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Outdoor Learning – We Are Computers

Outdoor learning in computing can be great fun. The kids will have thousands of lessons sat in front of a computer, but I guarantee they'll remember the time you took them outside and turned them into computers! For my lesson this week I took my year 3 group out on to the muddy field, to … Continue reading Outdoor Learning – We Are Computers

STEM LEGO Challenge Cards

I have the best job. Ever. Just putting that out there now. Today, with my little mini STEM group, we just sat and played with LEGO for an hour and half. I tipped out the whole box on my floor and we played, talked, and created together. Absolute bliss. There was obviously some learning taking … Continue reading STEM LEGO Challenge Cards

Creating Paired Programmers

During programming sessions I tend to get a clear gap between those who get it, and those who don't. Pupils who understood the key concepts will charge on ahead and complete the tasks I set, while those who don't are left standing still. With the best will in the world I don't have the time … Continue reading Creating Paired Programmers

Cryptography and Code Breaking in Primary

This half term I'm trying something new with my year 6 kids. For the last few years I've looked at networks and how computers work and they've enjoyed it. However this year I'm adding some cryptography into the mix too. Cryptography, while hard to spell, has the potential to really enrich the maths and problem … Continue reading Cryptography and Code Breaking in Primary

5 Activities to Introduce MicroBits

Last year I was lucky enough to receive a class set of BBC Microbits. I'd obviously seen them, played with them, and tinkered a bit, but nothing in the classroom. On Twitter and blogs there are some AMAZING projects you can do with the pupils, but for a beginner some of them can seem out … Continue reading 5 Activities to Introduce MicroBits

Neatly sealed up tech really annoys me…

Over the last few years of working as a computing specialist I've started to break more and more things. Sometimes my Head gets slightly annoyed at me breaking everything, but I keep telling him it's all in the name of education! I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man, but these days new … Continue reading Neatly sealed up tech really annoys me…

5 Early Years Tech Essentials

Anyone who knows me knows that early years really isn't my thing. The little ones and me just don't get on! However, leading computing and ICT for the whole school means that I have to make sure the classrooms are fit and functioning, and that teachers feel supported. In the early years classrooms I've tried … Continue reading 5 Early Years Tech Essentials

Introducing MicroBits for Independent Learning

Over the half term holidays I was really lucky, and 20 new MicroBits arrived on my desk. A fantastic tool to use with the children, and something I've tinkered with a little bit over the last few years, but not something I've tried whole class. I don't want to try and steal the thunder from … Continue reading Introducing MicroBits for Independent Learning

5 Minute Lesson fillers – Nerd Style!

Being a specialist teacher in a primary school I often have to think about things in a different way. I only see the pupils for an hour a week, meaning behaviour management systems need to work in different way. Working with technology also means have ‘one of those lessons’ where NOTHING works! When this happens … Continue reading 5 Minute Lesson fillers – Nerd Style!

#AIYProjects in the Classroom

First came cardboard VR from Google, now come cardboard AI! In this months issue of The Magpi came the free AIY project kit to bring Google Assistant to your RPi3. Quick to sell out, and even quicker to appear monstrously over priced on eBay, I was glad to hear it thud to the doormat on … Continue reading #AIYProjects in the Classroom