In Computing yesterday the students programmed some traffic lights! Actually, they programmed Pi-Stops which are small scale traffic lights which they had attached to the GPIO pins on their Raspberry Pi. Prior to the programming they had worked out (with very poor help from drivers in the school) the sequence that UK traffic lights take. Do you know? They then used Flowol to work out the flow diagram for the sequence. Using that flow diagram they were able to program the Pi-Stop in Scratch. They found it was easier when they commented their code. One student even managed to program two sets of traffic lights to work at a road junction.
In Computing lessons yesterday, students set up Raspberry Pis and then used Scratch to flash attached LEDs. They started the lesson by working out the flow diagram for flashing a light. As a whole class they then used Scratch to “flash” the costumes of a sprite – to check that their flow diagram plan worked.
They then attached an LED to the GPIO pins on their Raspberry Pi – and then wrote Scratch code to flash the LED. They then added a second LED … and then a third ,,, creating different flashing patterns.
The new school year is fast approaching and plans are afoot for a (yet another) new Computing/ICT curricululm at SSSC. All students will have a chance to create a HTML5 app about e-Safety using Blippit and will also extend their Digital Literacy skills to enable them to use them across the rest of the curriculum at SSSC.
Year 11 will be taking part in a new venture for the school – Apps4Good. This course “teaches coding and the fundamentals of the digital world, while also developing skills in problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork.” You can find more details here at their website.
All Year 10 students will be entered for the OCR Entry Level ICT qualification – of which more details can be found here on their website.
Year 9 will use Google Apps, Prezi and then will move on to explore computing and robotics using Raspberry Pi computers. They will also have programming lessons using Kodu.
Year 8 students will create QR codes and then explore programming using Flowol and Scratch.
Year 7 will create games using Powerpoint and then move onto programming using Scratch and Lego Wedo kits.
The primary class will concentrate on Digital Literacy across the curriculum using laptops, iPads and cameras.
To understand how computers work Year 8 are taking apart an eMac – I don’t think it will work again!
What is an algorithm? A series of precise instructions to achieve a purpose.
Can we create them? We created instructions to “program” Mr Parry to make a jam sandwich – see how we did …
Programming Mr Parry
The new school year has started and QR codes have started to appear around the school as the students learn what they are and how to create them.
Year 8 are making a QR code treasure hunt for the Infants and Primary classes to follow.
Mr Parry’s English group have used QR codes to link images from an iPad to recordings of themselves describing the images.
Meanwhile, the new OCR Entry Level Computing group has started – you can see their blog here OCR Entry Level Computing
KS3 have been investigating computer hardware. They have used an app called Skitch on the iPads to take and then label photos. They have discovered what connections there are on the outside of a computer. They have then took apart a computer and a keyboard. In the new term they’ll look at how a hard drive and a CD drive works; they’ll also take apart a mouse and look inside a computer monitor.
After making a crocodile each and controlling by Scratch, Year 9 are now making a second Lego WeDo model. Next week they will use Scratch to control their new models.
Stephen is making a giant that lifts up when a man walks towards it.
Victoria and Jonathan are making a sailing boat in a storm.
Courtney and Alfie are making some dancing birds.
Year 7 have been making Lego WeDo models and then will be using Scratch to control them.
Corey is building an aeroplane.
Ben and Jake are making a crocodile.
Euan and Luke have made some spinning birds and then got it to move using Scratch blocks. Next week they want to add a distance sensor and use that to control the speed of the birds.
Today we had a go using the Makey Makey to play a few games. Each person had a different key to press, actually a lump of play doh. Very difficult to play in a group but helps communication. Pacman was very difficult to play. Tetris not too bad. Best was Crazy Taxi and we had fun with Etch a Sketch too.