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Classroom Experience (Task 8)

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Emmanuelle Pratt▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

A challenge for me will be to implement a unit within the context of a multi-level classroom starting at year 5 level, through to year 7. However, having had a good grounding in visual programming through Scratch for the past three terms, I feel that the students have a solid foundation to start work on the next steps and apps. Thank you for a very informative and well resourced course.

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Briony Hodges▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

There are lots of challenges that I face implementing coding into my classroom. Firstly, I am not very good at coding. I spent a day learning to code and so have very basic coding knowledge. Coding an app is different to coding a small microprocessor to light up or flash. Secondly, finding an app coder that meets the needs of the course and the needs of the students is tough. Which also falls to the third challenge of banned websites in my school. It seems that a large number of these websites do not work on my school computers. I can request that they be opened t…

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K Gard▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

For implementing the app building lessons, I would find this a challenge. Most of my students do not speak English as their first language, but with the basics for computers, they are able to follow coding. It helps to introduce most of the words used in scratch and other coding programs before trying to code. We also use a digital printer with tinkercad. The lessons on this link are from Europe. #cserApps8

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Roger Barns▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

Having to teach Digital Technologies while being HPE trained, I struggled with the programming side to start with. A really great resource for me was the GROK learning website. They have some modules that are free for grades 5-8 students in Australia and these are highly recommended. They allow students to move at their own pace and automatically mark their submissions for each challenge. Teacher accounts also have the same modules with the addition of solutions and teacher notes. You have full access to all resources as a teacher too (including the paid ones). Ea…

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Richard Goss▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

Here is a simple project using Arduino to make a set of traffic lights. This would be a great introduction unit allowing students to start coding and to construct their own simulation of a working set of traffic lights. It could be incorporated into many areas of Technology including designing, programing and building an interactive prototype.
I would introduce this unit as an electronics unit by building the traffic light poles, lights and wiring systems and then operate the system manually. I would then discuss ways we could automate the light systems by wr…

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Maria C Lietzau▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

An idea for my context….I teach materials, design and technology. I love the idea of getting students to work with designing functions. The school teacher trying to make a sandwich following the algorithm from the students was funny and informative in explaining why planning the right steps and getting them in the correct order is so important. It is often a challenge to get students to plan their practical work thoroughly enough, and be able to visualize the steps necessary to get to the end product. Using the flowchart idea allows for them to debug their maki…

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Luke Wescombe▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

I have gained a lot of great ideas and resources from undertaking this MOOC course. It has enabled me to gain a greater understanding of the Digital Technology curriculum and the resources that are available.
I have found several challenges since undertaking this online course, as well as completing a number of PL’s related to Digital Technologies. One of the greatest challenges I have found to date is the lack of resources being available to the schools. I have just recently had a group of my year 9&10’s complete in SumoBot competition using the Mindstorm…

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Paula McGlade▸ Classroom Experiences (Task 8)

I'm looking forward to building an app with some of the students I teach in the Primary School Years. I'm undecided yet on how it would work with a whole class and would probably tackle it first with a small group of brighter grade 6's, especially while I too am learning the basics. However, small group work is a luxury we don't often have in the real world. I think I would first try working through the AppInventor Course in a Box……. #cserA…

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