CSER Digital Technologies Education

The annual National Science Week is here! 

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of Science and Technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres. These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.

This year’s theme for schools is Future Earth! Future Earth celebrates an initiative that involves a global community of tens of thousands of world-class researchers, projects and institutes brought together around an international research agenda focusing on a 2025 vision that addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability.

Science Week have released free online resources for Schools, including a comprehensive learning and teaching booklet, linked to the Australian Curriculum, that supports teachers to bring Science and Technology into the classroom under the umbrella of the Future Earth theme.

There are hundreds of science events (many free!) across the country, so make sure you have a look at what is happening in your local area on the Events Page.

At CSER, we’ve prepared a free resource that highlights classroom projects and activities that link Digital Technologies with the Future Earth theme. We hope that you find these of use! Feel free to try these in your classroom and let us know how you go! Tag #csermoocs and #NatSciWeek

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The IAC education program provides 25 different sessions that put the spotlight on future-focused STEM learning.
Student workshops will inspire and excite our primary and secondary students towards a career in STEM-related fields.
Teacher sessions will equip R-12 teachers to enhance student achievement, engagement and excitement in STEM learning.

To find out about the 2017 Education Program visit: MOODLE

 

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Building on our work in the CSER MOOC courses, and with the support of our CSER communities, the CSER Team has developed a new Guide for Maker Spaces!

Maker Spaces are a wonderful way of encouraging creativity and innovation, while also exploring learning opportunities with technology and other learning areas. In this guide, the CSER Digital Technologies team have gathered resources and ideas to help you in the process of setting up and using your Maker Space, and to help you work with technology in your Maker Space to create amazing digital solutions! We have also included several examples of Maker Spaces and Maker Space activities from our communities. We hope that you find this useful!

To access the CSER Digital Technologies Guide for Maker Spaces, please click here and register for access.

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CSER’s Victorian based Project Officer, Celia Coffa, is visiting Mildura this week to deliver professional learning on the Digital Technologies Curriculum. The event is free and open to primary and secondary teachers in Mildura and surrounding regions. Celia will introduce the CSER online courses (MOOC’s), explore Digital Technologies curriculum content, work through some example activities and […]

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Years 9 & 10 Digital Technologies: Explore! Digital Technologies involves learning about how we can create new technologies, as well as use them. This course will guide you through the fundamentals of the content descriptors and achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies for Teachers of Years 9 & 10. We take a project-based […]

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Please click here to enrol! The MOOC explains the fundamentals of digital technology and computational thinking specifically addressing the learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum for Teachers of Years 7 & 8. The MOOC explores the design and development of a classroom project around application development, covering a range of Digital Technologies related […]

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Leeanne King, Assistant Principal, Orchard Grove Primary School in Blackburn South, Victoria, has been passionate about using technology in schools for many years.  The arrival of the Digital Technologies curriculum was an exciting opportunity to build their staff capacity and their confidence in implementing the new curriculum. After participating in the Foundations – Year 6 […]

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The CSER Digital Technologies Education team is pleased to be working with The Smith Family to support schools in low socio economic areas to participate in the Young ICT Explorers competition. The competition encourages school students to become creators and innovators of digital technology. It is a project-based competition encouraging students to develop a project using […]

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The Australian F-6 Curriculum: Digital Technologies provides a number of opportunities for making connections with Australia F-6 Curriculum: Mathematics. We have seen some fabulous examples of how Digital Technologies can support Mathematics in our MOOC Communities, and we will be sharing some of those ideas here, which will help show how these two learning areas could […]

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The NASA International Space Apps Challenge provides an opportunity for anyone and everyone (educator, student, scientist, artist, builder, storyteller) to have a go at solving our Earth’s challenges using NASA open source data. There will be a Pre-Event Information Night at 5.30 pm on Friday 21 April, and the 48-hour Hackathon will take place on […]

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