Elizabeth received a Kano computer kit for Christmas this year. It consists of a Raspberry Pi with all the other bits required to build your own computer and learn to code. She's very interested in learning programming and I'm very happy to encourage this (although I keep trying to tell her there's much more to… Continue reading Build your own computer kit for kids
Tag: computer science
How many iPads does a school need?
Contrary to what people might think, I feel that spending lots of money on shiny new iPads for schools is money poorly spent. I don't deny that iPads are great learning tools - I can attest to that - but they're very expensive upfront and don't last all that long before they become obsolete and need replacing.… Continue reading How many iPads does a school need?
My birthday, computer science, clouds, pauses, and helmets
I'm 39 tomorrow, boo hoo. Only one more year and I'm 40. That's scary. Apparently a new computer science curriculum has been launched in English schools as a replacement for the old ICT course. I think this is wonderful. Teaching children how to create software is far more useful than simply teaching them how to use it;… Continue reading My birthday, computer science, clouds, pauses, and helmets
The Auckland Harbour Bridge and computer science in New Zealand
I was driving over the Auckland Harbour bridge last week and thinking, I don't really trust New Zealand engineering. This is possibly because I got to witness the catastrophic collapse of two New Zealand buildings in Christchurch not long after they'd been deemed safe by engineers. Although it has since transpired that the so-called engineers… Continue reading The Auckland Harbour Bridge and computer science in New Zealand