A great sequencing lesson for younger children that incorporates reading is making vegemite sandwiches. First let the children make the sandwich recording the steps as they go. Then give the students the sequencing sentences in random order and ask them to cut and paste to sequence them correctly. They could then draw pictures to match their sentence and then practice reading their sentences. Alternately if you want to focus on writing they could practice rewriting the sentences themselves. Other cooking alternative could be baking bread, making jelly or making p…
I created a glogster about the basics of binary to use with Grade 5/6 students. The resource would be used to support face to face explanation and exploration of the concept. I used the videos from CSER and CS unplugged as I think they explain the concept really well. I also think that there are some videos developed for this topic that are excellent and if I was teaching this in the classroom would probably look them up on YouTube and steal them as well.
As the school I am currently working in a school that has a 1:1 program with IPads. I have been really interested in seeing what types of programming software is available for students to use on their devices. With the group of young students I want them to be able to use a variety of programming tools and evaluate them. They will develop a class criteria for the Apps they use along with a range of questions such as: Which App did you use? Why did you choose it? Does it do what you want? How easy is it to use? What prior knowledge do you need …
Option 2: As with all activities we do with students they need to be relative to their lives for them to make sense of them and when I was reflecting on what to do for this task I thought back to the picture story book "Sunshine" by Jan Ormerod. This is a wordless story about a child getting up in the morning and ready for the day. Students can list exactly what they have done until they get to school – either using text or images. The students can then compare their morning. Are they the same or different? Have they forgotten something? One aspec…
Basic programming and algorithms can easily be added to most classes started with writing procedures- how to make a sandwich or do a dance.
Younger students could use pictures of
food stuff and bread to help bridge the visual with the written. They make their paper sandwich then write what they did (in set by step order). Hands on is best for the younger students but big kids enjoy it too. Boys might like to build something with lego and write about how they made it.
Pivot Stickfigure is a fantastic little free downloadable program to help students understand sequencing and and basic instructions. There are some lovely really simple examples as well as very complex ones.
Year 5 could role play giving each other commands such as – take ten step left etc. They could then have a go at Scratch to create an animation with costumes and backgrounds.
They would choose a character, add scripts, costumes and sounds from the menu on the right. It is so much fun to make your own animation! The sound effects are awesome too.
This could be used as a mathematics extension activity for fun!
(Sorry I clicked Module 6 instead of 7!)
I decided to submit another assignment for Task 3.
I have been thinking about setting up an actual museum in my Year 2 classroom. The museum will include artifacts from the olden days.
With the help of QR codes, students will be able to learn about each item. I would explain how codes are used and provide QR codes to be placed next to each item. A QR reader would be available to scan each code.
Student would also be invited to bring in items to add to our museum display.
On the left is a sample of the code (this would be placed next to …
Part 1: After extensive discussion with students on appropriate online behaviour and safety we worked with a group of students to create a short video they could share with their peers. This was a powerful way of sharing the messages as the other students related to the clip and were stimulated to talk about it. It also triggered other groups of students wanting to make film clips about different aspects of online social behaviour.
Part 2: On reflection I feel the 3 technologies that has made the biggest difference to my life has been mobile phones, emai…
Part 1- I remember watching our high school librarian demonstrating how to use the school computer- students were selected to carry out particular functions such as inserting the floppy disk but I didn't really take much notice as in my opinion it functioned just like a typewriter.
When I moved overseas, I was still writing letters to friends and loved ones- when someone suggested sending emails…..and that was the beginning of my lov…
I designed my activity with a grade 2 class in mind. I have had this class a couple of times and they are always eager to hear what the "big kids" are doing in maths and English. I told them they could learn to represent numbers in binary form by using 1's and 0's. Since they are a young class I decided to stick with 1,2,4,8 and 16. Ultimately it is a matching game that we played as a whole class. After a 20 minute lesson, most of the students had got the hang of these numbers, and were experimenting with clapping and stamping their feet to repr…
Option 2: In this fun and practical unit, pupils carry out peer surveys and record outcomes. They analyse their results and look at ways of displaying different sorts of data. The unit culminates in pupils organising a mini-sports day: planning an event and recording and discussing results. #cserTask2
Sharing … I have the internal parts of a computer as a display in my classroom. The parts are labelled with an explanation of what it does. (it's getting a bit old now as it still has a floppy disk) #csermodule4
I have created this for a year 3/4 bracket to teach students the absolute basics of image representation (digitally). It explains the beginning logic surrounding the transfer of images to screen, and how this might look (through visual examples). I also added in a NASA website that had a great pixel game, which students might play to kick off the lesson also. #cserTask3
This website might be useful.
In order to encourage students to use Digital Technology,creatively and ethically, each member of my class set up a Digital Portfolio using the website based Weebly for Education. Students now have a social media profile in a protected environment where they can share work and ideas, create collaborative projects online and practise cyber etiquette. #cserTask1
Part 2: Top 3 services
Google Maps, Scootle and Cybersmart.gov.au
Part 3: Tips for searching
Kidssafesearch (kids search engine by Google)
Option 3: yes I am going to go on with Science stuff here, but adapt it to teaching Algorithms and Programming.
When teaching dichotomous keys, that is how to identify and classify organisms, I usually give students a bag of objects, use their pencil case or I have bags of plastic toy animals.
If using the pencil case, you start with pencil case, then break it down into what each student has in their pencil case by using a series of yes or no questions, eg can you write with it? is it a pen or pencil? is it used for measuring? is it used for cutting…
Part 1 cser#4. In the early 1990s I enrolled in a Distance Ed Masters degree. I had to purchase everything and went to the considerable expense of upgrading the new PC memory from 4mgs to 8 on purchase. The external modem set me back around $500 and the 8kbs dial up cost around $100 a month. The downloading of course content and forum messages was a nightmare and, not knowing anything about the cache, my PC fell over in the first 6 months running slower and slower until it ground to a halt. Great story to tell the kids at school – their reaction isn't about th…
Part 1: What information do I have that only some people should know and who should know it?
Constable Kenny visited our school to talk to students about keeping safe.
It is essential that children understand that their personal details such as address, phone numbers, date of birth etc should not be shared.
Personal information should not be displayed on a computers and should only be given out to known people, preferably in person and not on social media.
Constable Stewart gave an example via a role play- he pretended to be 12 and ask per…