the 50p bunny is all ears

This is the big blue bunny rabbit that our children spotted whilst on holiday in Dorset. It was for sale for the quite reasonable price of 50p. After some debate over who would be making the purchase, he was presently in the bag /  saved from landfill / one of the family.

The parting words of the stall holder rang in my ears, a clarion call to action: “you can connect your phone to it and stuff”

what stuff I wondered. What might it be capable of?

A google later and I had the app. The connection was made to the bunny but there was another connection to make, this time to a news story:

theregister.co.uk/2017/03/01/cloudpets_woes_worsen_mics_can_be_pwned/

oh dear. The batteries were swiftly removed.

Now in the depths of winter I have taken the final step to remedy matters for my son to enjoy his improbably treasured bunny:

 

and sew it ends!

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Picademy

A full weekend of study at Bath University. Being presented with the opportunities and the potential of Raspberry Pi by those who know it best. My thanks to Dan, Mark, Laura and Alan for an amazing time.

 

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Radio Phone

Dad loved this phone. I used to get in trouble for borrowing it. Before there were “cordless” phones and well before many people had mobile phones, this was an early “I’m in the garden” device.!

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Plickers in Science

Popping into a Year 7 Science lesson I was perplexed to find all the pupils elevating laminated symbols above their heads as their teacher held her phone up to scan the scene.

The data promptly appeared on the white board at the front. This was my first taste of Plickers in action – now I am keen to give it a go!

 

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1998, a starter

The wonderfully talented Year 13 A Level Computer Science class that I teach weren’t quite sure what to make of my scrawled starter question: what happened in 1998?

They made some great suggestions (considering that this occurred comprehensively before their birth!), but what I remember of 1998  is that the idea started to formulate in my mind that not everyone was going to grasp what computers were all about in time to join the rapidly approaching Twenty First Century.

Flickernet arrived in December 1999.

Twenty years on it is clear to me that the need for Computer Education, in all its forms, is as urgent today as it was back then.

 

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Washroom Screen

There is something fascinating  revealed on those rare occasions when computer hardware (here at Heathrow) reveals what it is really thinking.!

 

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