Welcome to our digital leaders page. Each class in key stage 2 has a group of specially selected children who have a desire to pass on their passion and flair for ICT.
What does it take to be a Digital Leader?
Digital Leaders’ Visit to the Apple Store, Metrocentre – 15/5/17 (CODING FOCUS USING SWIFT PLAYGROUND AND TINKER)
- Pupils started by discussing what algorithms were and likened the two apps they were going to use to baking a simple chocolate cake (Tinker) and baking a Black Forest Gateaux (Swift Playground). Pupils then split off into 2 groups to explore the two different coding apps.
- Pupils working on Tinker explored looping instructions and working with different variables such as height and speed in order to control a dragon orientated platform game. This allowed them to expand on their previous understanding (based on Scratch) to apply block based programming to a previously unseen layout (platform gaming).
- Pupils working with Swift Playground (using the 1 hour of code package) started off with familiar commands (again based on Scratch) such as move forward and turn. However, the units became increasingly more advanced introducing teleport and collect commands and eventually introducing loops and functions (the idea of programming a function so that the levels could be completed with minimal commands).
Digital Leaders’ Visit to the Apple Store, Eldon Square – 14/2/17 (FITNESS FOCUS USING APPLE WATCHES)
- Pupils started by using the inbuilt fitness tracker to complete a number of office based fitness activities.
- They also looked at a free food tracker called My Fitness App and discussed how the app could be used to track calories and set personal goals in conjunction with the fitness tracker.
- Pupils then moved onto using the apple watches. They started by looking an app called Headspace Meditation and used this to help regulate their breathing.
- They then used the apple watch to track their resting heart rate and how their heart rate changed after 1 minute of exercise (this had to be completed one at a time as the demo apple watches within the store could not monitor heart rate).
- Following this, we discussed how the watches used green lights to sense heart rate. 1 sensor measures how much green light it sends through your skin. The second sensor then tracks how much green light is absorbed by your blood and how much is returned to the watch and then uses this to calculate your heart rate – the more blood pumping throughout your veins (high heart rate) the more green light is absorbed.
You can find out more about what the Digital Leaders are up to and how they are helping the scheme on our highly exclusive UCPS Digital Leaders Blog:
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What is the Digital Leaders Scheme?