Drones in the Classroom

Wooooooooow... that's the sound of the classroom when you arrive with a drone for the start of the lesson. Like with much of the technology that is readily available to our students these days, drones provide a perfect tool with which to bring prior-knowledge and better yet, a large serving of intrinsic motivation to your lessons. "But how can it be used for learning?", is the common questions I get [...]

Sphero in the Classroom

Best described as a robotic ball, the Sphero is one of the robotic devices in the Digital Technologies Kit that was supplied to Government Primary Schools across Western Australia. The reasons it is one of my favourite robotic devices, and the reasons I recommend using it in the classroom is because it is durable and versatile. Sphero is not just a robotic ball that can be coded, there are so [...]

Everyone Can Code Resources

Have you seen the 8 Everyone Can Code iBooks developed by teachers for teachers? The iBooks are based around a spiral curriculum model and provide lessons starting from Kindergarten. The available books are:  Get Started with Code 1, designed for K - Year 2 Get Started with Code 2, designed for Year 3 - Year 5 Learn to Code 1 & 2 and Learn to Code 3, designed for Year [...]

Class VR Kit – Virtually Disrupting ‘Real World Application’ in Learning Design

With 8 headsets, a portal and an app the Class VR kit provides a measured mode of delivering Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) learning tasks in the classroom. The VR library groups collections into learning areas and topics and is growing rapidly. For me it provides a powerful insight into HaSS and Science topics in particular. In terms of skills, the collections provides ample opportunities to develop empathy, [...]

Makey Makey

Makey Makey is an invention kit. It is great for kids in a classroom because it allows them to create things and experiment with conductive materials. I also like that it has already been coded for the user, so you can focus on the creation side of things. Our Professional Development Coordinator (PDC) team spent one morning experimenting and seeing what we could create. We tried some of the cool apps [...]

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