Ideas for teaching length

There are many different activities for teaching length. In this blog, I’m sharing a few tasks which not only work, but students actually enjoy. Broken Ruler: Andrea wanted to measure the length of the leaf she had collected for Science. All she could find was a broken ruler. She lined up the ruler and the leaf as shown below. a) Can you say how long the leaf is using the broken […]

Unplugged coding: Sandwich algorithm

Unplugged coding lessons, allow you to teach the fundamentals of computer science without a computer. This style of  coding lessons were very popular about 3-4 years ago when the term ‘coding’ became the hot topic in education, and many schools had limited access to devices. However, as schools acquired greater access to devices,  I found that teachers weren’t letting go of the unplugged activities. I recall being on yard duty two […]

Teaching Europe for Geography in the Primary years?

For geography, I needed teach the influence of people on the environmental characteristics of places in Europe and the location of their major countries in relation to Australia (ACHASSK111) . There are basically two components to this content descriptor: (1) The influence of people on the environment in Europe, and (2) The location of the major countries. For the first content descriptor, I was aware that students love to learn about […]

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 […]

Use Canva.com and Pixabay.com to create tiles for websites or school projects

Below is a short video explaining how I used Canva.com and Pixabay.com to create tiles for my SharePoint page. Under the video I have explained what each of these products are. Canva.com is s a free graphic-design web based tool. Subscription is free, however, if you are asking your students to subscribe parental permission is required for students aged under 13 years. You can use it to design presentations and social […]

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 […]

Create QR Codes with QR Droid

QR Droid  provides a free online QR code generator for nine different QR code types. One which I think is of particular use is the QR text generator. Simply type in your text, adjust the size and colour if your choose and the click generate QR code. Print the QR code and post it on the front door of your classroom. All parents/students need is a device with a QR code reader app […]

ABC Splash 150 plus new games

ABC Splash have recently added over 150 new games, all of which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Each game clearly states the related curriculum area and recommended year levels. For those who are not familiar with ABC Splash it is an education website with high quality digital educational content from across the ABC and around the world. It is packed with thousands of videos, audio clips, games and interactive […]

Screencast-O-Matic: Free online screencasting resource

Screencast-O-Matic is a free online resource which allows you to record your on screen movement and your voice, simply by clicking one button. You don’t even have to download any software. Go to the site, click and drag the box to the part of your screen which you would like to record and then click record. Everything you do on your computer will be recorded and if you use your microphone, […]

Imagistory: Free wordless picture book iPad app

  Imagistory is a free wordless picture book iPad app which encourages students to tell stories. Please note, the first two stories are free, additional stories cost $2.00 each. For schools, they have bundled the six books together. Creating a story is easy: 1. Choose a book 2. Add a name 3. A photo of the user is taken 4. The story will automatically start recording after the photo 5. […]