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PD - CSER Digital Technologies Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

I signed up for the Foundation-6 Australian Digital Technologies course, sponsored in part by Google and the Australian Education Department.
This is my entry for the #cserTask1 of "Task 1: Introducing DTs".

Task 1: Introducing DTs RocketLab heads for Orbit!

A Digital Technologies solution has many parts to the whole. RocketLab in New Zealand is in the final parts of testing its 3D printed carbon composite Electron rocket, with the aim of becoming the foremost rocket launching entity in the world from one of its launchpads in Mahia. Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1, illustrating the first point of collaboration.
Collaboration both within a business (its people and administration structures) and outside (with other business partners) is an important way to bring success to a company in today's interconnected world.  Security of your data and information as it crosses the world is vital within this collaboration, but today it is possible to have different parts of your team working in different physical locations, all contributing to a project. Digital Technologies: Skyping, shared screen conferencing, collaborative documentation (eg Google Suite, Project Management) etc. all contribute to the success of a project like this.
RocketLab is seeking to provide fast and affordable payload deployment, in a way that no other firm delivers payloads and 3D Printing is an important part of this. By using 3D Printing the business can have an efficient and affordable design process from ideas to design to testing through to reiteration.
RocketLabs employs a wide range of jobs with the needs for Digital Technologies related qualifications and skills such as: Structural/Electrical/Mechanical/Electronics engineers, Designers,  Website Developers, Testers (Quality Control is a wide range of areas), Communications Specialists, Graphic Designers, Media specialists, a wide range of programmers over different coding languages, a range of networking positions, Systems Specialists, as well as management of all these aspects.
In their most recent test flight, RocketLab completed a post flight analysis to ascertain where faults could be addressed and improvements made, this follows any good design thinking process or computational process where problems are broken down and data is analysed to find solutions so that the next flight can be more successful.
Check out a look at the launch site in Mahia with the Electron rocket ready to go.

Getting into Scratch coding with a Flipped video channel.

I have been working with Year 5 - 8 and online Scratch accounts. First of all be aware that there are teacher accounts - save the whole setting up accounts, usernames and forgotten passwords thing.
I started pupils in a class sense and then got them working on Flipped learning. A lot of talk around self-management, Digital Citizenship (especially digital footprints) to kick-off. 

Following the exploration of Scratch we will design te Reo games for our buddy classes and also enter in the Interface Scratch competition. Here is a link to my Flipped Learning Maze presentation (videos mostly OK). Dr Scratch is really cool to help do ongoing formative assessment (see presentation for link) - but peer assessment will be an ultimate judge for the games.

I was amazed about how quiet and focused the class became once we started flipped learning. Less problems, more thinking and differentiated learning - awesome!
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