Coding 2 Learn

Education and Technology Ramblings with a little Politics for good measure.

Computer Games Are A Waste Of Time

When I was a kid I played a lot of computer games. I once played Betrayal at Krondor for so long that I started hallucinating from sleep deprivation. When I was at Uni I chose to mow-down humanoid warthogs in Duke Nukem rather than learn metabolic pathways for amino acid ...

Please stop sending me your shitty Word documents

Throughout this rant I use the second-person personal pronoun (you) quite a lot. This does not necessarily mean I am speaking to 'You' the reader, but rather some other 'You' who will probably never read this anyway.

When Microsoft announced Office for iPad I shed a small tear. Excel is ...

Installing Pygame on Mac OS X with Python 3

This has been a bugbear of mine for sometime now. I like using Python 3.x. I like teaching kids how to use Pygame. I use a Mac. Trying to get all three to play nicely with each other has been impossible for me up to now.

I've trawled ...

What exactly are we teaching anyway?

On Twitter, numerous education blogs and even on Hacker News, there have been more than a few debates of late regarding the education of students in Computer Science/Computing/Coding/IT. In the UK, in particular, the debate has been fueled by Lottie Dexter's "Year of Code'; a government ...

X Days of Christmas

Just a quick one from me today.

I woke up this morning with a lesson idea in my head, that was also a Python script.

I've a few teacher followers, so I thought I'd shove it up here for others to use if they want. You'll have ...

Computing is much more than coding?

Trying to justify that every student in the country should learn computing is quite a tricky endevour, and it shouldn't be. We're all users of technology after all, and benefit from the advantages and disadvantages of being so. We should all have a basic understanding of computers, networks ...

A rant from my brother

My brother is the reason I learned to code. To be honest, he's probably forgotten more about programming than I'll ever know, and I'm not exaggerating. His preferred languages are Haskell and OCaml, but he's recently had to dive into Javascript for a project he's ...