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Rick Walker▸ Years 7 – 8 Digital Technologies MOOC

The drawing of the flowchart is usually a problem for most students, as a mistake means a complete redraw. I have created a series of basic flowchart shapes, on laminated sheets and put a small magnet on the back of them. The students can then use a soluble OHP pen to fill in the details, but easily build the flowchart on the board, and move the pieces and review very easily. The whole structure is easy to see as it is much larger than on a piece of paper and less frustration on the rewrites.

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Rick Walker▸ Years 7 – 8 Digital Technologies MOOC

The data sources that I like to use, are one’s I have from years ago and have inbuilt errors.
The first is the First Fleet Data base and it contains the records of all of the convicts of the first fleet. It has inbuilt errors such as the age of the youngest convict and what they were charged with. These can be corrected with research on the convicts names and prison records.
The second is the 1828 Census, which is very flawed, as the census took over 6 months to complete, and when you do searches such as Bathurst there are a multitude of answers without refe…

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Rick Walker▸ Years 7 – 8 Digital Technologies MOOC

The apps that to me have been a benefit to society are those attached to the Fit Bit or Garmin series of watches. These apps monitor hear rate, movement, sleep patterns and can help with training programs and monitoring the health of the wearer.
From a personal point of view you can become obsessive about reaching the required number of steps per day. However I believe that this series of Apps which are attached too these watches has been instrumental in inspiring differing groups of people to become more health conscious.

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Ben Edwards▸ Years 7 – 8 Digital Technologies MOOC

In Year 8 students study Programming through Lego Robots. Students develop a series of programs to tackle different tasks. Students must get the tasks exactly right before progressing to the next, this may require multiple attempts testing and debugging after each attempt. In the exam at the end of the term, students are given a piece of incorrect code and they are required to identify the errors and write the correct code, this is also test in the Year 9 HTML, CSS unit.

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