Primary Australian Digital Technologies Scope and Sequence

It has taken a while to put together, and I am constantly updating the document, but below is a scope and sequence for Digital Technologies based on the Australian Curriculum. The document breaks down the Australian  Digital Technologies Curriculum into 5 major concepts/areas; Data (representing, managing and analysing), Digital Systems (understanding and using), Creating and Interacting online (cyber safety and digital citizenship), Algorithms (coding and game design) and Information Systems […]

Clash of clans strategy game review by Sydney

Clash of Clans is an incredible game because it is a strategy based game. In Clash of Clans you build a clan and defend your Town Hall against others. I think that Clash of Clans is a great game because you have to work out a plan or you will go broke. The good thing about his game is that you will not be broke for long, as you can  purchase […]

You may not be able to have ducks at school but you can get a scrap bucket!

Indian runner ducks are used to control pests instead of using chemicals (see video at the bottom of this post). However, if you are like me, you can’t have an army of ducks at school (I only have two at home 🙂 ). However, you can introduce a class scrap/compost bucket where students place their scraps. At the end of the day ,you simply take the scraps to your compost or even […]

The best Minecraft Youtuber according to Sydney

        Sydney is my 10 year old daughter and here is her blog:I think that he is the best You Tuber because he does a range of different Minecraft things including; Bedwars, Money Wars, TNT wars, Parkour, adventure maps, murder mysteries (it is not actually murder), minecraft hide and seek, Vlogs and plenty more! It doesn’t matter is you don’t like Minecraft because you can just listen. When […]

Mothers Day Digital Tech Idea

This year, Brooke (co teacher) and I  guided our students to create their own calendar for the mothers and attach it to a clip board. The calendar started with May and went through to December. The clip boards were cheap, $2 each from Office Works. I wanted students to be creative and not just insert photos. To foster creative images they used these free sites: Sketch io, The Art Zone, Be […]

I’m back

What have I been doing since my last post? Teaching of course 🙂 I was studying my PHD but then found the commitment to studying, full time work and family life challenging to manage. I haven’t presented nor conducted any PD for teachers but have been on a learning journey. My life over the past two years in as little words as possible: Continued to work with staff and students […]

We need to ask ‘What if?’ instead of ‘What is?’

I was inspired by this EdTek talk so much that I had to share it. It is an amazing story about an artist named Phil Hansen. He talks about  how a life-changing injury forced him into rethinking how limitations inspire creativity. One of his key points is ‘learning to let go’, letting go of outcomes, failures and imperfections. With this comes the ability to be creative, to think only of […]

80 plus coding resources!

Throughout the year I have been blogging and pinning resources for teaching students how to code. So I decided to put them all together in a single document. I thought this was a great idea to start off with but it ended up taking longer than I thought! Below is a Slide Share presentation containing resources for both Primary and Secondary teachers who are required to teach coding. The presentation includes online resources, apps (Android, iPad and […]

Harvard researchers built a $10 robot for teaching coding

Robots are becoming popular educational tools in Australia due to the inclusion of coding in the National Technologies Curriculum. “The Wyss educational robotics team is working to ignite a passion for science and technology among students at a young age by building robots that introduce the fundamentals of programming and controlling robots” (source) which retail for around $10! The Affordable Education Robot, better known as AERobot, can: – Move forward […]