A different way to start understanding sequential logic

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Computer Science, Educational Technologies, Pedagogy, Programming
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Recently I have spent some time thinking about how I can implement some computer programming at current school (trying to lead into the new UK Computing Curriculum) and have had many different ideas. My main interest here is, as with other IT educators, how can we start this and make it both interesting and not explicitly driven by the coding aspect of Computer Science.

This little website and app (Isle of Tune) instantly intrigued me as it seemed to conquer two of the key concepts I wanted to teach. First, it is just simply fun and very addictive. Secondly, the whole concept is based in the same sequential logic as the basic principles and control structures of computer programming, albeit in a visual and musically oriented form.

I am now trying to work out how I can include this as an introduction to a programming unit within the start of our Key Stage 3 (UK Years 7-9) sequence of work. Let’s see how it works out?


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