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Getting Creative with Computer Science

I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.

– STEVE JOBS, THE LOST INTERVIEW

photo 1Chances are, you have heard about coding. So what is all the fuss about? When thinking about Computer Science, people tend to think of boring and isolated jobs occupied by a stereotypical male working in front of the computer all day long. However, this is a misconception. Computer Science jobs are exciting, in demand, highly team orientated and constantly require creativity and imagination.

Computer Scientists find clever ways to tackle big problems so it is no surprise that there are so many new digital roles being created across all sorts of fields including media, science, business, sports, mining, defence, infrastructure and transport.

Computer Science provides you with good problem solving skills and practical skills that are applicable to not only many careers, but everyday life. From the car you drive to the phone you use and the games you play, computer science plays a key part. In fact, for practically any area you can think of there is an application of computer technology.

Still not convinced? Take a look at the great YouTube videos below that are also great to share with staff and students.

As a result, I have just completed a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): CSER Digital Technologies F-6 which explained the fundamentals of digital technology and computational thinking specifically addressing learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum (Foundation-6).

This course helps you to integrate digital technology into your classroom with specific and useful examples while also providing a community designed to share resources and support.

The course, supported by Google, is free for educators in Australia and I highly recommend it. Click here for more information.

Coding Resources

What are your thoughts and experiences regarding coding in and outside of the classroom?

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Useful Apps

It’s really important to me that the learning experiences I provide for the students in my class are purposeful. There are so many apps out there for almost every subject and topic imaginable, but when I actually started to search for great apps to use in my classroom this year, it was a lot more difficult than I imagined.

The majority of the apps that I have come across are simple games that simply fill in time. I want more for my students. I want them to be excited and engaged, while also being challenged, creative and learning valuable skills.

I am excited about the potential iPads and apps can bring to a classroom, but that is exactly it – like anything else, they have potential. It is up to us to ensure they are enhancing the learning experience and not simply filling in time or being used as an unnecessary extra activity. Instead of apps being used as fast finisher activities, they should be used by students as part of their learning and to illustrate their learning.

The following is a list of apps that I believe can be meaningfully integrated into lessons.

Explain Everything

  • Students create their own videos and tutorials.
  • Click here for an example of ‘Explain Everything’.

Show Me

  • Similar to ‘Explain Everything’.
  • Searches for pictures on the web.

MathBoard

  • Students are able to solve problems from addition to division.

InAWorld…Drama

  • Students create their own movie trailers and star in them.

Strip Designer

  • Students create their own comic strips with their own photos.

Puppet Pals

  • Students create their own play using their photos or provided images. Students can also add audio.

iMovie

  • Creates movies using images/photos/text/music.
  • Create  a trailer.
  • Record and narrate.
  • Create an opinion video.

Story Kit

  • Create an electronic storybook.

Apps in Education is also a great website which provides great information about apps.

Click here to read a great blog post from Tim Ryland’s Blog that compliments this post very well.

Click here to add to a Google Doc with a list of apps.

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How do you meaningfully integrate apps in your classroom?

What apps do you use in your classroom?

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