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by steveking
Sun May 27, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power usage
Replies: 5
Views: 3813

Re: Power usage

My electricity costs just over 8p for 1KWH (1000 watts on for one hour) So, something using 2W will cost 8p to run for 500 hours (1000/2), and so it costs 0.016p per hour (8/500). There are 720 hours in a month, so it will cost 0.016 * 720 to run for a month which works out at approximately nothing ...
by steveking
Mon May 21, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to keep a pi-borrower enthused?
Replies: 2
Views: 897

How to keep a pi-borrower enthused?

I got my Raspberry Pi last week and being a computing teacher I took it at school. Two boys in my year 7 form (1st form, 11/12 year olds, whatever you call them) want one, one has one on order (due this week from Farnell he thinks) and the second boy hasn't yet ordered one. As the second boy missed ...
by steveking
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 5138

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"

<t>brian_reiter said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I've heard tales of school and college IT managers banning access to all USB based devices, CDs and floppies because of the risk of viruses etc, This applied to all staff and students.<br/> <br/> <br/> We have the student optical drives physically disabled (the...
by steveking
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 5138

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"

<t>alexeames said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Same position with monitors in our IT suite. For those who are locked down, have you considered booting from a memory stick or CD with a bootable linux installation on instead of Windows? Or is that a sackable offence?<br/> <br/> <br/> I certainly hope not!  We h...
by steveking
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 5138

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"

<t>This is something which will cause me a problem too. We have four IT rooms at school and all of them have vga only monitors.  The only way I will be able to use the raspberry pi in class will be using it via composite (eww!) on the projector (no hdmi or dvi on that) or to bring in my own monitor/...
by steveking
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Video: the BBC sent Eben to a local school...
Replies: 11
Views: 2792

Re: Video: the BBC sent Eben to a local school...

<t>liz said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Things started quite quietly, but by the end of the lesson the kids were refusing to go to lunch so they could get more time with the Raspis. (The lesson plan went to pot<br/> <br/> <br/> All the best lessons do!  I ended up spending 15 mins talking about AI, the Turing...
by steveking
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What are your plans for no-forum-Wednesday?
Replies: 28
Views: 4994

Re: What are your plans for no-forum-Wednesday?

<t>Jongoleur said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I've been on humour bypass since the beginning of the week as it is, and the horror of a days ICT was just the cherry on top. Added to which all smileys look the same at this time of night!  <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> I'll let you off...  if you teach my ICT lessons ...
by steveking
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What are your plans for no-forum-Wednesday?
Replies: 28
Views: 4994

Re: What are your plans for no-forum-Wednesday?

<t>TheEponymousBob said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Only model Bs in this batch, only one unit per person until demand starts to level, PayPal fine, and the shop is on totally different and far beefier servers.<br/> <br/> <br/> Sigh, either my implied sarcasm wasn't understood or people are just used to hitt...
by steveking
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What are your plans for no-forum-Wednesday?
Replies: 28
Views: 4994

Re: What are your plans for no-forum-Wednesday?

<t>liz said:<br/> <br/> <br/> How do you plan to spend your day in the absence of a forum full of people demanding shipping costs?<br/> <br/> <br/> You really want to know the life of an ICT teacher...<br/> <br/> first thing: taking year 11 school photos<br/> <br/> first lesson: year 10 writing up t...
by steveking
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: ICT to be scrapped
Replies: 23
Views: 4722

Re: ICT to be scrapped

<t>scep said: <br/> <br/> <br/> steveking said: <br/> <br/> <br/> the KS3 ICT framework [is] too dull for words to express.<br/> <br/> <br/> Within this framework I do a unit on Geocaching (we get to run about in the woods with GPS units ); programming in Scratch and Gamemaker; photo retouching in P...
by steveking
Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Programming - How will it all work?
Replies: 25
Views: 7601

Re: Teaching Programming - How will it all work?

<t>yabba said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I"m reminded of 2 things about being at secondary school in the UK, which, from my sons attendance today I don"t believe have changed that much.<br/> <br/> 1. Every school has a piano. I never recall any pupil touching it, although I assume an extremely tiny %age may...
by steveking
Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: ICT to be scrapped
Replies: 23
Views: 4722

Re: ICT to be scrapped

<t>tonygo2 said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Python runs perfectly on the school’s existing Windows PCs<br/> and is free to install but how many teachers can make use of it?<br/> <br/> <br/> Er, I do, and have for a few years now. I was teaching Python to year 9 before Christmas, and only yesterday was getting...

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