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Review: Python for Kids

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Python for Kids is a new No Starch publication written by Jason R. Briggs. Aimed at children from the ages of 10 up who would like to learn Python, the book starts with the very basics even down to installing Python on your computer. With Python being

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gcsecomputing.org.uk Review (GCSE Resource)

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gcsecomputing.org.uk is an independent subscription site run by Mike Coley. It hosts resources aimed at the OCR Computing GCSE (although AQA is also planned) and covers unit A451 as well as a few tips for the coursework modules (A452 and A453). The site is full of content

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New Python MOOC Course

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A new style of course, MOOC, is about to launch and Python is first up. A group of online-learning ventures is collaborating on a new kind of free class to be offered this fall, known as a mechanical MOOC (for “massive open online course”), that will teach

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GCSE WJEC CS Course Accredited for 2012

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WJEC have gained accreditation for their new GCSE course and it is available from September 2012. According to WJEC their specification offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the way computers work, and to create and review computer programs for real-life purposes based on their

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Why do YouTube views freeze at 301?

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Numberphile pays a visit to YouTube and learns the secret behind one of the website’s famous idiosyncrasies – why view counts on new videos often freeze at 301. It is a good video to show when teaching IF conditionals. It gives a real life example of how

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Challenges of Getting to Mars

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A great video outlining the difficulty in landing the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars. It is mentioned in the video that it took over 500,000 lines of code to program the landing procedure. Certainly worth showing to your students to show another use of programming in the

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Guardian Seminar Round-Up

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An excellent round-up of the recent Guardian seminar for Computer Science can be found here. It is written by William Lau who describes himself as: “Innovative teacher of Technology, ICT and Media. Believes in preparing students for life in the uncertain and exciting future.”

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Scratch and Python Course

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Coding at School is pleased to announce that we are running our first CPD course on the 9th and 11th July. It will cover both Scratch and Python and is aimed at teachers with little programming knowledge. Find out more about the course and book your tickets

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Review: Code Avengers

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Code Avengers is a website which aims to help teach Javascript (and soon HTML) to students. Designed by Michael Walmsley, Code Avengers is aimed at GCSE level students at was initially designed to cover the New Zealand curriculum. The first thing you will notice is that the

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Adobe Generation Course

Adobe have started a free online course for young, creative students. Aimed at students between the ages of 14-19 who would like to be games designers, animators, video artists, or photographers. The course is 2.5 hours a week for 10 weeks and students receive Adobe certification at

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