Session 6!

In this session we looked at three types of technology that can be used in the classroom. We were then given the chance to split up into small groups and try out the three different things and come up with ideas for how they could be used in the class.

This is a picture of the first piece of technology we were introduced to, it is called Raspberry Pi. It is a small device that acts as a computer. It has two usb ports for connecting a mouse and keyboard, a HDMI cable to connect to a display monitor, an ethernet port for the internet and various other connection points to add extras to your experience of Raspberry Pi. The extras that can be added include things such as cameras and LED display boards, they can be purchased online. The system runs on Linux and the cost for a raspberry pi ranges from around £25-£30. They are small devices that can easily be moved around and set up in different places and also give pupils the opportunity to see the inside of a computer and the different physical components.

The second piece of technology was Lego WeDo. This is made up of a computer programme and physical lego pieces. There will be a story and tutorial on the computer and the pupils must then construct the model required. This connects to the computer and by creating a sequence of actions on the computer the model will move and make sounds. This is a fun way for pupils to learn about coding and gives them the opportunity to follow instructions and physically create something.

The last thing we looked at was MaKey Makey. this is something that can fascinate pupils and be used in various different ways. It is a small piece that is made up of cables and a control board. 

If you watch the video above it shows how this piece can be used to create a piano using fruit! PEople have caught onto this idea and used Scratch to create many different games and activities that can be used alongside MaKey MaKey. This could be used in music lessons as well as ICT and is bound to grab the attention of every member of the class.

Scratch! Session 5

This lesson we have been learning about coding. Pupils can easily use this programme and create their own. When you use this online there is a step by step guide to help you.

We also discussed as a class about how the curriculum has changed to include this new subject, Computing. We looked at how a number of different sites can be used in the classroom such as Pinterest and Scratch. Pinterest is useful for teachers to share resources and ideas between each other in a simple yet clever manner.

We were then encouraged to try Scratch for ourselves. By teaching ourselves how to use this software it enables us to help pupils to use it and get the most out of it. My Scratch can be found above.

 

This session I have also added an RSS feed to my blog for the BBC Education website.

The Hour of Code!

In the previous session we were told about The Hour of Code scheme that is being rolled out across America. I decided to give this a go and came up with this.

Activities to learn about using code and activities that can be used with children can be found on this website: http://csedweek.org/learn

In the future it is predicted that coding will be a considered to be a basic thing that pupils will need to know. This means that us as teachers need to familiarise ourselves with it so we can be comfortable in teaching it.