A Teacher of Technology in Education

An excellent resource curated by Kathleen Morris to support staff to model safe, respectful and responsible Digital Leadership when communicating with parents via email.

Source: www.kathleenmorris.com


Documentation of Unit of work from 2018   2019  Year 4 Digital Literacy

Beginning of Year

  1. setting the scene:

Digital Literacy is….

I think Digital Literacy means….

Some digital skills I have are….

My favourite digital technology is….

Create eBook in Book Creator called ‘Digital Safety’
Contents Page
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4

2. Digital Citizenship:

explore eSafety unit of work

Explore the teacher notes and work through the tasks.

Document different tasks in Book Creator

Rotation throughout the year

Rotation 1: Robotics- App Lego WeDo

Equipment required:

Setting the scene:

  1. What is Robotics?
  2. What are examples that you know of or have seen?
  3. What is Lego?
  4. Who is Max and Mia? LEGO WeDo 2.0 Max and Mia Introduction
  5. https://youtu.be/TUmeKfxQEDU
  6. What is Lego We Do? Lets find out here- WeDo 2.0 What’s In The Box  


Rotation 2:

  1. Code studio
    What does coding mean?
    Where do you see coding or codes?
    What types of coding have you seen or used?

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10 surprising skills kids learn through coding: https://www.weareteachers.com/skills-learn-coding/ 

  1. critical thinking
  2. persistence
  3. problem solving
  4. courage to try new things
  5. maths skills
  6. meaningful contexts
  7. processing skills
  8. determination
  9. creativity
  10. overcoming gender barriers


Rotation 3:


An example of a digital story Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma Live Action Holiday tribute 

  1. What are the different components required to create a digital story? 
  2. Storyboard That: https://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator 
  3. Apps used Backgrounds, characters, text or speech bubbles

    A: title
    B: setting


    1. Agriculture-eg vine yard, farm land, Power Plant
    2. Outer space
    3. Under water
    4. Rescue – helicopters, ambulance coming in to help
    5. Archeological setting- thousands of years old eg: Egypt 
    6. Military setting

    C: characters
    Dialogue for your characters: How does your story start? What scene? What happens next?
    E: problem
    F: problem solved



The focus: use photos and videos from Robotics (Milo Robot) to create a  digital story based on your robot, think of a problem and how Milo robot solves the problem

  1. Select a setting  eg: outer space, desert, rainforest, agriculture, river etc
  2. Think of a problem that Milo could help solve –Your movie needs to have a message to make our world a better place 
  3. Look at the different apps you have that could tell a story
  4. Select an app and import photos and videos 
  5. Look on the internet to find extra pictures to add to your story (copyright free to use) look here :
  6. Does your story have a title, author, sound effects, photos video, problem explained, problem solved?
  7. save your story to your camera roll (photos)
  8. email a copy to your teachers 

Rotation 4: 3D Design

What is 3D design?
What examples of 3D do you know?
Where do you see 3D objects?
3D Design online using Tinkercad www.tinkercad.comimage.php?hash=fd65236b7cdfcd0b952957de2808dc58d5724ea6

1. click on the sign in page:
2. sign in with the Year 4 DL username and password given to you by Teacher Raff
3. click ‘create new design’
4. Add your name and class to the top left hand corner
5. If you have work already created, click on the word ‘tinker this’ to edit it
6. Begin by looking at the left hand side and have a go at some of the tutorials
7. here is a great video to show how to get started using Tinkercad




Hello educators and students,

If you are looking to introduce your students to searching online to locate appropriate information and content in research and inquiry sessions these below may be of use.

These are suitable if you wish to use alternatives to Google or Bing (particularly with students in the early years of schooling).

If you know of others, please contact me to update this list.

Happy searching and inquiring.


Searching Safely with students
1. Kiddle  image.php?hash=875a05fd7839617d33f14faca
 2. KidRex image.php?hash=06b68c2e9a3b75291ebebf898
3.  ABC Splash image.php?hash=943894e2f454143bdeac1a4e8​​​​​​​
4.  National Geographic for Kids: image.php?hash=e458b84cbcf057b3509c36fce
6. DK- Find Out image.php?hash=b4101c4a787de470b32eeb281
 7. Museum Victoria – Amazing Animals  image.php?hash=5fa26335bbb041c8512f65be5
8. K9 Safe Search









9. Infant Encyclopedia –

Great Introduction for Younger Students



10. KIDS CLICK – Search Engine





11. Quintura Kids Search Engine:


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Infant Encyclopedia Search


KidsClick Search


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End of An Era

Hello  Everyone,

As the school year in Melbourne Australia has come to an end, so has my role in my current school.

In 2016 I am moving on to a different school and will be working in a different role. I will still be using technology but in a whole new and different way.

Thank you to all of you for your loyalty and support over the years and I look forward to sharing with you in the new year my new and exciting role.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and relaxing time with your family and friends.

Raff 🙂

Hi Everyone,

Over the past 2 weeks since returning from ‘Spring’ vacation, I have been introducing the students across different year levels to ‘Coding/Programming/Pair Programming’ using a many varied devices and applications.

On my ‘school blog’  Teaching With Technology I have shared with my students some short video clips about ‘Hour of Code’. From there different levels have launched into ‘having a go with coding’

Starting with Foundation (Prep) and Year One students, they have begun working through ‘Course 1’ of studio.code.org. Can I tell you how excited and engaged these students are.

Year 2 students are working on creating ‘cybersafe’ avatars and will also launch into Course 1 shortly.

Year 3 students are exploring ‘Scratch‘ online. They are absolutely loving it. They are also using ‘Google Classroom’ and with their teacher are incorporating their ‘Inquiry’ learning with the aid of technology.

Year 4 students have begun to explore ‘Course 2’ from studio.code.org to extend their skills after being introduced to ‘programming’ earlier this year using ‘Scratch’. They are flying through the different activities. However, what is interesting to see as the challenges become more difficult, how the students are resorting to their ‘known knowledge’ in mathematics/angles etc’ to work through the tasks. One student said ”ahhhhh this is why we learn that about directions, angles and shapes’ now I can see why you need to know that so now I can use that knowledge to ‘create’ things”… powerful !!

Year 5 & 6 students have explored ‘Hopscotch’ on their iPads to create unique and individual animations which have extended to their ‘Inquiry’ areas.  These students will shortly move to attempt ‘Course 3’ of studio.code.org to extend their skills and transfer the skills they have already from previous use of ‘Scratch’ Google SketchUp and Hopscotch.

Such exciting times for these students. Learning is taking place everywhere, all the time and I am continually fascinated to hear their stories of how they ‘go above and beyond’ once they are truly immersed in their learning.

Looking forward to next sessions and hopefully students in Year 4 – 6 to participate in 2015 Hour of Code in December!!


Raff 🙂