It’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week in Australia.The Digital Technologies subject area provides the perfect context in which to engage students in Literacy and Numeracy activities.
National Literacy and Numeracy Week is an annual event promoting the importance of literacy and numeracy to future learning, life participation and work opportunities. Digital Literacy was first included in 2016 as part of the week to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy as one of the foundation skills for the workforce in the 21st Century.
The Australian Government National Literacy Week has a Teacher Page, full of interesting activities, including activities for exploring digital literacy. Examples include the use of free online resources from Code Clubs Australia, CS First, CS Unplugged and eSaftey Australia. These resources are excellent for aligning with the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.
Linking Mathematics & English with Digital Technologies
Our F-6 Digital Technologies: Extended MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) course explicitly links with the F-6 Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and opportunities for integration with English and Mathematics. This short-course 4-unit course was launched in partnership with Google Australia and, builds on our very first F-6 Foundations MOOC, providing teachers with a deeper exploration of algorithms and visual programming activities.
Our online courses are centred around a free online Community of Practice, in which teachers are sharing fantastic ideas for connecting the learning areas together in a dedicated course Google+ Community. Educators participating in our free online courses are generating a wealth of ideas for linking Digital Technologies with the English and Mathematics learning areas. Below we highlight two examples from our “English Connections” unit.
We encourage you to pop in and have a look at the course content and our rich community of Digital Technologies resources. Register for our online course: https://csermoocs.appspot.com/f6extended
Digital Technologies Hub Resources
The Digital Technologies Hub have been curating hundreds of resources to support Australian teachers with the Digital Technologies curriculum. This searchable database allows teachers to easily search by Digital Technologies topic, year level, as well as by those linked to other learning areas. If you’re looking for Literacy and Numeracy activities with a Digital Technologies flair, have a look by selecting “English” or “Mathematics” on their search page here.
Have an idea to share?
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