EdTech SA JVillis Digital Technologies R-Y6 Resources Presentation

I am presenting today and tomorrow at the EdTechSA conference. Below is a copy of my presentation (before slight edits were made last night) and underneath the presentation, you can download a copy of my Australian Curriculum Reception to Year 6 Digital Technologies Scope and Sequence. Sharing is caring, but I do ask that you do not upload my resource to any other website, of course you can link to […]

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 […]

Australian bush fire unit using Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook

This term I had to teach a unit on Australian bush fires as part of the Year 5 curriculum. The content descriptor is: The impact of bush fires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond (ACHASSK114) . Previously I have taught this unit with the help of a Microsoft SharePoint page which I created for the unit. I use SharePoint as it is our whole school’s learning […]

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 […]

Inter-tech Education: Last PD Session for 2014

The last training session that I will be running for teachers this year is ‘Practical Ideas for teaching and integrating the Australian Technologies Curriculum‘. This training session has been specifically designed for Year 3 to Year 6 teachers and integrates online resources, apps and practical hands on teaching ideas. I am making this my last session for the year so that I can focus on my proposal for my PHD […]

English for the Australian Curriculum Online Resources

The Australian Government Department of Education have recently released a new teacher resource based website called English for the Australian Curriculum http://e4ac.edu.au/primary/ . The site features units of work for the early, primary and secondary year levels. There a variety of units which are linked to other curriculum areas. Each unit consists of information, learning ideas, images, web links and or printable worksheets. Looking for Term 2 ICT Training?

Programming Math using the Australian Curriculum

I have nearly finished a year’s worth of programs for my Year 3 class using the Australian Curriculum. I have created overview documents, unit plans and assessment rubrics. Yes, it has taken a long time. However, I thought I would share the programming format which I have used in case any one else would like to use it. I have created a video demonstration below and I have uploaded a […]

Rubrics: Tools for teachers and students

Rubrics are visual scoring tools that lay out the specific expectations for an evaluation. They divide the assessment criteria into its component parts and provide a description of what constitutes acceptable or unacceptable levels of performance for each of those parts (Stevens & Levi, 2005). I use rubrics with my Year 3 students based on the A-E grading system with an A represented by 5 points and an E represented […]