Teaching game design using Scratch

I’ve just finished teaching a unit on coding and game design using Scratch. My students are in Year 5, 10-11 years of age and below is a video showing examples of some of the games they coded and designed. Below I have explained how my students achieved this. To begin with, I asked students to download Scratch so that we could work with the off line version. I did this […]

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 […]

80 plus coding resources!

Throughout the year I have been blogging and pinning resources for teaching students how to code. So I decided to put them all together in a single document. I thought this was a great idea to start off with but it ended up taking longer than I thought! Below is a Slide Share presentation containing resources for both Primary and Secondary teachers who are required to teach coding. The presentation includes online resources, apps (Android, iPad and […]

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 […]

Term 1 School Holiday Training Sessions 2014

I am running two new session during Term 1 school holidays. TITLE 1: Teaching Computing; How to move beyond the norm Are you looking for something new to teach during computing or do you simply not know what to teach? If so, this session is for you, no prior knowledge or computing skills required! We will explore ideas for teaching coding/programming with a focus on designing, producing and evaluating products. […]

Expresso Coding: 18 Free Online Activities

A few weeks ago I discovered the Expresso Coding website which offers 18 free online lessons in order to support students develop skills in computer coding. I also read that they are offering free access to all 70 of their lessons if you sign up before October 31st, 2014. I contacted the Expresso Coding Team to clarify a few questions I had and they emailed me the information below. Please […]

Meet Yana and Bo

Coding and robots tend to be two of my popular blog topics at present. Why? I personally feel that we will see a rapid increase in both in education, in the very close future.  As long as we are aware of the possibilities, when they become available to us through our school budgets we might not find the concepts as overwhelming as we sometimes find new technology. Meet Yana ($59 […]

Code the new literacy: LearnCode.org

If you missed Hour of Code Week 2013, like I did, visit LearnCode.org because you can still view and download the resources. Why is it important to be able to read and write code? On the website you will find a Code Maze game which teaches students the basic concepts of computer science through a drag and drop programming interface. “This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by […]

Coding for Kids: There is something for all year levels in this blog post

According to Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple Inc. ) , “Everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think”. If this is the case, then how do we teach our students? Below I have embedded a great, easy to follow and resource packed video created by Chris Betcher. Underneath I have provided links for iPad, Android and PC/Mac resources which you can use with […]