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Coding, Collaboration, Communication and Curriculum in Finland

Coding, Collaboration, Communication and Curriculum in Finland

Computer science nurtures problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. The world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity among those people who are building it. Not all students will be software developers or writers, doctors or translators, but we are already surrounded by technology and even more so in the future. The main point is to provide a basic understanding of society, living environment and fields of science and thus provide equal opportunities for all the learners. Understanding how computers work and how to use them well, gives children skills and knowledge to succeed in global competition and life generally. Year 3 pupils were not only taught the basics of coding, but they were taught to teach other classes the magic of coding. They have taught around 200 other children and teachers in Finland and India (via video) the Magic of Coding. You can learn more about the Coding Ambassadors here or email for an online course including videos and lesson plan for collaborative coding lessons.
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Crack the Binary Code – February Message (CS Unplugged)

Crack the Binary Code – February Message (CS Unplugged)

Teach your students how to encrypt and decrypt binary messages as well as understand binary code. This resource includes a hidden February themed message which students need to decrypt using the key (ASCII Table). Students are also given the option to write their own encrypted binary message. This is a perfect CS unplugged activity and can be used as an introduction to a lesson, for homework, for early finishers or even when you have no access to computers in the computer lab.
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Python Programming - I CAN Statements

Python Programming - I CAN Statements

These I Can statements are perfect to guide your students to develop the necessary skills when learning to code/program using Python. The teacher or the student can tick off each I Can statement once they have demonstrated evidence for them. I Can statements fall under the following 4 categories: • Criteria 1: Planning • Criteria 2: Skills Development • Criteria 3: Explanation of Code • Criteria 4: Efficiency of Code
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Python Programming–Jumbled Code Task Cards (Beginner) Coding Unplugged Activity

Python Programming–Jumbled Code Task Cards (Beginner) Coding Unplugged Activity

This resource is a brilliant way to get students to begin coding in Python! A set of 12 different Jumbled Code Python Task Cards which can be cut out, laminated and distributed to students. Instructions: Students need to look at the code and read the English statements (pseudo code) in order to put the jumbled python code in the correct order. These have been brilliant in my classroom and I have used them for starter and review activities. I have even used these as an introduction to coding in Python. These task cards also test students understanding of the following programming concepts: 1) syntax errors 2) logical errors 3) variables 4) print() function 5) input() function 6) int() function 6) if statements 7) while loops 8) lists 9) sorting & reverse sorting data in lists. Each task card also allows you to question students further on their knowledge of Python i.e: • “why was the data type string and not integer?” • “what is the difference between the input() and print() functions?” • “why did we need to use the int() function?E • Etc… Python software can be downloaded for free from: https://www.python.org/downloads/ There are also many online platforms in which Python can be used such as codeacademy.com
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Scratch Exercise - Buttons and Sounds

Scratch Exercise - Buttons and Sounds

In this exercise we will learn how to make a basic sound board. A sound board is a series of buttons that when pressed play a sound clip. We also look at the different ways in which the buttons can react to being clicked on either by changing their appearance or producing popup messages.
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Computing Conference! 24th February 2018 with Ofsted! For anyone who teaches computing!

Computing Conference! 24th February 2018 with Ofsted! For anyone who teaches computing!

We are running our annual teachers' conference on the 24th February 2018. THIS IS THE FLYER. You need to book a place for £35 on eventbrite!!! The flyer gives you the link! John Nixon, Computing Lead at Ofsted is providing our keynote. This is the only conference he is scheduled to present at this year!! At the conference, you can create your own day of CPD. For beginners, intermediates and more experienced teachers of computing. For primary and secondary teachers, trainees as well as in-service and out of school educators. SEND workshops, A level workshops - all you can think of. We are even making a swarm of fireflies out of 200 micro bits and have drones too! 9:10 registration, 9:45 Ofsted Keynote, 10:20 1st workshop, 4:15 finishes Gladesmore Community School, South Tottenham, N15 6BF (Victoria line) Just £35 to cover lunch/admin Select from 30 HANDS-ON workshops Unplugged, Scratch, Minecraft, Python, HTML, C#, MicroBit and more Sessions include: Advanced Python - Sue Sentance, Stride - Michael Kölling, Machine Learning - Paul Curzon, Primary Assessment - Phil Bagge, Minecraft - Simon Johnson (CLCSimon), NEWLY ADDED Secondary - Craig ‘n’ Dave Sign up here https://tinyurl.com/CASLondon-Conf-2018 #casconf2018 CAS London​ coordinates Computing At School activities in London. CAS London is run by King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London. http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/crcs/london @cas_london_crc email caslondon@computingatschool.org.uk
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