Tag Archives: games

Worth a read 10/28/2014

  • “If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check out the websites below and you will find the best free stock photos.

    All of the photos that you will find on the websites below are free to use for commercial purposes, without asking permission or they need attribution so make sure you check before you use a photo.”

    tags: images creative commons copyright free photos KDSBytes

  • “One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.”

    Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

    Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine.”

    tags: games team-building collaboration KDSBytes

  • “Short animated lessons you’ll love, from atomic structure to the science of stage fright (and how to overcome it).

    Bite-size snacks of knowledge, TED-Ed Video Lessons are short, free educational videos written by educators and students, then animated by some of the most creative minds in the business. The topics of these addictive little videos range from quantum physics to the art of beatboxing, and once you watch one, you may want to watch 10 more.”

    tags: TED-Ed TED video classroom activities KDSBytes

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Worth a read 10/21/2014

  • Doctor Who’s latest adventure sees him teaming up with a Dalek and trying to save the universe, but also teaching children some early computer programming skills.

    This isn’t a TV show, however: it’s a game due to launch on Wednesday 22 October on the broadcaster’s CBBC website. The Doctor and the Dalek includes voice narration from current Doctor Peter Capaldi, and a new story by Phil Ford, who has written for the TV show.

    The free web game is aimed at 6-12 year-olds, and involves freeing a battered Dalek from a ship of Cybermen, then building it back up to full strength through puzzles based on the programming elements of the new English computing curriculum.

    tags: KDSBytes code computational thinking game based learning

  • In an age where everything can be “Googled” and online privacy no longer exists, students have a whole new reputation at stake—their digital reputation, or their digital footprint. A digital footprintis any online information about a person that can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience.

    According to Educator’s Technology, “Managing one’s digital identity is a skill, so to speak, that we need to learn and teach our kids and students about. In a world digitally focused, the boundaries between the real and virtual are blurred.”

    tags: digital footprint digital citizenship students KDSBytes

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Worth a read 06/27/2014

  • Children take to technology like fish take to water. Even as debates rage over how much technology we should let our children use, it comes down to one inescapable fact that the society of today and tomorrow is totally driven by technology. The impact of video games on children is well-researched.
    Let’s question – can we be Luddites in a world that is also tapping into children as design “partners” for innovation? Or should we embrace the best of technology and use it to strengthen their literacy and cognitive skills?
    Which are the creative technology skills we should encourage children to learn? Maybe, these five (though, feel free to suggest your own in the comments)…

    tags: comics cartoon apps moviemaking games mindmapping KDSBytes collaboration writing

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ABC Splash

Have you seen the ABC Splash website?

ABC Splash was launched last year as a new world-class education website for Australia. It includes excellent Australian content from ABC television and radio, and they have joined up with Education Services Australia to link hundreds of new learning resources directly to the Australian Curriculum. Look out for cutting-edge games, virtual worlds and immersive digital experiences.

The special teacher area features thought-provoking articles and blog posts, teaching resources and up-to-date education news. You can even read about the project I was involved in last year: Disaster Resilience for Students.

ABC Splash also runs some live events for teachers and students – to find out more and be kept updated about upcoming events, visit the site and register for their newsletter.