Code Combat: Learn Python or JavaScript using a multiplayer live strategy game

CodeCombat is great. I trialed it last year with much success. The program takes students beyond an ‘Hour of code’as they continually want to come back and keep playing. You can sign up for free as a teacher, create a class and then give your students your ‘ Class Code’ so that they can join, hence, no need for students to disclose any of their personal information when joining. I […]

Year 9 Digital Technologies Program

Blog posts have been pretty quiet on my site lately. Besides the festive season, I have been working on writing Years 7-9 Digital Technologies programs which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Writing these, provide challenges on multiple levels. Firstly, you have to consider that there aren’t many resources out there and the nature of technology, that is, it is rapidly changing. So what I’ve written for 2018 may not […]

Unsplash: Royalty free photos

My favourite site of all times for Royalty Free Images has been Pixabay.com because I love the quality and range of photos. However, recently I’ve also discovered Unsplash.             Unsplash has over 300,000 high resolution photos which are all royalty free (free to use). You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the […]

We’ve all used word cloud generators, but what about a collaborative word cloud generator?

A word (or text or tag) cloud generator is a tool (usually online) which generates an image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance. There are many free word cloud generators online which enable you to paste text or upload documents and select shape, colours and font to create your own word cloud. However, a few […]

Create videos with the Photos app for Windows 10

When you select the Photos App in Windows 10, you can select an image and edit it easily. You can edit if from a simple crop, rotate, filer or enhance. However, you can also draw on your photos by selecting Edit and Draw.               However, the feature which I really like is that you can create a video using your own images, videos and […]

Paint 3D Free Windows App

Windows Paint 3D is a free app by Microsoft for Windows 10,  which includes both basic and advanced art tools. The Paint 3D tools are easily accessible for users of any experience level. My daughter recently discovered the app after her Surface Pro updated, explored the app and then shared it with her friends. Below my daughter drew a 3D rain cloud and decided she’d like to be struck by lightning? […]

Digital Technologies Resources for Years 7-10

I found a great resource for teachers which forms a good basis for curriculum planning. There are two texts, one for years 7 and 8 and the other for years 9 and 10 called, ‘Digital Technologies for the Australian Curriculum, A project-based approach’. The texts are broken into two parts; (1) Knowledge and understanding and (2) Projects. They are actually student workbooks, with activities for students to complete in the […]

Enquiring Minds: Bridges to higher education

Enquiring Minds is a website aiming to equip students, their families, school staff and community groups with tools and information so school leavers and others can make informed decisions about their future. “Enquiring Mind series is produced for primary school students and encourages students to develop their interests and hobbies into careers through university study. The television series and website has been developed by the Bridges to Higher Education Participation and […]

World Solar Challenge: Free STEM resources for secondary teachers

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) begins on the 8th of October. The event has been going since 1987. Every two years, “teams from leading international universities and technical institutes, together with private entrepreneurs and even high schools, come together “Down Under” to test and promote the ultimate synergy of nature, motion and innovation” (source). Why in Australia? Well there are two very obvious things we have, sunlight, and a […]