Foundation Overview (VCA)

Foundation 

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Foundation  Achievement Standard (From VCA Digital Technologies Scope and Sequence website

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  • Students start at Level D and advance up to Level A
  • Each level focuses on:
    • Digital Systems.
    • Data and Information.
    • Creating Solutions.
  • Within each Level we have offered:
    • Teacher directed learning ideas and content.
    • Student Assisted Learning ideas and content.
    • Independent student learning content.
    • Audio support is provided for Assisted and Independent learners.
 

   Referenced from: VCAA Website

Level D:

Digital Systems

  • Carry out some key functions on digital systems (hardware and software components) to meet a purpose.

Data and Information

  • Collect, sort, and recognise, with assistance, different types of patterns in data, and use digital systems to represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams.

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Follow and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.

Level D:

Digital Systems

  • The Internet. The world's biggest digital system

Data and Information

  • What is the Internet?
  • Awareness of Browsers.
  • Kiddle.co safe search

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Problem solving with computers
  • Robot building fun.

Level C:

Digital Systems

  • Initiate some basic functions on common digital systems (hardware and software components) to meet a purpose.

Data and Information

  • Collect, sort and recognise simple patterns in data, and assist with the use of digital systems to represent data as pictures and symbols.

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Follow, and with assistance, represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.

Level C:

Digital Systems

  • Brief history of computing and word processing

Data and Information

  • Basic mouse and keyboard skills
  • Basic typing awareness.
  • Classifying and sorting data

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Problem solving skills and approach.

Level B:

Digital Systems

  • Explore the purpose and use of some common digital systems (hardware and software components).

Data and Information

  • Collect and sort familiar data, and with assistance use digital systems to represent the findings as images.

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Follow a sequence of steps and decisions needed to solve simple problems.

Level B:

Digital Systems

  • Explore the purpose and use of some common digital systems (hardware and software components)
  • Use of iPad to take a photo
  • Add audio recording to a photo using Fotobabble App.
  • Become aware of the online sharing options.

Data and Information

  • Awareness of binary data.
  • Types of data.
  • Different ways to represent data.
  • Simple survey.

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Following and writing simple step by step instructions.

Level A:

Digital Systems

  • React to the use of some common digital systems, (hardware and software components), as they experience their purpose.

Data and Information

  • React to patterns and different types of data and experience how data is sorted and represented as images using digital systems.

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Experience steps involved in completing a routine task.

Level A:

Digital Systems

  • Students will have had opportunities to experience and react to a range of digital solutions through explorative learning and guided play and integrated learning.
    • Awareness of good posture when using digital devices
    • Mouse control or touch screen control through jigsaw play
    • Control a simple online game
    • Use and become aware of the basic operational functions of an iPad

Data and Information

  • Students experience different types of data such as sound
    • Create sound data
    • Create sound data matched to a visual pattern using the Singing Fingers App

Creating Digital Solutions

  • Students experience the concept of abstraction to identify significant steps involved in everyday routine activities
    • Define and sequence a routine task
    • Become aware of the meaning and importance of the word 'algorithm' in the context of digital systems
    • Modify a routine task or sequence to solve a simple problem