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 MineCraft Ski Resort to Teach Maths and English

Minecraft  Ski Resort 3.0, a build from Minimumwageminecraft, allows students to ride chairlifts, gondolas and pomas, ski over 65 runs, play min-games to earn money and upgrade ski boots to ski faster. So what does it look like? Check this out: There are many ways you can use this world in your classroom. Here are a few ideas: Mathematics: Students work in small groups to create a map of a section […]

Game Design Program which costs $2 per student!

This is my second year using an online program called Gamestar Mechanic and I love it. According to the website, Gamestar mechanic enables students to build games which develops; Systems Thinking, 21st Century Skills, Creative Problem Solving, Art and Aesthetics,Writing and Storytelling, and creates a motivation for STEM learning. I totally agree. In addition you can purchase a life time subscription for a student for $2.00. Every teacher needs to […]

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 […]

You may not be able to have ducks at school but you can get a scrap bucket!

Indian runner ducks are used to control pests instead of using chemicals (see video at the bottom of this post). However, if you are like me, you can’t have an army of ducks at school (I only have two at home 🙂 ). However, you can introduce a class scrap/compost bucket where students place their scraps. At the end of the day ,you simply take the scraps to your compost or even […]

I’m back

What have I been doing since my last post? Teaching of course 🙂 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