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Daniel’s Digital Leaders post

Harry and I taught teachers about Raspberry PI and it was really fun when we did it because it felt really good and different. We plugged into the pi makey makey, pibrella and the 7 segments of pi. We also used sonic pi and python. The teachers looked like the enjoyed it and I hope they will use them in their school. I also hope they do more ICT in other schools as well.

Harry’s Raspberry Pi Teacher Meet Recount

Last Wednesday Daniel and I were chosen to represent our classes in this meeting. We are both in Digital Leaders so new what the Pi could do. A Raspberry Pi is a low cost compact computer on which to learn programming. On Wednesday we stayed behind after school to set up the Pi s before the meeting. We had all 5 Pi s set up. One running a python script to activate the add on of Seven Segments of Pi. Two running Scratch, one for Makey – Makeys, and one for the Pibrella. Another running a python programme that I had created and one running Sonic Pi.

We had not written the scripts for the Seven Segments, what we had been doing though is saying ‘If I change this to this, what happens?’. Ultimately what it does is count to three both on the Python Shell (Where you run your script to see what it does) and on the add on itself (The seven segment display, hence the name).

A Makey – Makey is a circuit board that replaces a keyboard. There is a earth plate in which you attach a crocodile clip and then clips that attach onto the right, left, up, down and space keys. When you touch the earth wire and one of the others at the same time it performs that action on the screen.

A Pibrella is an add-on circuit board that attaces on to the GPIO pins (General-Purpose input/output). When programmed on scratch or python you can make lights flash and buzzers buzz.

Sonic Pi is an application pre-installed on the Pi s to make sounds. Using waits, notes  , if statements and loops you can create your own music.

Mrs. Humphries showed the a teachers a Raspberry Pi and then let them have a wander around the room looking at the different activities. I got some good advice on my Python so I was happy! I think everyone enjoyed it but I had to leave half way through at 5:00 to go home.

I had a really good time that day. I think Daniel did too.

Bletchley Park Competition!

Can you design a next-generation superhero to protect the online world from cybercrime?

We’re looking for kids aged 8–11 to create a superhero mascot to represent the Bletchley Park–McAfee partnership.

What do I need to do?

  1. Create a digital or physical design for your superhero mascot.
  2. We’re looking for an entry which encompasses fun, creativity and an awareness of the threats children are faced with online.
  3. Tell us your mascot’s name and their key superpowers for protecting the online world.

What could I win?
The child who creates the winning mascot will be awarded a visit to Bletchley Park for their entire school class. They will be one of the first groups of students attending McAfee’s Computer Learning Suite, McAfee Online Safety for Kids workshop and the new McAfee Cyber Security exhibition at Bletchley Park – opening summer 2014.

First Prize for the winning child also includes:

  • A visit to your classroom from a McAfee cyber security expert, as an introduction to your visit to Bletchley Park.
  • Cybersecurity capes for the whole class, to wear at Bletchley Park.
  • The chance to see your cybersecurity superhero brought to life on our website – helping children and teachers stay safe online.
  • 10 copies of McAfee LiveSafe software for your school.

If you want to enter just give Mrs Humphries your entry before 5pm on Friday 20th June 2014

Here are some of our entries so far:

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LEGO WeDo

Hannah and Harry have been exploring something that we’re testing in school called Lego Wedo. It’s basically lego which can be programmed! Here is a picture of some of the things there are instructions for:

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After the first 10 minutes:

At lunchtime on Friday Digital Leaders had a meeting, Hannah and I tried out the new Lego Education ‘WeDo’ set we had borrowed from the University of Northampton.
As soon as I heard that Mrs Humphries would be trying to work out the Lego set that had been sitting on the desk a week or so, I immediately asked if I could help. I had seen that it was also part Lego Technics (Lego with motors, batteries and pneumatic pumps). I have a bit of this stuff at home and I like building cars with differentials so I just wanted to experiment.
It took a while to get the instructions up on the computer, they were not on paper because you also had to programme the motors too. That means it is also part Lego Mindstorms! We then, after we got it up on the computer, we stated building but the programmes had a bug and we pack up.
I enjoyed the building part and we did it pretty quickly. I am looking forward to having a less rushed time building it again next week.

Harry, 5SH Digital Leader

When I first saw LEGO WeDo I really liked the idea because at home I only have normal LEGO not the electronic type. I had a little go with it and found it quite interesting because there were sensors and cogs and things. There were things that plugged into the computer to power the mechanism.

At first we couldn’t find the instructions so we tried to build it without them and it didn’t go so well. But then we found them and it turned out to be wrong!

Hannah, 5SH Digital Leader

 

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After a further 30 minutes:

After we had a go I liked LEGO WeDo even more! We managed to make a LEGO crocodiles mouth go down and make a crunching noise when something went in it. After that we tried to make something without instructions. We made a car and it went forward when we either pressed the A button or when we waved our hand by it. When we clapped or made a loud noise it would stop for a second then start again. It was rather cool because we hadn’t had any instructions to make it and it worked!
We haven’t used some things such as the tilt sensor and I am looking foreword to using it!

Hannah, 5SH Digital Leader

This time Hannah and I got the whole crocodile built and programmed it.
When you threw a Lego piece into it’s mouth the motion sensor (hidden within it’s tongue) triggered the motor which turned a cog. That then meshed with another and turned a pulley. That turned another pulley, that one moved the upper mouth. So then it would chomp down on the brick. Cool Huh!?
Then we decided to try and build a car. I had an idea for it. Hannah gave me the needed pieces and I put it together. The mechanism was similar to that of the croc. The motor turned a cog that meshed, turned a pulley and a bigger pulley on the other end was turned. That acted as the driven wheel. It was the same with the other wheel. Then on the front there were two cogs attached to the chassis.
And, It Worked! HOORAY!

Harry, 5SH Digital Leader

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Chromebook

This week we have been testing a new type of computer in school called a Chromebook. They look like this:

 

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Two of our Digital Leaders got the first opportunity to have a go on them and tell us what they thought. Here are their opinions:

 

This Chromebook is good because it can do many things such as using documents,slideshows and files.It lets you have many opportunities and you can do things like a normal computer clearly but this one does more than a regular computer.it has a lot more possibilities and different things to do to help your learning.

 it is a really helpful learning tool that i would want to use a lot and I think this is very helpful to children and adults because it lets you create what you want and it doesn’t stop you from something too complicated and you can do stuff simple and complicated and it will help you learn easily from its many tools.

overall I enjoyed using this and think it would be a good learning tool for schools everywhere.

by James, Digital Leader, 5SH

 

I thought that the chrome book was very nice to go on. I really liked going on it and I think that other people would like to go on it too. It was quite easy to go on and at the end I found out how to make a powerpoint and how to save it too. You can do loads of exciting things on it and it was very fun.

by Saddiqua, Digital Leader, 5LH