My year 1/2's have began course 1 of code studio on code.org. This resource is a progressive, fun and engaging way to introduce young students to coding. I have used a few strategies to assist students; pair programming – one student is the driver (controls mouse) other student directs the driver. I also used an 'ask three before me' policy, students must ask 3 other teams before asking myself and finally we …
Hi everyone – Gillian Manning here. I completed the first course quite a while back and am looking forward to sharing ideas and refreshing and building on my knowledge of the Digital Technologies Curriculum.
I would use the Berenstain Bears story 'The Spooky Old Tree' to get students to create algorithm activities related to the story of where the bears travel on their spooky adventure. Maps could be created and used to program Bee-bots or Blue-bots around to accompany the story. Students could also create their own 'Choose – your- own adventure' with flow charts to give options of what would happen to the bears if they made different choices, e.g. where they go if they don't go up the stair etc.
I would get students to experiment with the Blue-bots to program their names, or create a short Blue-bot message for others to read using the alphabet mat. This gives students opportunity to practice programming skills. Students could create their own mats, take a photograph with an iPad using the Blue-bot app then code the Blue-bot to remotely follow …
I had a fun time experimenting with the Blockly activities first. I completed the puzzle and several stages of Maze, Bird, Turtle, Pond Tutor and Pond. I was good at the early levels but found my own thinking really stretched when the coding steps became more complex. I also enjoyed viewing the introduction videos on the CS First site. I will definitely use these resources with students (and I can guarantee they will be much better at the coding than me!)
I completed the Foundation course last year and found it really improved my understanding of Digital technologies. I am interested to see what is in the extension course.
I have developed a short sequence of lessons that integrates learning about Digital Technologies, Mathematics and Geography for Year 3 students. The lesson sequence is described on the website I am currently creating about teaching Data concepts in the Primary Digital Technologies curriculum. The resources required to use this lesson sequence with students are linked to this webpage, as well as in the webpage I have created and used with my students. As I am still developing my "Dabbling in Data" website, I would be excited to hear other ideas for teachi…
Digital Technologies and Maths- Navigation and Position with Beebot, creating a sequence of directions, debugging and understanding of how instructions for computers differ to instructions for humans.
1. Looking at maps, review key vocabulary and how to explain directions and movement.
2. Using the school ground, in small groups, students to create a set of directions for another group to follow to find a specific location. Swap instructions and work through. Did you find the right location? Why/why not? What problems did you find? How could we fix thes…
"I have already tried visual programming" – Option 2 – Create a teaching and learning resource
I decided to put together all the AMAZING information from this section of the MOOC into a teaching and learning resource I could use with either teachers or my Grade 5/6 students. It takes learners through the basic ideas and has links to videos that support each section. It is just a start, and I would break the presentation into a few parts (don't want to overwhelm anyone!) but it is handy to have it all in the same spot 🙂
Lesson Idea- Have a look at the structure of Choose your own Adventure books. Get students to think about the best way for them to go about writing their own story. Using a flowchart, plan out the different paths for the stories and see where they link together or where they could loop back to certain points.
Write the story- thinking about the structure of narratives (BME) and making sure the story is exciting with action. Students to learn how to hyperlink in PowerPoint and then write their story each slide as a page. They will then need to create the pa…