BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing

Source : https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Learning Objective:

Build and test primary computing skills with different levels of touch type challenges.

Learn and practise

  • Type letters in rows
  • Type keys on the home row
  • Type capital letters, apostrophes, slashes and full stops.

Question: Why is it so important to have good typing skills?

The Big Picture

What have we done? We have been practicing typing using online games such as “Type and Learn” on Digipuzzle. We have also used Microsoft software (Word and PowerPoint) to write poems

What are we doing? We are using an online game called Dance Mat Typing to encourage typing with 2 hands

Where are we going? There are 4 levels, so this is a challenge that could take place over a number of sessions

BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing is a fantastic way to learn how to type. Students are encourage to type the letters that appear on the top of the screen.

Click here to play Dance Mat Typing – Level 1

You can check your progress at the bottom of the screen, i.e. lines typed

Watch the video to help you get started

Remember to use the two hands on the keyboard

If you finish, you can progress to Stages 2 and 3

Success Criteria:

  1. Start the computer, find this website and open the link to Dance Mat Typing
  2. Level 1, Stage 2, Complete the Home Row part.
  3. Level 1, Stage 2, Complete the G and H part.
  4. Level 1, Stage 2, Level 1, Part 2

Live Plenaries

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Star Wars Hour of Code on code.org

Lesson Objective : Introduction / Refresher to Coding

Arranging blocks of code so that they make a sequence of instructions

Using repeat and forever loops

Conditional statements (if-then)

Lesson Outcome

Go through all the levels of Star Wars Galaxy of Code.

The Big Picture

What have we done? We have used code.org and / or Scratch to code, using blockly

What are we doing? We are refreshing ourselves with basic Coding concepts

Where are we going? We will be using Scratch and Pictoblox

Video Introduction

Click Here to Play Star Wars Galaxy of Code

https://studio.code.org/s/starwarsblocks/lessons/1/levels/1

Move the BB8 robot towards the metal using the blocks, When Run, Up, Down, Left, Right

Success Criteria

Some Success : Complete levels 1-6 of Galaxy of Code

Better Success : Completing Level 7 onwards (IF, code that gives the user control)

Extra Success : Complete the whole game and start Course C

Want more practice?

Try Course C on code.org

https://studio.code.org/s/coursec-2021
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Using Email

Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly

Learning Objectives

  • To learn how to
    • send, respond to and forward emails
    • search your old emails for a sender, subject, etc.
    • resize large image files before sending
    • manage your contacts list
  • Be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of email

The Big Picture

What have we done? Possible dangers of social networking sites and creating a strong password

What are we doing? We are learning how to use email effectively

Where are we going? We will learn how to search effectively on the web

Starter

Create your own email address. What would you like your email address to be?

Before we really get going?

Classrooms expectations

Discussion points about email

What email address did you choose and why?

Sending email, using cc, bcc, subject and appropriate message

Responding to an email, avoid reply all

Verifying identity

Sending attachments

Advantages and disadvantages

Human Computer Interface (HCI)

Advantages and disadvantages

Learning Objective : To understand the benefits of HCI but also considering the concerns that we may have

Learning Outcome : Discuss the advantages and disadvantages in groups and present your opinions

The big picture

What have we done? Completed topic area 1 Design Tools. Started topic 2 Human Computer Interface.

What are we doing today? Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of HCI for specific purposes

Where are we going? We’ll be understanding how HCI is used in everyday life

An introduction to me

I have been living and teaching in the United Arab Emirates for 7 years. There are things that are going to feel strange. At the end of the the last academic year…….

I was known as Mr Neil (my first name) rather than Mr Dimmick

Face masks were still compulsory for all students and teachers

Students still had to be 1 metre apart

All meetings involving larger groups were online

Not allowed to shake hands

Most class sizes were 30

It is much warmer, in fact too hot sometimes

Even at the beginning of 2022, schools went fully remote for one week

Technology innovations being developed, such as Skyway transport, Hyperloop and the Museum of the Future

HCI Recap

Today’s discussion

Advantages and disadvantages of HCI

Real world question : Is there anything in the above table that causes you to worry / be anxious

Next task

Next lessons : HCI hardware

Coding Town by Script Academy

Coding Town by Script Academy

Learning Outcome – Create your own business, build, code and have fun.

Before you can build, you need to have diamonds. The best way to get diamonds is to add a lemonade stand and sell lemons. When you start the game, follow the tutorial to get the best out of the game.

  • Add Objects : Lemonade Stall
  • Buy Lemons from the lemon trader
  • Add a helper to help you buy lemons
  • Program the 3D helper so that he moves forward when up arrow is pressed

Watch the video to see how to play the tutorial

Controls

Use keys A, W, S and D to move around

Mouse to rotate

Space to Jump

Double space to fly

Left click on mouse destory a block

Right click on mouse to add a block.

B for build materials

E to open dashboard

Add a Helper to Buy Lemons

  • Go to the lemon trader bunny and add a helper.
  • Then script the following code

How to get a helper and control it

  1. Press B to go to build mode
  2. Choose any helper
  3. Use the mouse to left click on your helper
  4. Script the code below
  5. Press apply

Success Criteria

Success : I can add a lemonade stand and buy lemons from the trader

Super better : I can program a helper to buy the lemons

Extra Success : I can add a helper and program it to move with the arrow keys

Interactive PowerPoint – The UAE Quiz

Interactive : allowing a two-way flow of information between a computer and a computer-user; responding to a user’s input.

We are going to make a presentation, but this time, it will require user input for it to work. We’ll make a quiz.

Lesson Objective : Make a quiz using presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint)

Open PowerPoint and open a blank presentation#

Choose a template design

Create 4 slides

Add shapes and hypelink them to the relevant slides.

Task: Create an interactive PowerPoint with a question about the United Arab Emirates.

The big picture

What have we done? : This is our 3rd lesson on this topic. We know how to create new slides, add shapes and hyperlink

What are we doing? : We are going to complete at least one question in this lesson, some will create more than one

Where are we going? : We have learned so much about PowerPoint. We could now transfer those skills tio make a maze game,

Task

1. Open a new presentation and create an introduction slide

2. Add a new slide and add a question.

3. Add 2 more slides, for incorrect and correct answers

“Incorrect” slide

“Correct slide”

5. Now link your slides. Go back to the question slide and select the correct shapes (right click and choose link). Link the shape to the correct slide.

6. Go back to the question slide and select an icorrect shape (right click and choose link). Link it to the incorrect slide. Do this with all the other 3 incorrect shapes.

7. Test that it works. Fix any issues that you may have.

8. Change text colours, fonts and size. Format your shapes, change colours, etc.

Success Criteria

1. I can open PowerPoint

2. I can create slide 1 (Splash Screen)

3. I can create a question slide

4. I can create an “incorrect” slide

5. I can create a “correct” slide

6. I can create at least one link

7. I can create 2 or more links

8. My Quiz has a nice design

9. I have tested the quiz

10. I can make a second question

More examples

Live Plenaries

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PowerPoint Maze Game – UAE

Making a Maze Game in PowerPoint

Yes, that’s right. It is possible to make a fun maze game using PowerPoint. It is simple if you follow the steps, but with practice, you can make more complicated levels.

Lesson Objectives: Use application software (PowerPoint) to make a maze game.

Create a splash screen (start screen) and add extra slides

Add new slides and use shapes to create a maze

Create a “You Lose” and “You Win” slide

Use Insert > Action to hyperlink slides using Mouse Click or Mouse Over

The Big Picture

What have we done? We made interactive quizzes on PowerPoint. We have already had some practice making the Maze game

What are we doing? We will look to create a working game in one lesson

Where are we going? We have enhanced our PowerPoint skills and combined this with computational thinking

You will need 4 slides

Slide 1 : Introduction / Splash Screen

Slide 2 : The puzzle

Slide 3 : You Lose

Slide 4 : You Win

Slide 1: The introduction slide / Splash screen. This must contain a start button.

Slide 2 : The Puzzle. Note that the Start button is in exactly the same place as Slide 1. This is important.

Slide 3 : You Lose. Where the user will go if he does not complete the maze.

Slide 4 : You Win. Congratulations.

Making Slide 1

I will link the start button to slide 2 using Insert > Action

……then choose Mouse Click Hyperlink to Next Slide

Before I make slide 2, I will make slides 3 and 4, You Lose and You Win.

Now let’s make the puzzle on slide 2.

The start button is copied and pasted from Slide 1 in exactly the same place.

I have then chosen a rectangle shape and filled the whole page black.

I will then send this to the back.

I have used the rectangle shape tool again to make my path. I have chosen sky blue.

I make a finish button (in this case, I’ve used the UAE flag). This will link to the You Win slide

Now let’s hyperlink 2 things….

Black background to You Lose

Finish button to You Win

I select the black background shape and go to Insert > Action

This time, I will select Mouse Over

I will then choose the You Lose slide

I will also need to link from the Finish Button.

I select the Finish button and go to Insert > Action

Go to mouse over

….and select the You Win slide

You can now adapt your game, you can make more levels and make them much harder.

Success Criteria

1. I can open PowerPoint

2. I can create slide 1 (Splash Screen)

3. I can create a maze slide

4. I can create an “you lose” slide

5. I can create a “you win” slide

6. I can create at least one link

7. I can create 2 or more links

8. My Maze has a nice design

9. I have tested the maze

10. I can make a second more complex maze

Have fun and enjoy this task.

Socrative Plenary

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Room Name : XFUTURE

Interactive PowerPoint – The UAE Quiz

Interactive : allowing a two-way flow of information between a computer and a computer-user; responding to a user’s input.

We are going to make a presentation, but this time, it will require user input for it to work. We’ll make a quiz.

Lesson Objective : Make a quiz using presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint)

Open PowerPoint and open a blank presentation#

Choose a template design

Create 4 slides

Add shapes and hypelink them to the relevant slides.

Task: Create an interactive PowerPoint with a question about the United Arab Emirates.

The big picture

What have we done? : This is our 3rd lesson on this topic. We know how to create new slides, add shapes and hyperlink

What are we doing? : We are going to complete at least one question in this lesson, some will create more than one

Where are we going? : We have learned so much about PowerPoint. We could now transfer those skills tio make a maze game,

Task

1. Open a new presentation and create an introduction slide

2. Add a new slide and add a question.

3. Add 2 more slides, for incorrect and correct answers

“Incorrect” slide

“Correct slide”

5. Now link your slides. Go back to the question slide and select the correct shapes (right click and choose link). Link the shape to the correct slide.

6. Go back to the question slide and select an icorrect shape (right click and choose link). Link it to the incorrect slide. Do this with all the other 3 incorrect shapes.

7. Test that it works. Fix any issues that you may have.

8. Change text colours, fonts and size. Format your shapes, change colours, etc.

Success Criteria

1. I can open PowerPoint

2. I can create slide 1 (Splash Screen)

3. I can create a question slide

4. I can create an “incorrect” slide

5. I can create a “correct” slide

6. I can create at least one link

7. I can create 2 or more links

8. My Quiz has a nice design

9. I have tested the quiz

10. I can make a second question

Further examples

Socrative Plenary

If you are attending the live sessions, you will be asked to tell me how you did.

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Room Name : XFUTURE

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