I can (use Python to) show what I know about a festival

Another creative homework and another family discussion ensues:

  • What’s to do?
  • What information do you need?
  • How will you present it?
  • Half an hour!
  • Can I do some Computing stuff and make it interactive?

This time they’re invited to respond to another sentence and explore using cultural or spiritual inspiration.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The advent calendar becomes the inspiration and there’s a piece of artwork produced with hidden fascinating Christmas facts.

And that leaves a few minutes to set up the Christmas tree with the Raspberry Pi and explore the language of Linux with a Yuletide theme.

We’re just about beginners; don’t forget this is Y4. But with a previous taster of playing Wormy using Python then it’s a known interface and programming language.

And a perfect opportunity to explore the language, try to understand what SUDO means, what it can do and how you can create mischief around the house.

No more family discussion. Just the delegation for tree decorating using the phrase SUDO to both parents.

Unplugged – the learning not the tree 🙂

Halloween Health Week – 2 teachers, 2 learners, 3 dancers, 1 dog, a bike and the IOT

Me, myself and Pi

Can health data impact on educational performance and are we at astage whereaffordablewearable tech can supporta school-based project?

We’ve had many conversations over the last couple of months about the potential of wearables to impact on students’ health and also to underpin creative projects which include collecting and analysing personal data. And to additionally support CPD for teachers.

What if students could make decisions based on their own data about what their optimum level of sleep was each night? If school performance dipped could studentsbe empowered to change health and well-being lifestyle choices through analysis of their routine and data? Could data analysis of sleep patterns and exercise impact on future decision-making? How woulddiet and fitness affect performance?

IOT TAG Data &The Internet of Things? Or something else? What else?

How about supporting a project with a headteacher using school data to identify a particular group of students in a particular year…

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Beyond Minecraft to Strictly Sonification

Me, myself and Pi

Sometimes it’s a chance remark in a conversation that becomes significant later on. In the last couple of weeks we’ve been building on the school and community project launched when the Tour de France departed from Leeds earlier this Summer.

Specifically those ripples of excitement generated with a few Raspberry Pi computers strategically stuck in windows and  in trees along the Moortown dual carriageway. And nearly from the top of roundabout telegraph poles – that was the risky night-cam project which was thankfully delayed.   You might remember the Tour de Pi timelaspe project, but how did it impact on the community and where would we take it next?

More than anything the TDF gave us that real world scenario to plan a project using Pi and to explore and plan through computational thinking. This was with a group of young but very imaginative children who quickly realised that the final output may…

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The Jam Packed Computing Tour

Me, myself and Pi

We’re going on tour!  The #JamPacked tour.  An exciting tour.   An inspiring tour.  A tour of 82 Computing events over 18 months and starting in Hull next month.

Jam Packed is supported by the DfE, The Raspberry Pi Foundation and RM Education and is a planned series of 18 two-day events and online CPD to support, inspire and engage with teachers, students, families and communities through Computing activities.

Check out…

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So you think you can dance a Traditional Waltz?

Me, myself and Pi

Video overview – Watch the Waltz routine here:

How does Mark move through the Waltz?  Through Google Glass:

How does Ashleigh move through the Waltz?  Through Raspberry Pi Cam.

It’s a slow motion video (90fps) so it’ll run for a longer duration than the actual dance routine and that’ll stop any complaints of motion sickness from viewers and learners!

Performance data from the Piborg motion & direction sensor on the Pi to follow.   They’re advanced dance steps 🙂

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So you think you can dance the Tango?

Me, myself and Pi

Video overview – Watch the Tango routine here:

How does Ashleigh move through the Tango?  Through Raspberry Pi Cam.

It’s a slow motion video (90fps) so it’ll run for a longer duration than the actual dance routine and that’ll stop any complaints of motion sickness from viewers and learners!

Performance data from the Piborg motion & direction sensor on the Pi to follow.   They’re advanced dance steps 🙂

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So you think you can dance the Viennese Waltz?

Me, myself and Pi

Video overview – Watch the Viennese Waltz routine here:

How does Mark move through the Viennese Waltz?  Through Google Glass:

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