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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]