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 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….

 

Feb 042019
 

Quick Activities

  • Drawing the Internet (whiteboard and pens)
  • Online Choices Compass
  • Digital Compass (Computer Room)
  • Interland

  • What would you do?
  • Who owns the Internet?
  • Rounds – Q+A

Videos to watch and discuss:

Safer Internet Day Website

 

 

Jan 242019
 
  1. Slide 1 title

  2. Slide 2 Three useful website

  3. Slide 3 Five questions

 

  1. Visit your Google Classroom to open the blank Slides
  2. Subject
    1. Choose a small subtopic for your presentation
    2. Add a title on the first slide
    3. Add more slides – choosing an appropriate layout
  3. Theme
    1. Choose a suitable theme
      1. If you are going to use picture backgrounds…
        1. Same one for all slides? Different
        2. Muted/darker?
        3. Images need to be “labelled for non-commercial reuse”
    2. ** Can you use a template? File – new – from template
      1. Can you save this in your Classroom folder in Google Drive? It needs to appear in my Classroom folder…
    3. Decide on fonts and colours
  4. Information
    1. Find at least three useful and reading/age-appropriate websites on the subject
    2. Paste the links on Slide 2 using bullet points
    3. Write 5 questions that you would like to answer on Slide 3
  5. Slides
    1. Plan each slide – give each slide a title
    2. Add information in your own words
  6. Images
    1. Search for images for your Slides
    2. Use search tools – usage rights – marked for non-commercial use

Skills

 

Jan 072019
 
  1. Go to Scratch:  https://scratch.mit.edu/
  2. Click “Start creating”
  3. Watch the intro video
    1. What is different in Scratch 3?
    2. What is the same?
    3. What did you remember? What is new to you?
  4. Click “Tutorials” – start with “Animate an adventure game”
  5. If you finish that one, develop it, or try another tutorial.
  6. How could you use Scratch for a topic based project?
  7. Save your work to your Google Drive.
  8. You could also try Y4 task – hyperlinked pages in Scratch – a way of setting up an interactive ebook with linked pages in scratch.

 

Nov 122018
 

Your idea

  • Content – what information are you going to give?  What style? Interview, conversation, Q+A…?
  • Image – what scene will you be infront of?
  • Keep it short, clear

Preparation

  • Image – in Safari, find your image – select marked for reuse.  Save it to the camera roll.
  • Greenscreen app
    • Start new project
    • Top + = camera
    • Second + = image, from camera roll – choose the one you saved
    • Record

 

Sep 202018
 
  1. Typing
    1. LF Keep hands still – fingers on home keys
  2. Finish j2e5 skills page and save
    1. LF Use more tools in j2e5
      1. Have a go – try something – be resilient
      2. Be accurate
  3. Book covers
    1. Go to “my files”, “shared files”, your class folder
    2. Look at the different book covers
    3. Keep the cover you are doing on the page.
    4. Use the tools in j2e to copy one of them as accurately as possible.

Things to consider:

  • Start with the cover background colour and build it up in layers.  Break the problem down – decomposition
  • Use 3 or 4 search words to find an exact picture match
  • Large background picture – crop then lock in place
  • Search for png images (without white background), eg google “apple png”
  • Copy and paste images from the Google Chrome (or drag onto j2e page)
  • Choose font carefully
  • Use layers (like a paper collage) = piles of paper tools bottom right
  • Keep improving…

Useful tools…?

Stormbreaker sphere video:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=17c6qWtFTbxyR4Oob5jG59-uxL6naW2ti

Finished?

Find “More Stormbreaker book covers” in shared files and have a go at another one…  What different skills do you need?

Sep 102018
 

Expectations

  1. Look at Y3 post “Welcome to the Computer Room!”
    1. How would you rate yourselves this morning?
    2. Is there anything you would add for Y3s?  You could add as a comment

Aspirations

  • What would you like to achieve in Computing this year?

j2e5 skills

  1. In my files, shared files, open “j2e5 skills”
  2. Copy the objects exactly
    1. Y4 Open “food and farming book covers”, choose one book cover to copy.
    2. Y5  Open “stormbreaker cover” from shared files – can you make an exact copy using j2e tools…?
    3. Y6 Open “mayan book covers” – choose one book cover to copy exactly using j2e tools
  3. TIP 1 : start with the cover background colour and build it up in layers.  Break the problem down – decomposition
  4. TIP2: use 3 or 4 search words to find an exact picture match

typing.com

May 182018
 

LF: Explore Google Forms

  1. Go to Google Drive
  2. Click NEW, More then Google forms
  3. Explore as many tools and options as you can, including:
    1. Naming the form
    2. Changing the theme
    3. Trying each question type
    4. Adding sections and titles

LF: Plan your research project

  1. Think about what you would be interested in finding out by doing a survey.  I can get children in Year 6 to complete the surveys.
  2. Think carefully about:
    1. What questions to ask
    2. Which type of question
    3. What data you want – words, sentences, numbers,…
    4. Do you need names?
  3. Design your form

Looking after data – by doing a survey, you have a responsibility to look after people’s information safely.  How do you think you should do this?

LF: Share your form

  • Allow anyone at St Mark’s to view your form
  • Find and copy the share link for your form
  • Fill out this form to share your form information