Computing Key Stage 3 Involving Letter

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Week Commencing 20th June 2016

This week students will continue developing their game with the aim of using their algorithms to produce some coding for a sprite they have developed. Planning sheets should now be completely finished by the majority of students and emphasis will be on turning the planned sequence of events into actual coding.

At home:

Scratch can be downloaded onto a desktop computer free of charge, on an iPad or Mac the app will cost £0.79p alternatively why not have a look at projects made by Scratch enthusiasts by clicking on the following link: https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/featured/. By becoming familiar with Scratch you will be able to encourage your child to take part in computer coding. Computer coding is a lifelong skill which will help your son/daughter learn strategies for solving problems, designing projects and communicating ideas.

Technology News: Apple gave 350 scholarships to young developers to this year’s WWDC event, highlighting one winner in particular, 9-year-old Anvitha Vijay from Australia who has won the chance of a lifetime thanks to a scholarship. Her first app is called Smartkins Animals and it is supposed to teach young children about animals. Her app has already been downloaded a few hundred times. She started coding at the age of 7 with the help of YouTube and instructional videos and she created the app so her sister could learn to identify animals.

Technology Careers:

Application Developer: Average Salary: £30, 796 (but will increase steeply over time).

Duties of Application Developer:

  • establishing a detailed program specification through discussion with clients;
  • devising possible solutions to anticipated problems.
  • testing sample data-sets to check that output from the program works as intended
  • reacting to problems and correcting the program as necessary;
  • evaluating and increasing the program's effectiveness;
  • writing detailed documentation for the operation of the program by users and computer operators;
  • updating, repairing, modifying and developing existing software and generic applications.