We thought you might like to make some computing-themed bunting based on binary representations of letters – specifically the first letter of your name, in bunting flags. What with 2022 being the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we will probably be seeing rather a lot of bunting* this year, might as well join the fun :)
The letter ‘J’ in binary
You can print our ready-made flags below or just create your own. All you need is a triangle as the face of whatever you want on your flag, but don’t forget to add a little ‘flap‘ at the top which will fold over the string or thread (you can glue or sellotape it to stop it sliding around).
If you print ours you’ll need a printer, paper, scissors, glue / sellotape and some thread, string or ribbon.
If you make your own you’ll need everything above minus the printer but plus pencils / pens.
The alphabet, in binary
A table showing the binary code in 8 bit for each capital letter, A to Z. E is 01000101 and T is 01010100. A fuller range of lower case letters and numbers can be found at ScienceFriday.
Each person will need 8 flags per letter with the number of 1s and 0s depending on the initial of their first name or nickname. I’m Jo so I’d need three flags with 1 on and five with 0 on them. I’d also need to put them in the right order to ‘spell’ the letter J – 01001010. For example I could also spell the letters L or Q with the same flags by rearranging the order. There will be other ‘binary buddies’ where the same eight flags could spell more than one letter.
Don’t forget that binary 1s and 0s can be represented by any pair of things, so you could different colours (red and black bunting, or maybe blue and yellow) or different shapes (triangle and square bunting), or anything you like!
Printable Binary Bunting flags
The .pptx files below were created on a Mac computer and are editable. In case they appear differently on Windows computers I’ve added a PDF copy as well.
- Blank bunting flags, 3 to an A4 sheet (PDF)
- Binary bunting flags (half with 0 on, half with 1 on), 3 to an A4 sheet (PDF)
- Binary bunting midi flags (half with 0, half with 1), 6 to an A4 sheet (PDF)
- Binary bunting mini flags (50% 0, 50% 1), 10 to an A4 page (PDF)
- Raw .svg file of blank bunting flag (you can use a free program like Inkscape to edit this, or any vector-graphics editing program).
*small flags, usually fabric, strung together as a decoration
There are free online, self-paced digital (and other) courses available for those who live or work in London, part-funded by the European Commission. Applicants need to be in work (including self-employed) or on the Kickstarter scheme.
The pre-recorded courses are taught by lecturers from London South Bank University and Ravensbourne University in Greenwich, who’ve partnered with Dagile to offer the courses online. A snapshot of the courses available is tomorrow and full details are in the FAQ.
A list of the available courses (see plain text version at the end of the post).
Lists of other courses
The Skills Toolkit https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/find-a-course/the-skills-toolkit
Skills Bootcamps https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/find-a-skills-bootcamp/list-of-skills-bootcamps
Plain text version of the courses listed in the image
1. Basic Skills – units
• Maths – making calculations
• ESOL speaking and listening
2. Creative Digital – units
• Creating and publishing web pages
• Creating and manipulating digital images
• User interface and User Experience design
• Introduction to web design and development
3a. Digital & IT Skills – course
• Big Data & Cyber Security
3b. Digital & IT Skills – units
• Big Data
• Database with SQL
• Programming methods
• Programming fundamentals
• Introduction to Cyber Security
4a. Digital Marketing – course
• Digital marketing
4b. Digital Marketing – units
• The marketing environment
• Introduction to marketing
• Developing a marketing plan
• Principles of social media advertising
5. Leadership & Management – units
• Business planning
• Management & Leadership
“Digital Schoolhouse applications have opened. If you are a passionate teacher in #Computing, this is a chance for your school to be at the forefront of Computing education by helping the next generation become confident and competent in mastering challenging concepts. It’s free to join with funding opportunities, and as a certified Schoolhouse you will receive accredited CPD and training plus many more benefits. Apply by 31 March 2022: https://bit.ly/dsh-apply-22” See @DigSchoolhouse on Twitter
Digital Schoolhouse together with Nintendo UK is looking for excellent schools & colleges to join the programme to continue our mission of bridging the gap between education and the video games industry to aptly equip the next generation for a digital age.
- It’s free to join – teachers can even apply for a bursary for up to £3000 to support the programme in their institution
- Receive free certified CPD up to 4 times a year
- Raise your school’s profile locally and nationally – by marketing your workshop and connecting with local businesses Schoolhouses can make a name for themselves in their communities
- Receive direct links to the UK video games industry – you’ll be given direct access to the biggest publishers including Nintendo, PlayStation, Ubisoft, SEGA & Outright Games + more (this year Schoolhouses received complete class sets of Ubisoft’s Discovery Tour)
- Receive free access and free hardware + software loans for the Digital Schoolhouse esports tournament
- Get access to networking opportunities with over 70 of the best Computing teachers from across the UK
Apply by 5pm, Thursday 31 March 2022 for the academic year 2022-2023 year.
(If your school would like support you can request a workshop from one of the Schoolhouses here).
Pointing icon image credit: modified from Touch image by J S from Pixabay
The BCS has announced a new Chief Editor role for someone with knowledge of both computing and the school settings in which it’s taught, and ‘the computing education landscape in the UK and beyond’. Full details in the link and a brief summary below.
Chief Editor (CAS)
The Chief Editor will possess exceptional communication skills, able to develop and deliver interesting and unique content. They will be highly inquisitive, able to stimulate discussion, seeking out inspiring stories and encouraging and supporting others to contribute fully. They will be a natural collaborator, able to build positive relationships quickly, seize opportunities and make good things happen quickly. They will have a proven track record in making complex and technical concepts understandable, writing for a professional audience, engaging communities through content and will play a leading role in communicating and engaging with our community.
The Chief Editor will be responsible for content on the new Computing at School website. They will have a genuine interest in computing education and be passionate about finding and sharing opinions and evidence amongst the Computing at School membership and beyond. They will plan, research, write and edit copy. They will seek contributions and commission others to support their plans to ensure that the content is relevant to the audience.