Astro Pi Competition

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the Raspberry Pi third birthday party event in Cambridge. While I was there I took the opportunity to talk to the lovely Dave Honess about the competition he is helping to run for Raspberry Pi in collaboration with the UK Space Agency, Astro Pi. The competition was launchedContinue reading “Astro Pi Competition”

Remote control your Pi using your Mac

This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of posts by me. There will be an emphasis on the more technical side of things but, with any luck, things will be explained in plain English. I like to think that even though I am a geek by day I can still seeContinue reading “Remote control your Pi using your Mac”

Coding Evening and BETT 2015

This week I decided to do something a little different – I’ve seen lots of people chatting about Raspberry Jams (meetups for Pi lovers), I’ve been to a Code Club meetup which had a lot of volunteers and not a lot of teachers and I’ve been to a CAS hub for teachers in Hammersmith. TheContinue reading “Coding Evening and BETT 2015”

2015 – the year of new stuff

I’ve not posted for a while – things have been busy – my father passed away in October and so I have been dealing with that, but as time has moved on and a new term has started I feel ready to dive back in head first. Anyway, that’s no excuse – my goal forContinue reading “2015 – the year of new stuff”

Espresso Coding

We’ve been using Espresso in my school for a number of years for subjects like history and English. I’m sure most schools have one of their servers installed somewhere in a forgotten corner. As a maths and ICT teacher, I’ve never really found much use for it, but occasionally I’ve given it a cursory glance.Continue reading “Espresso Coding”

Codecademy

My boyfriend and I discovered┬áCodecademy over Christmas 2013 – neither of can remember how we first found out about, but we started off competing against each other to see who could get the furthest in Python. When I started teaching coding to years 3 and 4 in January 2014 and started to run my┬áCode ClubContinue reading “Codecademy”

Digital Literacy vs Computing vs ICT

So, instead of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) or Microsoft Office for beginners, as most of us knew it as, we have this new beast called Computing and Digital Literacy. The basic idea is that Computing should count as a science and be given the same emphasis and importance whereas Digital Literacy should be ‘pickedContinue reading “Digital Literacy vs Computing vs ICT”