GamePress is free for iPad. It allows users to use drag and drop functionality to create their own games. Teachers can make use of GamePress to teach students about game design, logic and even computer science. Below is a video demonstration.
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Yesterday I collated coding resources from my Pinterest page for Year 5 and 6 teachers and created the slideshare below. Within the slideshare, you will find software, online games, robots and apps in order to support students learning to code. I have also posted the slide share on my technologies website with links to all of the resources. Here is the link: http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/coding.html Year 5-6: Ideas for teaching coding from […]
Explain Everything is one of my favourite iPad apps,as it is versatile and be can used across the curriculum. Recently I used the app with students in order to create imaginative texts. The theme I used was superheroes and villains, however, you can apply the same techniques with any topic. Below I have embedded a slideshare which explains how I used this app to foster creative writing. Superheroes from Joanne Villis
This conference is being held in Melbourne on the 12th to the 14th of September. I am presenting three sessions, two of which I have shared below. I will upload the third once it is finished. There is little text per page in the presentations as I don’t like to read from slide. However, you may find the resources useful. I am happy for any feedback before I actually present, […]
Listen to the two audio files below: The audio files were created using a free app called GarageBand. Madeleine Hunter, a student teacher, invited students to write a sentence (ie fun fact) and then line up. Each student took it in turns to read their line, one after the other. Then students were able to add sound effects. The original file format of the audio recording is .m4a. I needed to convert […]
The last training session that I will be running for teachers this year is ‘Practical Ideas for teaching and integrating the Australian Technologies Curriculum‘. This training session has been specifically designed for Year 3 to Year 6 teachers and integrates online resources, apps and practical hands on teaching ideas. I am making this my last session for the year so that I can focus on my proposal for my PHD […]
I am running two new session during Term 1 school holidays. TITLE 1: Teaching Computing; How to move beyond the norm Are you looking for something new to teach during computing or do you simply not know what to teach? If so, this session is for you, no prior knowledge or computing skills required! We will explore ideas for teaching coding/programming with a focus on designing, producing and evaluating products. […]
Disney’s Words of Wonder app is free for both iPad and Android. The game requires the player to find words in order to solve more than 150 puzzles. You can play by yourself or connect (via Facebook) and play with friends. For educational purposes, connecting with friends isn’t an option as Facebook is not permitted. However, the app even allows you to download and play in English, French, Italian, German […]
4 pics 1 word is a free app for both iPad and Android. The app simply displays 4 pictures and your task is to think of one word which applies to all four images. However, you are only given certain letters to choose from. If you like the game you can upgrade for $1.99 which will remove the adds.