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Challenging Questions in Computing - Display

This resource is a set of questions about computing to get students thinking. They could be used as a starter activity, to encourage thinking outside the box or for starting discussions. This resource makes a nice display if you print the pages on different coloured card.

Squishy circuits classroom guide

Squishy Circuits are a great way to take modelling further by introducing batteries and components. Use Squishy circuits (conductive and insulative play dough) to create the circuits and realise part of a design. Comprehensive classroom guidance for ideas in using this in fun and inspiring ways.

Computer networks

A very comprehensive article explaining how computers communicate, what the internet is and what services run on it. On the third page (labelled page 34) there is a very good unplugged classroom activity that can be used to model how packets of data are passed by the internet. The document also contains classroom...

PA Raspberry Pi Challenge

The competition challenges participants to use a Raspberry Pi to drive innovation in a particular theme.

Computer animation competition

  • Entrants create an original key-frame computer animation, up to one minute in length, using eligible software including: Alice, Flash, Scratch, Blender, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Maya, and Serif DrawPlus. Entries can be from individuals or from small teams. Prizes are awarded by...

British Informatics Olympiad

The British Informatics Olympiad (BIO) is an annual competition in computer programming for secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Any student who is under 19, in full time pre-university education and resident in mainland Britain, is eligible to take part and may win prizes including an expenses-paid trip to...

Create a Face

This unplugged activity uses a large model of a face, operated by several children working together, to teach how ‘emotion’ can be expressed by robots following simple rules. These rules are expressed as IF, THEN, ELSE, statements which, when combined, show the complex movement of a whole face in reaction to...

School Sanctuaries

Behaviour expert Bill Rogers shares his thoughts on why creating a sane, safe and secure community in school is part of a teacher's responsibility. He describes how to develop a safe school environment, putting support at the heart of everything.

Managing the Difficult Class

In this video from Osiris Educational Bill Rodgers discusses his experience of working as a mentor teacher in challenging schools and how to deal with behaviour issues presented by groups of pupils.

Toolkit Talks: Parental Involvement

This Toolkit Talks video covers parental involvement.

Professor Steve Higgins of Durham University and Dr Lee Elliot Major from the Education Endowment Foundation discuss how best to engage parents with school and strategies to enable parents to help their children with their school work.

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