Teaching game design using Scratch

I’ve just finished teaching a unit on coding and game design using Scratch. My students are in Year 5, 10-11 years of age and below is a video showing examples of some of the games they coded and designed. Below I have explained how my students achieved this. To begin with, I asked students to download Scratch so that we could work with the off line version. I did this […]

Use MineCraft Ski Resort to Teach Maths and English

Minecraft  Ski Resort 3.0, a build from Minimumwageminecraft, allows students to ride chairlifts, gondolas and pomas, ski over 65 runs, play min-games to earn money and upgrade ski boots to ski faster. So what does it look like? Check this out: There are many ways you can use this world in your classroom. Here are a few ideas: Mathematics: Students work in small groups to create a map of a section […]

Game Design Program which costs $2 per student!

This is my second year using an online program called Gamestar Mechanic and I love it. According to the website, Gamestar mechanic enables students to build games which develops; Systems Thinking, 21st Century Skills, Creative Problem Solving, Art and Aesthetics,Writing and Storytelling, and creates a motivation for STEM learning. I totally agree. In addition you can purchase a life time subscription for a student for $2.00. Every teacher needs to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]