Ben Garside

Ben Garside

Ben is a Learning Manager for the Raspberry Pi Foundation making teaching resources for educators. When he's not spending time tinkering with his Raspberry Pi, he likes spending time with his family

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  • Hi everyone and welcome to the course. I'm Ben and I'm a Learning Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. I will be facilitating this course over the next few weeks. I will be around to answer questions and offer feedback from today (the 6th March) until 31st March.

    I've been part of the team that developed the Teach Computing Curriculum here in England and...

  • That's really interesting. Is there much focus on programming skills, or is it more the use of applications?

  • Hi Oghale, good to have you with us on the course. Looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments as you work your way through the course. Good luck and I hope that you enjoy it.

  • That's really good to hear and thanks for sharing. I'm going to look up Mote to find out more about it!

  • Hi Mikhail, great to have you on the course with us and I hope that you enjoy it. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and a little bit more about your context.

  • Hi everyone and welcome to the course. I'm Ben and I'm a Learning Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. I will be facilitating this course over the next few weeks. I will be around to answer questions and offer feedback from today (the 5th September) until 30th September.

    I've been part of the team that developed the Teach Computing Curriculum here in...

  • @DebbieWinchester There are risks associated with both, but the argument is that the cloud servers are more likely to be more secure than your computer due to the amount of money and effort they will put into security. Safety is likely to be key part to their business models.

    I agree with what you're saying, but could someone access your data if they...

  • Welcome Danyal. I hope that you enjoy the course!

  • Welcome Dominic. Good to have you on the course.

  • Great analogies!

  • I think it's becoming more and more common for companies to work almost entirely on the cloud, so like floppy disks, sadly I can see the USB sticks going the same way towards the museum of old tech!

  • Hi Cali, glad to have you with us on the course. I hope that you find it useful

  • Great to have you with us on the course and I'm glad that you have enjoyed it. Thank you for contributing to the comments whilst you've gone along!

  • @StephanieH Yes, I agree that they can be vague with the information about what the update is doing, but trust me in saying that they're usually worth doing, particularly if there's any security update. The "Wannacry" ransomware attack was so successful as it targeted security vulnerabilities on versions of Windows that didn't have their updates

  • That's close but it's the operating system that will handle how to translate the keyboard input. Your keyboard will come with a device driver which tells the OS how to handle the input. You can also customise this in settings and tell the OS which keyboard layout you want to use.

  • Yes that's correct. The keyboard is the input device, the OS processes the input from the keyboard rather than it being considered part of the input as such.

  • That's really great to hear Stephanie. Thank you for you contributions to the comments as well. Hope to see you on another one of our courses again in the future :)

  • @AlexandraGalloni That's good thinking and something you could try in the classroom to see if it works out.

    I'd personally always teach operators before selection as IF statements require an operator to work. I'd also make sure that they understood boolean expressions.

  • @StephanieH Yes Stephanie that's along the right lines! Processor technology is getting more and more advanced, so whilst they can play very high quality games, because of the small screen size and lack of space and power for a top notch video card then they can't really compete with desktops. Battery life and physical space are the main limiting factors

  • @AngelicaBeristain Yes I think you're right, you become reliant on their uptime. Also they often charge a subscription fee whilst you're own storage has a one off cost.

  • I like the contexts you have given each example. They'd all work really well in the classroom

  • I'm looking forward to reading your comments as you work your way through this course Umair. Good luck.

  • Glad you could join us Umair. I hope this course helps you with your aims.

  • That's a possibility. What do you think the disadvantages are to cloud storage over a HDD for example?

  • Great answer!

  • You've got it Stephanie and are definitely thinking along the right lines.

    With regards to mobile phones, you're absolutely right, they are very powerful these days. Why do you think desktop PCs often come with towers full of hardware when a mobile phone can do so much inside such tiny device?

  • That's great motivation, glad to have a software engineer on the course! Hope that you enjoy it

  • Yes, very definitely. What other components do you think are. essential?

  • @AngelicaBeristain This is a future I want to live it!

  • Great to have you with us on the course Annette. I hope that you enjoy it.

  • That's a really interesting thought. What do you think would replace a monitor or screen?

  • Hi David. Sounds like some great motivation. Good to have you with us

  • Hi Angelica. Great to have you with us. I hope that you enjoy the course

  • Hi Stephanie. Great to have you on the course. I hope that this gives you a good insight into how computers work!

  • Welcome to the course everyone!! My name is Ben and I will be facilitating this course . I'll be checking in daily between 1st August and 26th August (2022) to answer questions, offer help and guidance and join in on discussions.

    From a young age I've always wanted to know what was inside the box when my Dad brought home our first computer (he didn't let me...

  • I don’t suppose it matters too much for the exercise, but the link to the. raw data isn’t working: http://data.glasgow.gov.uk/dataset/method-of-travel-to-work-or-study

  • I think 5 is the median and the interquartile is 18?

  • Hi all, having taught Computer Science in an English secondary school for 14 years, I am now working as a learning manager for an educational charity. I’m interested in learning more about how data science education can be taught and made accessible to young people.

    I think there is an ever increasing need to education young people about data science (and…

  • I have a heart rate monitor that is used to measure exercise when going to the gym. Basic data is collected by the device, but when in proximity of my phone, the data is uploaded to the cloud to calculate calories burnt and compares me against other gym members. Therefore the data must be stored on the cloud on servers owned by the heart rate monitor…

  • @SarahKirk Really pleased to hear that Sarah! Hope to see you on some of our other courses at some point :)

  • Hi Afsheen, we have an online course with that title, but we have two Teach Computing Curriculum units called "Computer Systems", one at KS3 and one at KS4. I would recommend them :)

  • Welcome Afsheen. Great to have you with us on the course. I hope that you enjoy it

  • I absolutely agree Ankita :)

  • Hi everyone and welcome to the course. I'm Ben and I'm a Learning Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. I will be facilitating this course over the next few weeks. I will be around to answer questions and offer feedback from today (the 7th March) until 1st April.

    I've been part of the team that developed the Teach Computing Curriculum here in England and...

  • Great! Glad that you enjoyed it Mary and thank you for taking part.

  • Thank you for sharing Mary. I wasn't able to access your resources as I didn't have permission. Let us know if you are able to change that as we'd love to see them :)