Category Archives: Computing

Emulating a Raspberry Pi on Microsoft Windows (in school)

I would like to give my students the opportunity to experiment with the Raspberry Pi; for their own interest and to support part of their GCSE qualification (OCR GCSE Computing A452). Although we have two Raspberry Pi computers in school, … Continue reading

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Moving away from one-day training courses

I am very supportive of the new more technical Computing curriculum introduced to UK schools in September 2014, but I am also very aware that there are a large number of non-technical secondary school teachers who are faced with delivering … Continue reading

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Teaching networks through LAN gaming

We finally reach the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, and both students and teachers are showing signs of fatigue. I wanted a fun activity that would keep students engaged, would require minimal input from me, and would have educational … Continue reading

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Flappy Cat! Recreating Flappy Bird in Scratch.

Over the past week, the mobile game Flappy Bird has become something of a craze amongst students in our school. Our Year 8 students are currently following an ICT/Computing project to create their own computer games with Scratch. It struck … Continue reading

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Success! Increasing the number of girls studying GCSE Computing

Overview: In the academic year 2012-2013 I ran a small project at my school to try and encourage more girls to study GCSE Computing (an entirely optional subject, on offer since 2011). I am pleased to say that with some … Continue reading

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OCR GCSE Computing: Example Controlled Assessment Report

As discussed at the Computing At School Wessex Hub meeting this evening, I have uploaded an example of a “grade A” Controlled Assessment report for the OCR GCSE Computing course. This work was created by David Joyce (a professional programmer) … Continue reading

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Girls in Computing: Student Survey

Last Friday I gathered my “Girls in Computing” focus group together one final time, to share some chips (!) and complete a short online questionnaire designed to gather opinions and find out if this small project has had an impact … Continue reading

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Girls in Computing: Parent Email

Below is a copy of the email that I sent out to the parents of the students involved in my “Girls in Computing” focus group: Dear Parent, I am writing to you because I believe your daughter would enjoy taking … Continue reading

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GCSE Choices Fair

Last night was the “GCSE choices fair” at my school. Year 8 students and their families were invited to the Sports Hall where each department offering GCSE courses exhibited information and answered questions. I invited a handful of existing students … Continue reading

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Computing Girls: Robot Workshop

Today my focus group of the 22 “most logical” girls in Year 8 took part in a one hour Robot Workshop (to coincide with National Science & Engineering Week). This workshop was the brainchild of David Kempton who travelled down from the Thales Group … Continue reading

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