There will be a load of teachers in Australia and New Zealand starting to think about planning for the year ahead with a new class and a new group of students. One of the things we are always hoping to do is to inspire and motivate them in those first few weeks.
What better way to do this than to launch them into the world of coding! If you’re after a resource to help you get started, here’s a poster with some clickable links to take you straight to the app or website you’ll need.
There are resources for anyone just starting out, through to more advanced users who are looking to develop their understanding of syntax coding. I’ve also written about this in more depth here, on our website at Using Technology Better. Click the links below to see the online versions and download your own copy if needed using the links at the top of the PDF.
Google Drive – Coding Resources Download
Microsoft OneDrive – Coding Resources Download
This might be slightly tongue in cheek in parts but the message is plain. It can be hard to make a completely confidence decision when it comes down to it.
– “What should we get for the classroom? Ipads, desktops, laptops, Chrome Books?”
This graphic is my way of saying; IT DEPENDS. Maybe following the flowchart will give some clarity? It might also help guide a conversation but, to be honest, the opinion I have at the moment is that whatever you buy will have the potential to enable a fantastic learning programme in your classroom.
(Even if the flow does lead to the ipad, the versatile pocket knife of the learning tool world!)
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Lots of teachers are using their iPads to airplay onto a TV with their Apple TV. This gives them the ability to have an interactive modelling book that they can prepare before a guided lesson and add to as the lesson progresses.
I was asked about which app I thought was the best for this. My short answer would be that it deepens what functions you want to use. For the simplest, cleanest interface I would use Bamboo but if you want some more features such as adding images, importing templates and documents and more then Explain Everything has it all!
Here’s a graphic I’ve made that highlights the features of three well known apps. Please share the graphic around.
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