Thanks for the info
by chinaguy
Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:26 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Long DSI Cable needed
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Long DSI Cable needed

I think there is a bit of a design fault in the display as it is next to impossible to change the SD card with the DSI cable looped around the card holder. I like to swap out the cards with different OS for different applications such as using UBUNTU and PirateBox, all but impossible with the backpl...
by chinaguy
Wed May 25, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: Recommended sensor kit for primary Scratch work
Replies: 6
Views: 4396

Re: Recommended sensor kit for primary Scratch work

The options I use at the moment in my school in Shanghai with my KS2 students is the Picoboard. https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.58.A1O9LM&id=41049055512&ns=1&abbucket=8#detail The ones I purchased also came with some extra inputs for the leads such as tilt/LDR/Thermistor and a few ex...
by chinaguy
Tue May 12, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: In search of a quiet mini-computer
Replies: 94
Views: 10612

Re: In search of a quiet mini-computer

Well as a Computer Science teacher (who worked as a shipbuilder before the chalk face) there are a number of health and safety issues involved. Working in a room with 30 old fashioned PC each with a fan on top of the CPU, a fan in the PSU, case fan and on the GPU could make a hell of a noise. Not to...
by chinaguy
Sun May 10, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Synology how to map a network folder
Replies: 0
Views: 292

Synology how to map a network folder

Dear all, I have 30 years experience with Microsoft OS and Networks so using the RP is a bit of a culture shock, but a good one! I have the RP 2 all setup and working over my home network and onto the internet. I would like to use one of my many Synology DS214se with my RP2 in the same way I can the...

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