Apr 042019
 

Computational thinking

  1. Don’t panic! Understand the problem
    1. Game brief
    2. Q and A
  2. Simplify! (decomposition)
    1. Pick ONE part at a time
      1. Sky going dark
      2. Sprite moving UDLR
      3. Turn off lights when touched by sprite
  3. De ja vu?
    1. Have we done anything similar before?
    2. What Scratch blocks do you remember?
  4. Create a plan – algorithm
  5. Have a go…!

Game brief

A game company would like you to make a WW2 blackout themed computer game featuring, the landscape of a UK city threatened by the Blitz.  The aim is to put up blackout curtains in the daytime before nightfall so that the bombers will pass harmlessly overhead during the night.  Successive screen will become harder with more windows to cover and bigger buildings.  Wardens will be patrolling.  You may have to find or buy blackout material.  Depending on how completely you blackout the city, bombs will fall.  How long can you keep your city from being destroyed – a percentage score could drop after each night of bombing….

 

Mar 212019
 

Computing skills

  • Create music online
  • Download a file
  • Convert file using online converter
  • Upload file to j2e

To save

Upload to j2e

  • In j2launch click 
  • Choose files

Use it

  • Put on a j2e5 page
  • Put in a Scratc background as repeating background music
Mar 202019
 
  • Discuss CT principles poster
  • Game brief
  • Work through principles…
    • 1 Questions and answers, notes
    • 2 Break it down, steps
    • 3 In Scratch – remind yourselves of blocks
    • 4 Steps to blocks
    • 5 Try
    • 6 Evaluate

 

Game brief

A game company would like you to make a WW2 blackout themed computer game featuring, the landscape of a UK city threatened by the Blitz.  The aim is to put up blackout curtains in the daytime before nightfall so that the bombers will pass harmlessly overhead during the night.  Successive screen will become harder with more windows to cover and bigger buildings.  Wardens will be patrolling.  You may have to find or buy blackout material.  Depending on how completely you blackout the city, bombs will fall.  How long can you keep your city from being destroyed – a percentage score could drop after each night of bombing….

 

Mar 202019
 

CT principles poster

LF1 Logging on!

LF2 Movement controls

  1. Go to “My stuff” and click on your maze project
  2. (Original project =  https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/205492019/ _
  3. See inside
  4. Scratch cat code
    1. Make Scratch move up, down, left, right when you press the arrow keys:
      1. Events – when up arrow pressed…ScreenHunter_155 Feb. 22 08.16
      2. Up = change y by  5 ; Down = change y by -5ScreenHunter_157 Feb. 22 08.17
    2. Test it out by trying to get past the Egyptian god!

LF3 Choosing coordinates

  1. Look at the Egyptian God script – can you work out how it works?
  2. RH-click on the Egyptian god and duplicate to get two more – one for each level
  3. Change the x y numbers so they patrol left and right
  4. Test the game – make sure it is just possible to get past by going into the tunnels

LF 4 Use drawing tools

  1. Stage – Backdrops
  2. RH click to duplicate
  3. Edit the second backdrop to make a new level

LF5 Make sprites interact

  1. Scratch script
    1. Add blocks so that, when Scratch touches the door, the background changes
    2. Make a new set of blocks so that, when Scratch touches a baddie, it returns (go to…) to the start position
    3. How can we make Scratch only move when it is not touching the walls?
Mar 182019
 

1 Topic front cover

  • Neat border
  • BIG title: Extreme Earth
  • Pictures
  • Even spaces
  • Topic words
  • Name, class – quite small

2 Volcano diagram

  • JIT – drawing
  • Draw a diagram of a volcano
  • Save

3 Volcano animation

  • JIT – animate
  • On the first slide, draw the background – anything that won’t change
  • On the next slides add changes – s l o w l y
  • Press
    • Red plus – to keep last slide picture
    • Green plus – to get rid of last slide picture

4 Mix it up

  • JIT  – mix
  • Choose 4 panels with
    • text
    • picture
    • text
    • animation

 

Mar 112019
 

Citizen Science is when scientists invite the general public help them with their research.  The public may not be experts in science, but we can help by looking at pictures online and labelling them by saying what we see.  (It’s a task that computers are not very good at but people are.)

Snapshot Serengeti has thousands of photos taken by camera traps in Africa and scientists want us to help say which animals we see, how many there are, whether there are any young and what the animals are doing.

  • Here’s the link: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/snapshot-serengeti
  • Click “”Get started”
  • Click on “Tutorial” if you need instructions
  • When you click on an animal name – it will show you, so you know if you have chosen the right one – if you haven’t – “cancel”  You could click through the animals first to see what they are – Gazelle (Thompson’s) is quite a common one.

How many animals can you find…?

 

Mar 052019
 

LF Using j2e5 tools

Success steps

1 Finish border

  1. Finish your border – see last blog

2 Title

  1. Add the title:  EXTREME EARTH
    1. You could use the cool text website
      1. Choose a style
      2. Type the title
      3. Create logo
      4. Drag and drop to j2e5
      5. or
      6. RH click on the title – copy image
      7. In j2e – CTRL-V to paste

3 Add pictures + text

  1. Search volcano, earth, earthquake pictures in j2e5
    1. resize, position
    2. crop
      1. drag the middle blobs
      2. choose a crop shape
  2. Add words to do with the topic:
    1. mantle, magma, lava, volcano,…

4 Add name

  1. Add your name and class at the bottom

5 Editing

  1. Space things out evenly – no big gaps, pictures paced evenly
  2. Look at some book covers to help you with your design

6 DON’T FORGET TO SAVE!

Feb 272019
 

1 Making a page border with your own drawing

  • Use this video to help you make a page border with your own drawing.

Success steps

  1. Start a new j2e5 page
  2. Use the drawing tools to draw a SIMPLE picture
  3. Change colours
  4. Use group button – to make it one picture
  5. Move items with the mouse
  6. Use grid and snap
  7. Use duplicate tool to copy shapes
  8. Select more than one item by dragging a box
  9. Be resilient – take care when lining up shapes
  10. Save with a useful name

Finished?

Put your name in the bottom right hand corner.

Make the page into a topic title page:

  1. Add a BIG title:  Extreme Earth
  2. Use the picture search in j2e to find pictures of the Earth, volcanoes,…
  3. Fill the page
Feb 152019
 

Here are the j2e5 videos:

Success so far:

  • All pages linked up with next and previous
  • Tested links
  • ** Page number links

Next, using your knowledge from your Roman topic or Chinese New Year topic, create the content for your eBook.  Choose a small topic, eg Roman Food.

Romans homework help website – don’t just copy information from this site (see the copyright notice at the bottom of the page).  Write information in your own workds.

  1. An attractive title page
  2. 3 more pages of information with one sentence on each and a picture.
  3. Whe you search for pictures – use “Images – tools – usage rights – labelled for non commercial use
  4. Drag pictures from the Internet onto your j2e5 page
  5. Picture video help
  6. ** Make a button to a useful webpage by copying the address and pasting it in the link box instead of a page number.
  7. Web link video help
  8. **Add more pages to your book

Success criteria

  • Accurate writing
  • All links working
  • Pictures – labelled for non commercial resue
  • Simple text
  • Big and bold pages
  • Use whole page
  • Page size 640 x 480
  • 4 pages