L5 – 6: Overview

Level 5 - 6: Overview

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Foundation to Level 5-6 Achievement Standard (From VCAA F-10 Digital Technologies Scope and Sequence website)

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  • By the end of Level 6, students explain the functions of digital system components and how digital systems are connected to form networks that transmit data.
  • Students explain how digital systems use whole numbers as a basis for representing a variety of data types.
  • They manage the creation and communication of ideas, information and digital projects collaboratively using validated data and agreed protocols.
  • Students define problems in terms of data and functional requirements and design solutions by developing algorithms to address the problems. They incorporate decision-making, repetition and user interface design into their designs and develop their digital solutions, including a visual program.
  • Students explain how information systems and their developed solutions meet current and future needs taking sustainability into account.

Identified achievement outcomes selected from the

VCAA Scope & Sequence 

DigitalNinja Modules

Digital Systems (Networks)

  • Examine the main components of common digital systems, and how such digital systems may connect together to form networks to transmit data.

  • Examine how whole numbers are used as the basis for representing all types of data in digital systems.

  • Acquire, store and validate different types of data and use a range of software to interpret and visualise data to create information.

Unit 15: Digital Systems (Networks)

  • History of computing
  • What is inside a computer
  • Understanding input and output devices in the computing process.
  • Understanding how data is transmitted via various networks.
  • How the Internet works
  • More detailed awareness of binary systems
  • Collecting data via a survey
  • Visualizing data (graphs)
  • Sharing collected data for interpretation using a spreadsheet

Solution Flow - Algorithmic Thinking

  • Define problems in terms of data and functional requirements, drawing on previously solved problems to identify similarities.
  • Design a user interface for a digital system, generating and considering alternative design ideas
  • Design, modify and follow simple algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration.
  • Develop digital solutions as simple visual programs.
  • Explain how student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet current and future community and sustainability needs.

Unit 16: Digital Solution Flow

  • Systems thinking: what is the design > solution process?
  • Algorithm flow charts
  • Abstraction, decomposition and computational thinking
  • Define, design and build a solution 
    • Build an App 
    • Design a game
    • Create a Power point button linked solution
    • Build a website {Google sites, Weebly, Wix)

Digital Solutions

  • Coding | Code Dojo
  • Coding | Drones
  • Coding | Lego Mindstorms

Unit 17: Hands On Coding

  • Coding | Drones
  • Code Dojo | Mini Course
  • Coding | digiTRONICS | Mini Course

Digital Citizenship

  • Students progress from managing the creation of their own ideas and information for sharing to working collaboratively.
  • When engaging with others, they take personal and physical safety into account, applying social and ethical protocols that acknowledge factors such as social differences and privacy of personal information.

Unit 18: Cyber Academy - Digital Citizenship. >> Mini Course

  • Online protocols and digital citizenship
  • How does the Internet work
  • Protect your identity
  • Spooks and Bullies
  • Lead by example