The year 3/4’s last week completed their hour of code along with roughly 1700 other Australian code events and approximately 200,000 events worldwide.
Code is part of new digital technologies that schools are adopting by 2017. The students have already coded in Scratch -a free online coding language and they completed their hour of code at code.org Each student was awarded a certificate in appreciation of their work.
The year 3/4 students have another way of handing in their work and they don’t even have to be at school.
One of the latest releases from Google in the education field is called “Google Classroom“. Essentially the children are given an assignment which could included resources in the form of weblinks, announcements, text and videos. The children then complete the task and upload it to their online classroom. The teacher sees who’s handed their work and is able see it online. Time is given in ICT for children to hand their work in even if they were not in class at the time. Google Classroom is a step towards “anywhere anytime” learning.
The year 3/4 students have been busy studying the world of Google Docs.
Without physically getting out of their seat, the children can now share their Docs, Sheets and Slides. In the old terms that’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So the year 3/4 children will be able to work on Inquiry, Numeracy, Literacy, RE in fact any project with members of their team. They will be able to follow up work from school and at home. The children in their team will naturally meet at school, but if one of the members is away – No problem. All members can see the document and contribute wherever they are. So the sharing involves putting in their teams email addresses and sending it to them. So the gap between school and home narrows. Another feature available is the comment feature. Collaborators can comment on any aspect of the work and all team members can view or comment back. How things have changed.
The year 3’s and 4’s received their Google accounts this term after the Catholic Education Office announced all Catholic Primary Schools in Victoria will be using and Education known as GAFE.
(Google Apps for Education). The students are able to create documents, sheets, presentations and drawings online. The big game changer here is that the children will be able to access their work from school and home. Once logged into their account, all work is automatically saved. We have created specific folders for the children to store their work and their class teachers have access to all work they do. They also have the capability of working with other children on the same document – even if they are not at school.
The year 3/4 children have been doing basic programming. Some of the adults may have remembered programming a turtle to make turns and advance a certain distance. Well they have taken this now to a new level. Children can import backgrounds, import actors in the form of people, animals, fantasy creatures or even draw and design your own. So they solve puzzles and create stories, mini-games while learning and applying skills they pick up on the way: design conception, pattern recognition, algorithmic thinking, and problem solving. All the children have logins and create their on projects that they continue on where they left off as it’s all saved on line.
The top image is the code that the children drag onto their coding stage that makes their characters move, make sounds, speak with speech bubbles, or glide from one area of the stage to another.
Below are some of the backgrounds that the children have used to create their projects.