Website Resources

posted 12 Apr 2016, 12:47 by peter thompson

You will find some mini-websites that are responsive on the studentread drive. You are welcome to use them. Study their HTML and CSS to see how they are constructed.

Google Web Fundamentals

posted 31 Mar 2016, 12:14 by peter thompson   [ updated 31 Mar 2016, 12:16 ]

Google Web Fundamentals

I have added a link in the navbar to a Google developers website that contains basically all the information you need to make a good website.

Website building skills

posted 29 Mar 2016, 11:55 by peter thompson

Website building skills

You should have finished your Computer Science report by now. After all you have had a couple of months to do it in. For the last few weeks of term we will look at website building skills. We will cover some of the basics and also how to make a site responsive to different screen sizes. We will use the Mozilla Thimble integrated development environment. Here is a link to it: Thimble
  1. Create an account (sign up link is at top right of page). Note: the password you choose will need to be at least 8 characters long, contain at least one capital letter and at least one numeric digit. 
  2. Watch the introduction video and familiarise yourself with Thimble options. 
  3. Remix the Keep Calm poster and then the Current Events Comic.
Next class the DGT2 students will be starting their programming assessment. I will be able to spend more time with you then.

Write up project ideass

posted 1 Mar 2016, 00:36 by peter thompson

Write up project ideas

I want you to pause in your writing of your CS report and create a new Google Doc in which you record possible project ideas.  You can write about more than one idea. In the document I want you to:
  • Write in detail about what the issue/need is and your proposed solution.
  • List the stakeholders and how reliable and accessible you think they would be.
  • List the pros and cons of your ideas - what are the risks.
  • What would be the key factors to consider.
  • What skills you would need - would you have to learn any new ones?

PARO the robotic harp seal pup

posted 28 Feb 2016, 09:42 by peter thompson   [ updated 28 Feb 2016, 14:09 ]

PARO the robotic harp seal pup - used to provide comfort for older people. It learns to respond to how it is interacted with and so develops its own personality.

Report progress and Eliza data

posted 21 Feb 2016, 13:56 by peter thompson

I have looked through the documents that you have shared with me and commented. Matt and Jared are doing well. The rest of you are not. You need to work hard to catch up, inside and outside of class. I have added a few more links to the resources section of the CS report page. One shows the data that the chatbot ELIZA uses. It makes interesting reading.

Have you done the housekeeping

posted 9 Feb 2016, 16:17 by peter thompson   [ updated 9 Feb 2016, 16:28 ]

Have you done the housekeeping mentioned at the end of the last post?

Heads up for the next section of the course 

This involves you writing a brief for the project that you will develop during the rest of the year. You need to find and issue/problem/opportunity to "find/develop a solution for". You need to use skills you already have, such as website design and creation. You could create a website for parent/friend (not school mate)/school teacher/other. It is important to have a stakeholder that has a genuine need/issue, is easily contacted, will give good information and feedback. You need to start thinking about what you are going to do. Last year students did websites that:
  • Consisted of an interactive map of the school
  • Advertised the Nelson Aero Club
  • Advertised/displayed the college uniform options

Welcome back

posted 13 Jan 2016, 16:47 by peter thompson   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 16:51 ]

Welcome back. I hope you had a good break, did well in your exams and are ready to learn useful, and I hope interesting, skills. I will be teaching you Term 1. Mr Dewhurst is due to teach you for the rest of the year.

Because you are in a mixed class you will not get my undivided attention. This means you will need to be strongly self-motivated and use your time well. I know you can do this because you are senior pupils. Also, I am going to designate one of your study classes as a teaching class. We will discuss which one this will be.

This term you will do two assessments. There are links to separate pages for each in the navbar above. Start with No.1:
  1. AS91636 (3.44): Demonstrate understanding of areas of computer science. Note that although you have not done CS topics at L1 and L2 the background information you need to do the the report is easily learned.
  2. AS91608: Design Brief Development.
Below is a screenshot of the rest of the units that are planned, at this stage, to be in the course.


  1. Create a new folder in Google Drive in which to store your DGT3 work. Share it with me ( and Mr Dewhurst, giving us both Editing rights.
  2. Within this folder create one called AS91636: CS Report and another called AS91608: Design brief. Put your work in these two folders respectively.

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