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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....

Animation: http://www.scoop.it/t/talkprimaryanimation

Comics for Kids: http://www.scoop.it/t/comicsforkids

 

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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
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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…”
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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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2code from 2simple

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2Simple Software are thrilled to announce a new addition to Purple Mash: 2Code! This coding tool is challenging and interactive in order to get pupils engaged and has many helpful hints to keep difficult concepts from becoming discouraging. Our developers purposely designed it along the new Computing Curriculum so we could include full lessons for different age groups and levels of ability that will have you completely covered in terms of aims and attainment targets – everything from logic and algorithms, to writing and debugging computer programs. On top of that, 2Code offers different Free Code modes of varying difficulty to encourage children to problem solve within a context. The Free Code can also be used entirely on its own to create games, animated stories and anything else your pupils can think of.

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I finally got to use 2code for the first time today and I was impressed. It is very intuitive, flexible and comprehensive way of teaching coding. Only available to Purple Mash subscribers. So if this is not you then I highly recommend you contacting them for a free trial.

 

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CodeED in a Day

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Teaching teachers across all subjects how to bring code alive in the classroom. CodeED has been designed to inspire educators of all subjects and ages, demonstrating the power of code and providing the essential tools to bring this into the classroom.
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Decoded Foundation is offering free CodeED in a Day for teachers from state funded schools. Courses are running across the UK. Book your place now!

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CBBC - Game Builder

CBBC - Game Builder | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Build game levels with your favourite CBBC characters and shows to play and share with your friends!
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Great fun and intuitive introduction to computer game making.

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Cartoon guides to computational thinking - great for display, handouts, posters....

Cartoon guides to computational thinking - great for display, handouts, posters.... | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

'New approaches to computer science education are under active development. The College Board plans to introduce a new AP course and exam (CS Principles) in the next few years. Google recently launched a portal for Exploring Computational Thinking resources. Many people — and businesses — recognise the importance of computer science education.

But none of these people have cartoons.

We’re here to fill that lonely void with professional, CC-licensed illustrations.'

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There are currently 10 different cartoons available for free for you to download as a pdf, print, share or remix under CC licence. Cartoons cover topics such as analysing problems, working in teams, decomposition, algorithm design, patterns..... Great for display, discussion, stimulation etc.

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iPad App - Zu3D - Stop motion animation software (for children) - 69p limited offer!

iPad App - Zu3D - Stop motion animation software (for children) - 69p limited offer! | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it
Zu3D - Stop motion animation software (for children) Zu3D is easy to use stop-motion animation software, designed with and for children. Create complete films and experiment with animation techniques.
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Stop Press: 5th Jan 2014 - special offer only 69p for a short time!
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Stop Press: 5th Jan 2014 - special offer only 69p for a short time!

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Computing in the national curriculum A guide for primary teachers from CAS

Computing in the national curriculum A guide for primary teachers from CAS | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

CAS, in association with Naace and other partners are delighted to publish this guide for primary school teachers.  The guide explains how primary teachers can get started with the new curriculum and provides many pointers to excellent resources and ideas for building an innovative and exciting curriculum.

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A really useful guide to all the key elements of the new computing curriculum for Primary schools.

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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.”
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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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Switched on Computing: SoW for new Computing curriculum

Switched on Computing: SoW for new Computing curriculum | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Switched on Computing gives you everything you need to deliver the new Programme of Study with confidence. Written for the new curriculum, it offers creative units using the latest software in a format that is designed for teachers of all levels of experience to pick up and use.

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I've seen the sample units for this SoW from Rising Stars and it looks promising. Worth investigating if you are unsure about how to approach the new Computing curriculum for Sept. It launches this month (March 2014).

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iPads in Primary Ed: Adam Foster's Blog

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Using the iPad in Primary Education. www.iLearn2.co.uk

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Adam is a primary school teacher and Apple educator focusing on iPads in the Primary school. He has a useful SCOOP which is set up like a blog providing detailed first hand info on how he is using particular apps and strategies with the children in his school.

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iPads in Primary Education: Apps for Teachers in Primary Education

iPads in Primary Education: Apps for Teachers in Primary Education | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

'Using iPads, iPad Minis & iPods in education the blog shares apps by subject and projects across the curriculum which demonstrate how the planned use of mobile technology enables genuine independent learning for all pupils and allows personalised learning to be central to classroom experiences.'

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Not updated in a while but still a useful list/resource to refer to if you are looking for inspiration for your iPads etc.

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A mini guide to Computing theory for 7 to 11 year-olds

A mini guide to Computing theory for 7 to 11 year-olds | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

With the introduction of the new computing national curriculum for primary schools in 2014, I have written this mini e-book to support children and teachers understand the new requirements.

 

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A really useful and clearly written mini-guide containing information on the following: parts of a computer, algorithms, computer control, robots, simulations, computer programming, selecting appropriate software, sending data over the internet, the WWW, using search technologies, digital communication and collaboration, staying safe online, pioneers of computer science. Brilliant thanks Simon!

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Esafety for Ofsted - Icon Learning


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My presentation from E-safety for Ofsted, Northampton schools forum, November 2013

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Should You Share That Picture Online?

Should You Share That Picture Online? | talkprimaryICT | Scoop.it

Should you share that picture on the web? This step-by-step guide will help clear up the confusion!

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Useful visual guide for young people to help them decide if they should share a picture online. A little oversimplified but still a handy quick reminder.

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