Computer Science GCSE
What software/hardware are people using to support Computer Science (CS) GCSEs? People are asking me about Raspberry Pis, but I'm not sure they really know what they want.
I've had things like Scratch, Alice, GameMaker, Basic256 installed on the image for years.
Is there a list of things needed? A lot of programming tools aren't that compatible with limited users and disabled cmd windows.
A lot of things seem to be available online, any recommendations?
I'm going to comment on this so I can follow it, I'm in exactly the same boat!
AQA's spec might be useful: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...MPSCI-W-SP.PDF
I've only skim read it, but there doesn't appear to be any hard and fast rules as to which language they must use, so that's going to be down to what your teachers feel comfortable teaching - I'd open communication with them now so you can start planning. Python seems to be the "go to" language for teaching these days.
There is a section on DBs, specifically SQL, so start thinking about setting up local SQL Servers for them to play with, possibly even populated with test data (again, communication with teachers is key).
Certainly no mention of Raspberry Pis being a necessity, though it could be argued that introducing a hardware element may peak interest in students - best to stay open minded on that (plus OCR are an R-Pi supporter, so their spec may call for an R-Pi project)
EDIT: OCR's spec: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/72936-specification.pdf
Doesn't say R-Pi is a necessity but does suggest it as a tool.