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?

Have you had students/DLs lead computing sessions/parts of lessons? What has worked well?

What plans do you have for DLs and #computing in the future?

Extra Question
Have your Digital Leaders used Makewaves? Makewaves #openbadges – pls cd u add to:
“Hi Chris,
Makewaves are a finalist for Innovator of the Year at the BETT Awards. Judges are looking at the number of views and types of comments below our youtube film to help inform their decision on the winner. Would you (and any colleagues / DL contacts) be happy to leave a comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThwK2tEGqPY?Thanks, Sharon
Director at  Makewaves
BETT ICT Company of the Year

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,


A Classroom set of Raspberry Pi’s – part 2

Having explained how I have bench tested and decided on a final Raspberry Pi configuration – in A Classroom set of Raspberry Pi’s – part 1,  I took delivery of 18 sets and started putting them together with the help of my Digital Leaders.  Here is the description of both the equipment and the setting up.

The standard set-up is this:


Cable tied and velcroed to the wall with toggled switching using the KVM (velcroed to PC box):


A Classroom set of Raspberry Pi’s – part 1

I attended #Picademy North at Easter (2015).  I committed then to a post about a Raspberry Pi project which would be a viable method of using Raspberry Pi’s in the classroom – initially for a coding club and subsequently for KS3 lessons.  Six months later I have sourced all the components; completed my testing, and linked my updated KS3 scheme of learning.  Here are my Raspberry Pi image notes too.

My aim is two stage –

  1. Support my Digital Leaders with using Raspberry Pi’s with the Coding Club on Thursday lunchtimes
  2. Integrate the use of a half class set (x16) of Raspberry Pi’s for KS3 class use.  I have worked out that this will be for 2 teaching units, one in Year 8 – using the Pibrella to model traffic lights using Scratch GPIO tied in with Flowol; and a Year 9 Control Project unit using Python, the RaspIO Protection board and the ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit (see bid).

In addition, the 16 Raspberry Pi’s need to be straightforward to use in class by pairs of students so that effective learning can happen every time.  So far I have see Raspberry Pi’s working as standalone hacking devices; managed by people who are already proficient with programming; and I have seen multiple examples of how Raspberry Pi’s do not function as required…


Overall, I plan to have 16 always-out-Raspberry Pi’s, that are lifted down from shelves above the PCs, switchable views using the KVM from the PC, and using either the Pibrella or electronics kit using the Raspio.  For details please see below.



DLs trial of Pibrella and RasPio/ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit

I have just sent out 4 packages of the following to Digital Leaders.  We will be trialling the Pibrella and the RasPio/ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit which will be the basis of Year 8 and 9 physical computing next year.


Here are the links for the installation and the resources:


#DLChat Questions and Google+ DLchat

Q1. How does having a differentiated badge framework help students? / DL Co-ords?
Q2. Would sharing ‘good’ DL activities help other DL Co-ords?
Q3. Are we ready for a Google Community for #DLChat? – see below
Q4. How could we use our Google Community to plan for DLs at BETT16?
Q5. Level 3 badges are like L2 but ‘bigger’ than school events. Discuss…


 #DLchat Google Community here


Here’s the Raspberry Pi Community – I’ve deliberately resized it to fudge the text.


“Where to go for help with a rapidly changing Curriculum…” #TMNorton July 2015

TMNorton link here

Google Slides are here (with comments)


Raspberry Pi Resources

My up-to-date shopping list for feasible network of 16 Raspberry Pi’s…

Google doc with links and pics of all resources shown at #picademy North docs.google.com/document/d/1p3… ready for showing to my DLs Monday.

Computing Links

These are well down the home page on the right – so have posted them here to make them more easily available.

Mark Clarkson OCR GCSE Computing an unofficial teacher’s guide
Mark Clarkson Python introduction
Mark Clarkson Videos
Alan Donohoe Videos
Little Man computer links