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Rachel Crellin▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

This article outlines research looking into the benefits of active video games for children which can increase physical activity.  I liked it because it highlights a positive aspect of technology.  The media tends to bundle things, such as video games, together with all the negative impacts (often quoting Grand Theft Auto) when clearly jumping around to Just Dance is a healthy and fun;  and very different to playing violent games.  It also highlights that technology takes place in many different forms – many parents think of children sitting on their own in front …


kerrie mackey-smith▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Gary Stager's thoughts on students' capacity for intensity and adults being surprised at young peoples brilliance resonated with me. He cites the Makers Faire revolution (in the USA) as an example of a problem solving, production continuum for young people … match boxes and sticks to computer components and robotics – not an old or new but a blending for a specific purpose … sounds like computational thinking to me … 


Andrew Blackwell▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

"Do you know what a prime number is?

Of course you do….

Did you know that if you are the first to find a prime number that hasn't been discovered before you can make millions of dollars!

The last prime number sold for 34 million dollars was a prime number with 17million digits. If you could create code that could do this then you could be RICH. "

This is what one of my students said to me a month ago in my year 10 IST class here at Newcastle Grammar whilst learning how to code using the modules in CodeHS. So we sat down …


kylie ayling▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

I am yet to start teaching but I'm excited about teaching Technology. I must admit although I'm pretty good on a computer and ok on a smart phone, I do not own an Ipad (yet!) and am only just starting to understand the importance of using technology in the classroom. I remember doing computers in high school, way back in the early 90s and being asked to do a little test for the teacher with another student. Myself and my friend sat at a computer each and we were asked to type 'hello' and have a conversation. We were so amazed that we could speak to…


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Tahniya McKillop▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

Padlet: A simple tool that can be accessed on computers, iPads, iPhones, etc. This website can provide the class with a 'blank wall' in which ideas can be generated, sorted and discussed in one, easy to view place. I am completing my fourth year in a Bachelor of Education so haven't seen this used in classrooms but I think it could be great! So excited to hear about the technologies that teachers use in their classrooms so hopefully next year goes smoothly!


David Lee▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

This is the first year I've taught Information and Software Technology to Year 10. As a result I've become excited at the prospect of introducing coding to our primary school. Decided to pre-order a pair of these robots for use in our primary school. The three levels of programming (object only, object + some code, code only) should make this device useful from Kindergarden to Year 10. 
I also believe that devices such as the Raspberry Pi and 3D printers (as mentioned by others) will become more common place in primary schools.