Let your children take control!
Teaching control needn't be scary. Take a look at some of the free resources on the web. They will inspire your children to explore control.
Create an angry birds game
Use scratch to create a simple game like angry birds. Download the scripts here. The sprites and sounds can be found here too.
Fed up with flowol?
A free resource to introduce early programming. It is suitable for upper KS2 and KS3. Simple to use once you know how - honest! See the potential here, then download the program here. Let children lead the way.
There are some task cards to download on the website, here. There is a scheme of work on the teachnet site here that may also be useful. I will add my own asap.
Kodu game lab
Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. Easy enough for older primary aged children. I have introduced it through a G&T afternoon. Help sheets can be found here, activities here though I would recommend having a play. You can do the tutorials online as well (as part of the download),which are simple to follow. It really is good fun - and you can make quite complex games. Lots of demos / show and tells on youtube, like this one. Check out our children's response to it here.
Kodu - Game of Thrones
You could create your very own Game of Thrones world with Kodu. Or maybe you are aNarnia fan?
Very similar to Scratch. I will review it asap. If you have played with it - let me know what you think.
Create your own zook (creature) and then enter tournaments with it. Mine still can't walk, let alone run! A great resource linked to the bbc, downloadable here.