Children examine code and predict what it will do. They match up algorithms to code then create code to ask other
groups to predict. They then run each block of code to check if their predictons were correct.
This activity solely focusses on debugging pre written programs so children can concentrate on the debugging process as a separate activity to writing their own programs. Children learn what bugs are. They learn and use the debugging process. This means going through
the process of identfying what a program should do if it is working properly , observing what actually happens in
the program, identfying the part that don’t work and debugging the code. The actvity also stresses the importance
of resilience and perseverance.
Children are given time to play typing games to familiarize themselves with keyboard layouts. They then use Book Creator to create their own short book in which they use basic word processing skills and add pictures.
This activity builds on the CS1 teaching activity Human Robot Mazes in which children used algorithms to navigate a maze. Now they do the same thing using floor robots. This is easiest to do in a larger space such as a hall. In this teaching activity we use Beebots but other floor robots could be used instead.
Allows children to trace letters and repeat their sounds. PocketPhonics is used in over a hundred UK primary schools and pre-schools to teach kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. It follows the national curriculum. Independent research (see www.appsinmypocket.com/research) found children learnt nine times as fast using PocketPhonics as compared to a classroom lesson.
This is the only app to consider for creating digital books. Don't put the free one on your iPads as you can only make one book and yopu need to delete everything to start over again. If there is one app that is worth paying then this it it.
Now also available to use via Google Chrome. See our tutorial here.One of the essential iPad apps. Please see our video tutorials here. Book Creator allows students to add text, images and videos from the camera roll, direct video recordings and photos from the camera, voice recordings, music from Garageband, drawings, speech bubbles, thought bubbles and shapes to a page. You can also opt for comic book laouts to create comics. As you can insert anything from the camera roll, Book Creator becomes a great place to showcase animations, films, paintings explanaotory videos and more. Books save as PDFs, videos or ePubs with plans in the pipeline to publish directly to the web. Available for iPad, Android and Windows 10.
Essentially, 'Cato’s Hike' is a universal game for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to teach kids and young children basic programming skills. The younger ones will obviously enjoy solving levels using simpler coding techniques but the hope is the older ones will pick up more advanced concepts like loops and branching as well as even more advanced concepts like a basic stack or memory!
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