Key Stage 3 Computing

The New curriculum (New this year)

Year 7

E-safety, data representation,

graphics, computational thinking

DOY Bronze award.

Year 8

E-safety, programming II,

animation, algorithms

and and DOY Silver award.

Year 9

E-safety, Extended Business project

programming and DOY Silver award

"Technology has forever changed the world we live in. We're online, in one way or another, all day long. Our phones and computers have become reflections of our personalities, our interests, and our identities. They hold much that is important to us." James Comey (7th Director of the FBI).

"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them." Isaac Asimov (Author)

Using Scratch

It’s important but clearly not *that* important

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Here is the link to the download if you want to try this at home.

If you are new to Scratch then here is the Scratch Reference Guide to which you can refer if you get stuck at any point or just need to know how to get started.

Make sure that you complete all of a project before you try the next one.

Keep a record of your progress, using the evaluation criteria each time to show that you are developing your programming skills lesson by lesson.

Open a Word document that you will use to store your evidence. You will add screenshots where you see the direction in the instructions and some commentary to this document as you work through all of the projects. At the end of each project will be the evaluation criteria, you will copy the criteria to your Word document and evaluate the project using the criteria.

The best way to add a screenshot to your work is the press and hold <ALT> + <PRT SCR> as this will capture the active window and then paste the screenshot into Word - it will be the right size, fitting the page exactly and will need no further editing.

 

Building an animated Gif

using PiSKEL

Pixel graphics form an important part of the way in which you see images on the computer screen. The screen is made up of thousands and thousands of little dots of coloured light. Each of these dots is arranged in a grid and can be turned on and off or change colour depending on the image being shown. If the dots are small enough then you see a smooth image.

Building an animated Gif

using PiSKEL

Pixel graphics form an important part of the way in which you see images on the computer screen. The screen is made up of thousands and thousands of little dots of coloured light. Each of these dots is arranged in a grid and can be turned on and off or change colour depending on the image being shown. If the dots are small enough then you see a smooth image.

Recent Posts

May 24

Repairing a hyperspace window

You may have noticed the time shift in the Blue coridor, there is a redshift at certain times of the day; this has caused the bells to malfunction and the PCs are runing slow as the server room is also moving ever so slowly into the 5th dimension. The Lightspeed engineers are working hard to fix the hyperspace window being generated by the tidal effects of big data and the weaknesses in the walls caused by excessive data mining. Cambridge Analytica's data scraping has also contributred to the weakness in the space time continuum. There is no need to be afraid as everything is should be resolved in the near future; nevertheless steps are being taken, mostly from the gold staircase.

Any further information will be included here when and if we get it.

July 18

Adventuring with A GDPR SUrveyor

The GDPR surveyors will be in the College in the near future checking that you understand your obligations under GDPR. Are you aware of the consequences? Do you know who knows about you? Do you know what the people you don't know about, know about you? Have you checked your own settings? Are you privacy minded? The GDPR surveyors will check. They know you, possibly better than you do but maybe not as well as the Internet knows you.

July 14

Games for Free

There are a number of games that you can get for free that are really good. They are really good at collecting all of your data and passing it on to someone else. You don't know who they are and you don't know why they are collecting your data. They have your data and access to your friends. In minutes they have your friends' data and are collecting the data from their friends. If its a good game you will even tell your friends about it so you do their sneakiness for them and still tell your friends. It will never happen to you but hey that game...

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