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    What connections do you see between CT ideas from overseas and Aotearoa?
    12 September
    Public discussion Created by Ngā Kiriahi
    SortingThe term “computational thinking” is widely used internationally, and the concept has been influential in the design of curricula around the world.
     
    What connections do you see between the new computational thinking area in the NZ curriculum and computational thinking ideas from overseas?
     
    What could be sorted in your classroom using the sorting network? Have you used the sorting network? How did it go?
     

    Kia ora koutou. Recently we've seen the sorting network drawn out on a king size sheet which I thought was a great idea. All it requires to make up is a circle big enough for one person to stand in to draw around (perhaps a baking tin) and a rectangle big enough for two people to stand in (perhaps a 60cmx30cm whiteboard, although the two people would still be a bit snug). If the shapes have a bit of a gap around them then people don't need to be standing exactly inside the shapes. The sheet can be easily folded up small and pulled out when needed. Check out the second-hand shops for large sheets/duvet covers.

    - By Joanne Roberts
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      • Joanne Roberts
        By Joanne Roberts
        Dec 9

        Kia ora koutou. Recently we've seen the sorting network drawn out on a king size sheet which I thought was a great idea. All it requires to make up is a circle big enough for one person to stand in to draw around (perhaps a baking tin) and a rectangle big enough for two people to stand in (perhaps a 60cmx30cm whiteboard, although the two people would still be a bit snug). If the shapes have a bit of a gap around them then people don't need to be standing exactly inside the shapes. The sheet can be easily folded up small and pulled out when needed. Check out the second-hand shops for large sheets/duvet covers.

        • Nadean Simmons
          By Nadean Simmons
          Jul 19

          No I have not used the sorting network activities yet. However, once the weather warms up I will head outside to have some fun. Would be a great one to do in our school Wonderhub as well. (Library)

          • Nadean Simmons
            By Nadean Simmons
            Jul 19

            There are lots of similarities between NZ and Overseas CT ideas. Really like the British one best. Simple and easy to see at a glance. Australian one was far too long winded.

            • Shirley Bastin
              By Shirley Bastin
              Jul 19

              I also found the Barefoot CT graphic really helpful. I like the way it reads like something designed to fit in with NZ Curriculum- not just skills but about personal development etc.

              I loved Joanne Roberts sorting activity (why not go to work) as it shows that the activity can be (a) used to solve quite abstract problems, and (b) fun!

              • Tessa Gray
                By Tessa Gray
                Jun 27

                Nice one @Carolyn.Milne, let us know how much fun you've had with maths and the sorting network! Pictures would cool too, if you can share those?

                • Carolyn Milne
                  By Carolyn Milne
                  Jun 18

                  There are many connections across school curricula with regard to what computational thinking is; by and large the one thing that everyone agrees on is that this is critical thinking which aids the creation of digital outcomes by learners. We may use slightly different terminology in the various contexts of our particular countries, however, we are all looking for the same outcome(s).

                  Within my digital technologies classes I can see that we might have some fun with the sorting networks by using mathematical equations  - this would/could also challenge the students numeracy skills!

                  • Tessa Gray
                    By Tessa Gray
                    Apr 26

                    Thanks for sharing your connections Diane Rojos Any explanation for how a computer processes music in Logic X (or any other music-making programme) will help students to understand how the programme operates etc, while making music and sharing this enables them to understand about Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes (inputs, outputs, storage types etc). 

                    There are some great network sorting unplugged ideas to explore, so feel free to add any images/responses from classroom experiences (permissions approved of course) here if you do. We'd love to see them. 

                    To learn how to add any images or media, there's a video that can help #5 @  https://ngakiriahi.kiatakatu.ac.nz/pages/view/3236/nga-kiriahi-instructional-videos-em

                    • Diane Rojos
                      By Diane Rojos
                      Apr 19

                      What could be sorted in your classroom using the sorting network? Have you used the sorting network? How did it go?

                      I was really fascinated by the programming of the song Twinkle Twinkle Little star using Scratch2. I have Logic X (music producing software) and this has complex programming algorithm. This example helped me understand the processes and the skills of CT.

                      After the school holiday, I will attempt to use the sorting network activity- we will focus on life cycle, making a sandwich or sequencing a story. 

                      • Joanne Roberts
                        By Joanne Roberts
                        Mar 18

                        Kia ora @Anne-Louise.Robertson1 I agree that when the students are composing music they are using CT skills. They hear a 'wrong' note and debug to make it sound better. They use loops to repeat parts to give the composition balance. I agree it is examples like this that can encourage teachers to see how DT & HM can be integrated across the learning areas. Also, the perseverance students show when they 'debug' while they are practicing to get each piece correct, that's a great CT skill.

                        • Joanne Roberts
                          By Joanne Roberts
                          Mar 18

                          Sina Lologa Great to hear about you using the sorting network in your classroom. Well done for getting the children to draw it up, I know that can be a challenge. I think it is best to start with numbers and then work up to other, more challenging items. I'm glad your class was able to work collaboratively and debug. It sounds like you are naturally dropping the terminology into your conversations too. Well done! 

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