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Started by Keir Whipp 20 May 2015 12:26pm () Replies (10)

Kia ora koutou

An article on BBC (http://m.bbc.com/news/education-31501917I'm) got me thinking about  teachers' experiences with students (from Years 1-13) developing digital literacy, especially learning coding and creating games and websites using html; CSS, and java script.  I've attached links to web-sites that may be used in the classroom, or by students independently.  Is this practice happening in your school?  How is it happening and what (in brief) are the results?  

Create your own games: https://academy.zenva.com/product/intro-to-html5-game-development/?zva_src=html5gamedevelopment

Teach yourself HTML code: http://www.w3schools.com/html/

Teach yourself CSS http://www.w3schools.com/css/

Teach yourself Java script: http://www.w3schools.com/css/


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 May 2015 10:00am ()

    I LOVE the idea Keir! smiley 

    Some schools are sharing what they're doing with coding and programming in this thread, The world needs programmers. In the thread, I also posted the following:

    In this article on, Why all our kids should be taught how to code (2012), there's some evocative statements such as,

    Instead of educating children about the most revolutionary technology of their young lifetimes, we have focused on training them to use obsolescent software products.....

    ....So we need to admit that "ICT in schools" has become a toxic brand. We have to replace it with a subject that is relevant, intellectually sustaining and life-enhancing for students.

    The article goes on to say let's replace ICT with 'computer science' as a term - which involves a new way of thinking about problem-solving, "It's called computational thinking".

    Where kids would develop key concepts such as:

    • algorithms (the mathematical recipes that make up programs)
    • cryptography (how confidential information is protected on the net)
    • machine intelligence (how services such as YouTube, NetFlix, Google and Amazon predict your preferences)
    • computational biology (how the genetic code works)
    • search (how we find needles in a billion haystacks)
    • recursion (a method where the solution to a problem depends on solutions to smaller instances of the same problem)
    • heuristics (experience-based techniques for problem-solving, learning, and discovery)

    Big words and might seem daunting to read, but a good take-a-way is >>> wanting our kids to think beyond the 'front end' of software packages.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 02 Jun 2015 9:37pm ()

    Thanks Kaye and Keir, keep us posted on how you get on. I'd love to hear how any trials go.

    I'd also like to think our kids could access these tools at home too. Some parents would no doubt be interested as well. smiley

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 15 Jun 2015 12:20pm ()

    These are really great resources and reminders thanks Debra.

    I was sitting on a plane the other day in front of two parents. One said how thrilled he was his son was going to (what he thought) a very traditional Intermediate School - because the other Intermediate School had students on devices all the time, and "it's just too young at 11/12/13 to be doing that."

    When you say the younger the better Debra, how would you convince these two fathers that coding is a desirable literacy? EG: You have a 30 minute flight with two weary parents, apart from what we know the learners want...what would you say to them?

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