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 […]

Explicitly Teaching Creativity

Creativity doesn’t come naturally to everyone but it can be taught. According to Albert Einstein, ‘the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but creativity’. This year I have gone back to using a range of higher order thinking theories/models such as De Bono’s Six Hats, Thinkers Keys, Blooms Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. I have not only used them for programming lessons plans but I have taught them explicitly […]

Create QR Codes with QR Droid

QR Droid  provides a free online QR code generator for nine different QR code types. One which I think is of particular use is the QR text generator. Simply type in your text, adjust the size and colour if your choose and the click generate QR code. Print the QR code and post it on the front door of your classroom. All parents/students need is a device with a QR code reader app […]

Looking for Educational Android or iPad Apps?

apps4primaryschools.co.uk is a great place to start. The site allows you to filter by platform (Android or iPad), by age and or by subject. It provides an image of the app, pricing and a brief description. However, the links are not to the Australian app store. For Australian iPad teachers, when you find an app which you like, open a new browser, search the name of the app + iPad […]

Christmas Drama Ideas

The slide share below covers a range of curriculum areas including English, Arts (drama), Technology and Religion. If you don’t teach at a Catholic school the slide share also offers alternatives. It also includes teaching ideas using Green Screen iPad app. Ideas for teaching Primary Drama at Christmas time from Joanne Villis

ABC Splash 150 plus new games

ABC Splash have recently added over 150 new games, all of which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Each game clearly states the related curriculum area and recommended year levels. For those who are not familiar with ABC Splash it is an education website with high quality digital educational content from across the ABC and around the world. It is packed with thousands of videos, audio clips, games and interactive […]

Screencast-O-Matic: Free online screencasting resource

Screencast-O-Matic is a free online resource which allows you to record your on screen movement and your voice, simply by clicking one button. You don’t even have to download any software. Go to the site, click and drag the box to the part of your screen which you would like to record and then click record. Everything you do on your computer will be recorded and if you use your microphone, […]

Imagistory: Free wordless picture book iPad app

  Imagistory is a free wordless picture book iPad app which encourages students to tell stories. Please note, the first two stories are free, additional stories cost $2.00 each. For schools, they have bundled the six books together. Creating a story is easy: 1. Choose a book 2. Add a name 3. A photo of the user is taken 4. The story will automatically start recording after the photo 5. […]