Talks for STEM and CAS Yorks Humberside Computing Conference – Wednesday 29th June 2016

Using the Raspberry Pi in Code Clubs and the Curriculum – click to go to slides

“This session will provide an introduction to the Raspberry Pi and first-hand experience of setting up a Pi-Lab.  Then some thoughts on how it fits in with the KS3 curriculum as well as Code Clubs.  The second half of the session will be hands-on using a Raspberry Pi for an example KS3 lesson”.


Developing Digital Leaders to Support Computing – click to go to slides

“Digital Leaders can mean many things but this session will help you gain insights into how students can help you with implementing an effective computing curriculum.  You will be shown stages of developing Digital Leaders and given time to discuss and plan how you might develop their use in your school including running Code Clubs”.


Digital Leaders’ Year 7 #BBC Micro:bit Project

From the beginning, I never wanted to just give out 150 Micro:bits to Year 7s and hope good things would happen.  Whether it’s staff or students, there has to be a strategy to engage people and build capacity.  This is ours…

There were no Micro:bits after the official training.  We bought 6 code bugs and Y8 Digital Leaders had their first taste of online coding and downloading hex files onto devices.

They did a tremendous job of showing Year 6s at the Opening Evening too.

We then brought in keen Year 7s through the Code Club, with peer training:

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With thanks to @clcsimon.

We then set up the following structures to support the arrival of the Micro:bits and a cascade peer -training programme:

1. a central page with links to equipment, documents and tasks.

2. Dls chose two essentials tasks and a third free choice for ‘qualification’
Answering machine / Rock paper scissors / one from Other Block Editor Lessons to try.

3. A Google doc to show qualification of each ‘trainer’ and then Y7 trainees:


4. A method of labelling the Micro:bits and storing them:

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5. and the reward of a Micro:bit, for every Y8 Digital Leader for their hard work:


Now the Micro:bits have arrived (27/04/16) the DLs are inviting a few Year 7s in at lunchtimes next week.  There will be a reward of a case for best Year 7 trainee each month and a Kiktronic coin battery add-on for best original programme each month – Kiktronics BBC micro:bit accessories.

Talks for Computing Conference 2016 – Leeds Learning Partnership

“Digital Leaders in Primary and Secondary”
– Developing Young People as well as the Technology

DLs in primary and secondary LLP

Raspberry Pi – Hardware and Classroom Management

Link to worksheet for pelican crossing

Raspberry Pi, HW and CM - LLP Comp Conf March 2016 v1

Review of #BETT2016 by @gr8ict

Here is my assortment of notes from #BETT2016, including follow-up tweets and next steps. Sorry if I have missed anyone deserving of a mention.

Digital leadersCode ClubRaspberry Pi | MicrobitComputing Curriculum#Teacher5aday

Digital Leaders
It’s my fourth year in a row taking Digital Leaders to Bett, and this time was the best yet due to working with other colleagues and students for both the arena presentation and the #kidsmeet.
Highlights of the arena were @L_S_Stone’s 22 (yes twenty two) Year 1’s invading the arena with an assortment of Beetbots and Spheros, and of course, all our digital leaders standing up and demonstrating all the good work that is going on in these schools – Recreation Road Infant School, Norwich; Myrtle Park Primary School, Bradford; King Edward VI School, Southampton and Lady Lumley’s School, North Yorkshire. Supported by @L_S_Stone, @_Wossername_ and @rlj1981. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet some of my #dlchat colleagues afterwards as one of my year 7s was sick in the toilets. Luckily he recovered to enjoy Bett later.  Thanks to @clcsimon, @slr112 and @ThatEdTechGuy for tweets from the Arena.


Highlights of the #kmbett2016 were seeing the school leadership summit tent overflowing with digital leaders from at least eight schools. Also meeting #nightzookeeper (Paul Hutson) and catching up with @SheliBB and other DL coordinators. A big thank you to the hardworking teachers for bringing students to BETT (@HeadDownEyesUp and @Claire_N_Jones) and the volunteers such as @ictevangelist for giving up their time to provide the activities. Sophie, Karen and i2i made a big commitment to have more students at BETT2016 and I’m very grateful for their help and support.


Next steps:
> follow up having more students involvement at Bett next year

Code Club developments

My digital leaders explained how they are running Y9 and Y7 code clubs at school.

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I also had the opportunity to meet @Wishtrac team  and swap ideas for the Raspberry Pi.  I already have all their kits for my coding clubs.

Next steps:

encourage my younger digital leaders to have coding hardware out and more often at lunchtimes including our bb8 and parrot drone.
> ask my younger digital leaders to explore the following apps: Tickle; MacroLab; Sphero’s Sprk Lightning Lab; Sphero; Tynker and Orb basic

> decide on Explorer Hats or RasPiO Pro Hats and have hardware out more often including @wishtrac’s kits
> encourage more girls to come to coding clubs and promote STEAM (Art as well as STEM – there’s a great article here Creativity in technology.
I am looking at more units with games – especially minecraft – as Currently, more than half of gamers are female.

Raspberry Pi

A big shout out to everybody at the Raspberry Pi foundation. They had a very ambitious programme and I for one am very grateful that they were at Bett, especially as I got to hear and meet Andrew Mulholland @gbaman1, the creator of PiNet, which I need urgently in my classroom of Raspberry Pi’s. See here for my notes.

I took my request for more encouragement for full classroom use of Raspberry Pi’s to Trustee Pete Lomas (who handed me a Raspberry Picademy certificate 10 months ago) and Sam Aaron. In my opinion, there is too much emphasis on hacking and small-group use of Raspberry Pi’s in coding clubs, when there should be much more push for class sets and integration into the mainstream computing curriculum. Following @jrobinson_uk ‘s suggestions at #Picademy, and collaborating with @robjones_cowley (who I serendipitously sat next to at the York #microbit Roadshow), I have blogged in detail describing how to set up a class set of Raspberry Pi’s with KVM switches so they sit alongside existing desktops.

I also enjoyed talking with Oliver Quinlan, recently appointed in charge of research at the foundation. For those of us who remember NOF training, I really want to see a focus on effective pedagogy for Computer Science teaching and learning, and less focus on what the hardware is and what it can do (although, *obviously* this is important to start with). Oliver was very patient with me, and I got the impression that he may be thinking along some of the same lines. Oliver also reminded me of the benefits of GPIO zero from @ben_nuttall and I think this is the missing link for my KS3 Scheme of Learning for Year 9 next year.

Next steps:
> Install PiNet
> stay in touch with Oliver Q
> Develop use of GPIO zero

So, the Micro:bits “should be with teachers around half term, so that teachers have the chance to get used to them, try them etc, before the students get them later in the term”.
There are more than 120 projects available now and having talked to Clare on the Microsoft stand, I will use the availability of the Microbit to consider moving to office 365 as many of the resources are embedded.

Next steps:
> #Office365 is free for teachers right here
> prepare for the Microbit with my Y7 and Y8 digital leaders

Computing Curriculum
I finally met Pat Heathcote and Rob Heathcote of We use a large number of their teaching units at KS3 and 4 with the new computing curriculum and Rob has been a great help in the last year. Rob mentioned that he hopes there will soon be a Greenfoot unit which will tie in nicely for some of my North Yorks colleagues wanting to do EDUQAS computing GCSE.
Bett wouldn’t be BETT without a chance encounter with Christina (Preston, founder of Mirandanet). She alerted me to the Cambridge GCSE Computing Online course based on OCR’s GCSE Computing.

Next steps:
> mention PGOnline’s Greenfoot unit to North Yorks colleagues
> enrol on Cambridge GCSE Computing Online course

And lastly, as a balance to the whirl that is edtech, and all the bright lights, I happened upon a presentation from @MartynReah and other teachers who are advocates for :


I started #Teacher5aday in January – pledge here  – and I’m finding the hashtag a useful source of inspiration and resources

Next steps:
> follow Abbiemann1982 and Jenna Lucas @JennaLucas81
> watch kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

#dlchat Storify for #BETT2016

How we help Teachers and other Students use #edtech effectively – Digital Leaders in Schools from across the UK” #BETT2016

Lady Lumley's DLs BETT16 Arena talk v1.pptx
Lady Lumley’s School, North Yorkshire  – @gr8ict /Chris Sharples (Secondary) – confirmed 20/10/15
Title – “How Digital Leaders run cracking coding Clubs”
Description – with so much change within Computing at present, a key requirement is to build capacity for learning programming.  Y9 LLS DLs will talk about setting up Raspberry Pi’s and using them for Y9 Code Club and then in lessons.  Y7 LLS DLs to talk about setting up Y7 Code Club with the approach of the BBC Microbit.  They will also mention Makewaves ( 2016 BETT winner for ICT Innovator of the Year) and DL #openbadges.

Recreation Road Infant School, NorwichLouise Stone (Infants)
Title “Infant Digital Leaders – Getting to Grips with Gadgets”

(Please download file to view offline MS Powerpoint Show with animations and video)
Description – whether you are 5 or 105, mastering new technology can be a challenge.  RRIS DL’s talk about how they support their peers, younger classmates and teachers with tech such as Beebots and iPads. Thinking about school radio? Ask them about theirs!

Myrtle Park Primary School – John Redding/ Paul Scott (Primary) / – confirmed 01/11/15
Title “KS2 Digital Leaders – The Impact of Purple Mash across the Curriculum”

Description – The impact that Purple Mash has had on school has been massive, affecting all areas of the curriculum.  Myrtle Park Digital leaders will discuss this impact and share some of their experiences.

King Edward VI School, Southampton – Rachel Jones (Secondary) –  confirmed
Title “Collaborative Learning. What can’t you do with paper alone?’

Description – The Digital leaders from KES will talk where using technology can have a real impact- in allowing children to work collaboratively. From Google Drive to Baiboard they will look at free resources which will have impact on learning.

#BETT2016 and #OpenBadges Slow #dlchat Jan 21-28th 2016

L_CeIPiw     3levelshoriz

@Shelibb’s background to slow #dlchat

If you (and Digital Leaders) have been to BETT16, what did you find useful – pls cd you link to blogposts.

Can you (and Digital Leaders) link to the reflections of Digital Leaders having been to BETT16?  Can we get comments between DLs and their findings in different schools…

Any reflections on how to improve teaching of Computing as a result of BETT16 (even if you haven’t been, there should be lots of useful findings for you from the hashtag #bett2016 )

Any reflections on Hardware as a result of BETT16 (even if you haven’t been, there should be lots of useful findings for you from the hashtag #bett2016 )

Any thoughts on the use of Digital Leader #OpenBadges in the next few months – including new level 3 badges.  Especially as @makewavestweets win the BETT16 Innovator of the Year Award.

Ways that Students/Digital Leaders can help with #computing / #dlchat Nov 19th ’15

 Background – Digital Leader Roadmap

When did you first introduce #computing into your curriculum lessons? and with what examples?

How have students (not necessarily DLs) helped in #computing lessons? Have they added in ways you could not do on your own?

Do you run a code club? What sorts of activities have you covered? More

Digital Leaders running Y7 Code Club

Seeing as LLS Year 8 Digital Leaders welcome the Y7s tomorrow to try out Code Bugs, I thought I would start a post explaining our progress which will culminate in a talk at BETT16 in the main arena.

1. BBC #microbit roadshow:



Digital Leaders running Y9 Code Club

Meanwhile, Y9/10 DLs are planning Year 9 code club:


…with Python training for the BB8 Sphero,