# Introducing Digital Technologies Through Algorithms Unit Plan

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This Technology unit has been designed to introduce digital technologies to younger students; specifically, the purpose, structure and features of algorithms.

It consists of 3 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

### Overview

#### Objectives

• To understand the concept of an algorithm by listing steps to move an object around a map.
• To consolidate understanding of algorithms by creating a set of instructions.
• To follow a sequence of steps and identify these as an algorithm.

#### Preparing for Learning

This Digital Technologies unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. As directional language and sequencing are explored in detail throughout the unit, it lends itself particularly well to meaningful integration with NumeracyProcedure texts also provide a rich example of algorithms in action, allowing for successful integration with Literacy.

Prior to commencing the unit, create an algorithms display in the classroom. Display word wall vocabulary and posters that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning. For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Technology category on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan may need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

### Lessons

#### Introduction to Algorithms

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the concept of an algorithm by listing steps to move an object around a map.

#### Creating Basic Algorithms

A 60 minute lesson in which students will consolidate understanding of algorithms by creating a set of instructions.

#### Applying Basic Algorithms

A 60 minute lesson in which students will follow a sequence of steps and identify these as an algorithm.

#### NSW Curriculum alignment

• STe-1WS-S

Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas

• STe-6ES-S

Identifies how daily and seasonal changes in the environment affect humans and other living things

• ST1-1WS-S

Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas

• ST1-3DP-T

Describes, follows and represents algorithms to solve problems

• ST1-4LW-S

Describes observable features of living things and their environments

• STe-1WS-S

Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas

• STe-6ES-S

Identifies how daily and seasonal changes in the environment affect humans and other living things

• ST1-1WS-S

Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas

• ST1-3DP-T

Describes, follows and represents algorithms to solve problems

• ST1-4LW-S

Describes observable features of living things and their environments

#### Victorian Curriculum alignment

• VCDTDI014

Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams

• VCDTDI014

Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams

• VCDTDI014

Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams

• VCDTDI016

Independently and with others create and organise ideasÂ and informationÂ using information systems, and share these with known people in safeÂ online environments

• VCDTDI016

Independently and with others create and organise ideasÂ and informationÂ using information systems, and share these with known people in safeÂ online environments

• VCDTDI016

Independently and with others create and organise ideasÂ and informationÂ using information systems, and share these with known people in safeÂ online environments

• VCDSCD021

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment

• VCDSCD021

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment

• VCDSCD021

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment

• VCDSCD022

Sequence steps for making designed solutions

• VCDSCD022

Sequence steps for making designed solutions

• VCDSCD022

Sequence steps for making designed solutions

#### Australian Curriculum alignment

• ACTDIK002

Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams

• ACTDIP004

Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) neededto solve simple problems

• ACTDEP008

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment

• ACTDIP006

Create and organise ideas and information using information systems independently and with others, and share these with known people in safe online environments

• ACTDEP009

Sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaboratively