Swift Playgrounds

It’s about time Apple joined the Coding Revolution – with Raspberry Pi, code.org and Google running projects for years, it was only a matter of time before something was released. And boy is it a good one… with glossy graphics and slick tutorials, Swift Playgrounds has certainly hit the ground running as a way toContinue reading “Swift Playgrounds”

Headlines about Computer Science

It’s been well over two years since the new computer science curriculum was introduced in the UK. Not that long ago, Roehampton University released its wonderful Annual Computing Education Report 2015 which says clearly, in black and white, that the numbers of pupils taking computing compared to those that took ICT are significantly lower nowContinue reading “Headlines about Computer Science”

Picademy Take 3 & 4

My picademy training was over two years ago now, but the experience remains one of the most inspiring two days of my life. As I’ve said so many times before, it literally changed my life. So, you can imagine my delight when I was invited to Glasgow Picademy, this time as a trainer. I gotContinue reading “Picademy Take 3 & 4”

CAS Conference 2016 – workshop links

I will do a proper write up soon, but for those who were in my workshop, here is a downloadable version of the two worksheets, plus a link to the prezi and links to the resources that I showed you! Scratch workshop – Python Scratch workshop – pi-top Prezi – Scratch-ing the Surface of GPIOContinue reading “CAS Conference 2016 – workshop links”

Crumble Bot by Redfern Electronics

A few months ago, I donated ‘an afternoon of robot building’ to a charity auction and so this weekend I headed out to fulfil my promise. Last month I tried out the CamJam Edukit, which I absolutely loved, but quickly realised wasn’t necessarily the right tool for using with 9 and 11 year olds so,Continue reading “Crumble Bot by Redfern Electronics”

CamJam EduKit 3 – part 2

First of all I’d like to thank you all for the positive responses to my first blog about the CamJam EduKit 3 – loads of you commented, retweeted and even offered some really helpful advice. Yesterday, Louise came around and we embarked on phase two of the robot build. On Wednesday I hosted a CodingContinue reading “CamJam EduKit 3 – part 2”

CamJam EduKit 3 – Part 1

This weekend I decided it was time to try out the rather exciting CamJam EduKit 3 – Robotics I admit that I’ve been avoiding having a go because I was terrified of everything going wrong, so this weekend I called my friend and we embarked on our first robot building exercise. So…in the kit areContinue reading “CamJam EduKit 3 – Part 1”

Updated Scratch/PiStop Resource for NuScratch

With the release of Raspbian Jessie and a built in GPIO Scratch server, I’ve updated my beginner’s PiStop and Scratch worksheet for use with the newest Pi OS. This worksheet is designed to be used as an introduction to inputs an outputs and requires some discussion from a teacher or workshop leader about how youContinue reading “Updated Scratch/PiStop Resource for NuScratch”

A Raspberry Pi Scratch Resource

Tomorrow I will be running a workshop for MozFest, a massive community event in London organised by Mozilla. Young Raspberry Pi enthusiast, PiNet creator and all round evil genius Andrew Mulholland somehow found himself organising a Rasperry Pi Zone at the event (I definitely had no involvement in this whatsoever) and so he coerced/bullied meContinue reading “A Raspberry Pi Scratch Resource”

Apologies for Silence

So, last year I spent my summer writing blog posts left right and centre and I have so many new products to try out and blog about, but I have a huge apology to make first… Basically, I started to write a short iBook about how to begin teaching primary coding which was aimed atContinue reading “Apologies for Silence”