I'm the Resource and E-Learning teacher at Redeemer Lutheran School in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. We are an ELC -to Year 7 school with over 450 students. I completed the Foundations Course earlier this year and have subsequently conducted two staff meetings with our staff about Digital Technologies and Coding. I am looking forward to learning more in this area.
Hi all. I completed the F-6 MOOC a couple of years ago and I am now redoing it whilst supporting some of the staff at my current school. They are enjoying the journey and we are all dedicated to implementing Dig Tech into our classrooms. I am completing the 'Extended' MOOC to broaden my knowledge and to assist other teachers in implementing DT across the curriculum. I am looking forward to new learning and would love to network with others around the Hobart area.
Hi everyone, I'm teaching Prep to Grade 4 and looking for ways to integrate DigTech from Kindergarten to Grade 10. I'm learning as I go, so these MOOCs are proving to be really useful! Thanks!
One of the only things I remember doing with computers in school (back in the Dark Ages) was Turtle maths. It looks like Turtle maths (or turtle-like task programs) still exists – which makes me happy!
For maths, a challenge could be posed to Year 3-4 students to program Turtle in such a way that he draws a pentagon, a hexagon, etc. In this way, students are experimenting with and exploring degrees of angles and sums of angles. This leads to further lessons connecting polygons with sums of angles.
In an integrated Christian Studies and English unit, I have had students create models of the Old Testament Tabernacle and then act as 'tour guides', showing visitors around their virtual tabernacle. The students built the tabernacle physically or on Minecraft this past year. Next year, I might have students put pictures up in ScratchJr and have a Sprite narrate through the tour of the tabernacle. #cserTask2
I played with Blocky maze and LOVED it. I can see how the use of pairs (with one as navigator and one as driver, and with ground rules in place) can really facilitated problem solving and computational thinking. #cserTask1
I'm Janet Abercrombie, Head of Junior School in the Western Suburbs. The Junior School staff have taken either the Foundation or the Extended course. I'm picking them up a few days late. The Foundation course helped me fill in come gaps in understanding technology. I'm looking forward to learning more through the extended course.
Digital Tech and Math #cserTask3
Students have used Scratch Jr for a Term and are familiar with how to program simple events.
Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively (ACTDIP003)
Lesson 1 – Exploring numbers 1 to 10
Children will draw a sprite relating to the number on different pages in ScratchJr. e.g 1 cat, 2 dogs
Lesson 2 – Programming objects
Children will now use the programming blocks to …
I read the book The Gingerbread man to Yrs 1-3. We then worked together on the IWB to write out the sequences in the story. The children then had to choose 2 sequences in the story and produce it in Scratch Jr on the ipads. They had to ensure that they also used coding – movement, shrinking, disappearing, repeat and voice They also had to draw their own backgrounds.
I have already tried visual programming, Daisy Dinosaur, Scratch Jr, Scratch and Code.org and can't get enough of it. So I have tried a variety of different ways for the children to pair program, the most popular one is
1. Buddy class. The older children take the drivers seat and the younger children are the navigators. The older children have been very patient and have also learnt from the younger children.
2. Videoing the lesson with Ipad. One child does the programming e.g Scratch Jr and the other videos what they are doing. At the end of the task…