Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad
Sep12

Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad

If you’ve wanted to try out the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi, or want a whole class to test one without buying lots, then this new emulator is just what you need! It’s now possible to code the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi in an emulator in a web browser, without any hardware. The Sense HAT emulator allows pupils to run the same Python code that runs on a real Sense HAT on a Raspberry Pi, emulating its behaviour in a virtual...

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Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado
Aug23

Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado

The Code for Life website has been developed by grocery giants Ocado to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Their first game, Rapid Router is a free teaching resource aimed at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 children. It is a fun and engaging coding game that helps teach children the basic principles of programming. Built on ‘Blockly’, visual...

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Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Aug22

Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom

I can remember my first experience of Virtual Reality back in the early 1990s, standing in the middle of Keddies Department store in Southend with a huge headset on, moving round a very blocky dungeon. Sadly the technology just wasn’t quite there and apart from Sci-Fi movies (Lawnmower Man anyone?) – VR vanished. But 30 years later, it’s back, and the technology you need to make it work is sitting in your pocket...

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An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit
Jul22

An Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit

The BBC Micro:bit is a low-cost, handheld, fully programmable computer. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s. Mine has finally arrived, and I’ve had a chance to play with it and see what it can do. This little device is very much like an arduino, or similar programmable boards. You create code on a computer, then upload it to the Micro:bit to carry it...

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Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online
Jun02

Trust Me – Supporting Critical Thinking Online

We all need to be criticial of the things we read on the internet. There is a big problem in knowing what you can trust, with  so much material that is either unintentionally wrong or deliberately designed to minsinform. This can be a minefield for children (and adults). To help teachers address this, Childnet has created a resource designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. The ‘Trust Me‘ resource...

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Erase All Kittens and Learn to Code
May09

Erase All Kittens and Learn to Code

E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens) is a very bizarre online platform game that teaches children how to code in HTML and CSS by encouraging them to hack into the game’s levels to solve puzzles. The children play as Arca – a mysterious little creature who was banished to the ruins of the Ancient Internet. Their mission is to save the kittens of the Internet before something terrible happens to them. To do this they have to build...

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Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids
Mar01

Sketch Nation Create : Simple Game Design App for Kids

Sketch Nation Create is a free game creation app for IOS and Android devices. The app allows children to draw, play and share their own games; designing their own characters, obstacles, challenges and rules. It’s gaming, drawing, coding, story-telling and problem-solving in one simple-to-use and fun tool. The Sketch Nation games cover nine different genres,from side scrolling running games to driving games. Children can even...

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LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers
Feb21

LittleBits – A Simple Electronics Kit for Young Makers

littleBits is a really simple way to get children (and grown ups) into making and designing their own electronic devices. The littleBits library includes 10 kits and nearly 70 interoperable modules, with each module snapping together easily using magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. It’s impossible to connect them up wrong! I’ve just bought myself a...

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3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make
Jan14

3D Printing for KS1 with Purple Mash 2Design and Make

If you haven’t seen it before, Purple Mash is 2Simple’s creative online space for primary school teachers and learners. It is a cross-curricula resource packed with open-ended creative tools and themed curriculum resources. Many of the tools are brilliant for very young children, and give them an easy route into being creative using technology. One of the many tools inside Purple Mash is called 2Design and Make. This lets...

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The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft
Nov17

The Hour of Code : Now with added Minecraft

The Hour of Code site gets even better. No sooner have they announced a Star Wars module, they go even further and add Minecraft too! The Minecraft Hour of Code has been made in partnership with Microsoft and Mojang, and launches ahead of the Hour of Code event coming in a few weeks time. Children can choose to play as either Steve or Alex and use blocks of code to take them on an adventure through a Minecraft world. The tutorial...

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Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX
Nov10

Add BB8 to your Movies : Star Wars comes to Action Movie FX

There’s a bit of a Star Wars theme to the blog posts this week as the hype machine gears up to the release of the movie in a month’s time. This time, it’s an app I’ve written about before, Action Movie FX, which gets the Star Wars treatment. If you’ve not seen it before, Action Movie FX lets the children add Hollywood-style special effects to their iPad movies. This can include alien spaceships, crashing...

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Hour of Code to feature Star Wars : The Force Awakens characters
Nov09

Hour of Code to feature Star Wars : The Force Awakens characters

Following on from the successful tutorials featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Hour of Code is now going to feature characters from Star Wars! The new tutorial for the Hour of Code 2015, in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, features the eagerly awaited new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Students will join forces with Rey to guide BB-8 through a space mission, then team up with Princess Leia to build their own game featuring...

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