Coding apps and websites to support digital technologies curriculum

Looking at the inclusion of Digital Technologies into the Victorian curriculum - AusVELS , it is worth having a look at some of the learning outcomes across the years and looking at some resources. Some of this if going to be new for some teachers
It focuses on developing skills in computational thinking and an awareness of personal experiences using digital systems.

  • By the end of Year 2, students will have had opportunities to create a range of digital solutions through guided play and integrated learning, such as using robotic toys to navigate a map or recording science data with software applications.
  • 3-4 Students define simple problems, design and implement digital solutions using algorithms that involve decision-making and user input.
  • Students define problems in terms of data and functional requirements and design solutions by developing algorithms to address the problems. They incorporate decision-making, repetition and user interface design into their designs and implement their digital solutions, including a visual program.

Resources to support classrooms have been gathered together by Common Sense Media

These include an oldie but a goodie  is Scratch with a whole community now built to support sharing and collaboration.

Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.

 

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is free.

 

TeachMeet Melbourne 29 November

The next Teachmeet event is being held at

Scienceworks Museum, Spotswood, Melbourne

November 29th, 2014, 10.00am-12.30pm

Hosted by Trish Christies, Michael De Zilva and Cameron Hocking

This event will include the chance to visit the exhibitions at Scienceworks, including the recently opened Think Ahead exhibition. You’ll also be treated to a very special show in our Lightning Room.

Please note: The Lightning Room show will start at 10.00am.
Presentations will begin at 11.00am in the Energy Lab.

Presentations
Teachmeets rely on participants voluntarily sharing.
Presentations can be about any material you want to share, class management, learning styles, teaching methods, tech tools, cool websites, global collaborations etc.

For all Teachmeet Melbourne information

Put this one in your calendar for next year TeachMeet Melbourne: 2:00pm-4:00pm, 7th February

Advancing reconciliation in early childhood education and care’ symposium

Early Childhood Australia will be hosting a national symposium at the Stamford Grand Adelaide, 8–9 May 2015 to explore reconciliation within the early childhood education and care sector.

This will be a unique opportunity for leaders (organisational, operational and pedagogical) within the sector to; explore the nature of reconciliation in the early childhood context; understand how educators can implement good practice in their daily interactions with children and families; and contribute to the broader discussion about how we all actively demonstrate our appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Full Information