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Welcome everyone!

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Welcome to the SCOOP on computing and using ICT in primary schools. Here you will find lots of ideas, links to relevant resources, blogs and videos to keep you on task and stimulated :-)

 

Check out my two other SCOOPs....

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Into Film Festival - Into Film

Into Film Festival - Into Film | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Into Film Festival - for schools and young people across the UK
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The Festival, formerly known as the National Youth Film Festival, takes place 4th Nov - 21st Nov 2014. It aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year olds by inspiring young people to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways.

The hundreds of free film screenings and filmmaking workshops on offer have clear learning outcomes - outcomes that support education and personal development, as well as helping to build a lifelong passion for film. 

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Code Hunt: Play in Java or C#

Code Hunt: Play in Java or C# | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

https://www.codehunt.com/

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Code Hunt is a website application that develops pupils C# and Java coding skills. Taking on the role of technology detective, pupils are presented with code that doesn't quite work, by fixing the code they gain points. A really great website, although some programming knowledge is required - not suitable for complete novices!

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10 places where anyone can learn to code | TED Blog

10 places where anyone can learn to code | TED Blog | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
When you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding. Here, 10 venues where you can learn coding.
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LSBU PGCE Computing in Primary Schools

COMPUTING WORKSHOP Primary and EY PGCE 2013 -14 London South Bank University Clare Copeland Senior Lecturer, Primary ICT/Computing copelanc@lsbu.ac.uk
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I have just updated the notes for my Computing workshops for our PGCE students. Really enjoyed teaching these sessions so far :-)

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The New National Curriculum for Computing – Sequence, Selection and Repetition with a Probot

The New National Curriculum for Computing – Sequence, Selection and Repetition with a Probot | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

 

Our Third post in this series from Andrew Bush on the New Curriculum for Computing. Pro-Bot is a fantastic floor robot designed to help children further develop their programming skills. It is an excellent way to follow on from using Bee-Bot, as it has more advanced functions allowing a wider range of use and challenge.

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A really informative blog post with instructions and examples of how to actually use the probot in the classroom including ideas for using the Repeat and Procedure functions and using Inputs and Outputs.

 

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The Film Space | Thinking Film Resources

The Film Space | Thinking Film Resources | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

One of the most popular resources from Film Education in the last couple of years has been the Thinking Film discs. Alas, stocks of the discs were exhausted back in March. However all five resources (English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Primary Literacy and Film Language) are now online so that you can now download them, free of charge.

They are fairly weighty resources so can take a while to download. However, as one teacher who downloaded the resources yesterday said, “they are truly awesome”!

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talkPrimaryICT's curator insight, May 2, 11:26 AM

You can access not only new moving image resources but the library of over 400 online resources produced by Film Education as well. You can search for resources by title or by subject.

Happy downloading!

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Create a dancing robot : Code Club

Create a dancing robot : Code Club | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Use the ROBO-BOOGIE tool to create the best dancing robot!
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You can use basic mode to test out your moves and then progress to code editing mode when feeling more advanced (with coding not dancing!)

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The UK Hour of Code is here!

The UK Hour of Code is here! | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
For every UK student and classroom: learn how fun coding is in just one hour March 3 - 9.
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Go to the site!! Stacks of ideas, resources, tutorials,videos to help you get your children started or go further with coding.

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Technology Will Save Us - design, make, program - electro dough kit anyone?

Technology Will Save Us - design, make, program - electro dough kit anyone? | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Technology Will Save Us design devices that you make yourself. Our DIY kits and resources are the best way to learn skills, make cool gadgets and begin your journey as a tech maker. All of our kits are vehicles for education that encourage people to Make, Play, Learn and Invent with technology. They are designed around everyday life themes such as gardening, music, gaming, play and energy. Our kits are easy to make and great for all ages to learn basic skills around technology, whilst making fun and useful products in their everyday lives.

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I attended a session run by TWSU where we learnt how to program a Arduino to do things like light up LEDs, run a fan etc. It was fun, engaging and challenging. Take a look at the kits and sessions they offer now - you can build your own games console, make instruments and speakers, program electric play dough and make and program your own jewellery! All the kits are packed with authentic components and everything you need to get circuiting. They offer educational packs, pricing and training, so do get in touch.

 

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QR Wild

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This site lets you create QR Code scavenger hunts quickly and easily. The basic account is free and all you need is a smart phone, any QR code reader and a login for the site. Make clues with pictures or link to other websites. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools
Via ICTmagic
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Now the weather's cheered up maybe its time to create an outdoor learning walk using QR codes?
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Kids Can Learn Programming Basics With “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” In 20 Minutes

Kids Can Learn Programming Basics With “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” In 20 Minutes | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
“ Kids have a new incentive to learn programming. Thanks to Code.org, they can design their own Flappy Bird game in 20 minutes. The “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” tutorial is designed for kids as young as six-year olds. It's a great idea to leverage a popular game and tap into its global craze for teaching…”
Via John Evans
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An hour to catch the coding bug

An hour to catch the coding bug | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Is it possible to get children interested in computer programming in just 60 minutes? The Hour of Code has been designed to do just that.
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Interesting first hand experience from a parent (BBC Tech correspondent) taking on the Hour of Code challenge with his twin 10 yr old boys.
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Under Ten Minutes | Ed Tech help videos

Under Ten Minutes | Ed Tech help videos | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Learn how to use education technology quickly.

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This website does exactly what it says on the tin – showing teachers how to figure out the huge amounts of Web2.0 applications via videos in no less than 10 minutes.

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Computer Science for Fun - cs4fn

Computer Science for Fun - cs4fn | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Welcome to cs4fn: the fun side of Computer Science

Welcome to the fun side of computer science! Explore how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.

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Stacks of good CS stuff on this site, start off with their interactive guide if you're a CS newbie, download a magazine or try some activities.

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The Best Free Video Editors For Windows

The Best Free Video Editors For Windows | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Video has become an incredibly common part of everyday life. People take videos on smartphones, upload them via YouTube, and share them on Facebook. You'd think, then, that free video editors would be common, but it turns out the selection is limited for anyone not blessed with Mac OS X....

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iPads in Primary Education: Apps for Computer Science

iPads in Primary Education: Apps for Computer Science | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
iPads in Primary Edu: Apps for Computer Science http://t.co/4HmEhiR4rG by @dmandrews15 via @cordym #edapps #hourofcode #stem

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Computer Science in the National Curriculum

Computer Science in the National Curriculum

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This guide has been created for schools by Microsoft Education. It explores various aspects of computer science education including case studies of curriculum development, the competencies that CS and software development draw on, considers some of the tools available for learning to program and provides pointers to further resources to draw on in school.

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Really useful for all teachers of computing :)

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BBC Two - Cracking the Code - Clips

BBC Two - Cracking the Code  - Clips | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Minna Kane and her team of young hackers explore the world of computer programming.
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BBC’s Cracking the Code series is a good place to get ideas for the classroom and brush up on your subject knowledge ready for the new computing curriculum. A range of clips all approx 5 - 8 mins long covering topics such as programming a robotic toy car, creating a simple automated driving simulator, creating visual effects and creating interactive 'App Toys'.

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Ba Ba Dum: Free online fun learning language website

Ba Ba Dum: Free online fun learning language website | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Play and learn. 1500 words, 10 languages, 5 games.
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Ba Ba Dum is a fun language learning website that contains 1,500 words and 5 games to help students learn any one of 10 languages. Games include multiple choice, listening activities and spelling questions.

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Not sure which tablets to buy? Why not try out the Tablet Academy

Not sure which tablets to buy? Why not try out the Tablet Academy | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Tablets are revolutionising the way in which students learn, not just in school, but increasingly in their everyday lives. Utilised correctly these popular devices are proving they can transform the classroom when guided by the hands of learning professionals. To support this the Tablet Academy aim to empower as many teachers as possible to make informed decisions about the use of tablets in their school.

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Not sure which tablets to buy for your school then this training could be useful as it provides the opportunity for schools to experience three platforms - iPad (Apple/iOS), Windows 8 (Microsoft) and Android. The focus being to provide hands-on sessions talking through the benefits to teaching and learning, not the technical aspects of tablets in education. The sessions are delivered by independent trainers who are free to share the benefits and short comings of each platform to help you make an informed decision as to which device would best suit your organisation. At £99 for the day (at the time of typing) this could well be a good investment.

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SchoolSafeGames.com - Where on Earth?

SchoolSafeGames.com - Where on Earth? | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
How well do you know your famous locations? Here's the chance to test, and learn, where to locate some of the world's greatest landmarks.
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I've just spent ages playing this game! Great for use on the IWB with a group or class. SchoolSafeGames has lots of other games and they moderate each game on the site, they play the games to ensure they have some educational value and that they don't contain violence, adult situations or language or other inappropriate content. No registration necessary :-)

 

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Practise Binary with the Cisco Binary Game

Practise Binary with the Cisco Binary Game | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

The Cisco Binary Game is the best way to learn and practice the binary number system. It is great for classes, students and teachers in
science, maths, digital electronics, computers, programming, logic and networking. It is also a LOT of fun to play for anyone who likes to
play fast-paced arcade games.

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This is fun and useful for consolidation.

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Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad: help children stay focused on one app

Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad: help children stay focused on one app | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
“ Guided Access helps you to stay focused on a task while using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.”
Via Icon Learning
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Restrict use to a single app to help children stay focused on a task.
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5 Important Web Tools Students Can Use to Create Educational Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Important Web Tools Students Can Use to Create Educational Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

The gaming trend is gaining more and more ground within the educational landscape. Online games are  being integrated into students learning strategies and while they are not a game changer, they do seem to have a promising potential in education. 

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This post highlights 5 popular platforms that can be used to create educational games.

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History of Computing: Free from LGfL

History of Computing: Free from LGfL | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

The aim of this resource is to promote the idea that by understanding our digital heritage we can better understand our digital future.

This resource features unique resources to help understand how British Computing developments have influenced computers and how we use them.

The resource features:

Unique video and photographic resources from The National Museum of Computing - offering an expert insight into iconic British computing systems from the past 70 years

Extensive curriculum material created by practising Computing and ICT teachers – all mapped to the new National Curriculum

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This is an extensive resource to tap into if you are teaching Computing KS1 upwards. It has nearly 100 sections, with text, images and videos, which provide fantastic opportunities for cross curricular work. For example it includes a computing time-line, sections on women and computing, computers and shopping, art, music, gaming, types of computers, their history etc. plus information on how computers work. This is freely available to all schools who have access to the London Grid for Learning. Just log in and search for computing under learning resources.

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