News - term 1

Bug fountain and barrier game

posted 11 Apr 2016, 12:57 by peter thompson   [ updated 11 Apr 2016, 14:14 ]

Miro's game: Boxed In
  • Today we are going to use Snap! to make a bug fountain and then we will make a barrier game. Attached to this post is a starting program for the bug fountain. You will also find it on the studentread drive. Import it into Snap! to get started.
  • We will make the barrier game from scratch.

More Snap! work

posted 21 Mar 2016, 11:30 by peter thompson   [ updated 4 Apr 2016, 12:58 ]

Last week we started to learn how to program using Snap! Today we will continue to use the program. We will start by creating accounts so you can save your programs properly.

I have attached to this post a few of the games I have made with my Y9 and Y10 classes.

Preview: Embedded Scratch Game

posted 13 Mar 2016, 19:15 by peter thompson   [ updated 14 Mar 2016, 12:07 ]

Finish styling work website

  • Here is my website so far: Mr T's website.
  • Today you will finish setting up your site then we will move on to doing some work with Snap! (which is similar to the Scratch program).

Thimble work site

posted 7 Mar 2016, 11:20 by peter thompson   [ updated 7 Mar 2016, 11:21 ]

Last class we started experimenting with Mozilla Thimble editing a keep Calm poster and also creating a basic website. This class we will put our interactive image on the site and also learn how to add style to it so it looks better. 
  1. Here is what I have managed to do so far: Mr T's work website
  2. Here is link to the document that has links to your Thinglink image: Thinglink images

Links to students interactive images

posted 22 Feb 2016, 20:08 by peter thompson   [ updated 29 Feb 2016, 11:04 ]

Here is a link to a Google Doc that contains links to students interactive images. Is yours there? Student Interactive images


  1. Finish Keep Calm and Carry On tutorial - here is some of my Y10s did last year: Y10 Thimble work
  2. Create a website to display your own work.
  3. Add your work to it.

Words to use on your Thinglink and Evaluation

posted 22 Feb 2016, 11:08 by peter thompson   [ updated 22 Feb 2016, 11:13 ]

  • We will finish off the interactive image about the Internet today. If you are stuck for words to write into your ThingLink interactive image you can use ones that I have used. My image is quite boring as it has not much in the way of images or videos. Make sure to use interesting images and videos in your one. My ThingLink
  • When you have finished your ThingLink click the share button and email me the link to your work. My email is:
  • Also share your research document with me.
  • Once you have shared your work write an evaluation at the bottom of the research document. Here is my one for you to look at and get ideas: About the Internet
  • If we have time we will start looking at the next topic which will be making a simple website using Thimble.

How the Internet Works Continued

posted 9 Feb 2016, 11:16 by peter thompson   [ updated 22 Feb 2016, 11:11 ]

Last class we watched videos and did some practical exercises to learn how computers work on a network. We learned how to use the command prompt

  1. Find out the IP address of our computer and its name.

  2. Use the ping program to poke classmates computers and get replies, and do the same to website servers, using a computer name or IP address.

  3. Use tracert to see the path a request travelled when crossing the Internet.

We then started writing our findings up in a Google Doc. Here is a link to my one: Mr T's About the Internet

Today we will finish this document and make an interactive picture using the information in it and pictures of networks. But first we will look at two videos to refresh our memory and also examine an image of undersea Internet cables that make up part of the Internet.
Click on the image below to see a bigger version.

Extra: For anyone interested in animation


posted 18 Jan 2016, 14:49 by peter thompson   [ updated 31 Jan 2016, 12:42 ]

Hello my name is Mr Thompson. I hope you will enjoy your time in the class and learn some useful skills. We will cover such topics as:
  • How the Internet works.
  • Graphic design - you will use the Pixlr editor to create magazine covers.
  • Visual programming with Scratch.
  • The Web - creating websites using Mozilla Thimble.
We will start by learning how the Internet works. There is a link to an instructions page in the navbar above.

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