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Coding at King’s

Coding at King’s

Coding Initiatives

In 2016, ACARA rolled out the Digital Technologies strand of the Australian Curriculum. This strand incorporates Design and Digital Technologies, both of which incorporate aspects of coding throughout a child’s schooling.

The Government’s goal is ‘creating preferred futures’ and this is outworked in the curriculum through training them in systems thinking, design thinking and computational thinking.

King’s exposes children from Prep through to High School to different aspects of coding from an understanding of algorithms through to block and then text coding.

Within the Digital Technologies curriculum, it is important to know that coding is one aspect of a larger whole. Students learn about concepts like abstraction, data collection, representation and interpretation; algorithms and their implementation, digital systems, interaction and the impact of digital technologies on our world.

Spheros has become popular in the last few years, particularly due to the popularity of Star Wars and their BB8 Droid. Students throughout the College learn to program these and in High School Mathematics, they assist in developing a real-world sense of spatial awareness.

Tickle App Arduino

The Tickle App is a block-based coding environment, similar to Scratch. In it you can write some programs that control figures on the screen, but the real power comes in its ability to program drones and Arduinos such as the LightBlue Bean.

These will be used in a new Design Technologies rotation beginning in 2017.

The new kid on the block in iPad coding is Apple’s Swift Playgrounds. The app takes students through a text coding course with the language that creates a growing number of iOS apps – Swift.

This will be used as the coding model for the Digital Technologies course in 2017.

Using iPads for Learning in Early Primary – Tips for teachers and parents

This morning we hosted our second webcast for parents.  Today our topic was “Using iPads for Learning in Early Primary – Tips for teachers and parents”

Links:
Duck Duck Mouse Apps

Petting Zoo App

How to take a screenshot on an iPad

Skitch App

iMovie App

Minecraft App

Jonathan Nalder’s Book

Redland’s iPad Portal

iTunes Gift Cards on Sale

Talking Carl App

School A to Z App

Quick Maths App

Appitic iPad App Site

AppoLearning

Free Workshops at QLD State Library 

Live Webcast with Brad Huddleston – Author and Speaker

Live Webcast with Brad Huddleston – Author and Speaker

This morning we did our first IT webcast for parents.  We streamed live just after 9am this morning and had about 8 parents login during the broadcast.  You can view the broadcast below.  The topic of this morning’s discussion was “Managing Technology in the home – Tips for parents.”

Thank you to parents who could join us and asked questions.  We will spend some time ironing out the bugs and host more down the track.  Please fee free to offer any feedback and suggestions for topics and appropriate time slots.

You can get access to more of Brad’s content at http://bradhuddleston.com

Brad mentions tutorials we did with him…  You can find these here….  http://kingscc.it/parent-tutorials-managing-mobile-devices

And our series on Raising kids in a digital age….
http://kingscc.it/raising-children-in-the-digital-age

 

Parent Tutorials – Managing Mobile devices

During the year we filmed a series of tutorials for parents around managing mobile devices.  The entire playlist of these resources are embedded below (series of 8 short videos).

These videos and a series of other material from King’s can also be accessed through our iTunes U channel

Year 7 Student Launches his first iPad App

Here is a link to the interview from the Today Show this morning of Leio (Primary School Captain).

Leio recently launched his first iPad app on the app store….  Phonic Buddies
He is also kindly donating 20% of his profits to 100% Hope.
What an awesome kid!!  We now have two students who have successfully launched their own Apps on the app store – something that is not an easy task!

Tip of the Week – Managing Mobile Devices

Recently we had Brad Huddleston work with us here at King’s.  Brad is an expert in the are of media and technology.  He has authored books and spoken all over the world on the issues of technology and young people.  Brad loves his gadgets but he also has a passion for educating young people and parents as to how they can best be used.

This week I have placed the first 4 videos in a series we videoed with Brad while he was here.  The purpose of these videos is to help educate our parents as to how they can manage Apple mobile devices.

1)  Setting up a passcode

 

2)  Setting Restrictions

3)  Setting up Application Restrictions

4)  Managing Location Services and Geotagging