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Animal-Computer Interaction

This article investigates how scientists at the Open University are devising ways in which dogs can interact with electronic systems including computers. The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 25, Issue 4.

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Learning to Think (Spring 2014)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter focuses on Computational Thinking, and contains articles covering:

*The importance of computational thinking

*CTillustrated – displays of concepts of Computational Thinking

*Code Club – after-school, volunteer-led clubs for learning computing...

Parallel calculations

A practical project that helps students to understand how client-server relationships are established, and what they might be used for. The example uses parallel computing across multiple Raspberry Pis to calculate a solution, as is often done when faced with complex scientific or engineering problems. The project...

Creating desktop widgets

Python can launch sub-processes that function separately. Using this approach it is possible to create any number of desktop widgets. This resource includes instructions to create two widgets: a simple RSS news reader and an image downloader for Astronomy Picture of the Day. Some additional Python modules must be...

Command line arguments

This full program code demonstrates how arguments can be passed to Python programs at the command line. The program dynamically generates graphics, and the user can change parameters for the graphics using command line arguments. Suggestions for additional challenges are also included.

Writing to files; creating a HTML page with Python

This resource includes two activities, demonstrating how to read and write to and from external text files. The first example shows how to use Python to create a html web page, which is then opened in a browser. The second program displays fading titles pulling data from an external text file, in this case a '...

Gradient fills

This fully working Python project demonstrates a method of creating a gradient fill, to add depth to flat looking rectangles. It also shows how to use transparency effects to change the shape of gradient filled surfaces, how to plot points of a circle, and some examples of why you would want to do so. The activity...

STEM Learning: Further Education - Autumn 2015

The Post-16 and FE STEM Learning Autumn magazine is a very interesting read. It takes you inside the Swiss time machine for a behind the scenes look at CERN as well as taking you through the battle between further education vs the machine.

Articles also include, unlocking technicians' potential, giving the...

Computer Science as a School Subject: Seizing the Opportunity

This briefing note, intended for Governors and Senior Management Teams, fleshes out the background to the introduction of computing in schools and is intended as a basis for a strategic debate about reform of the ICT curriculum. It has been written mainly with schools in mind, but the broad outline of the argument...

Abracadabra! The Magic of Computer Science (Summer 2010)

This edition of the Computing at School (CAS) newsletter covers a range of topics including:

*Unplugged computing magic tricks

*Programming using Alice, Scratch and GameMaker

*Making games with Kodu

*Object oriented programming in Java with Greenfoot

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