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BBC Computing Challenge – Scratch Games

As part of our BBC School Report Computing Challenge we had to use computational thinking to solve a real world problem or issue. We asked Mrs Allen and her whizz kids in S3 computing to help us out.

The class worked on robots which would perform household tasks which would assist people with impairments. One robot was programmed to pick different coloured medicine bottles which could be used to help people with visual impairments to ensure that they were taking the correct medication on the correct days. Another robot was programed to respond to the doorbell and would then make the owner aware of visitors by physically tapping them – it was invisaged that this could potentially be useful for people with hearing impairments.

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Member of Mrs A’s team also created educational games using Scratch  –

Alex designed a game which combines basketball and mathematics.

Niamh designed a game which teaches people guitar chords.

BBC School Report Computing Challenge

As well as taking part in BBC School Report our reporters have decided to take on the BBC School Report Computing Challenge.

The Challenge incorporates some of the tasks which are completed on a daily basis at the BBC and utilises computing skills. Reporters tackle different computing tasks and receive custom-made badges for our School Report websites every time they complete a task.

In order to complete these challenges we have asked Mrs Allan’s S3 computing whizz kids to help us out they are hard at work programming robots for Challenge Four and we’ll be reporting on their work in the coming weeks.

The challenges are as follows:

CHALLENGE ONE The first challenge will open up students’ digital creativity as they will be tasked with designing their School Report webpage.

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CHALLENGE TWO Many news stories are based on survey results and so our second challenge allows students to use their journalistic skills to report on the use and impact of technology.

Status: COMPLETE

CHALLENGE THREE Our third challenge gives students the chance to get coding by figuring out the workings of their website and adding some dynamic content.

Status: Pending

CHALLENGE FOUR The final challenge requires students to use computational thinking to solve a real-world problem or issue.

Status: Pending

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CCTV use at TGS

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It is believed that 9 out of 10 secondary schools in Scotland, Wales and England use CCTV in their schools. In 2012 100,000 cameras were installed in to secondary schools across Britain, 90% of schools use them to keep pupils and staff in the school safe.

The Gordon Schools is one of the many schools in Scotland to make use of CCTV.

Janitorial staff at the school monitor the cameras on 12 small screens and look out for anything that might be a risk for pupils and staff. They can use these cameras to look back on footage  if any member of staff from Senior management or Guidance has asked them to. There are twelve cameras located around the school in all the main areas and entrances.

Mr Mooty a member of the janitorial staff said “The CCTV system was installed about 5 years ago in 2010, we use this to keep watch of pupils and staff so they are not in risk of any danger. The cameras are positioned at entrances and exits and around the corridors to make sure that someone who isn’t meant to be in the school doesn’t come in. It helps me in my job every day to keep pupils and staff safe around the school. In general I think CCTV in the school is very good and helpful.”

Mrs Grant, a member of Senior Management had this to say about CCTV in the school, “I must admit CCTV makes my job a lot easier, when i have to deal with situations that don’t happen a lot at our school for example fighting, if I wanted to see what happened I would ask one of the janitorial staff for footage of the area where it happened. It also makes sure that no strangers come into the school. CCTV in our school is very good because it keeps the pupils and staff safe and out of danger,”

Overall CCTV in The Gordon Schools is a very valued piece of equipment which benefits the school every day and keeps our equipment, staff and pupils safe.

Reported by MC newsflash

 

Social Networking at TGS

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Social networking is a very popular thing in our school; not just with pupils but with teachers as well. There are many social networking sites e.g. Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, to name just a few.

Part of the BBC School Report Technology Challenge, our team made a survey about social network. We got four different classes to fill them in, some of the results were mixed and others were pretty similar.

One of the questions asked: How many people have signed up for at least one of the social networking sites underage?

Fifty five pupils were questioned; thirty three of them claim that they got one of the social network apps underage. This means that roughly 60% of the fifty five have signed up for Social Networking sites while still underage.

We asked further questions on the topic of Social Media sites and received the following results.

How many use the following social networking/media sites.

App Total
Facebook 42
Twitter 16
Snapchat 38
Instagram 39
Tumblr 7
Kik 25
Youtube Account 37

From the information gathered, Tumblr is the least popular one of the list and Facebook is the most popular. Instagram is just lagging behind with Snapchat just under it. A Youtube account, Kik and Twitter follow closely after.

These results are pretty much expected but the next question differed slightly from what the last table said.

Which of the following is most useful and that you use most?

App Total
Facebook 17
Twitter 1
Snapchat 14
Instagram 10
Tumblr 2
Kik 0
Youtube Account 6

According to this fifty out of the fifty five find these social networking sites useful, the majority thinking Facebook is the most useful.

From the results shown that social networking sites is an important part of some people’s lives. Facebook from them all is the most popular and most useful. Social network sites haven’t been around for that long but they are still rising quite quickly; evidence of that is Instagram, it isn’t even as old as Facebook but is behind it in popularity.

 

To conclude social networking sites are very popular for teenagers and probably will remain so for the next couple of years. Social networking isn’t just popular with teenagers but a range of age groups. The results might be a little bit different for adults compared to teens but they probably would stay relevantly the same. Another thing is that lots of people are getting under the legal age; this is probably because of rise of popularity and trying to fit in. In our school social networking is an important bit of life.

Reported by Team Z

Lunch Time Computing Facilities

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It has been debated if The Gordon Schools has enough computing facilities available for pupils during their spare time e.g. lunch, break and after school. Pupils often require computer access to complete homework assignments and to research chosen topics for school projects. of it is available to pupils in their spare time. Mr Forbes, the faculty head of business and IT, was interviewed on the subject and stated that there ‘’were adequate facilities’’ but he also

The Gordon schools have great computer accessibility but it is presumed that hardly any said that they were under used by pupils because they are too busy ‘’enjoying their lunch’’ when asked if there would be a problem with pupils using the facilities at lunch time he said “not a problem at all I would encourage it”

The Gordon schools have been at the fore front of technology since 1839, when the school was commissioned by the duchess of Gordon. This school has 5 computer rooms which are used during class time but are deserted during break and lunch even though the Wi-Fi covers these times.

On the schools computers the operating system is windows 7 even though the most recent operating system is windows 8. There is nothing wrong with windows 7 yet pupils believe that the computer suites are closed during lunch, before and after school. In reality the staff who have computers in their room are often happy to lend computers in the rooms to pupils in their spare time who must complete an assignment by a certain deadline.

In conclusion pupils have made a common misconception in relation to the computing facitlities in the Gordon Schools. Members of staff who are based in computer rooms are willing to assist in availability of the computers all the pupils have to do is ask.

By Team Viewpoint