CSER Digital Technologies Education

This month there are opportunities to participate in a number of CSER Digital Technologies public workshops across Australia. See if you have a local event listed, below.

Don’t forget that our Project Officers are also available to provide free workshops to teachers in schools in tailored format to suit your requirements. Register your interest here.

WA: 20 November, 8:30-3:00pm, at Castletown Primary School, Esperance. Presented by WA Project Officer, Steven Payne. This full-day workshop will introduce primary teachers to the CSER digital technologies programs, including opportunities to work through some of the activities and explain how they can support your classroom and schools. To find out more and register, follow the link.

VIC: 20 November, 9:30am – 3:30pm at Kensington Town Hall. Presented by CSER’s Dr Claudia Szabo and Celia Cofffa, VIC Project Officer. This full-day workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to the secondary years CSER Digital Technologies MOOCs: Year 7 & 8 Digital Technologies: Next Steps Making Apps,  and Year 9 & 10 Digital Technologies: Explore! To find out more and register, follow the link.

QLD: Three Introductory Workshops ‘Getting started with the Digital Technologies CSER MOOC F-6′, presented by QLD Project Officer, Lauren Stanhope. Participants need to BYO Device. Please contact Lauren for more information: lauren.stanhope@adelaide.edu.au

  • 21 November, 3:30pm -5:30pm at Charleville School of Distance Education, Parry Street, Charleville, QLD.
  • 22 November, 3:00pm – 5:00pm at Mitchell State School Library, 105 Cambridge Street, Mitchell, QLD.
  • 23 November, 3:15pm – 5:15pm at Cunnamulla P12 State School, 17 Francis Street, Cunnamulla, QLD.

Other Events

National: 2 December, Google Education on Air Australia and New Zealand Join CSER’s Professor Katrina Falkner and Dr Rebecca Vivian presenting on Assessment for K-12 Digital Technologies and Computational Thinking. Find out more about this free online event here.#GoogleEduOnAir

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DigitalEconomyStrategy_Twitter_openConv_d1The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is now seeking views on Australia’s digital economy strategy consultation paper.

‘Digital economy’ refers to the range of economic and social activities that are enabled by ICTs. It includes activities like banking, buying and selling, and accessing education or entertainment using the internet and connected devices.

The digital economy plays a critical role in the education sector, having a significant impact on teachers, students, families, schools and communities and the way that individuals and communities access resources and educational opportunities. We feel that this is a valuable opportunity for the Australian education community, including teaching associations, to contribute to the discussion that shapes our shared digital future.

The Digital Economy Strategy will launch in 2018 and outline the benefits of Australia’s digital transformation. It will focus on how the government, the private sector and the community can work together.

Review the paper and have your say now in the consultation phase, before November 30, 2017. Visit the Digital Economy Strategy website at industry.gov.au/digitaleconomy.

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We would like to share a brilliant example of our Makey Makey Lending Library Kit in use in classrooms with Year 3-6 students at St Mark’s Primary School in Victoria. Teacher, Anthony Speranza, shares project ideas, implementation and assessment advice in his blog post. Anthony writes:

“Makey Makey together with Scratch is a wonderful combination of tools that can be used to create all sorts of nifty solutions with students, as well as teach the basics of circuity, conductive materials and algorithms. Whilst we have used Makey Makey and Scratch on a small scale at my school before (commonly during Genius Hour projects), this term we have used the CSER lending library so we could teach components of our Digital Technologies Curriculum (Victorian) to all students in Years 3 to 6.”

Example Makey Makey projects in Anthony Speranza’s classroom, shared via his ReconfigurED Blog.

We were thrilled to see the amazing projects and innovative ideas being created by Anthony’s students and we were also humbled to receive a lovely surprise card in our returned Makey Makey Kit created by the students at at St. Mark’s Primary School in Dingley, Victoria, Australia. Thank you!

To read Anthony’s post, implementation processes and to explore the exciting project ideas that you can try in your own classroom visit Anthony Speranza’s blog post.

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Have you got any of the following digital technology equipment? We have free online lesson plans available for you to download! Beebots Spheros Ozobots Makey Makeys LilyPads LittleBits Arduinos Our lesson plans are mapped to the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and we have options for a range of year levels. Our lessons have been […]

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Our free webinar “Approaches to Support Assessment of the Digital Technologies Curriculum” with Dr Rebecca Vivian and Martin Richards is now available to watch at your convenience on the Digital Technologies Hub. In this one-hour webinar, Rebecca shares an assessment framework designed to support teachers with the interpretation of the ACARA Digital Technologies achievement stands and with approaches to […]

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CSER Project Officers are based across the country and work directly with schools to provide whole school professional learning in the Digital Technologies curriculum. If your school would like to work with one of our Project Officers please register your interest here. We also offer public workshops which are open to all teachers. Details of some upcoming events are […]

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Unique challenges come with teaching Digital Technologies at a remote island school in the middle of Bass Strait. With an unpredictable internet connectivity varying ranging from ‘zilch’ to ‘a carrier pigeon could convey data faster than this’, staff at Flinders Island District High School were not overly confident in their ability to deliver the new […]

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Have you ever registered for our F-6 Foundations MOOC? We are seeking feedback from people who registered for our F-6 Foundations MOOC. This includes those who never completed or those who just registered to have a skim through the resources, as this information is just as valuable to us! This is your opportunity to let us know about your […]

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Join CSER’s Dr Claudia Szabo and Celia Coffa for an interactive day of learning about integrating the digital technologies curriculum across Years 7 – 10. In association with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, CSER will provide an introduction to the Year 7&8 Next Steps: Making Apps and the Years 9&10 Explore! free CSER […]

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Our free webinar “Approaches to Support Assessment of the Digital Technologies Curriculum” is now available to watch on the Digital Technologies Hub. This webinar is based on a research project we have undertaken in partnership with the Digital Technologies Hub to support teachers in assessing student learning in the Australian F-10 Curriculum: Digital Technologies. This […]

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