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Johanna Emptage▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

I first started using the Internet before there were graphics – it was just text. Reading about the Internet inspired me to start using it in my school. I participated in activities like following 2 Australian adventurers, Don and Margie Mac Intyre, who spent a year alone in Antarctica. Each day a student from the classes following this adventure would come to my Library and download the day's diary from Antarctica. They would use it for class activities and we even had a satellite phone call directly to Antarctica to Don and Margie. Even without pictures or v…

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Brandy Heffernan▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

I created a poster that represents different types of data and different devices that students are familiar with. I used the format of the cloud to depict all images so that poster can be adaptable across several class levels. I think the poster could be used to initiate discussions about different types of data (Images inside the cloud) and different devices that share data (Around the outside) Younger students could be prompted to think of other types of data or devices for sharing. Older students could discuss the cloud and its purpose for data storage, or talk…

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Jo Laretive▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

1. Working as an Information Specialist with an international company. 1995/96  we had to use 'special' set up computers to use the internet and plug in to dial up. The sound of the dial up is still a great memory! We also had a computer wiz come in and teach us how to search the net – keywords and URL's were highlighted. I also remember a colleague referring to Google as a new search engine – the name was appealing so I gave it a go.

2. "On Friday he ate through five oranges and he was still hungry." Source: The Hungry Caterpillar by …

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Anita Presti▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

A classroom activity based on an existing game in Scratch.
Using the hide and seek game I would first introduce the game to the students and let them play it and see how it works. Then I would ask the students to look at the existing code for the game and have them first discuss in small groups what each block of code does and examine how it sequences the events in the game. Then I would set the students  to independently have a go at writing out what each block of code does and then highlight the repeating code and the IF/then code. Then as a whole class regro…

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Sara MacKinnon▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Part 2:

Top 3 Technologies that have changed my life:

#1 Mobile Technology – This has changed both mine and my students' lives, really.  For me, I love the accessibility of using my ipad or iphone anywhere at school or at home.  I love being able to walk around the room with my ipad making notes or taking pictures of students work. It has made assessment so much easier. For the kids, it means we can get hands on by taking our devices to the problem (think of the classic lesson of finding shapes or angles in the yard and taking photos), but also t…

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Sara MacKinnon▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Part 1:
Resources: We recently had the Life Education Van come to our school (with Harold, the giraffe, as I'm sure many of you will be familiar with.) They are now running a CyberSafety session, which our school undertook with all year 3s and 4s, which was excellent.  Furthermore, they also provide a whole lot of resources for classroom use, which can be used in conjunction with their program, but don't rely on a visit from the actual company, if it's not feasible for your school.

Here are some of their resources.

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Denise Herreen▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

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My first experience with the internet was about 12 months after I had graduated from Uni having completed a major in computer science and my neighbour who lived over the back from us in ACT told me about this thing called the Internet that he was obsessed with.  I remember him telling me that he could search all kinds of things and he even said that in the not too distant future we would be able to do banking and go shopping all on-line.  I remember thinking that his wife must get pretty annoyed that he was tying up the phone line all the time.  These co…

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