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…
Hi everyone, I'm new to digital technologies but really looking forward to up skilling myself and learning lots from the children.
Have finished the course … so now what? Have added my links where I have had to…. So now what? Hoping to hear from someone soon! #cserCompleted #DoneandDusted
Digital Tech and Math #cserTask 3
Students have played games in Scratch and are familiar with it as consumers.
The goal of this is for the students to demonstrate their knowledge of shapes through using the blocking code of Scratch.
Lesson 1 – Exploring simple 2D shapes and their properties
Lesson 2 – Understanding the properties of shapes and using that knowledge to move an object around a grid in their math books recording the steps to create the…
We recently celebrate Children's Book Week and as we were also exploring Scratch + Flowcharts some of the Year 4 classes combined the two. Our school uses the UbD model to write our inquiry programs. The students explored the CBC Shortlisted books and in their Pair Programming Partners analyse the book, develop a flowchart and then create a Scratch project about it.
Something that I have used in a year 4/5 class has been working in partners to unpack block programmed activities
Student are familiar with programming language eg integer
Students have explored Scratch.
What you will need:
Pair Programming rules
Flowchart cut out shapes and arrows that are laminated
White boards and markers
What to do:
Decide who is the driver and who is the navigator and go through the procedures
They are presented with the flowchart shapes and are challenged to explore their meanings