Tag Archives: Algorithms

“Choose a shape to draw”: example #python code for simple input (y7/y8) with graphics

Aimed at Years 7 and 8, when giving them interesting/fun things to work on without them knowing/understanding all the background concepts. i.e. this assumes you work on a “teach Y7-8 basics and SOME principles, then re-teach / add the other principles in more detail to Y9-Y11 when they move into GCSE-level work” plan. Here we

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“draw Forest”: Example #python lesson/code for why functions/procedures are useful

Again, I was looking for something to include in my lesson that would show the value of procedures [1] in a way that the students would care about. I wrote this, and set it up as a demo at start of lesson as they came in. PS: note the faked perspective effect. If you have

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Easy Computing Vocab #1: Algorithms, Recursion, Booleans, etc

Computing is now being taught in all UK schools. That’s great, but a lot of the terminology/vocabulary we use in the industry is only partially defined – teachers and parents don’t know what to say when children ask “what does X mean?”. Students themselves often Google terms only to find over-complicated, poorly-phrased explanations that don’t

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How dare schools and governments routinely lie through their teeth about school performance?

I was reading Robert Coe’s 2013 talk today, got a little way in, and was reminded of my love/hate relationship with statistics, and especially their use in Public Office / Government / Education / etc. It has always seemed to me that stats are bused left, right, and center, and despite some exceptional scrutiny (e.g.

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