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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/

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  • Debra Wood (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2015 11:54am ()

    Hi 

    Thanks for the Computer Science plug Tessa – something I am very passionate about! I’m a Digital Technologies teacher and totally agree that Computer Science is the way forward for our students. Most secondary schools five years ago focussed on computer skills such as using the Microsoft applications. The new Digital Technologies curriculum has created standards in Computer Science, Programming, Data Management, Media etc. Dr Tim Bell (Victoria Uni) has been one of the people spearheading this change in secondary education.

    Computer Science can be taught to any age – the younger the better. The ‘big’ concepts in Tessa’s post have been simplified and made accessible to students Tim has put together some really fantastic fun resources for younger students, THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A COMPUTER, csunplugged.org. I use them with my Y7-8 students, it’s wonderful to see students engage with these concepts because the resources are so much fun – and they ‘get it’. 

    Scratch has to be one of the most fun learning activities you can do with a class. It’s free, online (no installation needed it works through the browser) and there are lots of help resources on site. It teaches students the basics of programming. They can create ANYTHING – as Scratch says the only limit is your imagination. Why get students to make notes when they could make an animation and show you their thinking? Scratch is also a great intro into being a good digital citizen and copyright laws etc.

    Safety online must be taught to students, Netsmartz is my main resource for “Digital Citizenship”, everything you need for teaching (all ages) net safety and netiquette, all conveyed through neat presentations, cartoons and games.

    Code.org – use these videos to inspire and- don’t forget the hour of code in term 4.  A wide selection of resources (far all ages and abilities) that allow students to choose a learning tool and pursue their own path.

    Your students will love you for it:) 

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