Nathan Brown▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

This MOOC has been highly beneficial for a teacher who is teaching digital technologies for the first time. I have found some of the videos and links quite valuable not just for digi tech but also my other specialisations such as Humanities and Science as they address areas of critical thinking, analysing and evaluation which is a general capability across many subjects.

After completing this MOOC I feel equipped to plan and teach a year 7 and 8 course. The main challenge I will find personally is finding time to brush up on my coding skills. I am at the infancy of my skills in this area, and when I was watching the java videos, I was quite overwhelmed by how much I didn’t know. To deliver a high quality course I feel I need to develop my coding skills. Coding is a time consuming task with a lot of trial and error or testing and debugging. With the overwhelming workload I have it will be a challenge to arrest some time to explore and engage in the development of my own coding skills to then pass on to my students.
In addition, I can see students quickly running out of lesson time when coding an app. The challenge for me will be to tightly monitor their progress and keep them on task so they can achieve what they set out to do with their app creation.

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