I absolutely love my role as the Digital Technology Specialist at North Kalgoorlie Primary School. Technology enriches and impacts on the lives of people and societies globally. Society needs innovative students who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies, develop the solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living.
The Digital Technologies curriculum comprises of two related strands:
Knowledge and understanding – the information system components of data, and digital systems (hardware, software and networks)
Processes and production skills- using digital systems to create ideas and information, and to define, design and implement digital solutions, and evaluate these solutions and existing information systems against specified criteria.
Digital Technologies is a far cry from simply learning how to word process. During my lessons, I aim to develop your child’s knowledge, understandings and skills to ensure that they will:
use computational thinking and the key concepts of abstraction; data collection, representation and interpretation; specification, algorithms and implementation to create digital solutions
confidently use digital systems to efficiently and effectively transform data into information and to creatively communicate ideas in a range of settings
apply systems thinking to monitor, analyse, predict and shape the interactions within and between information systems and understand the impact of these systems on individuals, societies, economies and environments.
All year levels will focus on developing their basic ICT capabilities and cyber safety during Term One and will move onto project based learning for the remainder of the year.
I look forward to sharing some amazing work produced by the wonderful children at our school.
Mrs Justine Hounslow
Safer Internet Day 2022
Tuesday the 8th of February 2022 was Safer Internet Day. Children and young people are growing up in a digital environment where technology is a vital part of their lives. However, they may not always be mindful of the challenges and opportunities they face online. Safer Internet Day can help raise their awareness. During week 2, all classes took part in cyber safety activities during Digital Technology lessons. They identified ways to keep safe and were encouraged to stop, think and reflect on their own personal internet use. Help us to guide your child by having conversations with them about their internet use to create a better online world for all of us. ‘Play your part for a better internet!’
Click on the below to access the Australian Government internet safety resources available for parents.
This term is set to be an exciting one as students will be using their processes and production skills to complete term projects. Pre Primary students will be learning to use Microsoft Paint to create drawings and add text. Year 1 students will be introduced to Microsoft Word and some basic coding. Year 2 students will research various celebrations and create picture collages and videos about their chosen celebration. Year 3 students will learn graph paper programming and basic coding with Sphero. Year 4 students will complete STEM projects with the Dash, Sphero and Edison robots. The Year 5 and 6 students will develop their knowledge of writing binary code. Data analysis and spread sheeting will be covered by the Year 5 students while the Year 6 students will be focusing on pixilation with binary code.
We have a very exciting term ahead of us!
Term Three is all about Robotics and Coding. Junior students will refine their basic logo programming skills using Bee-bot. They will also be introduced to basic computer programming using the Code.org website. The Year Three students will be learning how to program the Sphero and Edison robots. They will also complete a variety of STEM activities using the devices. Year Four students will use Scratch software to create animations and games. They will also have an opportunity to complete STEM activities using the Sphero and Dash robots. Year Five students will be completing the Western Power Circuit Breakers Program ending in an innovative project to be completed in class. Year Six students will learn about user interfaces and use Microsoft PowerPoint to design and create an adventure game.