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Under the "Additional Resources and Organisations" section of the MOOC, it would be great to see the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) and the respective member associations in each State and Territory added as links - these are the peak professional bodies for ICT Education in Australia, and all teachers of ICT should be engaged with these organisations as professionals.

Would be great to see them added to the F-6 MOOC as well. Possible +Rebecca Vivian ?

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Just saw this on Reddit today and think it's quite powerful and may help give students a better understanding of the cost of WWII. It's long and starts out US-centric, but it's still definitely worth watching. #dataisbeautiful

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#MakerSpaceTask1 #option3   #ed1   #NICTA   #arduino  

Since 2011 I've had a set of NICTA ed1 boards that I've used extensively in classes to introduce students to the Arduino platform. Where the standard Arduino required you to wire up hardware components and build your own circuits, the ed1 comes equipped with a whole stack of built-in hardware components including an accelerometer, pull-up resistors, potentiometer, light sensor, temperature sensor, LEDs, an LCD screen and even Infra Red transmitter/receiver. The advantage of the ed1 over build your own boards is that it eliminates the complexities of the hardware and allows students to focus on the software and creativity within a defined set of limits.

As a programming exercise this is excellent, and its a nice way of getting students past the first hurdle of learning to program without having them also tussle with troubleshooting hardware and circuits. From here, moving into a full blown Arduino environment where they build their own kit is relatively straight forward, so its a nice introduction to #maker  activities, even if it is a bit restricted when compared to a truly open maker experience.

The video below isn't one of my students, but gives a great demonstration of the many features and capabilities of the ed1. The game is being demonstrated by the student who wrote it, and he goes through the many features he's been able to write into it. It's a great example of how creative a student can get even when working within a restricted environment.

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#AppTask1 #Option1 #phonegap   #adobe   #opensource   #html   #css   #javascript  #web-and-mobile 

Although it was mentioned in the module, I'm going to choose PhoneGap as the platform of choice for Apps in this stream. One of the dangers of working with App development platforms is selecting an option that requires students to learn yet another programming language. Since students tend to enjoy working with the basic web technologies of HTML, CSS and Javascript from pretty early on, the fact that PhoneGap uses this standard combination of web tools makes it a great choice for starting out web development with a general purpose programming language that will likely be somewhat familiar for students with a web background.

It would fit in nicely as a progression from the basics of web development, and therefore could be used in the later stages of the 7-8 band, and be expanded upon further in the 9/10 band where students develop a better understanding of Object-oriented programming. The fact that Javascript is an OO language means that you can continue to build on pre-existing foundations, and extend students without having to introduce another syntax or language.
PhoneGap | Home
PhoneGap | Home
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#GamesTask1 #Option1 #pygame  #python  #general-purpose-programming #free-open-source #cross-platform

Pygame is a collection of modules that allow you to build games using the Python programming language. It makes working with graphics relatively easy, and introduces some core concepts around programming for games that are important for students to understand (such as understanding the concept of an "event" and the nature of polling).

Python is an excellent general purpose programming language to learn since the syntax is easy and it encourages good programming practices. It is also easy to use in a cross-platform environment. It can be introduced easily at the year 7/8 band, and I have done so in my own teaching experience many times with great results.

Pygame would probably be best suited as a platform for students who are comfortable with Python as a programming language - starting out with Pygame would likely be too complex as an introduction. It relies on Object-Oriented concepts that are introduced in the 9/10 band of the curriculum.
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#RoboticsTask1 #Option3 #swirlesque  #hci #humancomputerinteraction   #motioncontrol  

Jake is a student at my college in the ACT who developed a glove that uses bluetooth, a smartphone app and motion control to control other electronic devices using the same technologies that are used on the Internet. He gave a TEDx Talk at TEDxSydney in 2014 - this is his presentation.

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#DataTask1 #Option1 #traffic #networks #people #navigation

The video below shows how traffic in 8 different cities around the world moves around over the course of a day. It collects its data from Waze, an open, crowd-sourced traffic/navigation app downloadable on iOS and Android. It's a great way to develop an understanding of how people move around a city, and the congestion issues that larger cities face with regards to traffic flow and distribution. A great activity you could do with student would be to have them use the images to determine where people tend to work and/or live, and to have them hypothesise about what kinds activities may be occurring in different parts of cities around the world.

More detailed graphics for each city is also available by following the links at the end of the video, and data on more cities is available with a quick search.

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An algorithm that anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s should remember. Is anyone else singing the song in their head now? ;) #cserTask2 
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Hi Guys - Bruce Fuda, teacher in Canberra at a government senior secondary college (Years 11 and 12). I was on the writing and advisory team during development of the Australian Curriculum, and I'm keen to see what kinds of activities and learning experiences people come up with for students in this year group - one that has the potential for significant improvement in schools.

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+Ian Thomson +Cameron Foster something to definitely share with your staff after our training event last week!
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Two big new features in #GoogleClassroom today: add multiple teachers to your class, and save draft assignments until they're ready to post. http://goo.gl/PEo8rh
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