You won’t be bored with a Geo Board

Subject: Digital Technologies

Year Level: 5-6

Strand: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills

Sub Strand: Collect, sort, interpret and visually present different types of data using software to manipulate data for a range of purposes (ACTDIP016)

 

Link to resource:
Geo Board by The Math Learning Centre
https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/web-apps/geoboard/

 

Cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities:

Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology 9ICT) capability and Critical and creative thinking.

 

Links to other learning areas:

English, Numeracy

 

A classroom activity using this resource:

The traditional Geo Board is used with elastic bands and a 5×5 board with pegs to place the band around. With the ever-growing world of technology, an interactive Geo Board has been created online. This can be used to develop knowledge of shapes, area and perimeter and what I use, transformations. Transformations can be rotated, reflected and translated. In my activity, I asked students to use a iPad or laptop and open to the Geo Board website. Students were t asked to split the board into 4 even quadrants by placing a band through the middle to create the axis (vertically (y) and horizontally (x) ). This created mirror lines. I created a triangle by dragging the bands over the pegs, I then asked the students to reflect the image over the x-axis. I could easily walk through the room and monitor student’s progress as they all have their individual device to work from. Once completed, we moved onto translation; for example, move the triangle 2 units right and 3 units up and rotation; rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise. The board and bands can be changed to your requirements. This is a great resource that I came across online and I believe it can be manipulated and
used to what ever degree you desire.


How to use this resource:

  1. The Geo Board by The Math Learning Center is an interactive game that is best used with a IWB to assist with a whole class environment and controlled by the teachr.
  2. The board can be used as a 5×5 or 14×9 board. There are 8 bands to choose from to design your activity. You can create shapes, axis lines and develop mathematic knowledge.
  3. The board can have base lines along each knob and number if desired. An editing tool is available too.
  4. Drag a band over the board and place is around the pegs. You can stretch to band anywhere and use multiple bands at the same time.
  5. Students can copy your design, create their own and share it with the class by designing it on the class board or develop questions with the class board that the students will need to answer on their own device.
  6. Enjoy the resource, it’s a great interactive way of teaching Mathematics by using ICT.

Kodable

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Subject: Technologies Year Level: Suitable for all years

Strand: Digital Technologies Sub strand: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills

Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams (ACTDIK002)

Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (ACTDIP004)

Overview of Kodable: Kodable makes learning to code fun for students. They must drag and drop commands to program their fuzzy character to get through a maze. By doing this, they learn problem solving, computational thinking, sequence, conditions, loops, functions and debugging. These are skill necessary for learning any programming language.

Kodable includes interactive tutorials for each new concept. Students can learn new programming terms and logic without any adult assistance. The tutorials are completely voiced and walk kids through the first problem in each new lesson.

You can also download the app for free on your iPhone, iPad or tablet!

For more information and to purchase visit: https://www.kodable.com/resources

 

 

Online Charts

 Online Charts

Subject: Digital Technologies

Year Level: 6

Strand: Processes and Production Skills

Sub Strand: Acquire, store and validate different types of data and use a range of commonly available software to interpret and visualise data in context to create information (ACTDIP016)

Link to the Resource:

http://www.onlinecharttool.com/

https://www.mindmeister.com/823700803#

Cross Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Numeracy

Links to other areas: Mathematics, Science, HASS

Classroom activity using this resource: Online Charts is a website designed to create charts which can be printed, emailed or saved as an image. As a registered user it can also be saved online for future editing. Students are able to choose from a wide variety of charts, including;

Although primary students are not required to create the more difficult charts, by using this website enables differentiation and exposes the gifted and talented students to extended learning.

There are numerous activities that can be done using this resource, whether it be with a science, mathematics or HASS focus. The following example could be used when teaching the Science Inquiry Skill of Planning and Conducting; observe, measure and record data with accuracy using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS104).

                                                                    What Makes Mold Grow More Rapidly?

Students will create bread specimens using bread, mold spores and sealable sandwich bags. These will be placed in three different environments and data of growth of mold will be recorded at the same time each day throughout the experiment. Growth is measured using a transparent plastic grid sheet (10mm x 10mm squares). The recording should be done until there are significant measurable results.

Students will record the data on paper during the experiment and then using Online Charts create the appropriate charts  at the conclusion of the experiment. Photos should also be taken throughout and then added to the final display of data.

Future experiments could also be done by changing some of the variables, for instance, keep the temperature the same but use different types of bread, add moisture to the slices, or put different amounts of sugar or lemon juice onto the slices. Ensuring that only one thing is varied at a time.

Please refer to Martin Shuttleworth’s website for detailed instructions on the experiment items and method  https://explorable.com/mold-bread-experiment. Variations may need to be made to Shuttleworth’s experiment to suit the class, for example recording the growth of mold may need to be done every 3 days to cover the weekend break.

How to use this resource:

This resource is quite explanatory as you progress along, once clicking on “Design Your Chart” you are navigated through the website and prompted where to insert the required information. There are options to personalise your chart by changing colours and fonts etc. Upon completion of the chart you are able to print, save onto computer, email, or save online for future editing. Within the website there is also a Help section for FAQs and a Contact Us option.

Below is a short tutorial created by Michael McIlwraith in which he talks step by step through an example of creating a pie chart. Please note that some of the information he refers to may not be relevant as he is delivering this tutorial to adult learners undertaking a particular unit of study.

Edison Robot

Edison Robot

Subject: Digital Technologies

Year Level: F-6

Strand: Both Digital Technologies processes and production skills and Design and Technologies

Sub strand: The Edison Robots can be used across all ages and many strands and sub strands of the Western Australian Curriculum.

Link to the resource:

http:// meetedison.com

https://www.mindmeister.com/823700803#

Cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities:

Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Literacy, Numeracy

Links to other learning areas:

Science, Mathematics, English, The Arts

Interesting information about this resource:

Western Australia’s Scitech hold inexpensive Professional Learning workshops throughout the year which enable teachers to upskill themselves not only on the technology supplied by the Department of Education in the new technology kits but also more (ie Beebots, Dash and Dot robots, Edison robots, Makey Makey kits, Sphero robots, Hummingbird robotics kits, mBots, Lego EV3, LittleBits). Scitech workshops are often recognised by the Teachers Registration Board of WA as professional learning hours.

Qualified staff from Scitech will also attend schools and run incursions introducing the Edison Robots to the students and teaching them the basics.

Edison Robots have wheel encoders which allow Edison to travel specific distances at exact speeds. Edison is able to  turn to specific angles (using EdPyApp.com) and drive straight. It has a clutch in each gear box that prevents damage to the gears if the wheels are forced around. It has long range obstacle detection and a clap sensor. Edison comes with graphical programming software (EdWare) and newer software is often realised to complement EdWare ie EdPy – a free Python based programming environment for Edison which is designed to introduce students to a written programming language.

Other features of the Edison Robots are:

  • FREE robotics lesson plans
  • FREE robotics activity mat
  • FREE EdBooks
  • LEGO® compatible
  • Easy to use – suitable for all ages

A classroom activity using this resource:
Introducing the Edison Robots into the lower primary classes as a “toy” not only gains the students’ interest but it also enables the teacher to use computational language within the classroom in a less intimidating game situation.      

In small groups the teacher can guide the students to design a bulldozer using Lego pieces attached to the Edison Robot. Once designed and built they can then use the programming software (with the help of the teacher) to instruct the bulldozer to move extra Lego pieces from one area to another. Ideas are only limited by the imagination, you can even program it to do a drawing by attaching a pencil!

How to use this resource:

The Edison Robot can be purchased through https://meetedison.com, this site is also where information on using this resource is found.

The programming can be done using numerous free software applications and is easy to do due to the drag and drop graphical icons.

The robots are able to be updated with the free firmware updates that will fix bugs or add new functionality.

123D Catch

123D Catch – Ipad app

Subject: Digital Technologies

Year level: F-2

Strand: Digital Technologies – Knowledge and understanding

Sub-strand: Digital Systems

Content description: Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001).

Elaborations:

  • Playing with and using different digital systems for transferring and capturing data.
  • Exploring and using digital systems for downloading and storing information.

(As per Western Australian Curriculum – SCSA)

 

What is 123D Catch?

The 123D Catch app turns your mobile phone or tablet into a 3D scanner. By taking up to 40 photos of an object, this powerful software can produce a 3D digital model of the item to view it from all angles by rotating it on your screen or recreate a physical model (providing you have a 3D printer handy). It features sophisticated designing tools for remodelling your 3D digital object as well as interactive capabilities for sharing or uploading. 123D Catch is free to download and very user-friendly.

Link to the resource:

 

Cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Information and communication technology

 

Links to other learning areas:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • The Arts

 

Using this resource in the classroom:

This app allows anyone to digitalise an object into 3D format. And utilising the app’s tools to rotate the 3D digital object on a technology platform screen enhances the ability to visualise and examine the object in greater detail. In a classroom setting, students will find this software helpful in learning about 3D shapes and the relationship between shapes in many everyday objects. Learning can be further extended to geometry and design with the use of this app and its functions. By creating design projects for students with this app, they are challenged to problem solve and find solutions using their critical and creative thinking. It also provides an interactive component as students can share and comment on each other’s 3D images.

123D Catch supports many critical and creative skills that are valuable to children’s learning and development, such as:

  • Strategic use of digital media and technology
  • Reasoning and decision making
  • Designing and creating

 

How to use this resource:

  • Download the app by visiting the website (http://www.123dapp.com/catch).
  • Launch the app and follow the tutorial walk-through that covers all the features and how to use them.
  • Refer to the “Learn how to use 123D Catch” webpage (http://www.123dapp.com/howto/catch) and other helpful videos available on the website.
  • Take 20 to 40 photos of a chosen object (e.g. a teddy bear) from as many different angles as possible.
  • Review all your photos with the option to delete and retake more photos before uploading all the photos to a cloud-based 3D solving service.
  • The cloud software examines all the photos and extrapolates every common point and angle of the object shot then stitches them together to generate a textured 3D digital model.
  • The 3D digital model can simply be viewed and shared or used to produce a physical model using a 3D printer.

 

Requirements:

  • Wifi
  • Phone or tablet

 

Link to a video tutorial for this technology:

 

Link to more tutorials and helpful tips:

  • http://www.123dapp.com/howto/catch

 

Bringing Vlogging into the Classroom

Kidzvuz is a free and safe online vlogging site. Kidvuz makes sure participants on their site are safe by being complaint with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Parents need to approve their child’s account before they are able to have access to uploading videos. Participants personal information is never given out online and none of their personal information is  sold to out side companies.

Kidzvuz allows students to express their opinions and review the things they love. Kidzvuz gives children a sense of community, as they are surrounded by other children who have similar interests. The average age of the participants on this site range from seven to twelve, making this resource suitable to use in the classroom.

The following video gives you a little insight into what KidzVuz is all about.


Subject: Digital Technologies

Year Level: F-2

Strand: Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding

Sub-strand: Digital systems

Digital systems (hardware and software) are used for an identified purpose (ACTDIK001)

Link to resource:
http://www.kidzvuz.com/

Cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities:
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Critical and creative thinking

Links to other learning areas:
English
Health and Physical Education

Cost:
Free

A classroom activity using this resource:

This resource is great  because it allows students to experiment with  hardware devices in recording videos (Ipad, Laptop, Computer) and software programs to upload the videos (Kidzvuz). A great way to incorporate this resource into the classroom is to have the children read a book over a set time frame. It could be to read at least one book every week, every fortnight, every month. Whatever is best suited for the class. At the end of the time frame, students can review the book/s they have read and upload them onto Kidzvuz. This resource not only allows students to use hardware and software to create an item but they are also developing their comprehension skill. Therefore, this activity can strongly be linked with English.

This resource could be used to incorporate internet safety into a health lesson. If students are going to be uploading a video of themselves online, then they need to know the basics of internet safety and the correct etiquette to use.

This resource is a great tool to use in English, but this resource is not restricted to that subject has endless possibilities. You are able integrate this resource into many other curriculum subjects and tailor it to meet your criteria.

How to use this resource:
1. All participants will need to sign up to the website and fill in the information provided in the picture below.
2. The next step is to click on ‘Submit a video’ in the top right hand corner.

3. You will then see a new window pop up. On this window it asks you to fill in the box with what you are planning to review.

4. The last step is to press record on the next screen and record your review. The video must be no longer than 2 minutes. After this time frame, the recording will cut off. You then press submit and then your review is uploaded.

 

Lego Education

Subject: Digital Technologies

Year Level: 3

Strands: Digital Technologies

Image retrieved from https://education.lego.com/en-au/product

Links to the resource:

https://education.lego.com/en-us

https://education.lego.com/en-au/product

Links to other learning areas

Science

Mathematics

 

As an educator, have you ever felt something missing from your teaching, that one thing that connects you to your students’ thoughts and imaginations? Do you facilitate students’ expression of creativity and inventiveness? Is your planning reflective of opportunities for students to articulate their inspirations and aspirations? For generations, Lego has endorsed the importance of accelerating childrens’ imaginations through creative play. With the mission statement of ‘Inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow’ Lego has moved from the confines of our homes and into the classroom with Lego Education.

Lego Education introduces WeDo 2.0, a valuable resource where students are encouraged to explore and build brick by brick, and then innovate through computers and coding. From the moment they begin building, students are engaged in the process of computational thinking, using digital software to problem solve as well as their curious imaginations to create. To begin with, students follow instructions of what to build, how to build it and step by step sequencing using the accompanying computer program. Once they understand the basic framework of Lego Education, they are then free to explore using their imaginations to create.

YOU are facilitating their learning of design and digital technologies as they imagine, create and play. YOU are providing valuable moments for your students to access digital technology in a meaningful way, with determination and purpose.

How to use this resource

Students follow the steps to assemble their creations.

Teacher assists in connecting to an iPad or laptop.

Log into the LEGO Education software.

Students use coding to manipulate and control their creation.

 

 

Shadow Puppet

Shadow Puppet – Ipad app

Subject: Digital Technologies

Year Level: F-2

Strand: Digital Technologies – Processes and production skills

Sub-strand: Collecting, managing and analysing data

Content description: Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively (ACTDIP003).

Elaboration: Using common software to present data creatively, for example as a slideshow, movie, sounds, image, chart, word art, poster or drawing.

(As per Western Australian Curriculum – SCSA)

 

What is Shadow Puppet?

Shadow Puppet is free downloadable app for students to create their own digital resource as video slideshows. Students can use a combination of photos, videos, narration, music, text overlay, and drawings to design and customise a presentation on any given topic. This app includes an abundance of features on a visually attractive interface that makes it extremely user-friendly.

 

Link to the resource:

 

Cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Information and communication technology

 

Links to other learning areas:

  • English
  • The Arts

 

Using this resource in the classroom:

This app can allow students to tell a story, explain an idea or document their learning. It would be ideal in producing a summative final product for any unit of learning or project. It can formulate a combined collection of resources in a single digital resource for easy viewing. For example, students that undertake a project in the visual arts learning area which requires them to document the process from design to creation, can easily utilise this technological resource to demonstrate their sequence of work in a clear and attractive manner. This would be easily achieved by combining photos of their artwork and voice recordings explaining their step-by-step thought process. Students can add their personal touch and creative flair to the presentation by further adding emojis and background music. Alternatively, this app can also be a useful tool for teachers to create fun and engaging teaching resource for explaining concepts.

Shadow Puppet supports many critical and creative thinking skills that are valuable to children’s learning and development, such as:

  • Strategic use of digital media and technology
  • Organisation and presentation of ideas
  • Reasoning and decision making
  • Expression of thoughts, feelings and ideas

 

How to use this resource:

  1. Download the app by visiting the website (http://get-puppet.co/).
  2. Launch the app and follow the tutorial walk-through that covers all the features and how to use them.
  3. Tap the ? icon to access help anytime.
  4. Refer to the “Quick Start Guide” downloadable PDF and other helpful documents available on the website.

Requirements:

  • Wifi
  • Ipad or iphone

 

Links to a video tutorial for this technology:

  • http://s3.amazonaws.com/stories.shadowpuppet.co/522079BC-402C-42B8-8DCB-FEF711EE3AE5/exports/story.mp4
  • http://s3.amazonaws.com/stories.shadowpuppet.co/E79C94B1-25A5-4647-A46B-E3550AAC67A1/story.mp4

 

 

 

KidzVuz and the Technologies Curriculum

KidzVuz and the Technologies Curriculum

Looking for a fun, innovative, and interactive way of introducing vlogging to the classroom?

Look no further!

Kidzvuz is a safe, carefully monitored site where students from ages 7-12 can Vlog on 🙂

Firstly,

What is this term ‘Vlog’?

A vlog is in fact, a Video Blog. 

As defined by Cambridge Dictionary:

[It is] “a record of your thoughts, opinions or experiences that you film and publish on the internet.

So what is Kidzvuz?

Kidzvuz is a site that facilitates the skills and knowledge for vlogging. Students can use this site to watch, review and create their own vlogs to express their passions and ideas. KidzVuz heavily promotes their philosophy of “letting kids have their say.” Prior to being uploaded, every video and comment is reviewed and approved by the site administrator to ensure a safe, appropriate and positive online environment is kept.

A classroom activity for this resource:

Vlogging opens up many opportunities in the classroom for students to express their interests and opinions confidently through technology. The subject students decide to vlog about can be chosen by the educator or by the students and it can be done individually or collaboratively. In the year 3/4 band description, it is outlined that students need to “develop an understanding of why it is important to consider the feelings of their audiences and apply safe practices and social protocols agreed by the class that demonstrate respectful behaviour.” When introducing Kidzvuz to the classroom, these areas are great to cover and for students to understand the power of influence they can have in their vlogs.

How to use:

Students will need to primarily sign up with the educator/parental consent since this site is heavily supervised. This will then grant access for students to upload vlogs they have created in class to the site for teachers, parents and peers to view. Students can provide encouragement, question or provide constructive feedback to their peers (peer assessment) by commenting on others’ vlogs.

Additional Resources:

Although this may seem like a ‘kid only’ zone, don’t be deceived! There are many resources available for teachers and parents alike! There is a parent blog associated with the site here. In this section, educators and parents can share ideas, resources, advice etc.



The ‘Nitty Gritty’

In alignment with the Australian Technologies Curriculum:

Subject: Technologies

Year Level: 3/4

Strand: Digital Technologies

Sub-strand: Collecting, Managing and Analysing data

Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems. (ACTDIP009)

Link to resource:

https://www.kidzvuz.com/

Cross Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities:

  • Literacy (LIT)
  • Numeracy (NUM)
  • Communication Technology (ICT Capability)
  • Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT)

Links to other learning areas:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Seesaw in the Classroom- Digital Technologies

Seesaw in the Classroom

Seesaw is an online platform that can be used on iPads, laptops and computers where students can submit their work online rather than handing in a paper copy. It is a great resource for parents to use as well to monitor their child’s progress in their education. It is beneficial to teachers as you can create student profiles on the app/ website to store their work for future marking. Students can show what they know by uploading a video, picture, voice recording or document about a learning task. Seesaw also support QR codes.

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Links to the Curriculum 

Subject: Digital Technologies
Year Level: 3
Curriculum Links/ Content Descriptors:
Digital Technology 

  • Digital systems and peripheral devices are used for different purposes (ACTDIK007)
  • Create and communicate ideas and information safely (ACTDIP013)
  • Develop and communicate ideas using labelled drawings and appropriate technical terms

General Capabilities:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Computational thinking

Links to Other Learning Areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Literacy
  • History/Geography

Link to Seesaw Website:

  • http://web.seesaw.me/learn-more

By Amy Anderson