This Week in ICT

Year 8 – Wearable Technology
For this Half Term’s ICT project Year 8 are exploring the concept of wearable technology. They kicked off the project by watching the following video about Google Glass.

They were then asked to carry out some research into what other examples of wearable technology are currently being developed or may be developed in the future. They then split into small groups and began the process of coming up with ideas for an item of clothing with technology embedded into it. They were asked to think about what sensors may be incorporated into the clothing and how the data recorded by this sensors would be used. There were some interesting and ambitious ideas being discussed but not one group came up with the idea of a self-drying jacket like this one from Back to the Future…

(although one group did suggest tanning trousers)

The aim of the project is for the children to create designs for wearable technology and then actually create a prototype of their designs using old clothing and old broken bits of electronics. The project will then hopefully culminate in a technologically enhanced fashion show.

Year One – Africa
As part of their Learning Journey this term Year One are learning about Africa. This week in ICT the children used a website called Padlet to record what they already know about Africa. Padlet is an online noticeboard that allows all the children to add their comments onto a single page.

Year Six – Here Be Dragons
For this term’s ICT Year 6 will be learning about computational thinking, binary and algorithms – in other words, “how computers work”.

Today they were told that the mysterious land of Ict is terrorised by seven fearsome dragons and that all of the villages in Ict are regularly attacked by these dragons. As a result the villages have all developed a system of signalling when a dragon has attacked. The villages use a bonfire to signal when a dragon has attacked however due to the strict Health and Safety laws in Ict each village is only allowed to light a maximum of three bonfires. The children were then given the first challenge of working out how three bonfires could be used to signal that up to seven dragons had attacked. Several of the children actually came up with a system very similar to the system the villages actually used which uses a binary system as follows…

(U = unlit bonfire, L = lit bonfire)

U U U = 0 dragons
U U L = 1 dragon
U L U = 2 dragons
U L L = 3 dragons
L U U = 4 dragons
L U L = 5 dragons
L L U = 6 dragons
L L L = 7 dragons

The children were then sent out into the land of Ict to visit some of the villages and record how many dragons had attacked the village. So if a child was sent to the village of Riley they ran to the geography room and recorded how many lit bonfires were on the picture in the window. They then returned to the Capital City, Leach, where they recorded the number of dragon attacks into a spreadsheet.




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