Following on from last week’s workshop, Machine Code Mario, this week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is Part-Baked Games: Chefs Edition, a workshop that will introduce your children to creating a paper prototype for their own Gigantosaurus themed game. You do not need a copy of Gigantosaurus to complete this workshop.
We’re here to support teachers, parents and anyone who loves computer science with our variety of ‘unplugged’ playful computing* activities that use everyday household objects, so grab the playdough and dust off that jigsaw!
*Unplugged computing is the collective noun given to activities that are designed to teach computational thinking skills, computing concepts, procedures and processes without the use of any digital technology. For example, activities may make use of resources such as playing cards, string and playdough.
The last time I wrote this blog, I was preparing for an exciting visit to Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The trip did not disappoint and although it was only a week long, we were able to see and experience so much!
As the Summer holidays draw closer, it’s that time of year for the annual Digital Schoolhouse Summer Boot Up Camp: an experience designed to prepare our ingenious lead teacher community for the academic year ahead as a certified Schoolhouse.
This month, Year 3 have been busy engaging with some unplugged activities using the secondary facilities.
Unlike traditional ICT lessons, children have been getting hands-on with 3D printing devices, creating Christmas decorations to sell at our Christmas fair.
The focus of their learning was decomposition – an understanding of all the elements of the outcome before it is created.
These first few weeks of the new term have been busy, busy, busy. To say the least!
It’s always exciting starting a new year; new shoes, big baggy jumpers and lots of loose teeth (Primary School life!). A lot of your time as a class teacher is dedicated to getting to know so many new names and faces, and then get to know that same, grown up face that picks them up!
I didn't know what to expect when I was invited to the Ukie offices in London in June. I was asked to meet up with other people who were representing their schools, people who are passionate about computing literacy, game design and digital skills. I had been to a few other similar initiatives in the past, but what was about to unfold was nothing like I had ever experienced before.