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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...

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

Computing: The Next Generation (Autumn 2009)

This early edition of the Computing at School (CAS) newsletter includes articles on Scratch programming and curriculum structure in lower secondary school. Also, videos showing the importance of maths in computer science are highlighted.

Let's Get Physical (Summer 2015)

This edition of the Computing at School (CAS) newsletter is focused on physical computing, and features:

*The BBC Micro-Bit and Make It Digital projects

*CPD tips with Barefoot and Quickstart

*Primary school activities with Scratch and Makey Makey

*Scratch projects with Microsoft Kinect...

Children, Computing and Powerful Ideas (Spring 2015)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles covering:

*CAS community resources

*BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching

*Master Teachers

*Pedagogy in computing teaching and across the curriculum

*The Barefoot Computing project

*Computational...

Computing, Programming and Pedagogy (Autumn 2014)

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

*Barefoot Computing teaching resources and ready-to-deliver CPD with QuickStart Computing

*BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching

*Baseline assessment of computing

*Bebras...

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