A Teacher of Technology in Education

MOOC Digital Technologies

Final Lesson Portfolio:

Option 2: Plan a sequence of activities, more broadly defined, that together, address a specific learning objective. This unit of work entitled ‘ Staying Safe Online’ is a unit of work I have developed as a way of introducing ‘Cybersafety’ to Prep/Foundation students incorporating their older ‘buddies’ for schools that have structured ‘buddy’ programs. This unit of work is based around introducing the younger buddies to the concepts of ‘Being safe in the real world and the online world, how to be safe as part of a whole school focus on Cybersafety. It is also a way of reinforcing the ‘Stay Safe Online’ message!! There are so many wonderful ‘Cybersafe’ programs out there but I  have felt that with the Prep/Foundation level it is a very difficult area to cover with very young children. Extending what ‘Common Sense Media’ have created to include ‘buddy’ activities seemed a natural fit for me. I hope you find this useful and welcome your feedback.

Additional Activities:

Unit 9 ‘Online Identity’ I have been an ICT Prep – 6 specialist teacher since 2001 and ‘Internet Safety’ and Cybersafety have always been a big part of my teaching every year. I incorporate this most important area into many of my activities at the beginning of each school year and revisit on regular basis. I have also developed a Prep – Year 6 set of sequential activities to ensure that students at my school are continuously  hearing the ‘cybersafety’ message. Here is a link to my blog and all the various activities I cover.  I will re-tweak them slightly this year as I hope to incorporate the  iBook from Commonsene Media ‘Digital Literacy & Citizenship’  with students in Yr 5/6 as part of their 1-1 iPad Programhttps://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/blog/announcing-our-free-ibooks-textbooks

Task 6: Algorithms and Programming:
Option 2: Design an activity that explores sequences of instructions. I have created a document that has a step by step process for adding a ‘comment’ to a blog post. I am using explicit teaching with Yr 3 as I am introducing them to ‘Educational Blogging’ this term. I have created this document that I am using for students as part of their ‘draft’ prior to attempting to ‘reply to a comment’ on my blog. It is a step by step guide which I have given to the graduate teacher who has asked me to introduce blogging to his class.  #cserTask6

Task 5 – Information Systems:
Option 3 –  The Digital Technologies curriculum encourages students to ‘create and share information in safe online environments’. What are some ways that you would have students sharing work and creating work online together and what tools and environments might you use?
Here is a unit of work I am currently working on with the Yr 5 students at my school in ICT lessons. Students are exploring their own ‘Digital Footprint’, learning what a digital foot print is, how to keep it positive and are looking into the future as to what would be great to have as part of their digital footprint in 10 years time.

Task 4: Digital Systems:

Option 3 ‘Exploring past and present technologies: ‘ I have used this type of activity last year with my Yr 5/6 students in ICT lessons. The students were to research what types of technology has been the best invention and why ( as apposed to just exploring past and present technologies) to encourage them to dive further into why this technology has made life easier and better for us now. Here is a link to the unit of work I created http://mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au/2014/04/24/technologies-that-have-changed-our-world/ This activity was inspired by my visit to the ‘Powerhouse Museum’ Sydney and they had a display of technologies that have changed our world. I was so inspired, it got me thinking..  #cserTask4

Module 3 -Digital & Data Representation:
Using QR Codes in Outdoor Education. I have created a sample activity that could be used for students in Year 4-6 prior to attending their Outdoor Education camp. Using Google Docs & QR codes. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jpZF_5ZZcvngQN4c5Ibq5TxcKMHRzqw1nr-k29z0eUk/edit?usp=sharing #cserTask3

Task 2: Data, Patterns and Play

This Term with Yr 3 as an extra class I am teaching, I am introducing ‘Educational Blogging’ . I’ve introduced the concept to the class & before exploring other blogs, I asked the students what they could ‘share’ on their class blog as a pre activity. I then used ‘ ‘Word It Out’  www.worditout.com (it doesn’t need extra addon software on a Mac like other word cloud sites) and is very user-friendly. to create a visual that incorporates all their responses. I will use in my next lesson to discuss with the students. to continue our ‘introduction to blogging’ tasks #cserTask2

Task1: Possibilities with Digital Technologies

Unit 2.2 Why Teach Digital Technologies? For my very first lesson of ICT 2015 with every class from Prep (K) to Year 6 over the past week, I have introduced the word ‘Technology’ to all classes to refocus their thinking, what are types of technology, why do we use it etc as a springboard to kick of the year. I wanted the students to not just focus on ‘devices or tools’ this year but on ‘Technologies’ as a whole. I then shared the video below with the preface… technology helps to make life easier… what a great discussion we had following watching this little clip… hope you enjoy it too.  I will then follow on with students in Yr 2-6 looking at different questions I posed on my blog about ‘Technology that helps others’ to encourage my students to look forward, how can they make a difference to others in the world? How can technology help? How can ‘Jibo’ help others in our world? It was a fantastic introductory session with all my students including the little Preps who just started school…. looking forward to sharing this with the community!! http://mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au/#cser task1

Unit 2: Reflection: What are  Digital Technologies & Computational Thinking? What digital tools have I used today?
As this is the 1st of Jan 2015, I have used many digital tools to connect with family and friends to acknowledge the start of the new year.

1. SMS my parents to confirm lunchtime gathering

2. Reply to ‘social media’ messages on Facebook, Viber and Instragram

3. Answer ‘skype and facetime’ calls from family in Italy to ring in the new year while watching the midnight fireworks over Melbourne and sharing those images with our family in Italy.

4. Watch via facetime  how it has snowed in our family home town today for the first time in many years.

5. search, view, decide and pay online for tickets to an up coming show.

6. Go for my daily walk while listening to downloaded music on my mobile device

This is just what I can recall, I am sure there are plenty more. This is an excellent activity to do with students!!!

 Computational Thinking:

What is it?  How does it affect our day to day life?
What examples are there in our world that use computational thinking?
The examples shown in the videos are great, really does get one ‘thinking’!  How the ‘everyday’ tasks we undertake such as, working out what to wear based on the weather, making a cup of coffee hot and strong enough by ‘programming’ the settings, getting to my parents place today after checking the ‘freeway travel times’ to estimate how long it would take.
When speaking with my 84 year old grandmother on arrival today, listening to her speak about her ‘waiting’ 66 years ago for my mother to be born on this day.  How my grand mother ‘called for’ the midwife to attend during the middle of Italian winter, how to keep my mother warm after she had been born inside their country house surrounded only by fire and waiting for water to boil on the one stove to fill a small bath to bathe my mother.

These are all computational thinking tasks… all requiring a sequence of events to enable a final result.  How my grandmother would be totally astonished as to how ‘computational thinking’ is involved in the delivery and birth of a child today, 2nd Jan 2015 in comparison to to 1949.  This does make one think!!

 Ready, set… go…!!!

Hi Everyone,

In January 2015 I have begun the MOOC

CSER Digital Technologies – Foundations to 6 Course.

I will be reflecting on my learning here as evidence of my participation and also for documenting my new learning.

Unit 1: This was an easy one to start off with, little tasks to get into the different social networks, forums, locate support links etc.  Adding the MOOC to my Google+ account, following CSER on Twitter, completing an online google form with additional information about why I am wanting to complete this course, following CSER on Pintrest etc.  This really brings home to me how comfortable I am with all these different tools and networks. Going back even 12 or 24 months ago, my learning would have been at a completely different stage! Having a good grasp of these tools already puts me at ease!!

I am thoroughly enjoying reading the posts on the Google+ community.  Such a powerful way of sharing, interacting and learning.

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