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We are excited to share that the CSER Lending Library has some new friends. Please welcome Dash & Dot (Foundation - 4), Bluebot (Foundation - 6) and Micro:bits ( Years 5 -10). Dash & Dot are happily being charged up ready to visit some schools! To register your interest in a kit please follow this link: https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/library/
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Strava - similar to many fitness apps. Allows recording and sharing of run/swim/cycle activities and keeps a record of in-depth performance data to assist training or just general improvement. Often (perhaps unfairly) referred to as facebook for cyclists.
https://www.strava.com/mobile #cserApps2
Square function algorithm is an oldie, from Seymour Papert, but goodie
pen down
move 50
turn right 90
move 50
turn right 90
move 50
turn right 90
move 50
turn right 90

This can be done with the teacher or a student being a robot. Then it can be progressively improved:
One improvement:
repeat 4
move 50
turn right 90

Another improvement:
Make a variable side and then variable sized squares can be drawn
repeat 4
move side
right 90

A further improvement:
Increment side length over many iterations
side = 1
repeat 100
repeat 4
move side
right 90
side = side + 1

#cserApps1
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Here is my algorithm for overtaking a car on the roads.
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An activity that could be turned into a function could be the process of getting ready for school. #cserApps1
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The students found it interesting trying to figure out what exactly they wanted to accomplish. At the end of the day they wanted the assignment broken up into student requirements and stages and for the teacher to confirm the completion of each stage by each student. The overall aim was for the group, teacher and parents to be able to see the input by each student towards the assignment.

#cserApps5
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Algorithm- Making a pizza
Welcome the user,
Ask what pizza base they need? (Thin, Thick)
Ask if they want tomato sauce or BBQ sauce?
Ask if they want cheese or not?
Cook the pizza for 20 minutes,
Serve the pizza

See this site for a good activity:
https://www.101computing.net/pizza-robot-flowchart/
#cserApps1
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The students went through quite a process to determine what they really wanted from this app. It came down to student participation on the project and allowing students, teachers and parents to be aware of what stage each person was up to.

#cserApps5
I have incorporated digital technologies in my Science classrooms by using circuit playgrounds, edisons, microbits and developing Apps. The digital technologies supported their project based learning. I am looking forward to developing more apps with my students. #cserApps8 !
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My Year 9s created an app for electromagnetic spectrum using MIT Inventor. There were some runtime errors that were not detected by the app. We used used this video that has information about debugging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Z4gGSGwCQ #cserApps7 !