Digital Technologies in Year 3-4 Classrooms — On “Convict Crime and Punishment”
In a previous post, we discussed the integration of the Digital Technologies subject into Queensland schools. Just to refresh your memory on the subject, the Digital Technologies subject has a discrete curriculum, meaning that it is its own subject, complete with its own activities and learning outcomes. Part of the aims of the subject are to cover important concepts, such as algorithms and branching (also known as decision making).
This year’s Robotronica at the Queensland University of Technology revealed some of the latest developments and trends within the field of robotics. Elnaz gives her account of the event, where she bore witness to a variety of demonstrations, workshops, games, and discussions that were informative, inspiring, and surprising in many ways!
Torres News: Robots in the Torres Strait!
Digital literacy is becoming as vital as traditional literacy and numeracy and Thursday Island school students are being introduced to robotics and coding to address this issue.
Primary and secondary school students, as well as members of the public, were given the opportunity to explore, play and learn about coding and robotics over a two-day workshop a couple of weeks ago organised by the Torres Shire Council.
Is it really “just” a theory?
Climate change, evolution, plate tectonics, gravity. What do these things all have in common? They’re often called “just theories” by critics and in a way, they’re right! All of these things, including gravity, are “just” theories, scientific theories. However, what naysayers don’t understand is what exactly is a scientific theory? So, let’s get into it.
Design thinking: Disrupting teachers
Design thinking is forcing a paradigm shift for Australian teachers, students and the entire education system. I attended a design thinking workshop for teachers at DigiTech by Design, held at Oakleigh State School. We were working in groups to solve a community problem by using the design thinking process. I overheard a teacher say, “I want to see the answer. So I can cheat and see what to work towards.”
Celebrating National Science Week at Noosa
Noosa Library delivered a celebration of National Science Week 2017 (12-20 August) with their week long program of “Robots, slime and chemical reactions”. Coding Kids in conjunction with Noosa Library delivered four robotics and embedded systems workshops at Sunshine Beach State High School for students, teachers and parents.
Looking for a dynamic speaker for your next event?
Are you looking for a dynamic speaker to present at your next event? Emily de la Peña is inspiring the next generation of creators, innovators and changemakers by empowering them to go beyond simply being technology consumers and encouraging them to become technology creators. She has made countless speeches on the topics of disrupting education; the intersection of education, technology and entrepreneurship; digital disruptions, and the changing nature of business, jobs and education, among other things.
Integrate Digital Technologies (F-3)
There are two new Technologies subjects being introduced into primary schools as part of the new Australian Curriculum for Prep to Year 6: Digital Technologies, and Design and Technologies.
Here are the Digital Technologies class activities that can be integrated into your classroom for Prep and Years 1-3.
September School Holiday Code Camps
Can you believe it? It’s already Week 7 of Term 3. Only 3 weeks until the school holidays. How will your children fill up the free time over the school holidays? We have a few school holiday code camps for the upcoming September school holidays. Our venues are located in Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay council areas.
Integrate Digital Technologies (4-6)
It’s 2017, and the new Digital Technologies subject is now starting to be introduced into Queensland schools, with full implementation of the subject expected to happen in 2020. The Digital Technologies subject is not a standalone subject: it is to be integrated into existing subject areas, such as English, Math, and Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), among other areas.Let’s have a look at how to integrate the Digital Technologies subject into other subjects for Years 4, 5 and 6.