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Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including math, science, and the humanities. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as between school and life outside of the classroom. CT involves a number of skills, including: These skills are supported and enhanced by a number of dispositions or attitudes that include: Confidence in dealing with complexity Persistence in working with difficult problems Tolerance for ambiguity The ability to deal with open ended problems The ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution See our Computational Thinking Concepts Guide for a printable version of this list, along with teaching tips for each concept.

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Resources: Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies The Digital Technologies curriculum exists within the Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculum. Implementation will commence in Victorian schools from 2016 with full implementation expected in all Victorian schools by 2017. Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria will be supporting schools get digi-tech curriculum ready with an extensive range of resources and professional learning activities for members only. Start now to familiarise yourself with some of the terminology within this new P-10 curriculum. Anyone can check out these initial resources but please note that you will need to be a DLTV member to access resources like these in the future! The creation of these resources was funded by the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)

Learner Sketch Tool The Learner Sketch Tool (LST) is an online tool designed to provide learners with a personalized profile and strategies to improve learning outcomes, and educators with information and strategies for strengths-based conversations that support every learner’s growth and success. The LST is designed to engage learners in an interactive manner and provide information that is immediately practical and useful, increasing successes and empowering students to be advocates of their own learning. Teachers are able to utilize the tool to view an individual student’s self-reported Learner Sketch as well as a group’s composite self-reported strengths and challenges, and access instructional strategies to complement strengths and accommodate/address challenges.

5 Chrome Apps for Student Creation Pinterest Made with Canva Using Google Chrome for Student Creation The Google Chrome browser is so much more than just way to search the web and access Google Drive. Google Chrome and Chromebooks offer easy access to web tools or Chrome Apps that can help students demonstrate their learning in new ways. Technologies: Rationale Rationale Introduction to Design Technologies Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed, and constructed environments.

How Google Translate Works and Why It Doesn't Posted on 02. Sep, 2015 by Transparent Language in Language Learning With over 200 million daily translations, there’s no denying that Google Translate is a wildly popular translation service. Indeed, machine translation has come very far since its infancy in the early 2000s. Instead of translating words at face value, machine translators have developed complex algorithms to deliver more accurate translations, and some even take into account colloquial language and idioms. Still, the very nature of machine translators prevents them from ever doing a human’s job.

6 Video Tutorials to Help Teachers Use Google Presentation in Class August 21, 2014 Planning to use Google Presentations with your students this year? The video tutorials below are definitely worth checking. There are a plethora of reasons why you would need to start using this presentation software. Stanford Undergrad About CS+X at Stanford An experiment in learning, known informally as "CS+X", is aimed at integrating the humanities and computer science while providing students with unique educational experiences. Stanford will begin offering undergraduates the opportunity to pursue a new Joint Major in computer science and a number of humanities disciplines, starting in fall 2014. Our goal is to give Stanford students the chance to become a new type of engineer and a new type of humanist. The potential strength of this new educational initiative can be judged by the fact that Stanford’s Computer Science department is jointly ranked as the nation’s strongest in the US News and World Report rankings and the university’s Arts and Humanities cluster is ranked as No.1 in the world in the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Intersecting opposites create altered perspectives, fresh intellectual possibilities and new strengths.

How to get and use free images the RIGHT way in class Creating posters has been a staple of so many classrooms of different ages. Usually, it entails gathering some important supplies before starting — posterboard, glue, markers, etc. Many teachers will round up old magazines, too, letting students cut and attach images that illustrate their topics. The digital age has opened classrooms up to a figurative stack of magazines that’s virtually unlimited, searchable and easily usable. Plus, you don’t have to clean up little bits of cut-up magazine off the floor when you use them.

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