Tag Archives: Computing unplugged

@yallsop @roehamptonedu Festival of Computing 2016 Computational Thinking thoughts

Friday was both the final day of this year’s PGCE, and the Festival of Education, both taking place in/around the lawns of Grove House. Sadly this meant I only got to see half of each of them. Teaching Computational Thinking through marble runs / Unplugged I was very unsure how my morning session would go.

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LESSON STARTER: Sound waves + Sampling using video of Guitar strings

This video: https://www.facebook.com/TeenTimesSocial/videos/911731108864156/?fref=nf …has: Shows standing-waves on guitar strings Shows how different notes produce different frequencies of wave Shows how different styles of plucking produce different SHAPES of wave, hence different flavours of sound for same theoretical note AND: … Shows how sample rate (here: mobile phone camera) causes you to see still images you

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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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An easy task, not so easy: using “Digital” to teach “Computing”

Over the last two years I’ve done many small bits of teaching Computer Programming and Computational Thinking in schools … without using Computers. Most of it is abstract, and to make that easy to learn you need to provide concrete analogues. That usually means: real, physical items. Today, our “digital” artifacts are nearly always flat,

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