This task uses Persuasive Texts in English along with algorithms and branching. Students use Fables to demonstrate the sequence of events (they may use cards, type, story board) then make suggestions as to what might happen if a character made a different decision, and show how branching would occur in the sequence. They then use one of these alternative decisions and demonstrate the result using Scratch. They may also like to create images of t…
I’ve spent a bit of time using Sphero’s Lightning Lab app to control my SPRK robot, but I’m now working backwards in complexity by exploring ScratchJr (so I can support early childhood pre-service teachers in using it for the first time). As a precursor to using ScratchJr, the following activity will be considered to explain the key programming statements used in ScratchJr. Note this is not as explicit as it could be, but connects to the process of decomposition (pre-task using LuidChart) and abstraction (using multiple pages in Scratch are required and therefore …
I first experienced code whilst trying to work out how I could teach it to my Grade 2 class. We used Daisy the Dinosaur as an introduction and Scratch JR to give students the opportunity to create their own code. I found students really enjoyed the experience and we learnt together. Students worked on individual iPads, but were inevitably sharing their ideas and helping each other solve problems.
I just had a go on Blocky Games and I tried both Maze and Turtle. They were both a lot of fun and surprisingly challenging in places. I think both could be great t…
Hi, I am Alice and I work in a School in the western suburbs of Melbourne. I currently teach Year 5 and want to develop a stronger understanding of the Digital Technologies Curriculmn and how I can better teach my students to be prepared for the digital world!
I a primary and middle teacher at Wilderness School in Adelaide. Looking forward to learning more and playing around with the online activities. I have a basic knowledge of coding and I am happy to pick up new skills or programs if anybody has suggestions.
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Hi All! I'm Jane Ellem and I am a self confessed Edtech Geek! Passionate about Design Thinking and inquiry based learning. Based in the NT at a primary school as their Learning Coach and all things Edtechy along with various other roles. Have just returned from a 2 year teaching stint overseas as a Technology Integration Coach. Looking forward to getting stuck into this MOOC and getting to know you all!
Hi, I'm Steven. I am the Project Officer for WA. I am excited about working with teachers across the state, supporting you with the Digital Technologies curriculum and the CSER MOOC. If I can support you in any way, please get in touch.
Hi all. I fell into digital technologies a few years ago through having a play with some coding in my upper primary class and now find myself as a specialist technology teacher across the whole school. Really looking forward to getting stuck into the Extended MOOC and seeing what others are up to.
I am lucky to be part of a team working at Wilderness School on the Extended course. It is fabulous to be able to learn more about the digital tech curriculum. I currently teach Year One and look forward to experimenting with the knowledge and ideas from this course.
For Task 1, I tried the Blockly Maze. I am a newcomer to coding, but I surprised myself by doing quite well right up till the last maze. I enjoyed the challenges of trying to apply the logical thought processes to solving the problems (I love doing puzzles of all sorts) but found the last maze very frustrating. We are currently rejigging our 7-8 ICDT program at school and having a range of practical activities at different levels is great. Mind you, I think the kids would beat me hands down!!