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Year 7 and the Web

February 2, 2015

For their ICT lessons this term Year 7 have been studying the Web. In their first lesson the focus was on finding information online. I created a questionnaire in Google Docs and asked them to find some information from the websites of different zoos. The information I asked for was all the sorts of information a family would need if they were planning a trip to the zoo. I wanted the children to think about how easy it was to find the information on different sites.

For the next lesson we concentrated on how the zoo websites were actually structured and we used Popplet to create a map of Chester Zoo’s website. For this task the children had to look at which pages were connected to which others.

In the third lesson we then looked at the actual HTML code that made a webpage. We also talked about how you cannot trust everything you read online – I demonstrated how easy it was to edit a Wikipedia article and we also looked at these animal hybrid photos. I also introduced Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles and the children then used this tool to create alternative Wikipedia entries for the animal hybrids.

This week, to give them more of an insight into how HTML works, I got the children to register for Codecademy and work through the HTML lessons. They also had a go at playing Erase All Kittens. My plan for the rest of the term is for the children to start to create their own website for a “Cryptozoo” – a zoo featuring lots of animal mashups such as those mentioned earlier. As they create their websites I want them to explore Javascript and embedding elements such as Youtube videos.

Interactive Fiction

January 29, 2015

Today I launched a new breaktime activity in the ICT room. Inspired by this post on the Geekdad website I invited the children to come and join me to play a Text Adventure game. Growing up I used to play text adventures all the time and I was curious as to how the children would take to these games – games with no images and lots of reading.

nameless

Eight children joined me and we began to play Nameless. Most of today’s session was taken up by the children get used to how text adventures work. It took them a while to get used to the games limited vocabulary and the fact that you have to be very precise when you give instructions.

As we played we used Popplet to create a map of the game. You can see our map here. The great thing about Popplet is that we are able to add notes to each of the locations as we find clues, objects, trolls etc.

I will continue to blog our adventures through the game.

 

 

Arctic Research Stations in Minecraft

January 26, 2015

As part of their Creative Curriculum Year 4 spent their ICT lesson creating Arctic research stations using MinecraftEdu.

Year 1 Christmas Posters

December 7, 2012

Today in ICT Year 1 used a piece of software called 2 Paint a Picture and a website called Big Huge Labs to create some Christmas posters.

ICT Michaelmas Part One : Year 6

November 20, 2012

For the first half of term our ICT project linked in with our History work on the Gunpowder Plot. We researched the characters involved in the plot and then we were each allocated one of the plotters to concentrate on. We blogged as that character and also created online timelines to show how each character was actually involved in the plot. To conclude the project we imagined we were working for the Mastermind TV programme and researched and wrote questions for the specialist subject round about their Plotter. As an extra task some of the children wrote tweets as if they were one of the plotters and these tweets were then published, along with those written by children in other schools, as if the Plot were happening in real-time.

ICT Michaelmas Term Part One : Year 7

November 20, 2012

We began the term by playing one of Mr Leach’s favourite games from his childhood – the text adventure game, Zork. We discussed the reasons why it was a text only game and as a result could see how the performance and power of home computers have improved over the past 30 years. Mr Leach then explained that we were going to create our own text adventure game called “Escape from Winchester House”. We began by creating a map of the school so that we could create the locations in our game. We then used a piece of software called Quest to build our game. We had to write the descriptions and then programme the game so that keys could unlock doors and objects could be revealed. This project was interesting because it combined creative writing with computer programming.

ICT Michaelmas Term Part One : Year 8

November 20, 2012

The theme for ICT in year 8 for the first half of the Michaelmas term was the “World Wide Web”. We looked at the differences between the Internet and the World Wide Web and after watching the appearance of Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the Olympics opening ceremony we researched the role he had to play in the development of the World Wide Web. We also watched a video explaining the technology that underpins the Internet and created infographics to visualise how connected to the web the whole world actually is.