Technologies

 

Australian Curriculum Technologies – View Year Level Descriptors, Content Elaborations, Achievement Standards, General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities. Download the entire curriculum or specific aspects of it to suit your needs.

Maker Spaces“I transformed my school library and started a makerspace from scratch and I want to empower other educators and librarians to do the same.”

Maker Spaces“Learn everything you need to know about makerspaces and maker education. Whether you are new to the makerspace movement or you’re a seasoned maker pro, we are here to get you answers.”

Computer Science Unplugged – CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles. The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas! CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors.

5 Online resources to use when starting to learn code  – A blog post Mashable Australia.

What is coding? You’ve seen the craze for learning code. But what exactly is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code.

Primary Coding

Secondary Coding

Code Combat – Code Combat is a platform for students to learn programming all while playing a game with their classmates. We believe in encouraging real, typed code to support healthy learning curve with programming.

CodeCombat’s Courses consist of levels that have been specifically playtested to work best in a classroom setting, designed to be used by teachers with no prior coding experience necessary. Current Courses are available in JavaScript and Python, with solution guides provided for both.

Code.org – Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

Computer Science Education Week – Learn about coding. Great for educators of all levels and provides tutorials ranging from 1 hour to courses lasting 15-25 hours. A very engaging resource for students and teachers.

codecademy – Codecademy is an education company. But not one in the way you might think. We’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for our team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.

Computer Science Education Research – This course will explain the fundamentals of digital technology and computational thinking specifically addressing learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum (Foundation-6).

Bee Bots Focus Educational software. 3D software – Focus on Bee-Bot: Lesson Activities  1.3 is a cross-curricular interactive program based on the popular Bee-Bot programmable floor robot. The resource is an excellent starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming to young children. It is suitable for both individual study and whole class whiteboard teaching. New Features include:
• Shell Designer Module       • On-screen Mat Creator
• Bee-Bot Jacket Printer       • Audio Playback of Activity Instructions

View how the above software works.

Bee Bots – lessons and ideas

Bee Bot  support materials

LEGO Mindstorms – LEGO robotics

The LEGO Shop – Robotics

Autodesk 123D – see below for the applications available on Autodesk 123D.

 

123D Catch

Capture places, people and things in 3D using your iPad or iPhone. Share your catches, or 3D print a real object!

 

123D Design

123D Design is a free, powerful yet simple 3D creation and editing tool which supports many new 3D printers.

 

123D Creature

Have a perfect character idea in your head? Bring it to life with this free app for iPad!

 

123D Make

Turn your amazing 3D models into even more amazing do-it-yourself projects. Download the free app now.

 

123D Sculpt

Push, pull, pinch, paint, smooth, tug. More fun than a Renaissance studio, cleaner than clay.

 

The Sandbox

Here you’ll find some technology in progress – this is stuff we’re working on or experimenting with.

Uni SA Pedal Prix

Uni SA Pedal Prix – Design Fact Sheet

Google Sketch Up – This link is for the download of Google Sketch Up. Three-dimensional models are essential if you’re in the design field. Google  SketchUp gives you the ability to easily create your own 3D models. With an  easy-to-use interface and a wide swath of Help features, it’s the perfect tool  for beginner and intermediate designers alike.

Primary Design and Technology – UK site covering Food and Drink, Containers and Packaging, Music, Movement, Clothing, Electricity, Shelters, Bridges and Other Projects & Resources.

Lego Digital Designer – Lego Digital Designer provides you with a huge amount of Lego pieces of all sorts and sizes with which you can build anything you can come up with. Besides free creation, you can also use pre-rendered 3D figures included in Lego Digital Designer, either for editing them or for taking them as models for your own designs.

Ergon – There are lots of fun and interesting facts to learn about: Saving energy, Safety, Energy Sources, How electricity works, History of electricity, Links to other useful sites for your research needs and Fun Stuff, with a new Game, Screensavers and Stickers for you to print.

KnowledgeHound – The subtopics include examples of generator design, wind and solar power.

Boat Design – building projects, forums and best designs.

Technology Student This website contains numerous information sheets and exercises to enhance the study, understanding and teaching of DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY.

3 thoughts on “Technologies

  1. Computer Science Education Research (CSER)
    If you are looking for ideas about how to teach AC digital technologies you might find this website useful.
    Digital Technologies: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area
    This course will explain the fundamentals of digital technology and computational thinking specifically addressing learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum (Foundation-6). Come learn about how digital technology can be integrated into your classroom, exploring example lesson plans, and helping form a community designed to share resources and support.
    https://csdigitaltech.appspot.com/preview
    Cheers Graham

  2. Digital Technologies activities in CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

    The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

    CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centers, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!

    The material is available free of charge, and is shared under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence, which makes it easy to copy, adapt and share it. http://csunplugged.org/

    Cheers

    Graham

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