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Logging in to ConquerComputing.com

To sign in to the ConquerComputing system click on the following link or type it into your browser’s address bar and press enter.
www.conquercomputing.com/portal/member

Enter your username (or email address associated with your account) where prompted, followed by your password on the following line and click on the ‘Login’ button. Should you forget your password you can reset it by clicking on the ‘Forgot password?’ link and following the instructions.

Tip: Remember to save the sign in page as a favourite in your browser to be able to quickly access the site in future.

Once you have logged in the Dashboard will be displayed (as shown). The Dashboard shows various tabs.

  • Members Area: This is where all resources available to you are accessed.
  • Reports: Hover over the Reports Tab to see there are History reports and Quiz reports available. Click either to select. Reports can be generated for teachers or individual students.
  • Add/Renew Subscription: If you wish to add Key Stages to your subscription or renew it this can be done here.
  • Manage Students: Here you can fully administer your students, including editing their Username, Password, their access to course years and curriculum content.
  • Profile: Here is where you can edit your profile details including name, email address, phone number, avatar and manage your password.
  • Helpdesk: Here is where you can submit a ‘ticket’ to us when you require support.

‘Your Membership Information’ states which resources are actively available to you. Your subscription information is also shown with the Key Stages you’ve subscribed to and the expiry date.
The final screen opposite shows the Members Area welcome screen with various linked options displayed in yellow.

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Members Area Navigation

The menu system is designed to help you quickly navigate through the years and units to individual lessons, quickly accessing the resources you need. The navigation menus flow from the left of your screen as you drill down through the levels to the lessons.

If you clicked on ‘Choose where to begin’ the menu will scroll in from the left showing Years 1 to 6.
If you clicked on ‘return to that lesson’ at the welcome screen you will go straight to your last lesson viewed.
If you clicked on ‘go to the next lesson’ at the welcome screen you will go straight to the lesson that follows your last lesson viewed.

From the Courses menu shown below:
Clicking on each year will take you to an overview of the units within that year.
Clicking on the units within each year will take you to a list of lessons that cover that subject.
Clicking on the individual lessons will take you to the list of resources for that lesson (shown on next page).

From there you can directly view, print and/or download the content to use as you see fit or as recommended in the guidance. The arrows below show a sample route from Courses through subjects to an individual lesson. The example continues on the next page.

Tip: use the vertical bars located on the right of the navigation menu and the ‘BACK’ button above the lists to speed up your navigation.

Lesson Plans

ConquerComputing lesson plans have been created to provide complete oversight and support for teaching each lesson. The lesson plans are accessed by clicking on the link usually found at the top of the list of resources within each lesson (see image below, left).

The content of the lesson plans is structured to provide the following information;

  • Objective: A simple statement outlining the lessons ‘Learning Outcomes’.
  • Assumptions: A summary of what the students are expected to already know regarding the subject.
  • Materials: A list of the necessary supporting materials to carry out the lesson (usually all contained within each lesson.
  • Vocabulary: A list of the important words that are going to be used in the lesson.
  • Definitions: A helpful reminder of definitions of words that the students may find problematic.
  • Student Groups: A guide to how the students can be organised to carry out tasks.
  • Summary: An overview of the content of the lesson.
  • Instruction: A detailed guide to carrying out the lesson, including the staging and timings.

Image 1, below, shows the resources list for the lesson selected. At the top of the screen links allow access the next or previous lesson. Clicking on the Lesson Plan will lead to the preview window shown in Image 2. Rate the lesson at the foot of the page.

Image 2 shows the preview window with the lesson plan on-screen and where to click to either print, download or display the document full-screen. Quick access other resources for the lesson from the list at the right of the screen by clicking on the resource you require.

Tip: Navigate quickly from lesson to lesson by clicking on the ‘Previous Lesson’ or ‘Next Lesson’ links at the top of the page

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Video tutorials

ConquerComputing video tutorials accompany most lessons, giving simple, direct instruction to teachers and students. The image opposite shows how the tutorials are displayed when the Video Tutorial link has been clicked.

At the foot of the tutorial window on the left there is the ‘play’ button followed by the length of the video in minutes and seconds. On the right side of the window volume control, resolution control and the full screen toggle button are located. You can click within the video slider to move to various positions within the video should you need to skip or re-watch parts of it.

Tip: Some videos will be suited to being watched by the whole class, whilst others may be best viewed individually with the use of headphones.

Worksheets

ConquerComputing worksheets are designed to be printed off and used as a handout in lessons. Some can be used by displaying them on your class whiteboard to save paper. They are simple and easy to follow when used in conjunction with the associated lesson plan.

Opposite is the first worksheet for the lesson. Once again, a document can be viewed on screen as shown or full-screen. They can also be printed directly or downloaded as a pdf. The controls for these functions are located at the top right of the viewing window.

Tip: Some worksheets may contain links to sites used within the lesson. These are clickable to save you time typing in the text.

Tip: Some worksheets are worth printing and laminating to get extended use out of them.

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File Downloads

ConquerComputing file downloads are accessed by clicking on the ‘File Download’ icon on the right side of the screen.

Once clicked a file download pop up will appear. Depending upon the web browser used various formats of download pop-up will appear.

The four most popular browser download pop-ups are represented opposite. These are (clockwise from top-left) Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

Simply follow the instructions shown for your browser to save or directly open the files.

Most downloads in ConquerComputing are for use in conjunction with Scratch.

If you opt to ‘Open’ the file it will open in the Scratch offline editor (which must have been downloaded and installed on the PC you are using).

If you opt to ‘Save file’ you can save it to any location on your PC and then either double-click on it to open it up in Scratch offline editor or open it in Scratch online editor by clicking on ‘File’ and ‘Upload from your computer’.

Saved files can also be distributed freely to your students through shared folders on your school’s network and via email or flash drives.

Tip: Your school’s IT administrator may need to adjust your settings to allow downloads from ConquerComputing as a trusted site.

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Quizzes

ConquerComputing quizzes are currently in development.

The quizzes are automatically marked and full reports for each attempt by any ConquerComputing user are stored in our database. The reports are accessed in the teacher admin area.

Students can also access their own reports showing their attempts with correct answers highlighted.

Quizzes are easy to understand and interact with. They work by clicking a selection on screen or tapping on a touch screen.

Sample questions are shown on this page.

New quizzes are being added all the time and are accessed by selecting the final lesson in each unit.

Software used with ConquerComputing.com

To successfully integrate curriculum content your School computers require supporting software applications to be installed. All are freeware so there are no hidden costs.. Here we offer guidance and links to help speed up the installation process, ensuring that your teaching of computing can progress without interruption.

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch can be used through an online editor or by downloading and installing an offline editor. We recommend using the offline version, available for download at https://scratch.mit.edu/download. Full instructions are on this webpage for installing on Mac/Windows/Linux.

Word and Excel are often pre-installed on many Windows based computers and most schools will already have access to these two programs. If you don’t have them on your system you can install for free (PC or Mac) by signing up at the following web address: https://products.office.com/en-GB/student/office-in-education?tab=teachers

Adobe Reader is the free global standard for viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents. All lesson plans, worksheets & templates in ConquerComputing are downloadable in PDF format. You can download the latest version for Windows/Mac at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Paint.NET is a free raster graphics editor program image and photo editing software for PCs that runs on Windows. Download Paint.NET at https://www.getpaint.net/. If your school has Macs we recommend Pinta.net. Download Pinta.net at https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/

MSWLogo is a Logo-based programming environment intended for educational purposes. The one big plus of Logo, is that it’s remarkably easy to learn. It’s a great introduction to programming for students. You can download MSWLogo at https://mswlogo.en.softonic.com/

Kodu is a programming environment created by Microsoft. It runs on Xbox 360 and Windows. Kodu lets anyone build their own games, without writing a single line of code. It can be downloaded at https://www.kodugamelab.com/. Mac users would have to run a Windows emulator such as ‘Boot Camp’ to be able to use Kodu. Boot Camp is available here: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/boot-camp

MIT App Inventor allows newcomers to computer programming to create software applications for the Android operating system (OS). It uses a graphical interface, similar to Scratch. It can be downloaded at http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/windows.html. Like Scratch it can be also be accessed through an online editor at the following address: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/boot-camp

Notepad++ is a free source code editor which runs under the MS Windows environment. It can be downloaded at https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v7.5.1.html. Should your school have Mac computers the alternative we recommend is Brackets, available here: http://brackets.io/

7zip is a free utility program to extract the contents of compressed files. Some ConquerComputing image file downloads are contained in zipped files. If your PCs are not running Windows 10 you may need this to extract the imagery. 7-Zip is available to download at http://www.7-zip.org/download.html. The alternative we recommend for Mac computers is Keka: http://www.kekaosx.com/en/

Websites used with ConquerComputing.com

The following websites may need to be unblocked by your IT administrator so that your teachers and students can access the full content of the ConquerComputing Curriculum. Whilst you may well be very familiar with some of the sites listed links are provided here for ease of access.

In order to access our resources you obviously will need to be able to visit our website. Link: http://www.conquercomputing.com/

As mentioned on the previous page Scratch is available as an online editor as well as an offline editor (which we recommend). Link: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=home

There are several videos that are linked to from the ConquerComputing lesson plans which are hosted on YouTube. Link: https://www.youtube.com/

Vimeo is used to stream our embedded video tutorials. There should be no issue with the streaming service being blocked but if you are seeing issues with the streaming of our video tutorials it may well be that Vimeo needs to be unblocked. Link: https://vimeo.com/

The BBC’s website is used on several occasions to highlight copyright permissions and exceptions. Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/

Google Junior Safe Search is a search engine for kids that provides a safe web and image search. It is very unlikely that you will have issues accessing it. Link: https://www.juniorsafesearch.com/

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool. It’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system in existence today. Link: https://wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

Think Safe is a website providing information for young people, teachers and agencies regarding safety in various settings. Link: http://www.juniorcitizen.org.uk/kids/

Brain Pop Jr is an animated Educational Site for Kids – Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology. Link: https://jr.brainpop.com/

Openclipart is a community and collection of vector clip art that is free content. The project’s slogan is, “Openclipart is the largest community of artists making the best free original clipart for you to use for absolutely any reason.” Link: https://openclipart.org/

Photoshop Disasters. A site used in one lesson showing bad Photoshopping. Link: http://www.photoshopdisasters.com/