Every maker of video games knows something that the makers of curriculum don't seem to understand. You'll never see a video game being advertised as being easy. Kids who do not like school will tell you it's not because it's too hard. It's because it's boring.Seymour Papert
Coding involves the range of instructional sequences and programming languages that students use to create solutions to problems. Programming Languages should be treated as other ICT's, as tools to enable students to accomplish tasks, solve problems, and develop their understanding of Digital Technologies, the learning of a programming language or any tool, should not be an aim unto itself.
The temptation to see students using and learning about the various apps, games, robots, websites, programming environments, etc. as achieving the curriculum is strong, but it entirely misses the point of the Digital Technologies subject. Yes we teach students about these tools, and how to use them, but so they can use them to be creative, solve problems, and develop innovative new ideas.
Do not be overly concerned you do not yet know a programming language, we are not just teaching programming languages. You will teach a little more about programming and other tools each year, and there are a wide range of resources to assist you. Over time you should aim to learn to program, as this will increasingly improve your ability to assist your students to be creative and innovative in their use of programming languages , but his is an iterative process, as long as you learn a little more each year.
Attend the tutorial to further explore the concepts presented this week and practice teaching them.
Provide Feedback on Lesson Plans
In tutorial small groups you will provide feedback on the lesson plans shared this week.
Submit a brief summary of the feedback you received and provided during the tutorial by the next tutorial. You can use dot points. It counts 0.5% towards your Log of Learning Activities.
Digital Technologies Activity
Digital Technologies Activities
Design and Technologies Activity
Design & Technologies Activities
Preparation for Week 7
Create two lessons plans, one for Design & Technologies and one for Digital Technologies. You will share these in tutorial next week and conduct simulated teaching of your lessons. Together, these count 1% to your Log of Learning Activities if submitted before the start of next weeks tutorial.
Week 7 Digital Technologies Lesson Plan
In tutorial small groups you will share the Digital Technologies lesson plan you have developed for next week.
Submit your Digital Technologies lesson plan developed for the Week 7 tutorial by the start of next weeks tutorial. It counts 0.5% towards your Log of Learning Activities.
Week 7 Design and Technologies Lesson Plan
In tutorial small groups you will share the Design and Technologies lesson plan you have developed for next week.
Submit your Design and Technologies lesson plan developed for the Week 7 tutorial by the start of next weeks tutorial. It counts 0.5% towards your Log of Learning Activities.