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Application of Computational Thinking

Application of Computational Thinking

My popular twitter poster is available for download here! This poster gives an example of how computational thinking can be used to convert classic games such as 'rock, paper, scissors' and 'naughts and crosses' into algorithms. Try out in your classroom! I have included JPEG and PNG versions of the poster. ***Please leave a review!***
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GCSE Run Length Encoding Programming Lesson tasks

GCSE Run Length Encoding Programming Lesson tasks

This resource contains tasks for a complete programming lesson based on Run Length Encoding. If students have looked at the theory this lesson is a good follow up as it improves their programming skills and reinforces the theory learned previously. Included in this resource is a self-marking Excel starter document, and Powerpoint presentation for the lesson. The code with tasks is included for students to copy and paste into Visual Basic, or pseudocode for more of a challenge.
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Rubber Duck Debugging

Rubber Duck Debugging

How can a rubber duck help you be a better programmer? How can they possibly have a place in our classrooms? What is rubber duck debugging? When I first heard about this strange phenomenon, I was a little sceptical. Is this just another gimmick? Is there a surplus of rubber ducks that need repurposing? No, apparently this is a recognised programming technique that really works. What do you do? You need enough rubber ducks so that each pupil has their own duck. Amazon presently have them on sale of 10 for £1.56 which is just over 15p per duck and even without a spreadsheet I can work out, that’s cheap. Run through the presentation with them, give them the 3 Python programs to practice with and watch as your programming classes learn how to solve many of their programming problems without having to rely on you! If you are having trouble finding non-squeaky ducks you can either print out an image of the duck to be blue-tacked to the corner of their screen for everyone, or try the squeaky ducks but tell them, if there is an excessive amount of squeaking they will have their duck taken away and given a "flat duck" instead.
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Small Basic Programming lesson bundle

Small Basic Programming lesson bundle

Three separate lessons, covering variables, selection and iteration in Small Basic. Included are PowerPoints, programming tasks with full code, and links to bespoke Kahoot quizzes as well. Presentations include theory as well as code challenges. Help sheets and code snippets are also included to help students who might struggle with the programming tasks. 20% saving on price of all three lessons separately.
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Small Basic Iteration programming lesson

Small Basic Iteration programming lesson

Included is a presentation on iteration using Small Basic. Includes some theory and programming tasks, including all of the code required, instruction sheets and code snippets useful for helping students who might otherwise struggle with programming. I have used this with multiple mixed ability Year 8 classes, who have all managed some success with programming. Also included at the end of the presentation is a link to a Kahoot quiz written specifically for this lesson. One of the early tasks involves changing the background colour of the graphics window. Be aware that if students play around with the timing then it could potentially affect students with epilepsy. I made sure that none of my students would be affected before planning this lesson.
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Small Basic Selection Programming lesson

Small Basic Selection Programming lesson

Included is a presentation on selection using Small Basic. Includes some theory and programming tasks, including all of the code required, instruction sheets and code snippets useful for helping students who might otherwise struggle with programming. I have used this with multiple mixed ability Year 8 classes, who have all managed some success with programming. Also included at the end of the presentation is a link to a Kahoot quiz written specifically for this lesson.
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Small Basic Variables Lesson

Small Basic Variables Lesson

Included is a presentation on variables using Small Basic. Includes some theory and programming tasks, including all of the code required, instruction sheets and code snippets useful for helping students who might otherwise struggle with programming. I have used this with multiple mixed ability Year 8 classes, who have all managed some success with programming. Also included at the end of the presentation is a link to a Kahoot quiz written specifically for this lesson.
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GCSE Battleships programming project

GCSE Battleships programming project

This is a programming project that I have used over 3 lessons with my mixed ability Year 10 class. Included is a PowerPoint with the main programming challenges, and the full code for demonstrating the game before the students make it (Visual Basic). Each challenge should be discussed before the students choose either the code (easier) or pseudocode (harder) images to help them with the programming. Images have been used to avoid copy and pasting. The pseudocode will need to be translated into code and the code images contain key words blanked out to avoid pure copying.
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GCSE Programming Four in a row 2D arrays project

GCSE Programming Four in a row 2D arrays project

Included is a programming project to recreate a well known game that I have used with a mixed ability Year 10 class. The project took 3-4 lessons and includes the powerpoint highlighting the main challenges in creating the game, the full code (Visual Basic), pseudocode for the whole program and images of code/pseudocode for each challenge that the programmers face. Images were used for this to prevent students copy and pasting the code. To differentiate, after talking through solving each challenge as a class, the students were able to load up the image of either the code or pseudocode, and type the code required into their program. The pseudocode is more challenging as it needs translating into code, and the code has key words missing so it is not just about copying the code into their program. I have also included teaching notes on how to discuss the different challenges, and a help sheet on 2-dimensional arrays.
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GCSE Bubble Sort Programming Lesson

GCSE Bubble Sort Programming Lesson

Included is a presentation reviewing the Bubble Sort method, and an interactive Excel activity that can is self-marking and can give students immediate feedback. There is also a help sheet for anyone who has missed the Bubble Sort theory or needs help with the activities, and differentiated instructions for writing a Bubble Sort program (I used Visual Basic but the code hints could be adapted to another language quickly). I have also included the lesson plan that I used for a lesson observation. There are notes on AfL and differentiation included in the plan.
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Computational Thinking Bundle

Computational Thinking Bundle

Purchase my three comprehensive guides to computational thinking within one bargain package! Includes: Computational thinking for KS3 Computational thinking for KS4 Problem Solving for KS3 Also includes my popular poster resources to help promote computational thinking within your classroom
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