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How to Think Like a Computer Sorting algorithms New

A teenage programmer (Ada) is sorting through photos to put them into an album, and this is proving to be a very long and laborious task. She then thinks of using a sorting algorithm and enlists the help of her friend CH (Computer Head). They decide to apply the steps of the sorting algorithm to organize the photos and place ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer Checking your algorithm New

A teenage programmer evaluates the instructions she's written to tell her computer how to mop the floor. She checks if they're in the right order, if she's included all the steps, and if her instructions are precise enough. She tests them after each change to see if there is anything she has forgotten. Teacher notes: Units of measurement can be ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer Pattern recognition New

A teenage programmer is giving her computer instructions on making a sandwich. She realizes that the pattern of slicing and layering are repeated – and finds this useful in writing her code. She uses a similar set of slicing and layering instructions to try to get the computer to make her dessert – with less success. Teacher Notes: Jumping off ...
  • 2016
  • 00:02:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer What is abstraction? New

A teenage programmer finds out how to use abstraction in programming. She gives instructions to her "computer", a human figure with a monitor for a head. She asks him to let people in for a dance audition, only choosing those who can dance and want to dance. Because she doesn't specify in her code that the dancers have to be ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer Algorithms New

A teenage programmer creates an algorithm to teach her computer a dance routine. An algorithm is a clear sequence of instructions with a start, a finish, and usually some decisions in the middle. They can be expressed in a flow chart. The computer only makes mistakes if there are mistakes in the instructions.
  • 2016
  • 00:02:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop What do plants need to survive? New

In this video we discover what causes various ailments in plants, and under what conditions they can thrive. Through systematic and funny observations of plants being kept under poor conditions by plant shop owner Ivy, the fundamental needs of plants are introduced, such as light, air, water, nutrients and space. Teacher notes: After viewing, students could plant seeds in pots. ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:02
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop How can we protect plants and nature? New

An entertaining overview of some of the ways we can help to protect plants and nature. This video looks at ecology, nature reserves and conservation, while also refreshing some of the topics covered in the rest of the series. Teacher notes: You could ask your students to come up with a list of things that humans do that have both ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:59
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop Grouping living things New

In this video students will learn about classification of all living organisms, including animals, bacteria and plants. It highlights how to identify different classes of animal according to their attributes, using examples of vertebrates and invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Teacher notes: You could get students to complete an activity on grouping other objects based on shared characteristics.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:41
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Ivy's Plant Shop The anatomy of the flower New

This video introduces the anatomy of the flower, including the receptacle, sepals, nectaries, carpel, stigma, style, ovary, stamen and petals. By describing the functions of each organ in a simple, scientific and entertaining manner, it allows the students to get a full overview of the flower. Teacher notes: You could get students to draw diagrams of a flower and label ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:25
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov New

This video introduces two Russian scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, working at Manchester University. They talk about the experiment they were carrying out when they accidentally discovered the process for extracting an amazing material called graphene in 2004. They talk about their scientific method and hypothesis, and how, by stripping away layers of graphite with strips of sticky tape, ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:18
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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