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Making games with Python & Pygame

This resource is a detailed guide to Pygame. Pygame is an open source library that allows students to make graphical computer games and multimedia applications in the Python programming language. The book is suitable for students aged 14 – 18 years, Ideally, students should already have been taught the basics of...

Computer science with Snap

This book is an introduction to the graphical language Snap!. Snap! is a free graphical programming language. Inspired by Scratch, it builds upon its foundations and expands its functionality.

This resource is suitable for both the novice and experienced programmer. The author, attempts to bridge the gap...

Python 3 Student workbook

This resource is a comprehensive beginner’s guide to creating procedural programs using Python 3. It would be suitable for self-paced learning and independent work. There are also activities that are suitable as homework tasks that reiterate key terms and concepts. It was originally developed for the pre-2015...

Itching for more

Designed for students who have advanced through Scratch and are ready for additional challenge, this resource explores Build Your Own Blocks (BYOB) as a tool for learning modular programming using procedures. 

After examining, briefly, the history of the computer and the Turing Test as a measure of their...

I love my smartphone

Mobile app development is an engaging way for students to learn programming and interface design as many do, indeed, "love their smartphone".

This complete learning package teachers the origins and development of the smartphone, helping them to appreciate the amount of technology packed into their pocket. It...

The Raspberry Pi Education Manual

This resource is designed as an introduction to activities available using a Raspberry Pi computer. The introduction explains:
*what a Raspberry Pi is: a small, affordable yet powerful computer
*what can be learnt from this manual: how to perform simple programming and the basics of computer science...

So You Want to Learn to Program?

This e-book gives an introduction to programming in the BASIC language for middle to high school students. It can be used as:

*a nine or 18 week-long introduction to programming

*a brief introduction to programming concepts

*an introduction to data structures for non-programmers

* a...

Computing without Computers

This textbook takes an ‘unplugged’ approach to learning the critical concepts in computer science. It relies heavily on metaphors as a means for readers to grasp new topics and relate them to their current understanding. It also contains puzzles which aid understanding.

The book includes chapters covering...

The Imp Computer

This unplugged activity from the CS4FN team uses two examples – an insulting computer and one that can play snap – to look at simple computer programming, flow of control and logic. Everything is provided for this front-of-class activity, which would act as an effective starter for a lesson on programming concepts...

Locked in Syndrome

These paired activities, from Paul Curzon of the CS4FN team, offer an interesting slant on search algorithms and their relative efficiency.

Students are asked to consider sufferers of ‘locked-in syndrome’, a condition that leaves a healthy mind inside body that is, often, completely paralysed. If the...

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