Our CSER MOOCs Google+ Communities are moving to WordPress! We have over 15,000 members across our four CSER MOOC Google+ Communities and we greatly value your contributions. Together the CSER community has generated thousands of posts sharing wonderful insights and suggestions about your learning and teaching practices in the implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum.

Why are we moving the communities?  

As you would be aware Google+ is being closed by Google. As a member of a Google+ Community, you will have received emails from Google notifying of their planned closure of Google+ Communities. After some consideration, CSER has decided to move the MOOC Communities to WordPress.

Why WordPress?

We have created a central WordPress site to host all of our MOOC Communities, whereby you can become an active contributor to a shared MOOC Community page. WordPress enables a user to easily create an account and join our site to become a contributor. Using WordPress also enables you to login with any preferred email address and have control over your profile.

What isn’t changing?

The CSER MOOCs remain unchanged and they are still accessible via the home page. MOOC participation and completion processes are not affected by the changes to our communities.  You will continue to be able to access your MOOC progress via your usual login process using your usual email.

How does this affect me?

The Google+ Communities will be closed by Google on the 2nd April 2019. From Tuesday 26th of March 2019, we ask you to please cease posting to our Google+ Communities pages to allow us time to transition your posts to our new Community site.

CSER will transfer all of the existing posts for each of our MOOC Google+ Communities to our new WordPress MOOC Community so that you may continue to search and browse learning and teaching ideas and resources. This does not require any action on your behalf.

Next week, we will send out an announcement about how you can join our new CSER WordPress Communities Platform.

For those who are yet to complete the MOOC, or who are partway completing a MOOC, this transition will not affect your completion progress and we will provide further instructions on how you can continue to complete the MOOC by posting your tasks on the new MOOC Communities site.

For those of you who have completed our MOOCs, your completion is not affected and joining our new community site will allow you to continue to access the rich resources shared by our MOOCs Community participants.

What now?

Keep an eye out in your email inbox next week for how to join our new CSER MOOCs Communities on WordPress and for further instructions on how to contribute to our communities pages. We will also update all instructions across our MOOCs.

Thank you for your patience during this transition. We look forward to welcoming you on our new MOOC Communities site!

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Congratulations to CSER Project Officer, Meridith Ebbs, who has received the 2018 ICTENSW Leader of the Year Award!

This award recognises significant advocacy, support and promotion of the use of ICT in education and candidates will have demonstrated a distinguished career and proven inspirational achievement in leading the ICT in Education community. This is a fantastic recognition and celebration of Meridith’s hard work, dedication and impact in designing and leading Digital Technologies workshops, webinars, resource creation and teacher support across NSW and beyond.

ICTENSW is a professional organisation for ICT Educators in NSW. They provide professional development, resources & networking for members.

Image: @ICTENSW via Twitter

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We are calling on our CSER MOOC community to help us advocate for continued funding by sharing how our program has had an impact on you or your students’ lives!

Since 2014, CSER has provided Australian teachers with support in K-12 Digital Technologies through free online courses (MOOCs), first launched in partnership with Google. In 2016, we received additional funding support from the Australian Department of Education and Training NISA initiative to expand our program with access to free professional learning led by fantastic Project Officers in each state & territory; additional online courses; and free access to digital technology equipment though a National Lending Library. This has enabled us to support over 18,000 more teachers (over 30,000 since 2014) across Australia – 25% from disadvantaged schools!

However, our funding is due to end mid 2020 and we are planning now to ensure this valuable program continues to support schools far and wide across Australia.

Your voice counts! We need your help to communicate the value and impact of such a program to Ministers, so that we can continue to provide access to valuable training and digital technology equipment for free.

Help us by sending a short (under 5 min) video simply using your phone/computer, telling us:

  • What part/s of the program have you/your school accessed?
  • What impact has our program had on your professional growth and confidence as a teacher in Digital Technologies or capacity as an education leader?
  • What impact has it had to students in your school/classroom or on teachers you lead?

We will curate messages to share across our social media and with Ministers & stakeholders. Please share your message via:

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By Karen Butler, CSER Project Officer – SA Pooraka students from Ms Peters, Mr Chig and Mr Andrews class have been working on sharpening their coding skills and they have shown they are keen thinkers, tinkerers and computer scientists in the making. A skill set that will be required by many future jobs. It has […]

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The CSER Lending Library has a broad range of kits available for schools to borrow, including Beebots, Makey Makey, Sphero, micro:bits, Dash & Dot, Bluebots, Ozobots, Arduino, Rule Your Room Kits, iPads and more. The library is open to schools from all sectors (eg Government, Catholic, Independent) across Australia. Kits are delivered to your school […]

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The Digital Technologies Hub has updated their website to include some new assessment advice and resources for teachers to use in the classroom and to support the planning and design of assessments. In partnership with the Digital Technologies Hub, we have also put together a Quick-Guide on Assessment for Digital Technologies. This guide brings together […]

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CSER Project Officers are based across the country and are available to run free Digital Technologies workshops for your school. Register your interest by following this link. Below are a range of upcoming public workshops.. South Australia, Karen Butler will be running the following public workshops: Feb 25 2019, Plug and Play on the Peninsula, […]

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We are pleased to announce that Helen Kardiasmenos has joined the CSER Digital Technologies Education Team in NSW. Helen will be working closely with Meridith Ebbs (NSW Project Officer) and Toni Falusi (NSW/ACT Project Officer) to support schools in NSW. Helen will be primarily working with schools in Sydney and surrounds. Helen brings a wealth of knowledge and […]

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By Cindy Thornton from the Flinders Island District High School. It’s been just over a year since we shared the start of our Digital Technologies journey on the CSER MOOC blog and what a year it’s been! Inspired by the energy and excitement of completing the first MOOC, and with the enthusiastic support of our principal, […]

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By Meridith Ebbs, NSW Project Officer.  In 2018 there was an amazing demand for workshops from teachers and schools wanting to prepare for the 2019 launch of the NSW digital technologies syllabus. Last year Meridith Ebbs (NSW Project Officer) and Toni (ACT/NSW Project Officer) and #spotbot travelled throughout NSW both physically and virtually to deliver […]

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