Data lesson ideas for Y3/4 Australian Curriculum


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Ideas for teaching Primary (Year 3) data according to the new Australia Curriculum guidelines. What can you teach? How can you teach different data types, recording methods and file transfer?

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Data lesson ideas for Y3/4 Australian Curriculum

  1. 1. Data: Australian Curriculum Teaching Ideas By Joanne Villis
  2. 2. AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM Digital Technologies Years 3 Content Descriptor: Explore and use a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data (ACTDIK007) Aims for students: Students experiment with different types of digital systems (iPads, desktop computers, interactive whiteboards, USB) to capture and present work. Students learn how to transfer data from one device to another (ie iPad to computer or desktop computer to a USB). Students recognise that documents, images, sounds and video are all forms of data which can be stored and viewed.
  3. 3. Teaching ideas Teaching idea 1: Linked with English and Religion Use a flip camera or video camera to record students performing Reader’s Theatre. Students are then able to view their performance for self assessment purposes. Record students a second time so that they could see if there were any improvements in their performances. When recording discuss how to keep the camera still (ie tripod or a steady hand), the need for enough lighting and for the audience to remain quiet.
  4. 4. Teaching ideas The next stage is to let students record their own videos. At the time of writing this Power Point, my students were learning about Reconciliation during Religion (ie doing something wrong and then asking for forgiveness). Students created role plays and then one member of the group recorded the act. This idea can be linked to any curriculum area which requires students acting or being filmed. Students used an iPad for recording their videos. Discuss how it is important to keep the iPad steady. In addition, students may discover that not only do the actors need to speak in a strong, clear voice but the recorder needs to be close enough so that the device can pick up the sound.
  5. 5. Teaching ideas Teaching idea 2: Linked with Drama and Music Download a free app called Video Star and use it to record students’ performances. Video Star can be downloaded from: This app also allows students to edit their video by including texts, images and sound.
  6. 6. Teaching ideas Teaching idea 3: Transferring data from one device to another Demonstrate how to copy video files from an iPad to a computer using a USB cable. Then place the video files on a central location for students to access . As a class, look at the file type extensions. Students will notice that there are differences.The file type extension for a video file we used was .MOV (from an iPad) and .MP4 (from a video camera). Students were familiar with a .docx (word file) , .JPG (image) , .PNG (image) and .xlsx (Xcel). Throughout the year continue to refer to the different file extensions. Students should be able to identify and name each file type from the file type extension. Ideally I recommend that you show students how to use Drop Box or Google Drive to transfer data. I couldn’t as we don’t have internet access on our iPads! This also requires parental permission if students are under the age of 13. I don’t encourage USBs but for various reasons I needed to teach students how to copy files to their USB. A preferred method of transferring files is to teach students how to email themselves an attachment, download and access from a different location (this is currently our main method).
  7. 7. AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM Digital Technologies Years 3 Content descriptor: Recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented in different ways (ACTDIK008) Aims for students: (ACTDIK008) Recognises representations of sound files as waves
  8. 8. Teaching ideas Teaching idea 1: Linked with Science Use a free iPad app called Garage Band.
  9. 9. Teaching ideas When I used Garage Band I was working with only a few iPads in my class. We were learning a unit about the Earth, moon and Sun for Science. Each student was asked to write one fun fact to record. Students then line up and each student takes it in turns to read their fun fact. As a class add additional sound features (ie music to enhance the mood). Teachers may also choose to give students iPads in groups to experiment with recording and viewing sound files using Garage Band during shared reading activities.
  10. 10. Teaching ideas If you don’t have iPads you can use a free program called Audacity.
  11. 11. Teaching ideas Both Garage Band or Audacity will allow students to explore sound files as they can view them visually ( wave forms) . Ask leading questions such as: I wonder how the tone of your voice effects what the sound looks like. I wonder if the loudness of your voice effects what the sound looks like? I wonder what a quite and loud sound looks like? Is there any difference?
  12. 12. Teaching ideas If students don’t have access to iPads and are using Audacity, students who are working with Windows 8 can capture sound wave files using the insert screen shot/screen clipping function. Students who are working with an earlier program can use the snipping tool (all programs, accessories, snipping tool, save as .JPG and insert into a document).
  13. 13. AUSTRALIAN CURRICIULUM Digital Technologies Years 3 Content Descriptor: Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009) Aims for students: Students use Excel and Word Chart to enter data and generate graphs. Students improving the appearance and usability of video and image data by using colour and headings. Students create and label files to store different data types.
  14. 14. Teaching ideas Teaching idea 1: Linked to Math During a data and graphing unit in Math, include activities which require students to use Xcel to enter data and generate graphs. You can also use the insert ‘word charts’ function in Microsoft Word for students to enter data and generate graphs. Ask students to compare the two methods and evaluate which method is easier or harder and which method is their preference. Here is a link to my Math unit which integrates Xcel and Word Charts: data-and-interpretation-of-data
  15. 15. Teaching ideas Teaching idea 2: Movie Maker Movie Maker can be linked with any curriculum area which involves role playing. Before students begin to access data (movies, images, audio), they need to be shown how to create and name a folder. I recommend that students name their folders via (subject) followed by Project. Discuss the importance of clearly naming files so that they are easy to find. Then, show students how to use Purple Planet which is a Royalty Free Audio website . When an audio file is downloaded take note of the file extension. It is .mp3.
  16. 16. Teaching ideas Continue to refer to the different file extensions. Students should be able to identify and name each file type from the file type extension. Encourage students to keep all of their files which are related to the one project in a project folder. For example, students need to copy and paste their video, audio and images that they want to edit into the one folder. Make sure that students have all of their data (video, sound, images) located in a project folder. Then open Movie Maker.
  17. 17. Teaching ideas 1. Select add videos and photos. Upload data. 2. Encourage students to explore visual effects.
  18. 18. Teaching ideas 3. Click add title. 4. Edit the title.
  19. 19. Teaching ideas 5. Add music. 6. Add credits. 7. Save project as (name it). It is important that students save their working Movie Maker document inside their project file. This document can be opened and edited. 8. When students have finished editing their movie they need to select save file, save movie for computer. This will create a final movie which cannot be edited. The file extension is .MOV .
  20. 20. Additional resources & Copyright • If you like this resources you can find other units of work which I have written at . In addition, here is a link to my blog . • I give permission for the following: Adaptations and sharing of this resources is for educational purpose only. I do not give permission for commercial use of this work. When sharing or adapting this work I ask that you give credit to the original creator, Joanne Villis at