Hour Of Code….here it comes….

On March 3rd-6th http://uk.code.org/ are dedicating the week to an hour of code. The aim is to inspire developers of the future. It will introduce one hour of introduction into computer science which should make it more interesting and engaging for students. If you haven’t heard about it, then please check out the link provided. I’m super stoked about the hour of code and I have been promoting it with all staff and students. We already have some of our staff exciting about getting a certificate for participation!

We have built up the profile of this in our school by name dropping it into conversation and we have also spent a lot of time talking to students about the jobs available in industry.

I have put together a number of resources in aid of the event and I’m excited about what’s to come!!! Many schools have been interested in trialling TouchDevelop in their schools since showcasing some of my students work at BETT this year.

If you are new to Touch Develop and you’re not sure what you’re getting yourself into, then click here to load this document. It introduces some simple programs and shows you how to add a sprite and a background into an app.

If you need any other guidance or any help with Touch Develop, you can check out my range of videos on my YouTube channel. I have put them in a user-friendly playlist which should be useful.

Resources

On top of this, I have put some fun tutorials for you to introduce basics with your students. If you’re using a Surface device or a webcam on your computer. You can create a simple 10 frame stop go animation. You can introduce iteration to your students by drawing an minion using Pixel Art. You can introduce loops and frame refresh with the cookie clicker and there is math involved here. If you’re very new to touch develop, the basic interactive story will allow your students to experiment with a story flashing on the screen and will test for if statements and interaction.

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If these are a little difficult for your students, why not try the KS2 scheme of work. Introduce them to the turtle and get your students using loops and repeats.

You can find out more about these scheme of work here : – Touch Develop – Primary School

Secondary Scheme of work : – Touch Develop – Secondary School

Individual Video Tutorials

I hope these resources make a great start to your hour of code! If you have any questions about tutorials, please drop me tweet @lanky_boi_ray

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About Raymond David James Chambers

I am the Lead teacher of computing at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby Northamptonshire. Previously I was the head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. In 2015 I won the Gold National Teaching award for Innovative use of technology. I also won the 2015 Young Game Bafta - Mentor award. I'm keen to help students achieve their best and like to give them opportunities to do this. I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy meeting other people and sharing their ideas. I have a keen interest in games development as well as developing the use of ICT in classrooms across the curriculum. In my spare time I teach Irish dancing. I have been Irish dancing since I was 11. My highest position was 14th at the world championships 3 years running and 2nd at the Great Britain Championships in 2006.
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