Complete Guide to teaching STEM & Digital Technologies e-Book

A complete guide for teachers.

A complete guide for teachers.

Would you like to teach STEM, CODING, ROBOTICS and CRITICAL THINKING With confidence and wisdom? Discover proven teaching strategies, lesson plans, ideas and 2019 resources providing a wealth of information on this innovative and engaging area of the curriculum from an expert educator with over a decade in coaching STEM & Digital Technologies.

This 180 Page e-book provides teachers with solutions to teachers.

Kevin Cummins, (MA, Education & Technology Melbourne) provides a step-by-step process of teaching the following areas in this 180 PAGE INTERACTIVE e-BOOK.
⭐ Coding & Robotics 
⭐ Critical and Creative Thinking
⭐ Algorithmic Design and Analysis
⭐ Data collection, analysis, and Visualisation
⭐ Digital Citizenship (rights and responsibilities) 
⭐ Digital Systems 
⭐ Aligned to the Australian Curriculum, U.S. Common Core, and British Curriculum

 And much more high-quality content designed to turn teachers and students from TECH CONSUMERS TO CREATORS.

There is an ENTIRE YEAR of teaching ideas and content here, plus you will receive all future additions and revisions FOR FREE.

This BESTSELLER  has been utilized by thousands of teachers around the globe with GLOWING REVIEWS  which you can read for yourself.

Now in its third edition offering greater visual examples of making STEM, Digital Technologies and Critical Thinking actionable tasks in your classroom.  

It also provides case studies and context to the skills being taught so that you can talk the talk, and walk the walk.

This ebook is an essential resource for not only specialists involved in learning technologies but all teachers looking for new and engaging strategies to teach their students to problem solve, better integrate technology and build the skills required to contribute and understand our digital society.

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Create Cyber Safety/Digital Citizenship Slogans with IOS App DITTY

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During the first half of the year most schools I know focus their energies towards implementing a cyber safety/ digital citizenship curriculum. But depending on how cyber safety/digital citizenship curriculum is taught students can view this as just a lot of “Do’s and Don'ts” and have no real ownership of the content or message. I like to take the proactive approach rather than a reactive approach to this type of curriculum. I find that when you place the emphasis of cyber safety back onto the students it empowers student voice and a common understanding of acceptable online practice. Asking students to create their own cyber safety/digital citizenship pledge is also a great way to promote positive behaviour and allow students to reflect on their own online activity.  

So for this activity I ask students to think of a cyber safety or digital citizenship statement/pledge they are going to use as their online mantra for the upcoming year and use that to create their own Ditty. I compiled some of the best pledges and created a Ditty megamix below, I hope you enjoy.

To create a Ditty you basically type whatever you want into the app then choose a song from the catalogue, Ditty will then sing your text to the beat of the chosen track. You can also use photos or video within Ditty as the background layer. Please also note that there are a lot of in-app purchases within Ditty and there is only a small amount of free songs available.

Ditty is a lot of fun and to some I am sure it will seem harmless but is important to understand that Ditty is also a form of social media and has similarities to the notorious cyberbullying app music.ly. Your Ditty’s can be shared across all social platforms or kept private if you choose. Your Ditty profile is public and anyone can follow you and see your Ditty’s especially if they are not protected. Users can also comment and share your Ditty’s if they choose.

I hope you have a lot of fun creating Ditty's with your students but remember to check all the settings first!!

Scratch Your Projects With Dr Scratch!!!

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I know there a lot of schools out there who have started or are about to start their coding journey using the visual programming platform Scratch. This post may be of some assistance. Dr Scratch is a great complimentary site to Scratch that allows teachers and students to analyse their Scratch projects and dig deeper into their programming ability through a report/rating on a number of categories such as flow control, data representation, abstraction, user interactivity, synchronization, parallelism and logic.

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The Dr Scratch analysis tool also suggest ways for users to improve the back end of their Scratch program and get a better rating. It identifies when a sprite or costume hasn't been given a unique name or way of identifying the game asset other than “sprite 1” or “costume 2” this is a common mistake made by students and it is also a sign of a lazy programmer.

To use the Dr Scratch website simply copy your Scratch project URL and paste it into the anaylse by URL feature on the Dr Scratch homepage. When I tried to login and create an account the website crashed a number of times so I wouldn’t bother getting your kids sign up, you don’t really need it.

The Dr Scratch website isn’t the answer to all your Scratch problems, it doesn’t debug the programming and identify the exact errors you might want. But it is still a great resource to add classroom discussion/reflection and improve student and teacher understanding of what does  “best practice” coding/programming look like. Check it out you have nothing to lose!!

http://www.drscratch.org/