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 […]

I’m back

What have I been doing since my last post? Teaching of course ūüôā I was studying my PHD but then found the commitment to studying, full time work and family life challenging to manage. I haven’t presented nor conducted any PD for teachers but have been on a learning journey. My life over the past two years in as little words as possible: Continued to work with staff and students […]

Coding: Resources for Y5-6 Teachers and Students

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 […]

Resources from SchoolstechOZ 2014 IWBNet Conference

The conference finished today and I have just arrived home. Please find additional sessions which I presented below (refer to my previous blog for the other sessions). The key note speakers were great. The themes throughout the conference (as I perceived them) was a strong focus on the need for teachers to consider our current students’ digital world, the need to not only integrate multi-media but use it as an […]

iPad app idea (GarageBand)

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 […]

Tinkering resources (circuits)

Today I attended a technologies training day facilitated by Gary Stager. The focus of the day was based on ‘The Maker Movement’ and ‘tinkering’. Below is a video about an amazing 9 year old boy who build an arcade out of boxes. It is not about circuits but it is a¬†great introduction¬†for the idea of ‘tinkering’ (playing with things). I also discovered Sylvia’s blog and video resource website. She is […]

Curriculum teaching resources which use higher order thinking skills

I have been working on my PHD so I have had little time to blog. However, ¬†I have created a few original resources which you may find useful. The first one is a weebly website (work in progress) called http://technologiesjvillis.weebly.com/¬†. On this website I have provided a large number of resources for Y3-Y6 teachers. I am slowing working away at the Foundation to Year 2 level.         […]

Practical ideas for teaching and integrating the Australian Technologies Curriculum

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS Presented by Joanne Villis This training day has been designed to introduce teachers to the Technologies Curriculum by offering practical ways to teach and integrate both digital and design technologies. Practical, digital and hands on resources will be introduced and explored throughout the day. As the Technologies Curriculum has been designed using Band Levels, this session will also explore possible ways in which Content Descriptors can […]