Ripper Resources and Likeable Links ... Digital Technologies

Interactive Story Web

This is a list of exciting, interactive Stories in our Story Web - You too can make these!


MIT's brilliant, free Computer Code software for kids of all ages to explore, design and create.

It can be used to create interactive stories, computer games, interactive cards, etc. Let your imagination soar.

Scratch ED

A very helpful online community hosted by Harvard.

Scratch educators (teachers, parents, kids) can share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, find people, and discover events.

Alternatives to Scratch

If you want to try other programs instead of Scratch, check this list out from the Scratch Wiki. It's a comprehensive list of free and paid programming software.

Great place to start looking at and learning different Coding languages.

This is what they say on their website:
' increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.'

App Inventor

MIT's App Inventor is a visual block programming language to allow beginners to learn coding and Andriod app development.

It can allow for a quick prototyping of an app or to build an app from scratch.

IT Hare on Soft.ware

A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Languages - where you can find a high-level overview of some of the more commonly-used languages.

Thanks Brad and Ms Vickers for showing me this wonderful resource.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission of providing a free world class education for anyone, anywhere.

The website has series of online videos teaching coding and other subjects.

ABC Splash

ABC Splash is a great educational resource for STEAM and all other subjects.

There are thousands of videos, audio clips, and other interactive tools.

RoboCup Junior Australia

A fun robot competion for primary and secondary schools.

This competion encourages IT and Robotic skills as well as sportsmanship, sharing, teamwork, diversity, cooperation and organisational skills.

Tech Girls are Superhereos

This is a great organisation that is inspiring and empowering more girls into technology area.

Dr. E's Challenges

This is a website allows kids to develop creative technical solutions to open-ended problems.

Every month different contests are posted to 'inspire children to design, implement, and share their solutions with a worldwide community of like-minded robotics enthusiasts.

They target it at LEGO® MINDSTORMS® users but the challenges could be used with any robot brands.

Code Club Australia

Code Club AU is a not-for-profit that assists with training and information for schools and community groups to start their own coding club.

Lego Engineering

This is a website from Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach to assist educators in Lego-based Robotic Engineering, Design, and Creations.

Meet Edison

Edison is an educational robot that is easy to use straight out of the box, is able to be coded, is Lego compatible, and inexpensive - plus an Australian invention.

Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robots

The Lego Robot that you build and code. This incorporates a variety of engineering skills with Computer IT Coding skills.

Australian STEM - Video Game Challenge

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is a free national competition open to all Australian students in Years 5-12.

Students can work in a group (up to 4 people) or individually to create an original video game.

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

This site, owned by LinkedIn, has a lot of information, how-to videos on almost anything and any application.

If you are a Queensland Australian resident you can access it free via the State Library of Qld webpage.

Australian Curriculum - Digital Technologies

This is a link to the Australian Curriculum - Digital Technologies website.

This details the skills required for computational thinking through coding at each year level.

Dept of Education and Training - Students First

This article explains the Australian Governments initiative to restore the focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools.

It explains how Computer Coding is being introduced into Australian schools.