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Well done with the award. I know I don’t get much chance to surf your blog but you are always the first place I look for new innovations. I am finally teaching Scratch to year 7 students and would like to know if there are any work books out there. I have a work book which create a simple PacMan game which the students love. I wondered if there were any others and I thought you might know where to look.
A great site. Keep up the great work
Ex-Leading ICT Teacher Urban Swale, Kent.
Ps. All my students have Wii Me, created by “myavatareditior”. (thanks)
Hi Kevin, thanks for your comments. I am currently in the process of creating some resources to make various games in Scratch, I’ll be uploading them here soon. I have also stored some Scratch websites on my Delicious links: http://www.delicious.com/geekynicki/scratch
Sorry. Found it.
Was excellent to see you in person at BETT. Keep up the amazing work, really inspiring teachers to push the envolope. My students and my department are going to love the new KS3 I have planned for next year.
As a tiny part of my role as ‘e-Learning Champion’ I produce a monthly bulletin for schools, I thought you might be interested to see what I have put in the January bulletin:
Again Paul shares 3 web links which relate to ICT in education.
http://www.interactiveclassroom.net – Finally, if you did not see The Geeky ICT Teacher’ at BETT this year (aka Nicki Maddams), you must visit her website. Back to gaming again! This time it’s a PC interface, Nicki shows you how to create a simple game with ‘Kodu’. There are full lesson plans in her Resources – KS3 section of the site and also some for our old favourite ‘Scratch’. A great site for the latest innovative ideas.
Great comments, many thanks.
Can you please confirm your email address? I’m getting delivery error.
The email address listed here is correct. Not sure why you are getting an error? Are you on Twitter? You could try sending a message through there if it’s still not working for you?
Remember me I met you at the Cambridge Tech – Level 3 training and I promised to contact you. Thank you again for your excellent resources you have produced you are a inspiration!
Just wanted to know if you have made any resources for Cambridge Tech IT – Unit 1, if so are you going to upload on to your site.
Desperately seeking Zena!
Hi Zena, yes I remember you! I have pretty-much finished Unit 1 now so should be uploading this week!
Unit 1 is now available here: http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/?page_id=667
Awesome, brilliant thank you so much you are a e-life saver!!!:)
Hi Nicki, sorry for the long message, tried to email you but kept bouncing back. Please feel free to email back with your response.
Hope you well and don’t mind me asking you a couple of quick things.
Firstly, I am giving a brief introduction followed by workshop on KODU to KS2 & 3 teachers down here in sunny Cornwall on Wednesday. As mentioned before, I have used many of your resources to build an extended 12 week introduction unit with KODU that we run with year 7s so am checking that you are ok for me to share my adapted resources with others on the day (I will of course acknowledge you).
The second thing is, I’ve been looking through the draft computing curriculum and have linked KODU to stands 1,2,3 at KS2 but am not entirely confident how it may fit in with KS3 (I expect in year 7 still). I think it will suite well for stands 1& 3 but thought best to ask what the person who is really in the know about KODU think.
Finally, I’m just putting the finishing touches to my SoW and resources for the extended PC Basics, which will zip up and send over hopefully by the end of the week. We use Moodle quite heavy here so the courses are built on that, I can send the backup files if you want as well.
All resources excellent …very kind of you to share them with everyone! About to publish (on CAS) my first draft of KS3 Computing SOW would really appreciate your thoughts.
Have you ever considered using or do you know any teachers who are using Minecraft as part of the Computer Science delivery at KS3?
There are mining turles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX3lCq-U_Ug) and the youtube videos on noob to Pro on Programming in computer craft – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cOBmbpvKi0 to give you an insight.
The turtle programming reminds me a lot about the original turtle programs in the Software called turtle where you had pen up and pen down and directional commands.
I am currently trying to purchase Minecraftedu licenses from http://minecraftedu.com/page/ as I believe the turtle programming is the way forward.
I plan on using the ‘game’ in my History lessons as there’s a raft of History based worlds that teachers are using the US and it also encourages colobrative work when they work as a team to solve problems.
I would be interested to hear if you have any plans to incorporate this into your Scheme of work.
I’ve just been looking at your post about computing for year 7 & 8. Your ideas/resources look great. We are looking at doing some computing with year 7 & 8 aswell starting in September but are worried about assessment. Just wondering how you are planning to assess the work e.g. applying old nc levels
Mo Everett here (Chief Co-Ordinator for Cambridge Technicals in IT). I have found your website and was having a good look at it. Just a point that you may want to note on the website. OCR have produced recording documents for every unit and it is a mandatory requirement for centres to use them. I noted that you had uploaded your own version on the site. The moderator visiting a centre is duty bound to pick them up on it if they use the incorrect documentation.
Thanks for your comment. Which recording documents are you referring to? Is this the assessment logs? If so the ones on here are just for internal use as they break down the criteria further than OCR’s ones so it makes marking easier. I complete the OCR front sheets for the visiting moderator.
I’m still looking into this at the moment. Once I’ve come up with something I’ll share it on here! 🙂
Hi Steve I’ve not really looked at Minecraft myself but have a colleague who is very interested so I will share this with him. Thanks 🙂
Thanks James. I’ll take a look!
thanks for your time and great resources. I have a question, I am starting to teach Kodu in KS3 next term. Is there anywhere you know where schools can purchase the wired controllers. Ebay seems rather expensive. Much appreciated
Our technicians purchased them through one of their regular suppliers, I think they cost around £17 each.
Nicki any chance I could be put in touch with your colleague regards Minecraft usage? It would appear that the local authority is now offering a course in Minecraft in the classroom so it looks like at least some people in education are finally seeing its worth beyond it being a game.
Main webpage – is that a Nicki Minecraft avatar I spot??
Some great resources on here especially with the changes to the curriculum coming up, very interested in what your developing.
I read in one of your previous posts about using an open badge system, I was just wondering if you are still doing this and if so how are you going to manage it/how it actually works.
Keep up the fantastic work.
Thanks. Yes, I’m still hoping to use the Open Badges but am not completely sure how to implement them yet. Since that post I have started at a new school and we have a VLE that might enable us to give out the badges there but am also investigating the use of OneNote. Once I’ve made a decision on the best way I’ll probably put up a post on here.
Thanks again for the lovely comments.
I’m looking for a toturial, thats make me go to NeXT level
when i have 20 point.
I have been looking at youtube, and cut not find anything at all.
Can you please help me.
Hi Remo, in the worlds section there is a “Next Level” block to select so your Kodu code would look something like this:
WHEN score 20 DO Next Level (this basically loads a new world so you have to create that world first.) Hope that helps!
Thanks I’ll try That :O)
Firstly let me say a massive well done for this site – it is exceptional!
I’ve just moved into a new role and as an additional subject I’ve taken over as the computing teacher for KS3. Our students start next week and there is no planning in place so I am madly scouring the web for resources and a SOW. I might have missed it on your site but have you posted an all encompassing SOW or just ones linked to units that you have tailored so far? If not, could you recommend other places to search to find complete yrs 7, 8 & 9 schemes linked to the new POS that I could use to start off with and then add to them as I go.
Any guidance / help that you could offer would make me eternally grateful!
Hi Andy, in terms of SoWs I’ve done individual ones for each topic, I do have an overall page that contains links to each topic grouped by year group which you may find useful? – http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/?page_id=163
Thanks Nicki – thats really useful.
I’m definitely going to use your resources to start a Kodu after school club.
Hi Nicki, as the queen of KODU I was wondering if you have any idea if there is going to be a UK KODU Kup 2015?
Fantastic resources by the way!
Yes as far as I know it will be launched in January, not sure on the theme yet though.
Thank you for these fantastic resources. I am delivering unit 17 and am wondering what software you used for the authoring? did you just use Powerpoint and was it acceptable via the moderation.
Many thanks Leanne
Hi Leanne, yes we used PowerPoint and it was fine with my moderator.
Do you have any resources for unit 2. Currently started to teach this course for the first year and finding it hard to find any resources. Can you point me in the right direction if possible.
I’m guessing you mean Unit 2 for Cambridge Technicals? No, sorry haven’t taught that unit yet and probably going to give it to my business department to deliver next year as I’ll be on maternity leave.
Firstly I wanted to say thank you very much for sharing your resources on your website. I am by trade a music and HPE teacher but was given the task of Year 7, 8 and 9 ICT this year. I’m from Australia and at the end of last year didn’t even understand what coding was. Your site has extended my knowledge greatly in just a short amount of time. I just wanted to personally thank you.
I should mention that I am currently teaching at a distance education school where our demographic is rapidly changing from isolated students to medical and behaviour students in town. These units have so far grabbed the students attention and they are participating and attending classes.
I’m eagerly awaiting your updates on your algorithms and programming, ingenious inventions and crime lab units. They sound very interesting and I think the students will love it.
Once again thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.
Thanks for your lovely comment Emma, glad to be of some help. Unfortunately it will be a while before I develop further resources. I’m currently on maternity leave after a rather eventful few months, you can read about what’s happened on my most recent blog post.
I sent you an email regarding your baseline test? Just have a few questions regarding it. Any chance of a quick chat?
Hi Nadia, the improved Baseline test can now be found here: http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/?page_id=1372