Classroom Supports → Effective use of Technology

Common Sense: Digital Citizenship

Help students take ownership of their digital lives. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum:

Addresses top concerns for schools.

Prepares students with critical 21st-century skills.

Supports educators with training and recognition.

Engages the whole community through family outreach.

Common Sense: Digital Citizenship

Code to Learn

Code to Learn offers free professional learning to Canadians on coding with young people. MicroWorlds coding software is available at no cost to engage youth across Canada. They work with educators and other community members to co-design curriculum activities & Coding Challenges—including the popular micro:bits!  Access the Code to Learn Community to get started with simple activities, request free books, resources and workshops, and find self-directed learning about computational thinking, MicroWorlds EX, JR and micro:bits coding activities.

Code to Learn

Codewars

As OTs we are sometimes required to teach unfamiliar material, such as coding. To start your own learning journey check out Codewars, which offers a fun and unique way to learn to code. With a martial-arts theme, the program is based on challenges called “kata.” Complete them to earn honour and progress to higher ranks. This is a fun way to learn programming online if you’re motivated by a little gamification!

Coding challenges they offer: CoffeeScript, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Java, Clojure, and Haskell

Codewars

Genius Hour

This is by google and supports literacy development. Students explore any topic they wish and then presents their findings to the class.

Genius Hour

Hour of Curiosity

A resource bank with free lesson plans, professional development activities, videos and more developed to support student engagement and teacher proficiency with coding, Minecraft, and augmented reality.

Hour of Curiosity

Code.org

The Hour of Code program offers tutorials to teach students to code through playing and creating games. Code Studio is a series of online courses that teach computer science.

Code.org

Switch Zoo

Make new animals by switching the heads, legs and tails of 142 different creatures

Switch Zoo

Egg Timer

A simple countdown timer.

Egg Timer

Scratch

Teach students to code with Scratch – a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Scratch

The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning blog

This blog shares the learning journey of educators like you who are living the heart and art of teaching and learning with students. Teachers share their advice on classroom layout, building inclusion, classroom management, report cards and much more!

The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning blog