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Software for a "branching story" ks2 computing topic and programmable hardware

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by laup, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. laup

    laup New commenter

    Hi

    I want to do a ks2 "branching story" project whereby students write and program their own fictional story and the reader chooses the next step via a series of options (i.e. open door, turn left, turn right). Can anybody recommend a suitable piece of software?

    I am also after some programmable hardware / robots to use in the classroom (far more advanced than beebot), for example i have looked at

    Sphero-

    http://www.sphero.com/Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    Paul

    Paul
     
  2. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    text adventure game - just use Scratch.

    BTW programming a game of this sort is one of the dullest most tedious tasks imaginable ( I spent far too much of my time earning a crust doing just that many moons ago) - but each to his own

    Turtles - any turtle just goes forward back left right some beep some flash a light - that's it. If you are expecting your charges to program some sort of maze solving program - expect again

    There's loads of sphero type things about, the big question is how long wit ll they last in a classroom - I'd give the spehro 1 or 2 lessons and you can buy 3 or 4 beebots for the cost of one sphero

    Just use the Beebots (other programmable floor turtles are available)
     
  3. laup

    laup New commenter

    Many thanks for that.

    The branching story topic is a short programming topic (for students to experience a different ftype of programming software / format) within the context of using espresso for making simple aracde apps. Do you have an alternative suggestion or can you suggest a variation on the theme?

    Thanks again.
     

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