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The Emotional Computer

Can computers understand emotions? Can computers express emotions? Can they feel emotions? This video, from the University of Cambridge, examines the research of Professor Peter Robinson exploring how emotions can be used to improve interaction between humans and computers.

The research team is collaborating...

"Computing isn't about computers" - this quote from one of the CS4FN authors, Paul Curzon, should give you an idea about the resources in this collection.

Designed to inspire, these activities are about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.

Magic...

Designing and Building Software at Key Stage One

From the Nuffield Foundation, these activities allow children to work in teams to design and build a piece of interactive, multimedia presentation software for other children to enjoy and learn from. The teams produce one final product and test their design ideas on the target audience, which may be another class...

Computers Helping with Designing at Key Stage Two

Produced by the Nuffield Foundation, these materials describe activities that challenge children to produce a design for a vehicle. It must be suitable for use as a storage and transport vehicle for some of the equipment used in a fairground. The vehicle should be eye catching, so that it attracts attention from...

Teaching the KS2 Role Play Lesson

In this resource from Teachers TV Alison Clough and Claire Caulfield from St Benet's Roman Catholic Primary School, County Durham, team-teach a lesson on the importance of healthy eating to Year Five students.

The students are asked to plan and make a news report, which encourages them to think about the...

Design and Technology: Approaches to IT Capability Key Stage Three

This booklet was published by the National Council for Educational Technology (NCET) in 1995 and is part of a series, Approaches to IT Capability, which aimed to show how information technology (IT) could be used within National Curriculum subjects at Key Stage Three.

The resource identifies ways in which...

Computing Science

The objective of this book is to provide a grounding in all the major aspects of computing taken from the stand point of how computing was in the early 1980s. Whilst some of the sections are out of date, they have value in putting modern day computing into perspective. Other sections have value in that the basic...

Applications of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students examine how programmable systems have developed over time. Students use the internet to research a programmable system, place inventions correctly on a timeline and use information about developments in electronics, computing and materials to explain patterns in the development of...

Scratch Music Machine

Music Machine is designed as a simple introductory program for children aged 7-8. Students create four simple buttons which play different sounds when they are clicked with the left mouse button.

If they have time, they can create their own extra buttons. Computer science concepts include using a mouse click...

We Are Programmers: Creating an Animation

The Rising Stars Year Three planning unit uses Scratch to create an animated cartoon from characters designed by students. The resource contains detailed planning of each stage of the lesson, accounting for all groups of learners.

In the lesson students learn how to use the paint tool in Scratch to create a...

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