Digitech Play & Learn

It’s been a log time since the last Techie Brekkie but wow! What a great way to get back into the swing of things. This week was all about the new digital technologies curriculum and playing and experimenting with some new devices that can be used to support student systems and computational thinking. What we found out however, was that digital technologies is also a great way to foster student and teacher critical and creative thinking.

In the beginning the staff were fascinated with the Bee Bots. These are programmable robots that require some ‘If this’, ‘Then that’, computational thinking. Staff commented that they could see huge potential in teaching mapping, directions, and co-ordinates with prep through to grade 6 students. 

The Dash and Dot was also a huge hit. This amazing little robot requires the learner to program it using blocky code language. It’s a fast mover and we worked out that it can talk!

Staff were interested in the science behind the Makey Makey a controller that connects to your chromebook which can then be connected to various objects. These objects can then control sound or objects on the computer. The pastry drum and banana piano were highlights.

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There is something mesmerising about the Ozobots. It could be the way the glide across the paper or perhaps the artwork that is created as part of coding and computation.

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We only touched the surface with this Techie Brekkie. The BitsBox app building books will be next on the agenda as well as seeing what other digital solutions could potentially be created.

Techie Brekkie At The Movies

Wow! What a great techie brekkie this morning. Thanks Tom for walking us through iMovie on the iPad. Your short Bike Ed movie was an inspiration. As soon as we  loaded our video footage into the app it was easy to see the potential for students to engage in deep learning through creating their own movies. Discovering the movie trailer templates provided iMovie was an eye opener. The easy to follow templates makes creating a short movie very simple. Below is an example of a trailer that Chelsea put together in a matter of minutes using video footage that she had taken of techie brekkie.

“It’s so intuitive”-Chelsea

“Last year I had my students making trailers to advertise school and classroom events”-Sophie

Tom has suggested that a Techie Brekkie in a few weeks time be dedicated to iMovie again but this time a show and tell session where we share the short movies that we or the students have created using iMovie on the iPad. This would be a great opportunity for people to share their creativity as well as discuss some of the opportunities that iMovie brings to teaching and learning.

The next techie brekkie will be next Wednesday as always. Further details coming soon. Be sure to check the techie brekkie trailer below.