Computer Science FX eBook (formally known as The Conjurer’s Classroom) is a collection of creative workshops that combine the art of magic with key principles of computer science to engage learners and develop skills in computational thinking.
Building upon the natural curiosity of “How do you do that?” each workshop is designed around well-structured enquiry to encourage engagement and make meaning from direct experience. Computer Science FX promotes enquiry based learning that is enjoyable, challenging and insightful.
Solving magic tricks is about computational thinking and performing magic tricks encourages interaction, self-confidence, concentration and empathy. Computer Science FX uses experiential learning to discover the scientific principles at work whilst also developing skills in computational creativity.
All workshops are supported with suggested activities, learning intentions, links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, tips on presentation and detailed analysis of the scientific principles at work. They have been designed to incorporate a variety of teaching methodologies and inspire inter-disciplinary learning.
By combining ideas from magic and computer science, learners can enjoy rich, relevant and memorable learning experiences.
Computer Science FX packs small and plays big!
21st CENTURY FX is a collection of entertaining workshops designed to encourage innovation and creativity in education. Each course is designed around the FLUMMIX® LEARNING FX™ SYSTEM which is the magical method applied to the discovery learning process. It builds upon well-structured enquiry to encourage engagement and make meaning from direct experience.
Solving magic tricks is about computational thinking and performing magic tricks encourages interaction, self-confidence, concentration and empathy. Self-working magic tricks are the perfect platform for developing a wide range of skills including problem solving, creativity and higher order thinking.
By giving the learner the opportunity to explore the processes involved, the 21st CENTURY FX courses encourage learning over a range of contexts. They are designed to prepare students for the future and jobs of tomorrow by combining skills based learning with key areas of the curriculum, in a magical way!
The FLUMMIX® LEARNING FX™ SYSTEM actively promotes enquiry based learning that is insightful, challenging, enjoyable and most importantly, memorable!
SKILLS FOR LEARNING, LIFE & WORK FX is an entertaining and informative course that focuses on decision making, planning and creativity. This course has been designed to develop 21st century skills that can be applied to real life applications. Learner can solve problems, communicate and collaborate with others whilst thinking creatively and working creatively with technology.
INTERNET LITERACY FX aims to develop knowledge and understanding about the dangers faced online whilst also providing sufficient information to allow you to make informed choices. This creative and innovative course is designed to develop practical and presentational skills that can be applied to internet safety, staying in control, cyber bullying and location services.
NUMERACY FX brings numbers, creative presentation and magical processes to life. This course has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding of basic numeracy and practical skills that can be applied through presentation. These practical skills may then be applied by the learner to solve computational problems, communicate and collaborate with others whilst thinking creatively and working creatively with others.
Each course is a collection of units. Each unit can be studied individually or collectively as a full course. All units have learning outcomes and supporting activities that are brought together by the learning of a magic trick. The comprehensive lesson plan for each unit is provided as a PDF download.
Computer Science FX – I can’t recommend this book highly enough. The magic tricks are an excellent ‘grab’ to get pupils’ attention and the computer science is woven intelligently throughout, clearly mapped to outcomes and experiences. I have already used the 4 aces trick to get pupils writing pseudo code and using ‘IF’ statements which they are far more engaged with than traditional methods. Magic is a great motivator for pupils, and you don’t need any sleight of hand in order to perform these tricks. Everything is clearly explained in the book which I am certain I will use again and again. A great buy!By ChopperComputing Teacher