For the Captain’s Blog project each child will take on the character of a Victorian/Edwardian Polar Explorer such as Shackleton and Scott.
They will have to create a name for their character and I will use this Steampunk Name Generator that I found in the programme for the recent Arena tour of War of the Worlds.
My name would be Captain Byron Starkweather ( quite fitting for an Antarctic explorer! ) I want the kids to create a digital version of the name generator in order to incorporate some coding into the project.
For Year 4’s ICT project during the first half of the Lent term I plan on linking up with their Creative Curriculum topic about Ice Worlds. The project will cover the topic of Publishing Online using tools such as blogging. The children will take on the character of an Antarctic explorer inspired by Shackleton and Scott and will blog about their expeditions to the South Pole.
Each of the Year 8 Superheroes will receive 15 “Follower” requests from other superheroes in the year group. Of these 15 ten of them will belong to the same team as the person receiving the requests (World Hero Squad or SHADOW). Each person will select 10 to accept – for every member of their own team they accept they gain a point.
This will then lead us in to discussing Friends and Followers on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
I am currently working on an idea for developing a board game based on my Here Be Dragons project.
The game will feature a board created from hexagonal tiles which can be arranged in a variety of layouts offering a different board each time the game is played.
Players will work cooperatively as wizards who will use their Spellgorithms to rid the Mythical Land of Ict of the rampaging dragons.
I hope to have a prototype made this holiday and plan to launch the idea on Kickstarter in the New Year.
As part of this project I am going to ask Y8 to check the passwords they use for Google Apps in the “How Secure Is My Password” website (mine would take a thousand years to crack).
I then want to go on to talk more about what makes a secure password using https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/ – I want to display one of their passwords for a set amount of time and ask them to memorise it as best they can. Once the password has been hidden I want them to be able to input what they can remember and have a piece of code check the accuracy of their memory – I just need help with that code.
This is just a quick post to recommend two sites that I have used this week for classes from y3 up to y8 for their “Hour of Code”
- Code Combat – www.codecombat.com
- Code Monkey – www.playcodemonkey.com
For the second lesson in the project we will be discussing the subject of putting personal information online.
The children will continue in their Super Hero/Villain characters and each child will be given access to their rivals ‘Top Secret’ roster which consists of a Google Spreadsheet containing every Super Hero along with scores for their different abilities (see here for an example). Each child will also be able to look at the roster for their own team so that they can see their own scores.
I will provide each child with a Top Trumps style template (created in www.bighugelab.com) and they will use this to create a card for their ‘real’ identities. They will put their real name and the card will also contain the same categories as the spreadsheet. The children will be asked to pick one score from the spreadsheet that MUST remain the same on the card and then they will use random.org to generate the other 5 scores. This means that some of the other scores may be the same as in the spreadsheet but their will definitely be one piece of information the same.
Once the cards are complete they will be handed over to the opposing team who will use the information on the cards and the information in the spreadsheet to try and identify which Super Hero/Villain is which child.
For example if my character had the following scores in the spreadsheet…
- Strength = 99
- Speed = 90
- Teamwork = 80
- Intelligence = 97
- Agility = 82
and on my card I wrote the scores…
- Strength = 96
- Speed = 90 (the score I selected to be the same)
- Teamwork = 94
- Intelligence = 97 (a score randomly selected that happens to match)
- Agility = 87
Then the opposing team would be able to match me to my Superhero identity by matching the scores for Speed and Intelligence.
The winning team will be the one that correctly identifies more of their enemy.
Over the Christmas holidays the Year 8s will receive an email either from “The Captain” of the “World Hero Squad” or from SHADOW. This email will reveal their super-hero identity and will ask them to keep this identity hidden from the other Year 8s.
They will also be asked to use http://cpbherofactory.com/ to design their superhero and then send their designs back to The Captain or SHADOW.
I am currently working on an idea for an e-safety unit of work for Year 8 based around the idea of Super Heroes and Social Media.
I have used http://superhero.namegeneratorfun.com/ to generate characters for every child in Year 8 and have divided them into two teams – one of heroes and one of villains. These teams are the World Hero Squad and S.H.A.D.O.W. (The Sinister Harbingers of Atrocity, Destruction and Open Warfare).
The first lesson will focus on Password Security and cryptography. My idea is to have each class split in half so there are equal numbers of the World Hero Squad and SHADOW. They will be given their super hero identities but will be told to keep these secret.
In the first task the children will be paired against a member of the opposing team (but they wont know which child). They will then work on a shared Google doc and the aim of the first challenge is to discover their opponents ‘password’. Each child will be asked to think of a five letter word to be their password and they will take it in turns to make a guess by typing in their prediction.
If any of the letters in the guess are correct but in the wrong position then the owner of the password will turn those letters red. If any letters are correct and in the right place then the letter gets turned green. They keep taking it in turns until one person guesses the correct password and wins a point for their team (the World Hero Squad will always get first guess).
Once they have solved the first password they then will be asked to think up a random 5 letter password (i.e. gshei) and will replay the game.
This will lead into further discussion about the importance of secure passwords and how encryption is used to keep them secure.
King Hcael of Ict has decided to hire a Royal Wizard. He has received applications for the position from 13 wizards. On their applications they have all provided scores out of 100 for the following categories:
The first task for the children, who had been appointed Advisors to the King, was to rank the categories in order of importance. They were then supplied with Top Trump style cards for each of the wizards and they had to sort them using a Bubble Sort technique so that they were in order according to what they had decided was the most important category. They then eliminated the bottom two wizards and resorted them according to the next most important category. This continued until they were left with one wizard remaining. Even though each pair ordered the categories slightly differently they all nominated Strebor the Classical and he was therefore hired by King Hcael.
The children were then shown the following Spell Algorithm:
FOR Each Dragon
Dragon.Magic + Dragon.Ferocity < Wizard.Skill + Wizard.Intelligence
Dragon.Strength = Dragon.Strength-20
Wizard.Strength = Wizard.Strength-2
Dragon.Strength = 0 OR < 0
Dragon.Alive = False
Wizard.Strength = 0 OR < 0
Wizard.Alive = False
This meant that each time a dragon attacked the children had to add its scores for Magic and Ferocity together and compare it with Strebor’s combined score for Skill and Intelligence. If Strebor won then the dragon would have 20 subtracted from its strength but if the dragon won then Strebor would lose 2 points. Once a dragon was down to 0 then it had been defeated by Strebor and no longer posed a threat to Ict.
To decide which dragons attacked the children used this random name selector to pick a dragon. They then looked the dragon up on the Google Spreadsheet they created last week, added to scores up, compared them to Strebors and adjusted scores as necessary.
Strebor was quite successful and the following dragons were defeated:
Miath the Barbarian
Rusorth, Lord of the Skies
Cheselth, Gentle Mind
Seralth the Warm
Next week the Dragon Hunters will have their turn to defeat the dragons and they will also go on a hunt for dragon eggs.