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Intermediate Programming with LiveCode

A series of eleven guided tasks with LiveCode for students with some prior experience, based on the full software development cycle.

Variables and arrays are assigned using keyboard input, logic and maths calculations are carried out and the results displayed in a simple user interface.

Each task...

Advanced Programming with LiveCode

This series of lessons and exercises covers more advanced programming concepts and techniques. Pseudocode is used within the full development cycle to aid understanding of event-driven programs. Variables are covered in-depth, and a range of loops and selection statements are used for flow of control. Complex array...

History of Computers

This classroom resource for secondary computing lessons outlines the history of development of computers. It covers thousands of years of history, including: *the abacus *log tables *the calculators of Pascal and Leibnitz *Jacquard looms *Babbage's Difference Engine and Lady Ada's role in programming *through...

Python

This series of three lessons introduces Python programming to students in secondary school.

The lesson objectives include:

*Creating simple code including the input and print scripts

*Using "If statements" to make a decision

*Using the random function in programs

Detailed lesson...

Data Representation: Bitmap Images

Using a spreadsheet as a grid of 'pixels', this computing activity teachers how 1's and 0's can store image data. The classroom exercises use images with increasing pixel resolution, looking at how this affects the clarity of the image. Moving from black-and-white images, the students then use grids of colour...

The First Programmable System

In this activity students explore why a water clock was the world's first programmable system. Programmable systems are by no means a modern invention. Many regard the first to be Ktesibios's water clock, which was invented approximately 2250 years ago.

The aim of this activity is that students apply what...

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...

The Future of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students explore how programmable systems will develop in the future. Students are required to be able to recognise user needs that could be met by a programmable system and to use an annotated sketch to design a programmable system that will meet a specific user need.

As technology...

Writing a Flowchart

This engineering activity, suitable for children in computing lessons, looks at the basics of flowchart construction.

Simple examples, such as the decisions made by a dog chasing a stick, are used to make flowchart representation of algorithms accessible to younger children.

A simple design activity...

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