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“I firmly believe you can’t be what you can’t see.”

“Bluebell is in a disadvantaged area, and when I have kids come in from similar areas, I always tell them where I’m from. And they’re like, ‘No, you’re not!’” she says. “Because to them, seeing someone from Bluebell working at Microsoft is a big deal. And I just hope that they think, ‘If she works here, I can work here.’”

After a recent class, a student thanked Amanda and told her that she’d only seen men code before. The chance to code alongside other girls was something she’d never imagined.

“That was a ‘whoa’ moment for me.” Amanda pauses and then sighs with disappointment. “Of course, I know the statistics about women in the tech industry. But to actually have a student say that made the reality and the impact so much more real.”

In the next year, Amanda hopes to reach more students through DreamSpace by traveling to rural areas, training more teachers, and even creating mini-DreamSpace environments at schools—colorful and comfortable corners within classrooms where students can learn together.A woman laughs while two younger women look at a computer screen and point. They are having fun learning.

“I firmly believe you can’t be what you can’t see,” Amanda says.

“I want to show students that it doesn’t matter where you live. It’s doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter what your parents do. You can do this; it’s possible for you.”

*****

Back at Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Amanda hugs her former coworkers good-bye and heads out of her old science lab. As her hand swipes an empty student desk, she thinks lovingly about the past. She loves what she does now—growing her own skills in new ways—but she’ll always remember where she came from.

Making her way to the exit, Amanda walks past the front office receptionist—a new employee who didn’t work there when Amanda was a teacher at the school.

“Hello, I’m Amanda. I used to teach here.”

“Hmm. What do you do now?” the receptionist asks, assuming Amanda has left the vocation as well as the school.

“Oh, I still teach,” she says, her face lighting up with pride. “But now, I’m a teacher at Microsoft.”

*****

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For Sale – Lenovo desktop £80

Making some room for a gaming PC so selling one of the kids’ homework PCs. It’s a Lenovo H50-50 with G3260, 8GB, new 120GB SSD, WiFi card.

In very good cosmetic condition (still has some of the plastic protection film). If you are local you can have the monitor (think 17″ or 19″) for free.

Location
bristol
Price and currency
£80
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I have no preference
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Payment method
BT, cash

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For Sale – Lenovo desktop

Making some room for a gaming PC so selling one of the kids’ homework PCs. It’s a Lenovo H50-50 with G3260, 8GB, new 120GB SSD, WiFi card.

In very good cosmetic condition (still has some of the plastic protection film). If you are local you can have the monitor (think 17″ or 19″) for free.

Location
bristol
Price and currency
£110
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I have no preference
Advertised elsewhere?
Advertised elsewhere
Payment method
BT, cash

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For Sale – Low end CPU/mobo/ram bundle

Just upgraded the kids backroom PC to FM4 so it’s time to get rid of this old one.
It’s well under the minimum standards for 2018 gaming, but will great for a media center PC, web browsing, or some older games.

It’s an AMD A4 5300 apu, 8GB (2x4GB) of Corsair Vengence 1600 and an ASRock FM2A55M-DGS motherboard.
I also comes with the massive fan because it has custom backplate holders and you can’t fit a regular standard HS.

I’ll clean off as much dust as possible, but I’ve not got a can of air so it won’t be 100%.

£45 delivered, payment via bank transfer.
Thanks for looking

Solar

Price and currency: £45
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Location: Nottingham
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For Sale – Low end CPU/mobo/ram bundle

Just upgraded the kids backroom PC to FM4 so it’s time to get rid of this old one.
It’s well under the minimum standards for 2018 gaming, but will great for a media center PC, web browsing, or some older games.

It’s an AMD A4 5300 apu, 8GB (2x4GB) of Corsair Vengence 1600 and an ASRock FM2A55M-DGS motherboard.
I also comes with the massive fan because it has custom backplate holders and you can’t fit a regular standard HS.

I’ll clean off as much dust as possible, but I’ve not got a can of air so it won’t be 100%.

£45 delivered, payment via bank transfer.
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Payment method: BT
Location: Nottingham
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For Sale – Low end CPU/mobo/ram bundle

Just upgraded the kids backroom PC to FM4 so it’s time to get rid of this old one.
It’s well under the minimum standards for 2018 gaming, but will great for a media center PC, web browsing, or some older games.

It’s an AMD A4 5300 apu, 8GB (2x4GB) of Corsair Vengence 1600 and an ASRock FM2A55M-DGS motherboard.
I also comes with the massive fan because it has custom backplate holders and you can’t fit a regular standard HS.

I’ll clean off as much dust as possible, but I’ve not got a can of air so it won’t be 100%.

£45 delivered, payment via bank transfer.
Thanks for looking

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Location: Nottingham
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How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books

How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books

Ever wanted to explore Treasure Island or pretend to be Robinson Crusoe? Minecraft is now being used to create an ‘immersive experience’ to engage reluctant readers – we see how it plays out




Minecraft of resources … Litcraft’s Treasure Island.
Illustration: Lancaster University

Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1881 classic Treasure Island tells of Jim Hawkins’s adventures on board the Hispaniola, as he and his crew – along with double-crossing pirate Long John Silver – set out to find Captain Flint’s missing treasure on Skeleton Island. Now, more than a century later, children can try and find it themselves, with the bays and mountains of Stevenson’s fictional island given a blocky remodelling in Minecraft, as part of a new project aimed at bringing reluctant readers to literary classics.

From Spyglass Hill to Ben Gunn’s cave, children can explore every nook and cranny of Skeleton Island as part of Litcraft, a new partnership between Lancaster University and Microsoft, which bought the game for $2.5bn (£1.9bn) in 2015 and which is now played by 74 million people each month. The Litcraft platform uses Minecraft to create accurate scale models of fictional islands: Treasure Island is the first, with Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom just completed and many others planned.

While regular Minecraft is rife with literary creations – the whole of George RR Martin’s sprawling setting for Game of Thrones, Westeros, has been created in its entirety, as have several different Hogwarts – Litcraft is not all fun and games, being peppered with educational tasks that aim to re-engage reluctant readers with the book it is based on. Lead researcher and head of Lancaster University’s English and creative writing department, Professor Sally Bushell, calls it “an educational model that connects the imaginative spatial experience of reading the text to an immersive experience in the game world”.

An example of Minecraft’s flexibility – users have recreated entire literary worlds, like JK Rowling’s Hogwarts.

She says, of the Litcraft Treasure Island: “We hope it will motivate reluctant readers – we can say, ‘We’re going to read the book and then at one point, we’ll go play on the ship.’ I would have loved it as a kid. It is an empathetic task – you do what the characters did yourself, so you understand why they act they way they did in the book.”

The Treasure Island “level” has been extensively road-tested by children such as Dylan, whose school is set to adopt Litcraft in 2019. “It’s really fun,” he says. “I enjoyed it because I’ve read the book, but you have to follow rules in that. In games, you can explore. Now I know exactly what the book looked like.”

What did he like most? “I like that you get to see the pictures. You don’t have to make them in your head. And I liked the ship, Ben Gunn’s cave and the parrots. And there was that weird pig that kept jumping off that cliff. That wasn’t in the book!” (“That was a game glitch,” says Bushell).

The project, which is featured on Microsoft’s Minecraft.edu website, is currently being presented to school teachers and librarians across the UK. There has been “an enthusiastic response” to the trials under way in local schools, with plans to roll Litcraft out to libraries in Lancashire and Leeds from October 2018.

Dylan, like many nine-year-olds, enjoys books but is more enthusiastic when talking about Minecraft, which he does with the casual expertise that many children have with their favourite games. He’s already made his own Hunger Games world in Minecraft at home, but couldn’t get some of his traps to work.

This know-how seems to both frighten and impress less tech-savvy adults – which Bushell hopes will not deter schools from adopting it. “The kids know how to do it more than the teachers do,” she says. “It inverts the relationship: you’ve got kids who know more than the adults. You need quite confident teachers. They’re more worried about it. I want to say, ‘Don’t be worried, because all your eight-year-olds will know how to do this.’”

Libraries are particularly interested in the possibilities of multiplayer, Bushell says, adding that one of the future projects will be Lord of the Flies: “In that case, you want all the kids in there playing out a scenario and asking philosophical questions. We hope they do some reading, then play the game, then do some empathetic writing based on what they did in there.”

The Kensuke’s Kingdom map, based on Morpurgo’s story of a boy washed up alone, is particularly aimed at engaging reluctant readers and has just been completed. “The library resources we are putting together include audio and in-game reading and writing as well as graphic novels as a step to the full text,” said Bushell. “The resources are designed to encourage them to either return to or connect with the book through the immersive experience.”

Bushell said more literary Minecraft islands will follow. “Treasure Island is the first world for Minecraft.edu but they anticipate a series – most likely, the next will be The Swiss Family Robinson, The Tempest and Robinson Crusoe,” Bushell says. A recreation of Dante’s Inferno, with a map for each level of hell, is also in development.

But what book does Dylan hope to see next? “The Hunger Games,” he says with no hesitation. “A proper one.”

Dell i7 920, W10, 128Gb SSD, 500Gb, 6Gb, 20″ Monitor

Need a computer for the kids or the office? Look no further as this is a complete system, with everything you need to get you started and so much faster than a standard desktop due to the SSD. For sale as a package only.

A Dell Studio XPS 435mt configured with the following:

Intel Core i7-920 @ 2.67GHz
6Gb DDR3 Crucial RAM
ATI Radeon 4550
OCZ Agility 3 128Gb SSD
Samsung 500Gb SATA HDD
Optiarc SATA CD/DVD Reader/Writer
Wifi Card
Multi Card Reader
MS Intellimouse
Dell Keyboard
Samsung…

Dell i7 920, W10, 128Gb SSD, 500Gb, 6Gb, 20″ Monitor

Nvidia GTX 1080 FE nearly new

Basically brand new, installed, but is complete overkill for the kids.
Was advertised previously, now price reduced for a quick sale, it’s been hanging around, and I need to sell it.

It’s immaculate, boxed, all as new.

Any questions, shout up!

Priced at £490 including delivery.

Price and currency: 490
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG, poss BT, cash on collect.
Location: Northallerton
Advertised elsewhere?: Not…

Nvidia GTX 1080 FE nearly new

Windows 10 laptop, cheap for kids

Afternoon all.

I’m after a cheap Windows 10 laptop to run Minecraft and get the kids to learn coding (looking at www.codekingdoms.com if anyone has any reviews).

From refurbished prices on eBay, I’m looking at spending around £150.

Anyone anything sat doing nothing?

Thanks.

Location: Doncaster

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