BTEC Information and Creative Technology

I spent Friday on a Person/Edexcel course: Getting Ready to Teach BTEC Firsts 2012: in Information & Creative Technology.

The Pearson representative at the event stressed that all the information shared was already in the public domain. So, in a similar spirit here are my raw notes straight out of the Evernote notebook (iPad predictive typos and all 🙂

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Triple Filter Test

From Jess’ assembly today on rumour and gossip…

One day, a student came up to the great philosopher.  “Socrates, I have just heard some news about one of your friends.”  he excitedly exclaimed.

“Before you tell me this news, we need to make sure that it passes the triple filter test,” responded Socrates.

“What’s the triple filter test?” the man asked.

“The first test is that of truth.  Tell me, do you know that what you’re going to tell me is absolutely true?”  asked Socrates.

After thinking for a moment, the man said, “I heard this news from someone else, so I’m not 100% sure if it’s true.”

“The second test is that of goodness,” Socrates continued, “Is what you’re about to tell me something good?”

“No, actually it’s the opposite…”

Socrates interrupted the man, “So what you’re going to tell me is neither true, nor good?”

The man was slightly embarrassed and shrugged his shoulders.

Socrates continued, “There is one final test which is usefulness.  Is what you’re about to tell me going to be useful?”

“Probably not,” the man replied.

“Well, if you’re going to tell me something that’s not true, good or useful, then why tell me at all?” responded the philosopher.

The internet appears to be split on whether the original source was Socrates or some other wise bod.

Fizz Buzz

@danielstucke asked for little programming tasks around conditionals and loops.

I suggested the Fizz Buzz challenge.

is a group word game frequently encountered as a drinking game. Players take turns to count incrementally, replacing any number divisible by three with the word “fizz”, and any number divisible by five with the word “buzz”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizz_buzz

Before reading on, try it. Go on, write some code that plays Fizz Buzz.

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