The final week of the course is devoted to programming. An easy-to-use interface is introduced to develop more visually appealing programs with buttons and menus. More strategies for teaching programming in a differentiated way are explored. We will additionally use the BBC micro:bit to demonstrate more variety in teaching Computing to KS3.
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Programming with EasyGui
- Easygui– zipped file to copy into the same folder as your Python programs and then unzip.
- Python Activity Week 8
- Starter program for week 8
- Image of bananas
Programming with the BBC micro:bit
Today we will use Alex Hadwen-Bennett’s resources: Micro_bit SoW for Micro Python using MicroPython and Mu
- Mu is available on the KCL machines, but you can download it at home here.
- Alternatively you can use MicroPython via the Python editor at http:/microbit.org
- Starter program for the micro:bit exercises
Other resources for KS3
Here is a small selection of resources that you might want to try to support teaching Computing at KS3 – in addition to the HUGE number of teacher shared resources at http://community.computingatschool.org.uk
- Code Combat – a game-like environment for learning Python using challenges
- Repl.it – an onine environment for Python 3 (and other languages) where you can set up a classroom for your students and share resources
- Trinket.io – another online environment for Python and other languages
- Codio – another online environment for Python with some useful tutorials for teachers and students and some great assessment features (Codio is free for teachers who are CAS members)
- App Lab and Hour of Code (part of Code.org) – App Lab may be a little bit too advanced but worth looking at it (another dual-modality environment)