This newsletter contains details of changes that have been made to the Computing Homework site over the past term.
We have released five exercises to support the teaching of Operating Systems. These exercises are aimed at Yr 9 students. However, they will also prove useful as an introduction to operating systems for Yr 10 students.
The new exercises are listed below.
Exercise Number and Title
The OS as a Go-between
GUIs and Operating Systems
The CLI and Operating Systems
We have begun to use CSS Grid for the development of our exercises. The new exercises on Operating Systems have been developed using CSS Grid.
Schools will need to ensure that they advise their students to use compatible browsers.
New Business Model
From September 2021 we will be moving to a new business model. This will greatly reduce the cost of our subscriptions to schools.
The reductions are made possible by a change in the way we handle login data, and in the way that schools are invoiced.
Login data: at present, a school DBA can add, amend and delete individual student, teacher and class records on our database server. From September, a school DBA will also need to bulk upload the initial login data for students, teachers and classes.
Invoicing: from September, schools will be asked to pay by credit card. Payment will need to be made before login accounts are activated. A VAT Invoice will be issued automatically upon payment. We will no longer accept payment via BACS or by cheque.
The BBC Micro:bit and The Moon Dust Aliens - new dates added for free digital download
Free digital copies of The BBC Micro:bit and The Moon Dust Aliens can be downloaded from Amazon. The free download dates are:
Summer term 2021: 14 Apr – 21 Apr – 28 Apr – 5 May – 12 May
Autumn term 2021: 8 Sept – 15 Sept – 22 Sept – 29 Sep – 6 Oct
Full details on how to download the book are available from this link.
We are continuing to offer free copies of The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens to school libraries. Schools that are interested are asked to email us in the usual way with "Request for book copies" in the subject header. There is a limit of three copies per school.
We are working on revising the exercises that support the teaching of Algorithms and Programs. These revised exercises will be released towards the end of the summer term.
We would welcome your suggestions on further developments. To do this, you can either use the suggestions page on the site or you can email directly to: