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    What connections do you see between CT ideas from overseas and Aotearoa?
    12 September
    Public discussion Created by Ngā Kiriahi
    imageThe 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?
     

    There seem to be many connections which all together make a clearer picture.  I found the Barefoot CT image really helpful summary. I like the way it breaks down CT into smaller parts (algorithm, decomposing, patterns etc).  I am also very eager to try the Joanne Roberts sorting activity.

    - By Helen Norcliffe
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      • Helen Norcliffe
        By Helen Norcliffe
        Apr 28

        There seem to be many connections which all together make a clearer picture.  I found the Barefoot CT image really helpful summary. I like the way it breaks down CT into smaller parts (algorithm, decomposing, patterns etc).  I am also very eager to try the Joanne Roberts sorting activity.

        • Julie Crossen
          By Julie Crossen
          Apr 1

          I need to get a more in-depth understanding of the NZ digital curriculum and how it is implemented in a range of schools/ levels/ and with creative ideas that are most effective before I can compare with other countries. I am keen to create the sorting network on a sheet (thank you Joanne Roberts) and prepare my class to use it at our community assembly, both with numbers and bells - and ideas from students. 

          • 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. 

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