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…
Visual Programming- Blockly
I have experience with coding using a few different programs however I haven't really used Blockly before. I had a go at both the Maze and Turtle Challenges and found it was a great way to practise decisions and loops. Some of the levels were quite challenging and required some debugging to get right. This would be a great task to practise directions and/or angles the classroom, particularly with the Turtle challenge as you need to know the size of angles to get the lines in the correct spots.
I was thinking you could create board games and use dice to explore the command tools in scratch. I made one in photo shop. Students could create their own and make board games to go with them. This would support learning the language of programming in an unplugged way. I downloaded the scratch blocks as png files from the MIT website. They could be printed off and used with students to create offline and unplugged games.
What do you think?
What year level – I was thinking middle to upper primary?
Hi I am Karen and I am running myself through the Extensions course.
#cser Unit 4
Maths Connections –
I found this site filled with great games and activities that can be easily used either as an introduction to making such a game or presentation. For example with "Alien Cookbook" I particularly like the way the ingredients were used up in 25gm or 50 mls increments promoting addition and…
I have found that Spheros and NXT robotics are excellent pieces of equipment to meet Digital Technolgies and Maths outcomes with classes. Stage 2 children have been asked to programme a Sphero to create a 2D shape – Stage 3 students take this a step further and programme an NXT robot to navigate a course; stop at a pedestrian crossing for a few seconds and reverse park in a garage. Lots of conversations, thinking & calculations going on there.
I have also started to create some documents which give examples of where robotics can be used (K-6) to address Ma…
#cser unit3 English connections + Digital Connections
I really enjoy using picture books with young children to introduce issues around wellbeing, safety or citizenship etc and would use Johnny Appleseed next time I get a chance . There are several versions that range in level of understanding from junior to year6,7or 8 and would be great for staff project as lesson ideas could be brainstormed in groups for each level , for example.I found the new version &quo…