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Starting from Scratch

Scratch is widely used in primary schools to teach children basic programming. This resource goes deeper, making use of the familiar Scratch environment to take students deeper into programming concepts such as:

  • Algorithm design
  • Parallel and sequential instructions
  • Event-driven...

Crazy Character Algorithms Activity: an Introduction to Sequences of Instructions

Children in lower primary settings can create their first algorithm using this Barefoot Computing unplugged computing activity. A picture of a 'crazy character' is decomposed into simple shapes. The instructions for drawing it are shared with the class who follow and attempt to reconstruct the picture. This...

Learn to code with Scratch

This book produced by the team behind the Magpi magazine and the Raspberry Pi contains a series of projects suitable for students of all ages. It consists of 13 chapters which start off by introducing students to Scratch on the Raspberry Pi, it then builds up the complexity of the tasks chapter on chapter. A brief...

Agent Cubes in a Box

Using the freely-available AgentCubes games-development software, this guide for teachers develops programming skills in an engaging way. Students are closely guided through the basics of creating a maze game with randomly-moving zombies and a hero who must find a safe path through. Keyboard interactions are...

Pair Programming in a Box

This guide for teachers aims to help them introduce pair-programming to coding in the classroom. This collaborative approach has been found to improve engagement and can result in higher-quality work than programming alone. The guide is aimed at teachers of college students, but the approaches can easily be adapted...

Super Scratch Programming Adventure

Aimed at primary level this resource provides an introduction to Scratch and includes activities in which children learn about sprites and how to create programmes in which they move and react in different ways. The booklet provides background information on Scratch and the fundamentals of programming. It also...

Introducing LOGO

This book is designed to help all those who wish to find out more about the language LOGO, a language intended to demystify computers and computer programming, and make the power of computers accessible to all.

A brief introduction to some basic commands is followed by An Outline to LOGO ...

Mastering Computer Programming

This resource explores the concept of computer programming. Although the book is from a different era of computer programs, the basic principles still hold true and the text contains a number of ideas and examples which may be adapted for use today. Each section of the book gives examples of code to illustrate the...

Further Computer Programming in Basic

This book emphasises the concepts, skills and techniques of programming and the importance of a disciplined approach to the task of designing and writing programs. Whilst the examples given are written in the high level language BASIC, the principles can be applied to more modern languages. The book consists of...

Beginning RM LOGO

This archive document guides teachers introducing Logo to the computing classroom. While some sections may refer to outdated technologies, many of the techniques and learning outcomes remain relevant to users of any Logo platform.

The activities begin with simple drawing using the turtle and pen, and...

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