Garacesh (23rd January 2014)
@Garacesh Scratch does include loops and if statements in a nice graphical interface which children and even some of the teachers can understand. One of our year 3 classes (with some guidance) managed to create their own Ghost shooter games within a few ICT lessons. We have found this a very useful tool with our KS2 children.
Actually, the intro course to the degree I'm studying would make for an excellent KS4 curriculum I think:
TU100 - My digital life - Open University Course
BTW - Sense is a modified version of Scratch which adds functions for interacting with the SenseBoard, a simple Arduino-esque board with various sensors attached. It's also possible to interact with the board via serial *shameless-self-promotion* http://www.geekjosh.co.uk/blog/sense...g-talk-python/
Last edited by LosOjos; 23rd January 2014 at 04:29 PM.
"Sense – a completely new approach to computing deserves to be taught in a completely new manner. Almost from the very beginning, you’ll be running, designing and writing computer programs. You will be using the specially designed language – Sense – so called because it can be used to sense the world.
Unlike other computer languages you may have seen or used, Sense doesn’t rely on cryptic text commands; instead you assemble Sense programs using graphical blocks. Creating a Sense program can be as simple as clicking two blocks together and pressing the Run button!
You’ll begin your work in Sense by following the first of many guided activities accompanied by text and video instructions. Soon you’ll be modifying existing programs and writing completely new ones of your own."
... you've also got this:
"My digital life isn’t just about reading. It’s about doing things and learning as you do them. Just some of the things you will do are:
•use a wide range of online services to create and share documents, spreadsheets and web pages
•create and combine images with a soundtrack to produce short audiovisual presentations
•learn how the technologies underpinning these activities work as you use them
•experience the benefits and limitations of a digital lifestyle and what the future might hold
•see how the internet makes your physical location less relevant in performing many tasks
•understand the significance of an increasing number of devices that know and respond to your location.
During the course of learning about these things you will address topics as diverse as:
•the ownership of data
•how the World Wide Web works
•the privacy and security of personal data
•online identity in virtual worlds
•how online businesses survive (or not)
•and many more aspects of living in the digital world of today."
Nice and balanced - unlike the potential skewing we're seeing reported on the topic at hand...
Last edited by Ephelyon; 23rd January 2014 at 04:15 PM.
With the list you've given there, I guess it depends whether you want to open with web apps or not. I can see that going either way.
One of the major problems with this whole proposal is Gove - just like every other issue he sticks his nose in to, it's unclear, changes like the weather and nobody (himself included) seems to know what the hell he's getting at.
I hope that those actually responsible for designing the curriculum, however, are going to do things properly.
Anyone else of my age learn to code on a BBC Micro?
10 PRINT "You smell"
20 GOTO 10
Well, I was only 8
I like Gove because he upsets teachers.
But then he's the Education Secretary, they all have done. My ex used to moan about Blunkett, Ruth Kelly and all the others.
And, no, as I said above, although it does mention other areas, it looks far too coding focused to my eyes. There seems to be a myth that teaching coding will teach how computer work, and this panders to that myth.
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