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    Year 6 Computer club ideas

    I have been asked by a primary school that we support to run the after school computer club for year 6's. Now i have no idea on what to teach or get them to do so any ideas would be greatly appricated.

    They are all boys in year 6 all with computer expierence and of course all wanting to know how to Hack, download music, pics ect... but i can excatly teach them that?

    Was thinking of getting them to play with all computer parts.

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    Dan

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    It might be worth having a look at Gamemaker.

    I found version 6 works better then newer version on our setup.

    Old Game Maker Versions - YoYoGames Wiki

    If you've got photoshop of something similar you could also mess about with photos, teach them how to make the headteacher's face green perhaps.
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    How about get them to take PCs apart and that, much as you suggested have a play with the PC components...

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    Game making sounds fun, will look into that more. first week was yesterday and gave them 2 old computers to take apart they seemed to really enjoy that

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    Agree with all of the above and would also add showing them how to make a basic webpage, maybe even on an actual free hosting site somewhere so they can show it off to their friends

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    We suggested once that some of our students take old computers apart and Mr Health and Safety said we can't (this is what HE said, so don't shoot me down in flames!) as capacitors can hold charge for years and you don't want anyone getting zapped. I don't know whether I'd actually see it as a problem myself, and I'd have thought if it's a PC you know you're never going to use again you could dump it in a full bath to get round it, I'm just letting you know what we came across.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawloms View Post
    We suggested once that some of our students take old computers apart and Mr Health and Safety said we can't (this is what HE said, so don't shoot me down in flames!) as capacitors can hold charge for years and you don't want anyone getting zapped. I don't know whether I'd actually see it as a problem myself, and I'd have thought if it's a PC you know you're never going to use again you could dump it in a full bath to get round it, I'm just letting you know what we came across.......
    I'd have told Mr. H&S that when he finds an electronics expert who thinks that the tiny charge in the capacitors inside a computer can do anybody the slightest harm, I'll stop. The only part that has the potential to hold enough power to harm anyone is the PSU, which unless you dis-assemble it or poke something metal inside it, won't hurt you anyway. I'd have agreed to discard the PSU's before the kids play with them just to get him off my back.

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    Currently i am teaching them ( year 5/6) how to edit videos on move maker. seems to enjoying. web site on my list as well for next term.

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    There is always Alice, free software which they c an use to make animations, adding sounds and pictures too. There is also a KS2/3/4/5 competition each year run by Manchester university. Something to strive for

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    You can probably get a couple of hours of entertainment out of Ribbon Hero on Office 2007/10 as well - it's given the ICT teachers here an easy start to term with KS3, at least, as you can more or less leave them to it!

    +1 for a Photoshop/Fireworks project, or at least a photo editing project - a good one is putting their own faces into film posters, you get some really good results from that. Not sure what would be good, simple image manipulation software for it though.

    Claymation films as well, perhaps? Never done it and don't know how long it takes, but could be a good class project.

    EDIT: if you want to do programming, look at Scratch - my 10 year old daughter loved it, at least before her attention wandered as it always does

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    I've just started a club for 5/6 and we are starting with Microsoft Kodu Microsoft FUSE Labs | Kodu Game Lab the kids love it

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    I do Scratch (get the group to design and code up a game with you at the front on IWB and them coming up and doing bits/adding suggestions.

    I aso do Stop-Animation as well and planning to do some green screening

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    Some fantastic ideas what i was thinking was helping them to make a movie. We have some of the Flip cams and we got movie maker ect... so could record there own films then one eveing show to the parents, teachers what they have done?

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    Another vote for Scratch - my year 6s pick it up very quickly. There are some good pdfs of ideas on the website. Also planning to try Prezi with them next half term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    I aso do Stop-Animation as well and planning to do some green screening

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    Just add LEGO !
    Some great Youtube stuff, including some definitely NSFW

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