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by clive
Sat May 05, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Brigshaw School Pi Case: Project thread.
Replies: 23
Views: 5908

Re: Brigshaw School Pi Case: Project thread.

I don't see how you can do this properly without a real Pi, which would be crying shame as it is an awesome project. I'm expecting mine from RS "within 7 working days". You can have it on loan if it would help, till you get hold of one of your own.
by clive
Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What the Pi has done for me.
Replies: 31
Views: 5848

Re: What the Pi has done for me.

<t>n31l said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Lots of IT teachers in schools should be placed against a wall and downgraded to unemployed or given a PI and told to go and relearn what they should be teaching.<br/> <br/> <br/> Wouldn't it be nice - just for once - to keep a positive thread positive? This is a fant...
by clive
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Home v School
Replies: 27
Views: 4377

Re: Home v School

<t>W. H. Heydt said:<br/> <br/> <br/> If "computing" had been taught the way music was when I was in school, I'd never have become a programmer because I would have avoided computers at all costs after such an experience.<br/> <br/> <br/> That's  a red herring. All you are saying is that at music wa...
by clive
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Home v School
Replies: 27
Views: 4377

Re: Home v School

<t>Galaxynik said: <br/> <br/> <br/> The Government league tables killed computer science/studies in our school, students did not do well enough because students with the wrong sort of expectations of the course atempted it.<br/> <br/> <br/> No - your senior management killed it. The government have...
by clive
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Development environments
Replies: 54
Views: 26732

Re: Development environments

<t>Independants have always been out in front teaching computing as a) they do not have to follow the National Curriculum (or, rather, don't have to jump through all the target and assessment hoops); b) they have the money to attract CS graduates and to get properly kitted out and c) don't have the ...
by clive
Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Development environments
Replies: 54
Views: 26732

Re: Development environments

<t>GordonH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> ... why not give/sell everyone a free CD that will boot a Live Linux? Then you'll get a 100% identical environment with no hassles of finding a monitor, PSU, USB hub, keyboard, mouse. All schools have PCs - one simple little CD and all schools could instantly have ...
by clive
Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What can be learned from all this launch energy?
Replies: 4
Views: 2163

Re: What can be learned from all this launch energy?

<t>Charles25 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> My concern is that kids today (including my own children) have so many other ways to get their emotional needs met, with much less effort and “relative” expense.  And the payoff is so much more constant and effective that it is really hard to compete.<br/> <br/> ...
by clive
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "ICT causes more health problems than it helps to overcome." (Discuss this statement.)
Replies: 20
Views: 2388

Re: "ICT causes more health problems than it helps to overcome." (Discuss this statement.)

<t>Andre_P said: <br/> <br/> <br/> So they then sat me down at a laptop that ran a program that would work out if I had an Engineering personality. It threw up statements and then you had to select an answer quickly.<br/> <br/> <br/> They still do it in schools. In the 21st century. They use "career...
by clive
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "ICT causes more health problems than it helps to overcome." (Discuss this statement.)
Replies: 20
Views: 2388

Re: "ICT causes more health problems than it helps to overcome." (Discuss this statement.)

<t>This was in the Edexcel Physics paper June 2010:<br/> <br/> <br/> John’s torch contains a magnet which slides from P to Q inside a coil.<br/> The movement of the magnet produces electricity. [pic of torch]. To make it work, the torch has to be shaken. This induces a voltage across the coil.<br/> ...
by clive
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 11969

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>Jim Manley said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I`ve even heard students complain about the lack of direction that even they can recognize in teachers who aren`t well-organized, can`t communicate what`s important succinctly, and are otherwise poor examples professionally.<br/> <br/> <br/> I've heard that too....
by clive
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 11969

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>winkleink said:<br/> <br/> <br/> A few questions I have for the the teachers and those in education.<br/> <br/> What is the situation with after school clubs?<br/> <br/> Do they exist for computers like the different football clubs that appear to be everywhere?<br/> <br/> <br/> Relatively rare I'...
by clive
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 11969

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>Thanks Mike - they are indeed interesting. I'll watch the video later.<br/> <br/> But I do wonder why you have asked  questions such as:<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> When was the last time you flow charted something?<br/> When was the last time you used pseudo code?<br/> <br/> <br/> I assume (may be wr...
by clive
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: real world use in Educational establishments
Replies: 8
Views: 1687

Re: real world use in Educational establishments

<r>jmitrun said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Funny what curiouseng just said, I read this this morning:<br/> <URL url="http://www.ioannes.com/2012/03.....ipe-dream/">http://www.ioannes.com/2012/03.....ipe-dream/</URL><br/> <br/> <br/> The article says:<br/> <br/> <br/> Most children in the western world alread...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>TonyHoyle said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> So I don't really hold out much hope for *good* teaching of computing, no matter what noises the politicians may be making.<br/> <br/> <br/> I agree! My A-level Computing pupils get above school average grades every year, with one or two going usually on to...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Dear Farnell - GO HOME !
Replies: 14
Views: 2966

Re: Dear Farnell - GO HOME !

<t>What does the commonly-accepted term "Raspberry Pi" really mean? We apply the proverb "Terrapins rarely suck eggs",  not only to our functionalities but our ability to brand. We realize that if you deploy strategically then you may also exploit strategically. Is it more important for something to...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>SN said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Are there any ICT teachers on this forum who can give us "the view from the coal face" as it were?<br/> <br/> <br/> Me. If anyone wants to pick my brain, feel free.<br/> <br/> Briefly: ICT teaching is in a bad place – for lots of reasons – but is generally getting bette...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>ictdad said: <br/> <br/> <br/> However, the real question is – why has a bright student lost interest?<br/> <br/> <br/> The ICT GCSEs have been shockingly awful and mundane for years - I mean, just horrible and soul destroying. The new  batch are better, but I still don't think that they challeng...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>ictdad said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Her poor grade was due to fact that she was bored in ICT because it was mainly "data entry".<br/> <br/> <br/> Odd. Usually kids get poor grades because they haven't done what the exam board asks of them. What exam board is it? There are no GCSEs in ICT that I know of...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>truan said:<br/> <br/> <br/> In my opinion none of what they have undertaken in ICT belongs in its own subject, it is the kind of technology usage that belongs in every other lesson, or, at most, in a "general studies" section.<br/> <br/> <br/> Cross curricular ICT is a great idea (using ICT in o...
by clive
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

tomyates said: ICT lessons nowadays are all about databases, excel, or publisher. They're not. The media perpetuates this straw man because their reporters haven't actually been inside a school for thirty years. How that is going to help someone who wishes to pursue a career in computer science or j...
by clive
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve
Replies: 39
Views: 5555

Re: Analogy for what the Raspberry Pi is trying to achieve

<t>Good game  - I want to play! Can someone tell me which school's ICT Scheme of Work we are basing this on, because I'm really keen to get started!<br/> <br/> I know that you've all read the UK DfE's statutory programme of study for ICT plus various of Schemes of work, and perhaps even talked to ac...
by clive
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 11969

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>Glenn said:<br/> <br/> <br/> so at a personal level I think the R-Pi is a great idea, but as the saviour of school computing, I find it hard to see where it fits in<br/> <br/> <br/> If you'd read the "About us" page you'd know that this is a ridiculous straw man. Change doesn't come from nowhere ...
by clive
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: "Teacher training": learn Python on Udacity starts Monday 20th Feb
Replies: 7
Views: 4212

Re: "Teacher training": learn Python on Udacity starts Monday 20th Feb

<t>Any teachers who would like to learn some programming and underlying computing concepts: I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend Udacity's free, online course CS101. It assumes no programming experience and runs from Monday 20th Feb for seven weeks.<br/> <br/> So, if you facy learning some Py...
by clive
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: "Clive", Gove, teaching and "ICT" in UK Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 3908

Re: "Clive", Gove, teaching and "ICT" in UK Schools

<t>hyena said:<br/> <br/> <br/> 1. I think "Clive" especially as a teacher should be setting an example to both children and his peers<br/> <br/> <br/> I set an example for 50 hours a week. An excellent one.Thanks for the advice anyway.<br/> <br/> If I'm writing satire, however, (and you do get that...

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