There are two ways I would like to use the information from the Math and Digital Tech lesson. One is with the staff so that I could show them how what they do in the classroom could be so easily adapted to the tools and resources of Digital Tech. The other is with students. Every student is learning math, most students love playing games all need to learn digital technology. So in the context of wanting to make digital technology meaningful for all students I would have students create a game using scratch that aligned with any math they might be doing. I would use Scratch for grade 3 to 6 and think that if they have the choice of which kind of math to do, then they will be confident with that while they learn how to create an interesting game.
Lesson 1 – Explore and enjoy existing games, making a note of what they like in these games and what could be better.
Lesson 2 – Choose a math concept that you understand and make a list of math equations. Begin to build a Scratch game to allow practice and testing of this math concept.
Lesson 3 – Share these games with peers and make changes as needed.
Lesson 4 – Can I improve my game? Make changes and share games with other students and teachers to see how math can be practiced and knowledge demonstrated in a digital context.
Here is a game I created this afternoon as an example. I have work to do to make it more interesting, but this is something students would enjoy doing, adding their own personality to it.
The curriculum content would be specific to the math in the year level they are in. Digital Tech curriculum focus would be:
Implement simple digital solutions as visual programs with algorithms involving branching (decisions) and user input (ACTDIP011 – Scootle )
Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input (ACTDIP020 – Scootle )
These are just a taste of the possible links and there are many more, especially through media arts and further digital steps.
Scratch – Multiplication Madness scratch.mit.edu
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