Mar 16 2016
Jan 27 2016
Here is my assortment of notes from #BETT2016, including follow-up tweets and next steps. Sorry if I have missed anyone deserving of a mention.
It’s my fourth year in a row taking Digital Leaders to Bett, and this time was the best yet due to working with other colleagues and students for both the arena presentation and the #kidsmeet.
Highlights of the arena were @L_S_Stone’s 22 (yes twenty two) Year 1’s invading the arena with an assortment of Beetbots and Spheros, and of course, all our digital leaders standing up and demonstrating all the good work that is going on in these schools – Recreation Road Infant School, Norwich; Myrtle Park Primary School, Bradford; King Edward VI School, Southampton and Lady Lumley’s School, North Yorkshire. Supported by @L_S_Stone, @_Wossername_ and @rlj1981. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet some of my #dlchat colleagues afterwards as one of my year 7s was sick in the toilets. Luckily he recovered to enjoy Bett later. Thanks to @clcsimon, @slr112 and @ThatEdTechGuy for tweets from the Arena.
Highlights of the #kmbett2016 were seeing the school leadership summit tent overflowing with digital leaders from at least eight schools. Also meeting #nightzookeeper (Paul Hutson) and catching up with @SheliBB and other DL coordinators. A big thank you to the hardworking teachers for bringing students to BETT (@HeadDownEyesUp and @Claire_N_Jones) and the volunteers such as @ictevangelist for giving up their time to provide the activities. Sophie, Karen and i2i made a big commitment to have more students at BETT2016 and I’m very grateful for their help and support.
> follow up having more students involvement at Bett next year
Jan 21 2016
How we help Teachers and other Students use #edtech effectively – Digital Leaders in Schools from across the UK” #BETT2016
Lady Lumley’s School, North Yorkshire – @gr8ict /Chris Sharples (Secondary) – confirmed 20/10/15
Title – “How Digital Leaders run cracking coding Clubs”
Description – with so much change within Computing at present, a key requirement is to build capacity for learning programming. Y9 LLS DLs will talk about setting up Raspberry Pi’s and using them for Y9 Code Club and then in lessons. Y7 LLS DLs to talk about setting up Y7 Code Club with the approach of the BBC Microbit. They will also mention Makewaves ( 2016 BETT winner for ICT Innovator of the Year) and DL #openbadges.
Recreation Road Infant School, Norwich – Louise Stone (Infants)
Title “Infant Digital Leaders – Getting to Grips with Gadgets” More
By Chris Sharples • #CompSci, #dlchat, #DLOpenBadges, BBC micro:bit, BETT, Code Bug, Code Club, Conference, Digital Leaders, Digital Leaders Network, KS3_ICT, KS4_ICT, Makewaves, Physical Computing, Programming, RaspberryPi •
Jan 20 2016
@Shelibb’s background to slow #dlchat
If you (and Digital Leaders) have been to BETT16, what did you find useful – pls cd you link to blogposts.
Can you (and Digital Leaders) link to the reflections of Digital Leaders having been to BETT16? Can we get comments between DLs and their findings in different schools…
Any reflections on how to improve teaching of Computing as a result of BETT16 (even if you haven’t been, there should be lots of useful findings for you from the hashtag # )
Any reflections on Hardware as a result of BETT16 (even if you haven’t been, there should be lots of useful findings for you from the hashtag # )
Any thoughts on the use of Digital Leader #OpenBadges in the next few months – including new level 3 badges. Especially as @makewavestweets win the BETT16 Innovator of the Year Award.
Nov 19 2015
When did you first introduce #computing into your curriculum lessons? and with what examples?
How have students (not necessarily DLs) helped in #computing lessons? Have they added in ways you could not do on your own?
Do you run a code club? What sorts of activities have you covered? More
Nov 12 2015
Seeing as LLS Year 8 Digital Leaders welcome the Y7s tomorrow to try out Code Bugs, I thought I would start a post explaining our progress which will culminate in a talk at BETT16 in the main arena.
1. BBC #microbit roadshow:
Oct 10 2015
Having explained how I have bench tested and decided on a final Raspberry Pi configuration – in A Classroom set of Raspberry Pi’s – part 1, I took delivery of 18 sets and started putting them together with the help of my Digital Leaders. Here is the description of both the equipment and the setting up.
The standard set-up is this:
Cable tied and velcroed to the wall with toggled switching using the KVM (velcroed to PC box):
Sep 5 2015
I attended #Picademy North at Easter (2015). I committed then to a post about a Raspberry Pi project which would be a viable method of using Raspberry Pi’s in the classroom – initially for a coding club and subsequently for KS3 lessons. Six months later I have sources spreadsheet for all the components; completed my testing, and linked my updated KS3 scheme of learning. Here are my Raspberry Pi setup notes too and Physical Computing Notes.
My aim is two stage –
- Support my Digital Leaders with using Raspberry Pi’s with the Coding Club on Thursday lunchtimes
- Integrate the use of a half class set (x16) of Raspberry Pi’s for KS3 class use. I have worked out that this will be for 2 teaching units, one in Year 8 – using the Pibrella to model traffic lights using Scratch GPIO tied in with Flowol; and a Year 9 Control Project unit using Python, the RaspIO Protection board and the ModMyPi Raspberry Pi YouTube Workshop Kit (see bid).