Teaching ideas using BBC Micro:bit Go

Previously I blogged about the Micro:bit and more recently how I built a milk carton robot and programmed it using the Micro:bit. Part of my new role at school this year is to write and new programs for Y7 to Y9 students, to engage and encourage them to choose Digital Technology subjects. When I played with the BBC Micro:bit Go at the Futures school conference, I saw the potential straight […]

Milk carton robot using BBC Micro:bit Go

Previously I blogged about the BBC micro:bit and my initial thoughts, BLOG LINK. I blogged, that I had purchased some and that I intended to use them with my secondary students, but I didn’t go into any further detail.  Well, we are currently on school holidays and I am writing a program for my Year 9 Digital Technology students using the micro:bit.I am about half way through writing my program […]

Turtle Art Programming: It has been around for a long time but don’t underestimate what you can do with it

Turtle Art is a free program to download which brings programming and art together. By snapping blocks together, users explore coding, art, geometry, and math.  It helps students to detect patterns, understand the repetition of instructions, and understand following instructions only when a certain condition is met, which is important for STEM. It has been around for a long time. I explored it many years ago but never really understood […]

BBC micro:bit GO

The BBC micro-bit was designed by a non-profit organisation, with the idea of enabling children around the world to get interactive with technology. In simplest terms, it is basically a mini computer about 4cm by 5cm which can be powered by either a USB or an external battery pack. Here is a short video introduction: For those of you who are more technical, it has the following features: – 25 […]

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 […]