Category Archives: ICT

Teaching logic gates with physical computing

I found teaching logic gates one of the trickier parts of the secondary Computer Science curriculum: they’re abstract, dry… not much fun. Year 9 in a girls’ school. Tough crowd. To counter this, I tried to make them a bit … Continue reading

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Web-based intro to ScratchJr

It’s been bugging me for a while that there’s no web-based intro to ScratchJr, MIT’s awesome version of Scratch for younger children. And ScratchJr only runs on tablets. I made some simple block-coding activities like this turtle drawing game and … Continue reading

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Simple KS2 microbit radio activities

My KS2 (upper Junior school) after-school Code Club have been split into 3 groups up until now. Some have been hacking Minecraft on one of our three Raspberry Pis, three sets of children have been exploring the Makey Makey with … Continue reading

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Coding in Year 1 with Scratch

Since September I’ve been teaching ICT and Computing solely in a primary school, having spent two hectic but enjoyable years teaching from KS2 to KS4 in a girls’ school in London. I’m re-writing a curriculum that has much more focus … Continue reading

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Simple Scratch intruder alarm

Here’s a really simple Raspberry Pi project I’m going to try in my Year 6 Code Club. They’ve used Scratch before but never done any physical computing. Some of them have unused Raspberry Pis at home and this might inspire … Continue reading

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