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Explore these free resources to take you further on your digital learning journey.
Why learn coding?
Code.org’s video from 2013 that’s still relevant today. Get enthused about learning and/or teaching these skills.
Take your class through a structured A-Z of computer science with confidence. The Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) created by the Computer Science Education Research Unit at the University of Adelaide were specially designed for teachers of children in South Australia in accordance with curriculum standards.
Access for classrooms to South Australia’s free lending library of robots and codable devices such as Bee-Bots, Spheros, Ozobots, micro:bits and Edison robots – and lots of other cool learning tools for your digital thinking classes brought to you by CSER.
Taking part in a free Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) run by CSER entitles you to priority lending with the CSER lending library!
Not only can you borrow Edison robots, Bee-Bots, Spheros, Ozobots and more for your classroom but you can make use of the free Digital Technologies curriculum-approved lesson plans designed here in South Australia by CSER, an initiative of the University of Adelaide.
Make a pirate chatbot with Python, create a space invaders game using Blockly or create beautiful art with code.
Cover the most challenging aspects of the Year 5-6 and 7-8 bands of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies including algorithms, implementation (coding), data representation and data interpretation.
An Australian computational thinking challenge for children run through the CSIRO – originating in Lithuania with global participation.
The regular Bebras challenge is offered during specific limited periods each year whereas Bebras 365 is available all year round.
PICOCTF is a challenge hosted by Carnegie Mellon Cylab where older children can reverse engineer, break, hack, or decrypt to solve the challenge. Access to materials is available outside of challenge dates. Most suitable for ages 14 years+.
If you’re after ways to connect digital technologies with your subject areas then have a look at the collection of resources found at the Digital Technologies Hub. There are some great ideas for ‘speaking Robot’ across English, Science, the Arts, Maths, Physical Education and Humanities and Social Sciences.
Lead Learners were asked by the Digital Technologies Hub team ‘what’s something that you have implemented that has made a difference in your school?’
Taking Small BYTES is a series of play based learning opportunities published by the Learning and Teaching Branch for the Department of Education and Training in Victoria.
If you are an Early Learning provider or a parent or carer to a 3-5 year old child, you might want to check out the Commissioner’s 100% device-free Learn to Speak Robot Challenge for Early Learners – Early Learning Unplugged!
Understand how Digital Technologies fits within the national curriculum alongside Design and Technologies
Barefoot is a UK initiative of British Telecommunications and Computing at School to bring computational thinking to classrooms. Lots of activities to try including students creating a simple model from Lego or blocks and taking photos to create pictorial algorithms for other students to recreate.
The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators offers tools and methods for teachers to apply design thinking—discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation and evolution – in real world scenarios.
Get down to MOD’s Museum of Discovery in South Australia for the ‘It’s Complicated’ public exhibition that looks at systems thinking with everything from pendulums to parachuting cats.
Exhibition showing from 2 Feb – 27 Nov 2021
Children can replicate a digital system using everyday household objects to learn more about components, inputs and outputs with this activity from the Digital Technologies Hub.
Download and print these handy flashcards from ACARA’s Digital Technologies in Focus program that can be used in a range of activities to teach F-4 students about digital systems.
Intelligence is a system. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a system. If you’d like to train AI how to think you can get started here with Quick Draw from Google’s AI experiment suite – where you’ll teach AI to draw.
NB* This activity is a lot of fun but it uses your computer’s camera, so if you try this one, remember to disable your camera and check your setting and permissions afterwards – you have the right to be aware of what you share online and sometimes that means taking practical steps to protect your privacy. Read more about your human rights in the online space here at 5 Rights: https://5rightsfoundation.com/about-us/the-5-rights/
Teachers can discuss emotions as a class, and introduce the idea of artificial intelligence (AI). This lesson from Digital Technologies Hub and Digital Technologies Institute can also be used to introduce image classification – a key application of AI.
Teachers can try these free lesson materials for secondary schools from Circular Classroom – created for the Finland Education System in collaboration with systems thinking thought leader Dr Leyla Arcaroglou. You’ll be looking at your eco footprint and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to learn some important systems thinking skills.
Check out articles, videos and reference material across a range of topics directed to teachers, parents and children from the NSW Department of Education. There’s an array of information about how to have a positive experience online from how to use video sharing apps, how to create a positive identity on social media and how gaming can present positive opportunities.
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