This newsletter contains details of changes that have been made to the Computing Homework site over the past term.
We have published a novel entitled The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens.
This is an adventure story for students of secondary school age. The plot is set in 2076. The characters in the book make use of the BBC micro:bit to fight against hostile aliens.
The aims of this novel are to promote reading and programming in schools through engaging story telling.
This novel can be used as a starting point to motivate students when introducing the Micro:bit exercises on the site. We hope that schools will find this to be a useful resource.
The digital version of this novel can be downloaded free of charge from Amazon.
It is not necessary for students to know anything about the Micro:bit in order to enjoy the book. Readers can view the Micro:bit as just a gadget that is used by the characters in the novel – much like Dr Who uses a sonic screwdriver in his/her adventures.
Irfan Virk (Jan, 2020), The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens, London: Daisy-i. ISBN: 978-0-9927318-2-3 (electronic format).
Irfan Virk (Feb, 2020), The BBC Micro:bit and the Moon Dust Aliens, London: Daisy-i. ISBN: 978-0-9927318-3-0 (paperback format).
We have begun the process of revising and replacing all the site's Flash based exercises with HTML5 equivalents.
The Python exercises will be prioritised. These are expected to be available by the end June. The remaining exercises are expected to be ready by September.
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: