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From Scratch to “Real” Programming

Hopefully not a great suprise to Computer Science educators but good to know that program like Scratch and Kodu are indeed useful later down the line for students' learning. The abstract of the study is below:

... We found that the programming knowledge and experience of students who had learned Scratch greatly facilitated learning the more advanced material in secondary school: less time was ...

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April 25, 2017, 6:53 a.m.

iSAMS Tools v0.1

At Cranleigh, we use iSAMS as our Management Information System. It is a great product, especially compared to the alternatives, but their feature turnaround is fairly slow.

With that in mind, one of my goals this academic year is to automate some of the work we do with iSAMS, from teachers to admin to IT manager.

For lack of a better name, I am calling the collection of modules, iSAMS Tools. T...

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Oct. 27, 2016, 9:43 a.m.

Online Teaching Tools

When trying to show progress, especially during observations and inspections, teachers typically revert to using post-its, exit passes etc.. They're quick, easy and obvious.

Not being a massive fan of paper, I wrote some quick digital versions to be used for starters and plenaries, they can be found online here.

There are three tools, a quick quiz for assessing initial knowledge; a similar one ...

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March 5, 2016, 10:55 a.m.

Github in the Classroom

Update: Github have released a product which makes most of the below redundant, but even easier to use! Github Classroom

Most ICT departments and curriculums have shifted towards the inclusion of programming. Largely due to the companies (Google) and the Government’s years-too-late realisation that the qualifications weren’t fit for purpose.

The rise in popularity of Computer Science has lead t...

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Jan. 24, 2015, 8:56 a.m.

The Great Educational Lock-in

A question which has been plaguing me from the day I started teaching is a question which all teachers have asked themselves at least once during their teaching career. This is the most long winded version of that question, and as a teacher might say, see if you can guess the question as we go along!

Chapter 1 – Microsoft

I thankfully managed to arrive into teaching just at the end of the Micro...

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Jan. 22, 2015, 8:54 a.m.

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