Foundation Level D


Digital technology is everywhere in our world. It can be very useful and make our lives more enjoyable. Let's begin with making sure we understand the basics (foundations) of how digital technologies work and what we can achieve with our knowledge.

You might be wondering why we are starting at Level D? Well, we need to progress from Level D to Level A! Remember, learning is fun.

The world's BIG digital system. Digital means numbers. Computers use numbers to work. A system is anything that works with something else. The biggest digital system in the world is the Internet (International network). The Internet is made up of over 8 billion connected devices (computers). This is why it is called the WWW (World Wide Web). All these digital devices are connected via cables, telephone lines and wireless using sattelites.

Teacher Directed Learning.

  1. Use classroom display technology to watch and discuss the video "What is the Internet?" (right).
  2. Explain to the class what a browser program (App) is. List the main popular browsers.
  3. Instruct the class regarding which browser you wish them to use.
  4. Create a classroom account at
  5. Show and have the class practice typing in the address and logging in. This site will be used frequently in Foundation level.
Student Assisted/Guided Learning. 

  1. Watch a short video about using a browser >> Using a Web Browser
  2. Log in to
  3. Play any game you like

Independent Student Learning.

  1. Choose one of the following websites and explore. You will need to type in each address into your browser program.

What is the Internet - made simple


Data and information? With so many digital devices connected through the Internet it is almost impossible to image the volume of information and uses for the information (data). We call this the Internet of Things (IOT) Click here to see a small selection of the many IOT's connected to the Internet. Discuss how all the data can be very useful.

Teacher Directed Learning.

  1. Watch the video about the Internet of Things (right).
  2. Discuss and list all the devices that most homes have that are connected.
  3. Discuss as a class what the most common use of the Internet is?
  4. Searching the Internet can often be very confusing. Using classroom display technology show the class the video (right) about safe search.
  5. Visit Kiddle and explore the various information sections.


Student Assisted/Guided Learning.

  1. Ask your teacher to give the class some keywords to search for that are connected to your current learning program.
  2. Using Kiddle search for  website, image, video, and Kpedia items. 

Independent Student Learning.

  1. Do you have any hobbies, interests or play sports? Use to research interesting information about your choice.
  2. Ask your teacher when you can share the new information you discovered.

Creating Digital Solutions. Why bother having computers in our lives? The answer is simple, to solve problems and improve our lives. Using digital technology to solve problems is less than 100 years old, yet so much of our world involves digital devices, and data. We all love to solve problems. Using digital technology to do so is just the most recent way to do it.

Teacher Directed Learning.

  1. Using classroom display technology slowly progress through BotLogic
  2. Discuss and compose a list of robots in our daily lives and identify the solutions they offer.
  3. Using the ABCYA Robot builder (right) build robots that are useful to humans. What problems do the robots solve?.
  Student Assisted/Guided Learning.

  1. Watch the video (right) about problem solving engineers.
  2. Build your own robot at (Click on image to the right).
Independent Student Learning

  • Can you program LIGHTBOT to light up all the blue squares? Click here to try. (Flash required) OR
  • Scratch Jr. (free app, Apple and Android).
    • Students have many choices through the block coding that allows them to choose images, characters, movement and scenes to tell a story.
    • Design a robot and code it to do something.

Problem Solvers are Engineers


Build a robot

By the end of Level D, students use key functions of digital systems and indicate their purpose.

  • Students collect, sort and recognise, with assistance different types of patterns in data. They use digital systems to display results using pictures, symbols and diagrams.
  • Students use a sequence of steps and decision making processes to solve a simple problem.