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Daniele Casolin▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

My first experience with the “internet” was to transfer work files over a 2400bps modem using various programs (one called Kermit on HP-UX) in late 80s. There were things called token-ring networks, BBS (bulletin board systems) were the beginnings of file-sharing) and XTree was king of file management.  The sound of  dial-up modem still haunts me. Phone bills were largely made up of calls to ISPs – calls that dropped a few seconds later after a failed handshake. Those that were there will understand.   This was where phone companies made their profits before SMS. …


Eleni Kyritsis▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Option 1: Design a classroom activity where students develop an algorithm for a game, perhaps a board game or a game that they could play in physical education. Include the computational concepts of decisions and repetition in the structure of your activity.

Students in year 5 & 6 create a game to teach their buddies. This game is to help their buddies on the playground play together and build upon friendships. They need to remember to include specific explanation and procedures.  Students may create video, poster, QR codes to help give instruction to b…


Beth Rothery▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

I have prepared 2 lessons for a Year 7 class (Queensland) introducing the students to representing and transferring images on a computer.  These students have already had a series of lessons on binary code.  
I am planning to have a 20 minute teaching session leading into a 30 minute computer lab session.
The students are quite poor at basic formatting skills in word documents, so the second session links with creating a table and modifying it as well.  


Tahniya McKillop▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

I created this Prezi as a teaching resource for years 3/4. It is a recap of photographs being made up of pixels and an introduction to binary using numbers and how they can be represented. The game that is played is quite simple considering the ages of the children however has been successfully used in early years classrooms to teach children these simple concepts. I would extend on this lesson by teaching children how pictures can be displayed using binary and therefore how computers use codes to store pictures. 


Alex Galland▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

My first experience with the Internet was in my third year of teaching. Our computer lab had just been set up with new Apple computers connected to the Internet. The IT manager helped me to set up a web mail account and I remember vividly emailing my best friend who was in England, and then having a pretty immediate email conversation. It was so exciting! I couldn't believe the speed and immediacy. Bring then shown how to use a search engine was quite mind blowing.

The rumour sentence I would use would be "Aluminium is a good conductor of electric…


Glynis Devereux▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

My first experience with using the internet came about because the Principal I had at the time insisted on the one computer the school owned being given to a male teacher.  I had no idea abut computers but took myself off to a holiday course and came back after the holidays and insisted I have the computer for some of the time in my classroom.  That was many years ago and now I can't imagine ever being without access to the internet.
For Rumours I would base my sentence on the Year 5 History curriculum and some  English.   Peter Lalor encouraged gold miners…


Ros Peters▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

1. My first experience with the Internet was at work.  Our first (and only) modem was located in the library and was used to access databases.  I still remember the sound of the connection!  The interface was quite boring, mostly text, and used purely for work, not pleasure.  I used it to download catalogue records which saved a heap of time. Thank goodness digital technologies have changed for the better.

2. My rumour would have to relate to sport as I work in a sport-obsessed boy's school, so something like….
"As a reward for good work, Mich…


Anita Presti▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Part 1: What information do I have that only some people should know and who should know it?
Information about myself that should be private are things like my full name, my age, my address and where I go to school. This type of information should only be given out to people whom I trust, and I should only trust people that I have met in person, are known to my family and with whom I have already formed a trusting relationship. I should never share this information online with people I have never actually met and whom I don't know personally. If I am asked …


Sue Urban▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Although a worksheet, the idea here is good:
This is designed to assess if children understand that although computers can sometimes look clever, they are not actually displaying any intelligence. They are asked to compare a computer with a human and then throw a spanner in the works by doing something unusual to see how they cope.
This site has been designed to support UK teachers in implementing the new Computing Curriculum. Worth a look around


Sandra B▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

In this post i describe an activity that I would use to introduce coding to small children. I believe they need a grasp of the language as a basis to begin.

For very young children I feel that they need the language of coding/programming firmly within their grasp. To assist in the development of this before moving to Scratch Junior, BeeBots, Daisy the Dinosaur etc I would like to develop this language. 

To do so use 2 dice.
On one dice replace the numbers with the words Forward( on two sides), Back ( on two sides) Right turn, Left turn.
On …


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Tanya Nigro▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Option 2 
Beebots are a great resource in teaching directional language. They are large bee shaped robots that move when given a set of instructions. On top of each bee are four arrows and a go button. Students use the arrows to give the bee a set of instructions on how to move on a map.

The beebots can be used in all learning areas such as English – students can make their own map exploring letters and sounds or Maths – showing the answer to a simple sum on a number line.

Another activity using a sequence of instruction can be used in listening c…


Jayde Williams▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

I am going to attempt to explain this as succinctly as possible.

A great task for data collection, exploration and analysis that caused a lot of discussion and debates in my class was a Rich Math task where they had to bake the best cake possible. Students had to decide what particular data they needed to collect from their peers in order to determine the 'best' cake, how to structure the data (whether multiple choice questions would help narrow the data or limit it) and how to collate the data all 70 student surveys they distributed.  The analysis …