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By Lauren Stanhope, CSER Project Officer, Queensland

Behind every great teacher is a wonderful Teacher Aide! Over the years, as a teacher, I have worked with some amazing assistants in the classroom and around the school. They always amaze me with their dedication to the students that they work with, their creativity and their flexibility. I really have no idea how a school would operate without these wonderful people.

During my time as Queensland Project Officer with CSER, I have also worked with a number of dedicated aides who are keen to delve into the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Upskilling Teacher Aides has been an important way of implementing Digital Technologies curriculum in small schools, but also in remote schools that sometimes experience higher teacher turnover. The Teacher Aides on Thursday Island have been some of the most engaged, dedicated and happy people I have worked with over the past two years when presenting CSER Professional Learning.

During Term 2, I travelled to the most northerly point of Australia, hopped on a passenger ferry and found myself on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands. Tagai State College is a Queensland State School that provides education from Pre-Prep through to TAFE, across 18 community-based campuses. The school covers 48,000 square kilometers and has campuses on 15 different islands. It really is a unique school to visit.

I had travelled there to present at the school’s Teacher Aide conference. The school had organised for all their wonderful Teacher Aides to travel from the different campuses to Thursday Island, or TI as the locals call it, to develop their skills further. During the two day event they attended a number of workshops on a variety of topics. I was lucky enough to introduce them to Computational Thinking, as well as the ever-popular Bee-Bots! We explored this thinking through a variety of hands-on activities. It was great for the Teacher Aids to be engaged in Computational Thinking and experience the types of lessons they might see in the classroom as part of the Digital Technologies curriculum. I am sure they all went back to their respective islands with lots of ideas and fun ways to engage students in this new curriculum area.

I also visited a number of classrooms while I was there, both on Thursday Island and Horn Island. I was able to support teachers, in the classroom, with the implementation of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. We were able to explore the CSER Lending Library kits and had fun teaching many of the Torres Strait Islander students about Makey Makey, Ozobots and Beebots.

I am really looking forward to hearing about how Tagai College continues to implement Digital Technologies across their school.

Lauren’s visit was featured in a recent Tagai State College newsletter and we’ve included some snippets below:

Lauren has a series of workshops scheduled throughout Semester 2 across Queensland. Find out more at her Eventbrite page. You can also contact Lauren to discuss tailoring a workshop to suit the needs of your school.

 

 

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Submitted by Frank Fabri, Deputy Principal Digital Technologies Leader, St Paul’s the Apostle School, Doreen, VIC

Recently our students had the pleasure of extending and building upon their coding skills using Beebots from CSER’s Lending Library. The Beebot kit was especially chosen in light of our school being very new and in many ways, starting from scratch in incorporating technology within a Visible Thinking approach to Learning.

In fact, our approach to develop a Culture of Thinking here at St Paul the Apostle School, is to make thinking visible in an environment which is based on thinking routine and opportunities that help connect and extend. In using the Beebot kit, we found that this was the perfect platform for our students as the Beebot kit presented a scenario for our students to apply their thinking and problem solving skills but also the opportunity to create a game or story with the Beebots.The use of story maps and number cards allowed for many possibilities and using Thinking Routines such as ‘See, Think, Wonder’, the students applied their imagination in creating stories and games for the Beebots to complete. It was an authentic context for coding as the Beebots provided the children with a visualisation of the code that they entered.

The story mats and number cards also provided the context for the coding and it was here that we could see the possibilities – in particular students creating their own story mats and designing games for each other. To formalise this, the Senior students were able to participate in a ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ program and work with Prep students. The Senior students created games for the Prep students with the primary aim of reinforcing directionality however we found that many students would incorporate their own cards, symbols and dice in their own unique creations. In this scenario, letting the students ‘See, Think, Wonder’ allowed for a personalised level of engagement, enhancement and support that the students will remember for a long time.

All in all, our students now continue to use our own school Beebot kit in not only building on the games that they created but also in using the Beebots as a tool in everyday learning experiences in Literacy and Mathematics. It was interesting recently to hear some of our Junior students say that the Beebots can ‘tell stories’ and that ‘they help you measure’. Many thanks to CSER for the use of the Beebot Lending kit – our entry into robotics was greatly enhanced by this wonderful initiative.

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Thank you for sharing this experience with the CSER community, Frank! If you would like to share your story please email the CSER team at cser@adelaide.edu.au

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Below are some upcoming events across Australia. If you would like to book a workshop with a CSER Project Officer, please follow this link to make a request and a Project Officer will be in contact with you shortly. CSER Project Officers are located in every State and Territory.

New South Wales (these events are being hosted by local schools and are open to participants from other NSW schools):

Queensland:

Victoria:

  • 27 July 2018, micro:bits in the Classroom,  DigiCon

Tasmania: Collaborative Digital Technologies events with CS4HS, ACARA, UTAS, ACA, and ACCE

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Submitted by Karen Jordan, Digital Technologies Teacher, Prosperine State School, QLD In Term 2, 2018, Proserpine State School was lucky to be able to borrow the Ozobot kit from the CSER Lending Library. The children have had an awesome time using the Ozobots in their Digital Technologies lessons. Every week, each child has a Digital […]

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On Thursday 19 July, a group of enthusiastic Children’s University Adelaide Coordinators from a variety of South Australian schools took part in a school holiday Makerspace workshop with CSER. The morning was spent discussing makerspace environments, pedagogical approaches and having hands on fun creating Rube Goldberg Machines with little bits and lots of craft materials! Taking a […]

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Submitted by Meredith Grove, Assistant Principal, St Francis Catholic Primary School Digital Technologies is an area that can be both exciting and daunting for a classroom teacher. Through the generosity of the CSER Library at the University of Adelaide, the path forward has been engaging and positive for the students (and teachers) at St Francis […]

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Below are some upcoming events across Australia. If you would like to book a workshop with a CSER Project Officer, please follow this link to make a request and a Project Officer will be in contact with you shortly. CSER Project Officers are located in every State and Territory. New South Wales: 25 June 2018, […]

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In Term 1 2018, classroom teacher Emma McDonald borrowed a CSER Lending Library Bee Bot Kit for the Transition to Year 2 classes at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in Darwin. Over the term Emma has been working closely with other teachers in the school as they observed her teaching small groups of students on how […]

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It was great to meet so many educators at EduTECH in Sydney last week. Professor Katrina Falkner and Dr Rebecca Vivian ran a full day masterclass and three seminars during the event. The CSER team also hosted a stand in the exhibitors hall where we met educators from across Australia. It was wonderful to hear […]

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We would like to say a big thank you to all of the teachers who completed our online survey about assessment for K-12 Digital Technologies. The winner of the $100 Coles/Myer gift voucher has been randomly drawn and notified via email. Congratulations to the lucky winner! We will share the findings from our survey and […]

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