Australia finally has its first digital technology curriculum which is mandatory for all Australian children from Foundation, the name replacing kindergarten, to Year 8. The Technologies area now has two…
I have spent this academic year as a test bed for the new Computing Curriculum. This has involved reviewing various resources including apps. I have decided, as I often do, in a less is more approach. A few iPad apps, Espresso Coding and Scratch can cover much of objectives of the programming aspect of the new Computing Curriculum.
Espresso Coding www.espressocoding.co.uk is a series of online activities and video tutorials that has been free this past year. The sample activities are quite prescribed but they offer a nice progression.
Finally, Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/ http://scratch.mit.edu/ has been used well this term by Year 6 who have created games such as multi-player racing. I intend to do even more with it next term as I have planned more time.
I would love to hear what everyone has planned for September in terms of Computing. Enjoy the end of term and the holidays.
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What happens when you or your students forget your online password? You should start using some of these web tools for teaching without student logins.
Cath Parker's insight:
Thanks for this great list - looking forward to looking at them. This year I've used Popplet, My Storymaker, Visual Poetry and Blabberize successfully with K-2. Last year we used Glogster but the log ins were a pain.
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Great tool for developing oral language - children could open the Secret Door on an iPad, describe the setting to the group in five or six sentences then reveal the picture on the SMARTboard to see how the pictures created in students' heads match Google image.