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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

War on waste!

Australia is ranked 5th highest for generating the most municipal waste in the world. So what can we do about it? ‘War on Waste‘ , a three part ABC documentary, hosted by Craig Reucassel was produced to see if we, as a nation, can all do a little better.  In episode one, Craig explores how much waste we produce as a nation and what we can do about it. He […]

Strategies for teaching public speaking skills

Speaking in public to an audience can be challenging, not only for students but adults alike. I remember giving my first lecture at university. As an invited speaker, I found myself standing at the front of the lecture theatre, the same lecture theatre which I attended as a university student for my very first lecture. I had a microphone pinned to my shirt and my presentation was displayed behind me. […]

STEM: ABC Splash Resources

ABC Splash has a wide range of STEM resources. You can search via year level, Reception to Year 10, or you can search via topic. The STEM topic categories include: coding, robotics, nanotechnology, design solutions, engineering, construction, Makerspaces, careers and STEM news. Types of resources include videos, discussions, Digibooks, teacher ideas, games, articles, audio and links. The videos are great as most of them have suggestions of things to think […]

TGM- Team Girls Movement, promoting girls in technology roles

TGM is a non-profit organisation promoting positive female information technology role models, to encourage and raise awareness of technology careers options for girls. This organisation was founded Jenine Beekhuyzen. I saw Jenine deliver a key note at the EdTech SA conference and witnessed how committed and enthusiastic she is about the program. The program is based on an inspiring book which shows different personalities of women who work in the […]

Common flowchart symbols: Unplugged algorithm activities

A flowchart is a diagram which represents a set of instructions, it shows the step by step solution to the problem. They normally use standard symbols to represent different types of instructions. Our dear Sheldon, for those who are Big Bang enthusiasts, will recall Sheldon’s  Friendship Algorithm below. So what are the common symbols? “Start and end symbols, represented as lozenges, ovals or rounded rectangles, usually containing the word “Start” or “End”, or […]