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Years 7-8

Activities and worksheets for students in Years 7-8 with curriculum links.

Classroom resources

Worksheets and other activities

Algorithmic thinking

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Students submit their instructions to other students, or the whole class to replicate.Discussion about algorithms and clarity of instructions can be carried out in online class or, if permissible, school online learning platform. If class discussion can be held, discuss the use of repetition and loops in their instructions (eg. did students say ‘do this three times’? How is that similar to a coding loop?).


Broken Difference Engine

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
No adjustments needed, no group work required.


Turing and cyphers

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
This activity could be completed easily at home. It is more challenging if students do not have access to the internet, as there are online cypher breakers which makes decoding much easier! If you are using an online learning platform and are okay with students using the internet to solve the problem, it could be a ‘race’ to see who solves it first.

Warning
Googling the problem (eg. ‘Drsbn, gkvu pyb 650w kmbycc dro Gsvvskw Lkbku Lbsnqo) will result in Digital Careers as the first result, and the answers are in the document! We encourage you to make up your own statements if you have savvy students!


Decoding with binary

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Students could post their secret messages to other students on an online learning platform, or work with household members to solve the problem. Teachers could develop their own secret message and post to an online learning platform and have a race to see who solves it first.


Search engine comparison

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Can be completed as an independent activity and submitted as a report.


RGB colouring

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Online learning adjustments
Following either activity students could use their knowledge of RGB and Hex colours to design their own colouring page. 


Designing dream apps and peripherals

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Could be used as the basis for a large design-based thinking project where students storyboard or prototype a device or app.


Activities (some equipment needed)

Computational Thinking in Action

Each Computational Thinking in Action resource was developed to develop team work; critical and creative thinking; problem solving; and Computational Thinking skills. All activities can be used with the Computational Thinking definitions and the Thinking about Computational Thinking worksheet. A short, hands on activity and an extension activity or prompt are included with all. The Thinking about Computational Thinking worksheet can be filled in after the activity is completed on the sheet, used as discussion prompt or as a framework to build an extension activity or project.

These resources were developed for students to use as a reflection prompt after completing any Computational Thinking in Action activity. Thinking about Computational Thinking is to be used in conjunction with the Computational Thinking definitions to enable students to identify and compare key thinking skills. Students can then use the prompt to discuss with classmates about other approaches to problem solving. The final prompts can be used as guiding questions if extension activities are completed. 

Online and home learning adjustments
For each of the already published resources, we have developed some suggested modifications to facilitate teaching and learning in a range of environments.


Vertical harvesting

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability


Drone delivery

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Students work individually and submit their solutions to each other or the online learning portal. Students engage in online discussions of the different solutions.


Facial recognition

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability

Online learning adjustments
Use comparative images of famous people found online. Use digital measuring software or tools to measure the distance. Students compare measurements and image constructions of the same images online to determine which is the smiling measurements. Create a database of these measurements as a class and compare differences between age, gender, ethnicity.


Secure network

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 

Online learningadjustments
This activity involves role playing networks and changes to networks and should be completed in groups. To modify it for online learning, teachers can develop an image with dots, which students then connect. Students will need to submit their network to their teachers, who will “cut” a path, and distribute the changed network back to students. Students should then use their online work space to compare answers.


Sorting algorithm

Curriculum links

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 

Online learning adjustments
Students should digitally swap Boolean statements.


Touch screens

Curriculum links 

Digital Technologies

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 


Cell representation

Curriculum links 

Digital Technologies

Science 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Critical and creative thinking capability 

Online learning adjustments
Students collaborate online to develop their brainstorming skills. Use this resource and the Kate Patterson video as a jumping off point for the planning of a user experience, including story boarding and experience features. Students then assess and provide feedback to other groups about their proposals. This concept could also be applied to the study of body systems as well as cells.


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