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 […]

How to use Explain Everything for creative writing

Explain Everything is one of my favourite iPad apps,as it is versatile and be can used across the curriculum.¬†Recently I used the app with students in order to create imaginative texts.¬†The¬†theme I¬†used¬†was superheroes¬†and villains, however, you can apply the same techniques with any topic. Below I have embedded a slideshare which explains how I used this app to foster creative writing.   Superheroes from Joanne Villis

Like my units of work? Please like and share on Facebook

If you like my resources which I provide for free can you please like them on Facebook. I am trying to win a iPad mini for my son Zac of whom many of you are familiar with. Zac has been an asset and great supporter¬†in ¬†assisting teacher training, we learn so much from¬† our¬†kids! I am not on Facebook but can you please follow the links below, like and share? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]