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    Quote Originally Posted by Bompalompalomp View Post
    I haven't managed to wrangle a Pi or two yet
    I've got 4.

    You mad, brah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I've got 4.

    You mad, brah?

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    Pfft 10 here bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abillybob View Post
    Pfft 10 here bro.
    Seems that I don't even lift, brosideon.

    I've had them sitting in my office for ages... Tempted to steal borrow one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallb15 View Post
    I've been asked to do the same thing! I've agreed to it as long as there is a member of teaching or support staff in the room with me.
    Does your school have an Espresso subscription? Their coding section is really good:
    Espresso Education - Espresso Coding - a brand new service from Espresso
    Its free for a while too - I love a bargain

    I've been looking at the computing curriculum and its more about programming and control, rather than the traditional cut and paste images from google into a MS product!

    I think I'm going to concentrate on real world stuff - I might get them re-imaging the Fizzbooks as they need doing at least once a month
    Yeah got espresso coding. I saw it being taught to some Year 2's a few weeks back, so might be interesting to see if the older kids know it. Then we can progress to scratch and KoDu.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bompalompalomp View Post
    hahahahaha... Oh, you were serious.

    I think it was really little anyway considering I only get to do it for about forty minutes max each time, and most days I can't be bothered and want to eat my soup in the staff room or play dorf fort for my lunchtime.

    THAT BEING SAID... My kids are great. I'd feel like I was conning the school if I was being paid for it, because half the time I just use them for slave labour. "Put these cases on the iPads, install these, write me a newsletter! Hey can you guys check if this works? Okay now go play on the iPads, whatever."

    Back on track though, I've found that as long as you make it fun they don't care what they learn. I once had them playing Pitfall from https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom while telling them about the history of home PCs and consoles. Ended up with one of the kids having an epiphany. "Temple Run TOTALLY ripped this game off!!"

    I haven't managed to wrangle a Pi or two yet (and I think it might be worth waiting for the rumoured new one), but it's probably one of the best ways you can teach them some early programming and introducing an OS other than Windows...
    The head teacher has recommended that we do games to keep the kids interested. Then probably moving on to making their own.

    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Our lunch club is turning into "Minecraft club".

    It's annoying because they're using the web [Java/Flash] version, which fills their home directory [%appdata% to be specific] with files...

    I was looking into Minetest a while back, but haven't had the change to test it with them.
    I might look into this. User profiles are locally stored, so shouldn't be too much of an issue... I wouldn't have thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    I might look into this. User profiles are locally stored, so shouldn't be too much of an issue... I wouldn't have thought!
    If "My Documents > My Settings > application data" is a network location, it's going to get filled.

    If it's all local, go for it.


    We had some issues with a few pupils unable to save any work because they'd used all their space up due to minecraft.

    If it is on the network, you could always just script it to delete the .Minecraft folder at logoff.

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    I've ordered a full on pi kit from cpc, but it still hasn't arrived yet

    Read my book that I got with it...

    I has a sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    If "My Documents > My Settings > application data" is a network location, it's going to get filled.

    If it's all local, go for it.


    We had some issues with a few pupils unable to save any work because they'd used all their space up due to minecraft.

    If it is on the network, you could always just script it to delete the .Minecraft folder at logoff.
    Ahhhh nooo... documents are redirected. Thanks for the heads up though!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanne View Post
    Ahhhh nooo... documents are redirected. Thanks for the heads up though!!
    Look into Minetest.

    I set up a few things here to auto-fill usernames [minetest name = username] and log chat in case someone makes a complaint over something that was allegedly said.

    You can run it from a network location [or locally, which I suggest] and set one to act as a server for the entire group.

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    downloading as we speak!

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    I run a tech club wed and fri lunchtimes. I started with coding and computational thinking I found a couple of good resources as an intro to it playing games / solving puzzles.

    Anybody can learn | Code.org - this also has a teacher sign up were you can have a teacher account and track kids progress
    CodeMonkey - similar to code.org but has them actually writing some code
    Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share - a few kids have just started this and have them writing a simple rock/paper/scissor game

    a few others im hoping to move onto are:

    Greenfoot - java IDE / Library for writing games aimed at kids with a community for sharing.
    BlueJ
    W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

    some others that I also want to look at:

    Learn to code | Codecademy and CodingBat Java

    I also plan to look into other tech areas 3D Drawing (sketchup) in preparation for making a stronger case to get a 3D printer and some music production using DAWs.

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    awesome, thanks! I've been having a play with scratch, but I just don't have the vision!

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    There are some intro tutorials to run through on scratch, and the ability to "look inside" any project that is submitted in the community is great, something that I tell my kids is the way you learn how to program is by reading and understanding other peoples code.

    There is also another resource for scratch for educators (something I only found recently)

    ScratchEd

    I haven't had much time to go through it but looks like it could be a great resource to find some lessons that will fit whatever your trying to achieve.

    I also started with code.org because that has structured lesson advancement (15-20 hours) and introduces them to the fundamentals. loops, variables and functions. which you need before you can then build on that.

    I am also lucky that I come from a software development background (20+ years) so understand what they need to learn very well, something that is hard if you don't understand computational thinking and are trying to learn it at the same time as students.
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    Scratch can make some really awesome things. I am just starting to get into it more.

    I am looking into how to make 3d models in scratch. Like this one:

    3D Isometric Steve on Scratch

    Amazingly awesome in such a limited program.

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    Scratch
    Kodu
    GameMaker
    CodeAcademy
    InkScape
    Pivot Stick Figure Animator
    Scratch
    Google Sketchup

    Sort of software/sites you see being used in our ICT clubs

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    Double scratch.

    I want to start with something easy... maybe espresso coding... I kind of need to ease myself into it because I haven't got a clue how to interact with children effectively. It's going to take all of my will power to not swear!!



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