Computational & Design Thinking

Technologies Education

New technology is common, new thinking is rare.

Sir Peter Blake

Design Thinking is the primary thinking skill developed through the Design and Technologies subject, and Computational Thinking is the primary thinking skill developed through the Digital Technologies subject, though there is overlap, in particular Digital Technologies project include the design process of Design Thinking.

While both Design and Computational Thinking are evolving concepts in education, the intent is to focus your teaching on developing the thought processes students will require to be successful, not just a set of knowledge, processes and skills.

This week we will be exploring Design and Computational Thinking.

Computational & Design Thinking

Lecture

Attend the lecture to explore the concepts for this week.

Computational Thinking
Lecture

Lecture Notes

Read and view video clips further about the concepts explored this week.



Notes

Lecture Synthesis

Complete a summary and synthesis of what you have learnt in the lecture and course notes this week by the next lecture. It counts 1% towards your Log of Learning Activities.

Synthesis

Computational Thinking Quiz

Complete the quiz before the next lecture. It counts 1% towards your Log of Learning Activities.

Quiz

Tutorial

Attend the tutorial to further explore the concepts presented this week and practice teaching them.


Tutorial

WARNING Tutorial may contain nuts

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.

Peer Feedback

Digital Technologies Activity

Computational Lunch

In tutorial this week we will be exploring the concept of Computational Thinking.

You will all write out the instructions (procedure) to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. Three volunteers will then attempt to follow your instructions and create the perfect PB&J sandwich.

Equipment:

  • Loaf bread (in bag with seal)
  • Peanut Butter Jar
  • Strawberry Jam Jar
  • Flat butter knife
  • Large plastic bag (apron)
  • Plastic sheet/bag 2m x 2m

Digital Technologies Activities

Design and Technologies Activity

Infection Detection

In tutorial this week we will be exploring the concept of Design Thinking.

You will complete a design challenge to reduce infection rates during surgical procedures when medical instruments touch and infect a patients body during operations.

Using the following equipment, you are to develop a solution that detects if a medical instrument touches the patient when it should not, and provides an audible signal (buzz) to the surgeon that a mistake has been made. Once that is achieved, using a Makey Makey kit, you are to develop a digital interface to your design, visually displaying errors and counting mistakes and showing this value on the screen.

Equipment:

    • A4 cardboard sheets (photocopy boxes)
    • A4 sheet stiff card
    • scissors
    • stanley knife
    • roll of alfoil
    • roll of masking tape
    • battery and holder
    • red wire (1m)
    • black wire (30 cm)
    • buzzer
    • all metal tweezers
    • Makey Makey interface kit


Design & Technologies Activities

Tutorial Reflection

After the tutorial, you should complete a reflection on what you learnt in this weeks tutorial by the next tutorial. It counts 1% towards your Log of Learning Activities.

Reflection

Preparation for Week 6

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.

Lesson Plans

Week 6 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 6 tutorial by the start of next weeks tutorial. It counts 0.5% towards your Log of Learning Activities.

Share Lesson Plans

Week 6 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 6 tutorial by the start of next weeks tutorial. It counts 0.5% towards your Log of Learning Activities.

Share Lesson Plans

Progressive Feedback

Your views on how the course is going is appreciated.

Progressive Feedback