Y6- Secondary Lego Unplugged Coding and Data Activity

Earlier this year, I attended a conference, we were seated in rows and certain rows were asked to turn around and introduce themselves  to the person sitting behind them, alternate rows didn’t turn around.  My first reaction was, ‘Oh no’, I am an introvert and these types of activities are normally well out of my comfort zone. Taking a deep breath I did so, then we were told that we […]

Opening a can of worms for Secondary Teachers: Safe online use, whose responsibility is it?

The safe and responsible use of information and communication technology is easier for primary schools than secondary schools. Why? Simply because for the majority of primary schools, students have the same teacher for each subject, therefore it is often covered as part of the health and or technology program by the class teacher. However,  in secondary schools, students have different teachers for different subjects. So, whose responsibility is it to […]

Grok Learning: Coding beyond Scratch?

Grok Learning is an online interactive platform which offers coding modules in various programming languages (ie Blockly, Python, SQL and HTML/CSS) for students in year 3 to secondary. Each Grok module guides students to develop computational thinking skills, using a step by step walk through approach for each problem. It isn’t free, but there are a range of different payment options available. However, all content is free for teachers (and pre-service […]

How might you get students to learn the periodic table?

Richard Byrne just blogged ‘The Periodic Table in Pictures and Words‘ , Free Technology for Teachers. This sparked me to share a somewhat annoying video resource from a parents point of view, but from an educators view a catchy way to get students to learn the periodic table. My two children, aged 16 and 10 sing this until it annoys me so much that I ask them to stop. Sydney […]

Scootle’s Language and Learning Space, often an overlooked resource

Scootle’s Language and Learning Space offers free teaching resources for Australian language teachers of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese, all of which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Furthermore, it is free. Visit the site and view a trailer, and or sign up. If you already have a Scootle account, you can use your existing details to log in. You can enrol your students and customise their learning according to skill […]

New-look Australian Curriculum website linked to Scootle

The Australian Curriculum website has received a make over. There is no change to the actual curriculum, just how it is presented. The website, retaining its current address, is easier to navigate, especially the Humanities and Social Science page. This page uses a tile effect for ease of navigation. For each content descriptor, there is also a link to suggested Scootle resources. For those who aren’t familiar with Scootle, it […]

Integrate Coding with other subjects

Coding doesn’t have to be a stand alone subject. With the heavy demands of a full curriculum, finding ways to integrate subjects not only allows teachers to cover more content, it makes learning more meaningful for students.  Here are two unplugged (coding without devices) activities, followed by two Scratch suggestions. Firstly, I like to integrate coding with English through the genre, procedure writing. As I blogged previously, one of my favourite activities is […]

Kahoot unveils a new mobile app and game play options

For those who aren’t familiar with Kahoot, Kahoot is a free game based learning platform which enables users to create their own learning based game within minutes. Previously I’ve  blogged about how I  use Kahoot when teaching Europe in Geography, here is the link. However, yesterday Richard Byrne, blogged that Kahoot has release a new mobile app, although still in beta. He wrote, ‘The first item to note in the mobile […]

How might you help students understand pi?

Many students can tell you that the numerical value of pi is  3.14… But do they understand what it actually means? Before I teach students what pi is, (for my Y5 higher achiever students), I give them an investigation to see if they can work it out for themselves. Firstly, they need some back ground knowledge. I explain that the circumference of a circle is its perimeter or length. The distance […]