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Putting the right building blocks in place at the right time is essential

Putting the right building blocks in place at the right time is essential

Giving the Why

Giving the Why

Ranging the classroom is just part of it.

Ranging the classroom is just part of it.

Our autumn staff training events are underway with very positive feedback so far. Moving forward we are going to extend the teaching and learning activities to include deliberate mistakes in code and Google Hangout one-to-one surgery sessions.

Beautiful Education - Python Programming Basics Course


Teaching Python programming in schools can make you feel like you are starting out as an NQT again

Teaching Python programming in schools can make you feel like you are starting out as an NQT again

Python teaching includes quick thinking in a two to three tier classroom with lots of explaining, breakouts, and plenty of ranging the room for formative assessment opportunities.  Self-study sits alongside intensive support and students who just want to be left alone with challenges. It's all happening at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney and we are loving every minute of it.

With the help of the DFE and Hackney Learning Trust we have created an online resource for teaching some of the basics at KS3. 

Arduino - Touch the light sensor to activate the LED


Arduino and breadboard wired LED with light sensor activation

Arduino and breadboard wired LED with light sensor activation

Touch the light sensor to activate the LED 

Before the summer break I spent Monday evenings with my mentors at Hackspace learning about the Arduino system.  I think it is a great way to teach C derived programming languages and illustrate input-process-output in a concrete context. 

The benefit of Arduino is that you can make real stuff like a system to activate a LED when someone is standing on your doorstep, or to get a text when someone presses your doorbell. Arduino can be used to solve problems, the key focus in the new computing programme of study. 

Increasingly cool Arduino has a rapidly expanding following of hackers and tinkerers. 

So what's on offer here? 

Part of the work Beautiful Education has been doing has involved Google Hangouts and now we'd like to run a distance learning test with a willing partner. 

Would you like to get an Arduino demonstration of about 15 minutes to half an hour on Google Hangouts? Would you like us to organise an expert tutor to deliver an Arduino training course in Hackney or at your place?

Just get in touch

Using C derived languages to solve real problems

Using C derived languages to solve real problems