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Community pānui: Around the virtual watering hole

Kia ora, here's a quick glimpse at some of the latest conversations happening across Ngā Kiriahi. Just like virtual stickies, these conversations are where we can make our ideas, experiences and wonderings known to each other. 

We're all learning this new kaupapa together. Check out what you might have missed or feel compelled to respond to.

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Years 1-6: Feel free to share your experiences of teaching DDDO - the good, bad or ugly. Viv Hall uncovers some older MoE technology resources, wonders about their age and puts out an idea that these could be used to create a timeline of 'digital devices created by people'. What are your thoughts on these posters?

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Years 7-10: Feel free to share your experiences of teaching DDDO - the good, bad or ugly. In the latest post, Gerard MacManus shares some rich ideas on ways to incorporate digital designs using dice and cards to focus on self management, health and houroa. Gerard shares how his year 9's are creating games. Is this an idea that could work for you too? Any other experiences with designing and developing digital outcomes to share?

How do you learn best? Are you more like Mahuika or Māui? and I'm like MauiCommunity members reflect on how they're learning style is best suited to Māui, Mahuika or both. What kind of  learner are you?

In these two threads, community members share how they're teaching computational thinking already. Do you have any examples to share for all age groups?

What will schools look like in the future? Short videos or media presentations can be a visually appealing way to help develop understandings grow new knowledge. What videos would you share with your colleagues to inspire shifts and change with Digital Technologies?

VR paintingVR and AR: Is this something students can produce? Community members share how their students are using 'game engines' like CoSpace Edu, Playcanvas, Unity etc to create virtual reality experiences. Want to know more?

Scratch - Getting Unstuck: Nicki Tempero shares a handy resource - Getting Unstuck  21 days of Scratch projects where everyday you will get an email with a small, creative programming challenge designed to help you explore different computational concepts and debugging strategies in Scratch. Nicki asks, how are you using Scratch in your classroom and how do you and your students deal with the challenges around getting stuck and debugging?

My first play with Microbits: Geoff Bently shares examples in about how his 'clubbers' are using a number of digital technologies including playdough, microbits and Scratch. Take a look and make a comment or ask Geoff a question to find out more.

DDDO or CT: What happens with resourcing digital technologies and tools? Should a teacher pay for these or is there a need for schools to be proactive and make this part of their strategic planning and resourcing? Do you experience something similar to Jo in terms of funding this yourself? 


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What aspects of computational thinking do you recognise in what you are already teaching? Give one...: Scott Hillman shares his example for teaching computational thinking, for example using procedural or instructional writing in an interdisciplinary approach to inquiry topics with Key Competencies at the fore. Is this something you and your teachers do well already as well? We're certain Scott would like to hear from you.


How could you use the Kidbots activity in other learning areas? Kidbots are a great way to learn new concepts around Computational thinking such as step-by-step instructions (algorithms), decomposition and debugging. How could you use the Kidbots activity in other learning areas? What kinds of 'problems/issues' might be posed so that students can work through authentic problem-solving tasks? What have you tried already and how did it go?

Computational thinking: Erin Coyle shares how her students use computational thinking in maths, when they work collaboratively to find solutions to problems- showing/ discussing each step. How do your students use computational thinking in maths? Do you have any examples or pictures to share?

Best robotic kits for beginners: What robots are you looking at purchasing for your school and what's guiding your decisions? Affordability, easy to use, programable, durable, link to other tools, software applications, open-ended, educational or 'word on the street'? What criteria do you use to make these decisions?

What connections do you see between CT ideas from overseas and Aotearoa? 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?

Digital fluency and Digital Technologies - what do these mean? In this post we share an infographic unpacking the difference between digital technologies and ICT/e-learning capabilities and ask, how are you finding the segway between ICT/e-learning capabilities and digital technologies? What does this look like at your school?

Gaming consoleThe rise of game development in the business sector:  Our tech sector is already growing, with a rise in game development, with the government identifying the need to do things differently in schools. What are your thoughts about these trends and connections?

Tools and toys: Nicki Tempero shares some of the most popular tools in schools in her area, and is interested to hear what tools/and toys you are using to support coding and robotics.

Years 11-13: Feel free to share your experiences of teaching DDDO - the good, bad or ugly: Secondary schools have been getting their heads around digital technologies for a few years now. Feel free to share your experiences of teaching DDDO - the good, bad or ugly.

What excites and concerns you about teaching Digital Technologies? We're now five months in. Tell us how you’re feeling about the additions to the curriculum.

Feel free to show some manaakitanga (support) and dive into any one of these unanswered discussion posts, you might even like to start your own.

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