Phase 4 Independent Digital Technologies Project

I’ve selected the Alice program as my preferred alternative to Scratch.  I tried to replicate the Scratch project of drawing regular polygons.  In Alice, I managed to get the penguin to move in a square but have been unable to find a “pen” to draw the polygon in the snow.

The three dimensional aspect of Alice is good, together with the more authentic types of movement available, but the block style of Scratch is still my preferred program.

Instead of using text, I found Alice uses for example, objects such as furniture, rocks, space ships and medieval pieces to create 3D animations and games.

Instead of typing commands, the programmer drags and drops into the graphical user interface.  Previously students had to spend hours of trying to understand syntax errors (Java) in pursuit of working sequence generated programs which had led many students to conclude that computer science in uninteresting.

Students in Years 5-6 could use Alice to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum where students are expected to “follow, modify and describe simple algorithms involving sequence of steps, decisions, and repetitions that are represented diagrammatically and in plain English.  Design and implement digital solutions using visual programs with user input, branching and iteration” (ACARA, 2013 p.71).

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2013). Draft Australian curriculum: Technologies.  Retrieved 15 May, 2013, from http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Static/docs/Technologies/Draft%20Australian%20Curriculum%20Technologies%20-%20February%202013.pdf

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Phase 3 Exploration of digital technologies alternatives

 

Hackety  Hack

http://hackety.com/

Hackety Hack was developed out of the notion that all computer programming had to be complicated and difficult.  Hackety Hack uses a programming language in a more traditional way called “Ruby, ”whereas Scratch uses a graphical (visual) programming language based on the concept of blocks where students do not have to worry about syntactical and memorisation issues, where the blocks fit together in a correct way.  Students programming with Hackety Hack use an integrated text editor to begin building ruby applications and by the end will be comfortable with basic programming syntax. 

Students in Years 7-8 could use Hackety Hack to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum where students are expected to “develop and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, repetition or iteration and subprograms in a general purpose programming language” (ACARA, 2013  p.71).

Alice

http://www.alice.org/index.php

5962_1208217539434_soundfield-amplification.pdf

See on Scoop.itDigital technologies to assist students with speech and language disorders to achieve curriculum communication goals.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

A Soundfield system is designed to evenly distribute sound around a room to make sure the teacher’s voice is equally loud in all parts of the classroom

 

Teachers must overcome numerous acoustical barriers to learning in order to effectively deliver instruction to their students. Problems include conditions in and around the classroom, student learning disabilities, and teacher vocal strain. 

 

Poor classroom acoustics create an especially challenging educational barrier for those children who have hearing loss, speech impairments, or learning disabilities, and whose native language differs from the teaching language.

 

This system allows all students to better access the Australian Curriculum generally.

See on www.hearing.com.au

EZ Speech software from Gus Communication Devices, Inc.

See on Scoop.itDigital technologies to assist students with speech and language disorders to achieve curriculum communication goals.

Gus Communications is the #1 source for speech aids for individuals with stroke, cancer, laryngectomy, ALS and other conditions. Also communication devices and speech generating devices.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

EZ Speech is designed for those who have lost their ability to speak (but are able to read) as a result of stroke, cancer, laryngectomy, cerebral palsy and parkinson’s.
EZ Speech provides a simple, efficient method to carry on a conversation with anyone. All phrases are only a single touch away.

Apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod. 

See on gusinc.com