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Algorithms

Find out about algorithms. Use this topic from the Digital Technologies Hub to learn more, get ideas about how to teach about it, find out what other schools are doing and use the applications and games in the classroom.

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How computer-based algorithms help us

It takes a few fractions of a second to get the results of a search on the internet. This speed is not only achieved through powerful computers but also through the creation and tuning of advanced algorithms, which make software much more efficient. Discover who creates these algorithms and how.

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Algorithms inspired by ants?

Did you know that ant behaviour inspired the creation of the software that runs our phone networks? What other things has it inspired? What new discovery has scientist Chris Reid made about the ability of ants to navigate? And how might this new insight influence computer networks of the future?

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A palindrome for numbers

A palindrome is a word, sentence or verse that reads the same forward and backwards, that is, from right to left and left to right. RACECAR, KAYAK and even BOB are palindromic words. But did you know that palindromes exist in numbers too? Discover a fascinating sequence of steps that can turn any number into a palindrome. ...

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Can you solve the 'travelling salesman problem'?

Imagine you are a salesperson having to travel between multiple locations. How would you achieve this in the quickest way possible? This is a problem that has stumped mathematicians for decades, and there is even a prize for anyone who can come up with an algorithm to solve it. In this video, three methods are used to try ...

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Buzzing with Bee-Bots

This learning sequence Buzzing with Bee-Bots can be used to develop foundation skills in computational thinking and to develop an awareness of personal experiences using digital technologies. Students follow and describe a series of steps to program a floor robot. They plan a route to program a robot to follow a path and ...

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Scratch Jr - iTunes app

Learn programming skills by snapping together programming blocks. Make characters walk, jump, dance and sing. Add your own voice or modify your own characters and make your own interactive story. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Scratch Jr - Google Play app

Learn programming skills by snapping together programming blocks. Make characters walk, jump, dance and sing. Add your own voice or modify your own characters and make your own interactive story. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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The Foos: Free Code Hour - Google Play app

Learn programming skills by animating characters in the puzzle levels. Use your new programming skills to create interactions between characters in the 'toy box' area. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Blue-bot - iTunes app

This app is made to be used in conjunction with the TTS floor robot, Blue-Bot. Write an algorithm and Blue-bot follows your instructions. Learn how to code using directional language. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Programming with Alice: Digital Divas Club

This website provides teacher notes and student materials to introduce students to Alice, a object-oriented 3D programming environment designed specifically to engage students with computer programming using a story-telling context. The resources are provided in a downloadable zipped package that includes the free Java-based ...

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Digital Technologies Hub

The Digital Technologies Hub is a website that supports Australian primary teachers, secondary teachers, students, school leaders and school communities in engaging with the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. The hub provides scaffolded support for teachers and many of the resources will assist those getting started ...