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An experienced writer of Computing/ICT resources (and two text books) my free products have been downloaded over a million times all over the world.<br> Following years of regular 5 star ratings and very positive feedback I made the decision to start writing commercially. My commercial resources continue to be praised for their professional look and imaginative content. Please download and enjoy! Greg (Computing Science teacher for 21 years and counting)

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An experienced writer of Computing/ICT resources (and two text books) my free products have been downloaded over a million times all over the world.<br> Following years of regular 5 star ratings and very positive feedback I made the decision to start writing commercially. My commercial resources continue to be praised for their professional look and imaginative content. Please download and enjoy! Greg (Computing Science teacher for 21 years and counting)
Scratch Homeworks
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Scratch Homeworks

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A collection of 6 Scratch homeworks written to improve problem solving skills and understanding of Scratch program code.
Website Analysis and Design
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Website Analysis and Design

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This 16 page booklet is the first of three written to cover the process of creating a website from analysis to coding to final evaluation. Booklet 1 (analysis and design) covers: client - developer discussions requirements (user and functional) wireframe designs form designs website structure diagrams (navigation) prototypes 5 tasks have been written to accompany the booklet. These come with marking instructions and may be used in class, as homework exercises or even as assessments. Booklet 2 (implementation examples and task) covering HTML5, CSS and JavaScript coding is also available.
Networks, Security, Legality and the Environment
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Networks, Security, Legality and the Environment

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This theory unit was written by my colleague Arthur Kerr and edited by myselfIt was written for the Scottish National 4/5 Computing course but could easily be used with other exam systems. It covers: - Networking - Security - Legality - Environment Please leave feedback
Programming Homework/Assessment Practise Questions Bundle (Qs 1-5)
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Programming Homework/Assessment Practise Questions Bundle (Qs 1-5)

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These exercises were written to solve that familiar problem of; “what homework do I give during practical lessons like programming?”. In this series of questions students are asked to consider small programming problems and design solutions using pseudocode or a programming language of their choice. Homeworks 1 to 5 includes questions on: - Input - Output - Conditional (if) Statements - Conditional Loops - Fixed Loops - Arrays - Calculations,(Len Function, Int Function & Power) Additional theory questions cover: - Input Validation - Test Data - Reasons for Input Validation - Reasons for Variable Use - Logic Problems with the Design. Marking schemes give answers in: 1. Pseudocode and Python 2. Pseudocode and Visual Basic My students found these a very helpful aid to their understanding of program structures and problem solving.
Programming Homework/Assessment Practise Questions (Set 4)
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Programming Homework/Assessment Practise Questions (Set 4)

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These exercises were written to solve that familiar problem of; “what homework do I give during practical lessons like programming?”. In this series of questions students are asked to consider small programming problems and design solutions using pseudocode or a programming language of their choice. Homework 4 of 10 includes questions on: - Input - Output - Calculation (power ^, Int Function) - Fixed Loop - Arrays Two additional theory questions cover Data Types and Order of Code. Two marking schemes give answers in: 1. Pseudocode and Python 2. Pseudocode and Visual Basic My students found this a very helpful aid to their understanding of program structures and problem solving. Questions 1-5 are available to purchase as a bundle. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/practise-programming-questions-1-to-5-bundle-11543151
Web Coding Problem Solving Homework 2
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Web Coding Problem Solving Homework 2

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This is a short written task is designed to following an introductory few lesson on HTML. The 15 minute, 15 mark homework sheet has four pages which use basic HTML tags to encourage students to learn the skill of finding errors in code. Question 1 shows a html file containing 10 deliberate errors. Students have to identify the position of each error and write in a correction. Question 2 consists of five similar problems. Students are shown a web page in a browser, each of which are not displaying as intended. Students told how the web page should have looked and have to identify what error may have been made in the code that would cause each page to display as shown. Question 2 may be used to generate lots of good discussion as often there may be several possible answers. This could easily be used as class written work or for staff absence cover. The download includes the original HTML files created while writing the questions. These may be used for demonstration, discussion or as part of your HTML course.
SQL Computational Thinking Exercises - Set 2 (Insert, Update & Delete)
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SQL Computational Thinking Exercises - Set 2 (Insert, Update & Delete)

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Make your lesson fun by introducing Computational Thinking! Structured Query Language is a programming language used to manipulate and extract information stored in databases. As with all programming languages the best way to learn its functions is through solving problems. In this series of fun worksheets (or possible homework sheets) are sets of problems that are solved by writing or interpreting SQL instructions. Students must either predict the output of SQL instructions or calculate the SQL that must have been used to produce some given output from a database. Set 2 includes an explanation of the uses of INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE functions followed by 5 pages of questions. This style of learning is very well received by students who &quot;love solving the problems&quot;.
Programming Practise Questions (Homework 8)
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Programming Practise Questions (Homework 8)

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A generic programming question for use with any programming language. Suitable as classwork or as a homework exercise to accompany a practical programming course. Students are given a scenario and required to write code on paper (using pseudocode or a programming language of their choice). The program requires use of: Functions Procedures Parameter Passing (value and reference) Writing Data to a Text File Algorithm – Count Occurences Required Variables and Arrays Two marking schemes give answers in: 1. Pseudocode 2. Python Python and Visual Basic Solutions are also supplied to use when demonstrating/discussing solutions. My students found this a very helpful aid to their understanding of program structures and problem solving. This is homework 8 of 10. Questions 1 to 5 are now available as a bundle at half price.
Scratch Programming - Computational Thinking Homework 2
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Scratch Programming - Computational Thinking Homework 2

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Computational Thinking (learning to think in a logical/problem solving way) is the buzz word in the teaching of programming. By teaching students to predict the outcome of small pieces of code they naturally become better at building their own programs. Although this homework uses Scratch program code, the code is simply a vehicle to ask the questions and the homework may be used with students who have never seen Scratch. Permission has been granted by the Scratch team to uses images of Scratch code. Have fun. My students loved these! Previously downloaded 30,000 times on a few websites comments have included: &quot;Thanks, these look like really good examples and introduce code in a fun and engaging way.&quot; &quot;Very useful. I'll use for a Maths class as well.&quot; &quot;Great examples to understand code. Thank you for sharing it.&quot;
Python Programming - Computational Thinking Homework 1 (Strings)
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Python Programming - Computational Thinking Homework 1 (Strings)

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(Greg Reid has written two Computing text books for the Scottish education system. His resources are used in thousands of schools all over the world.) Computational Thinking (learning to think in a logical/problem solving way) is the buzz word in the teaching of programming. By teaching students to predict the outcome of small pieces of code they naturally become better at building their own programs. This homework is based around the programming language Python (version 3). Students are given small pieces of code and asked to predict the output when certain inputs are entered. Python is an open source programming language. It’s use is not subject to Copyright. Have fun. My students loved these! Previously downloaded 30,000 times on a few websites comments have included: &quot;Thanks, these look like really good examples and introduce code in a fun and engaging way.&quot; &quot;Very useful. I'll use for a Maths class as well.&quot; &quot;Great examples to understand code. Thank you for sharing it.&quot;
Sound Editing Using Audacity
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Sound Editing Using Audacity

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(Greg Reid has written two Computing text books for the Scottish education system. His resources are used in thousands of schools all over the world.) Previously downloaded over 13,000 times, these four worksheets are an excellent introduction to Audacity. Audacity is a free program used to edit sounds for use as: ring tones, sound effects, backing tracks or spoken text. Each worksheet is very visual, providing a clear set of instruction on how to import, cut, mix and add effects to sound files. Some copyright free sounds are supplied for use with the unit of work. This resource was previously rated 4.9 from 20 ratings. Comments are shown below: &quot;Brilliant set of materials, great design, so useful. Excellent, thank you.&quot; &quot;How good does it feel when you find the PERFECT resource for what you want to do?! I'm doing Entry Pathway ICT with SEN pupils, we're going to make podcasts, but first I need to teach them how to use Audacity. This is wonderful, thanks&quot;
SQL Computational Thinking Exercises - Set 1 (Basic Search Instructions)
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SQL Computational Thinking Exercises - Set 1 (Basic Search Instructions)

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Make your lessons fun with Computational Thinking! Structured Query Language is a programming language used to manipulate information stored in databases. As with all programming languages the best way to learn its functions is through solving problems. In this series of fun worksheets (or possible homework sheets) are sets of problems that are solved by writing or interpreting SQL instructions. Students must either predict the output of SQL instructions or calculate the SQL that must have been used to produce some given output from a database. Set 1 includes an explanation of the uses of SEARCH, FROM and WHERE functions followed by 5 pages of questions. This style of learning is very well received by students who &quot;love solving the problems&quot;.
Python and PyGame Teacher Tutorial
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Python and PyGame Teacher Tutorial

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Many students these days wish to games programmers. Pygame is a fabulous addition to the programming language Python used to write professional looking computer games. This tutorial was originally written as part of a training day I led for staff interested in using Pygame as part of their teaching or as part of a games programming club. The training day was very well received so I have adapted the materials to allow self tuition by staff. If you have an interest in Python programming you'll love this extension to your own skills and knowledge. Although written for staff, pupils could easily follow the tutorial themselves. The knowledge acquired in this tutorial would allow you to deliver my PyGame student course: https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/games-programming-using-pygame-project-1-balloon-burst-11310169 https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/games-programming-using-pygame-project-2-tile-match-11310173 I love teaching with PyGame. Have fun!
Games Programming using PyGame - Project 2 - Tile Match
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Games Programming using PyGame - Project 2 - Tile Match

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Many students these days wish to be games programmers. This booklet is the second in a series of four that teaches students the tool and techniques of object orientated programming required to become a beginner games programmer. In Project 2 students will use the programming language Python, along with its add-ons Pygame and NumPy, to write an object orientated game called Tile Match. The booklet covers: . object orientated programming theory (inheritance, lists vs arrays, stacks, queues and insertion sort) . coding Tile Match (with full instructions) . extension tasks . ways to improve your coding This course could be your first step to becoming a games programmer! This booklet was co-written with my colleague David Stott for the Scottish Advanced Higher Computer Science course but could be used as part of any advanced programming course or games programming club. Project 3 is currently being written.
Games Programming using Pygame - Project 2 – Tile Match
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Games Programming using Pygame - Project 2 – Tile Match

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Many students these days wish to be games programmers. This booklet is the second in a series of four that teaches students the tool and techniques of object orientated programming required to become a beginner games programmer. In Project 2 students will use the programming language Python, along with its add-ons Pygame and NumPy, to write an object orientated game called Tile Match. The booklet covers: . object orientated programming theory (inheritance, lists vs arrays, stacks, queues and insertion sort) . coding Tile Match (with full instructions) . extension tasks . ways to improve your coding This course could be your first step to becoming a games programmer! This booklet was co-written with my colleague David Stott for the Scottish Advanced Higher Computer Science course but could be used as part of any advanced programming course or games programming club. Project 3 is currently being written and is due for release in Sept 2017.
Computing Starter Activity for New Classes
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Computing Starter Activity for New Classes

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A getting to know you activity for new Computing Science classes. Pupils have to circulate and find the names of pupils who... &quot;own an 8Gb Flash Drive&quot; &quot;can say who their ISP is&quot; and so on. There are 19 Computing related facts or questions on the sheet. Once completed the class can discuss what they have learned about each other (and about Computing). Works really well in class. Have fun!
Games Programming using PyGame - Project 1 - Balloon Burst
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Games Programming using PyGame - Project 1 - Balloon Burst

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Many students these days wish to be games programmers. This booklet is the first in a series of four that teaches students the tool and techniques of object orientated programming required to become a beginner games programmer. In Project 1 students will use the programming language Python, along with its add-on Pygame, to write an object orientated game called Balloon Burst. The booklet covers: . object orientated programming theory . coding Balloon Burst (with full instructions) . extension tasks . ways to improve your coding This could be your first step to becoming a games programmer! This booklet was co-written with my colleague David Stott for the Scottish Advanced Higher Computer Science course but could be used as part of any advanced programming course or games programming club. Project 2 is also available.