Monday, 16 February 2015
Most students are interested in programming, because eventually they would like to make games. Games are the rockstars of the computing world and a great way to hook people into the idea of coding! Python is one of the languages that coders actually enjoy using! In this posting, I am going to share some of the resources availabe to get you started:
My first choice for a book is http://inventwithpython.com/ and for a large range of resources PyGame is great as it adds the extra libraries you need to make graphically rich games. There is a nice set of documentation to get you started in this area. Codecadamy also has an excellent Python section, although it doesn't focus so much on games.
Built into the Raspberry Pi are a few games that you can play with the source code.
Hour of Code tutorials for Python to give students a taster and there's also a gamified system that teaches code, calded CodeCombat. This is well worth a look to get students started.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
The Raspberry Pi took an amazing leap in processing power this week. The new quad power processor makes it into a real computer, which is great because every kid expects the browser to work at full speed and it will enable even more gaming and graphics processing. It even runs a version of Windows 10. Watch the video!