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Lora Bance▸ U3: English Connections

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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…

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Timna Garnett▸ U2: Algorithms & Programming

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 …

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Thalia Wesselingh▸ U2: Algorithms & Programming

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…

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Anne Fenwick▸ U2: Algorithms & Programming

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!!

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