CSER Digital Technologies Education

It’s been four years since we launched the CSER Digital Technologies Education Program! We are so honoured to have been able to work on this project with you all, and to have such fabulous partners to collaborate with. Special thanks, of course, to our supporters and collaborators, including Sally-Ann Williams, Leanne Cameron, Julie King, Google Australia & New Zealand, Digital Careers, ACARA, ESA, CSIRO, the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, and all of the amazing people we work with across Australia (and beyond!).

To celebrate, we’ve produced an update on the program so far, featuring some of your stories and exploring the impact of this program. Thanks for working with us: https://infogram.com/4-years-of-cser-moocs-1h7j4d7kwy5d4nr


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By Hannah Dodds, Technologies Leader, Deputy Principal, Harrisdale Primary School, WA

In 2017, Harrisdale Primary School participated in using the CSER Lending Library by registering via the website https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/library/. We borrowed a mixed kit in Term 2 for 10 weeks, which contained Beebots, MakeyHarrisdale PS library schedule Makey’s, Ozobots and Sphero’s. The Lending Library was a fantastic solution for classes to trial the use of robotics to teach the Technologies Curriculum and integrate interdisciplinary STEM+. To manage the kit and ensure we made the most use of it across the 10 weeks, we devised a Google Doc timetable to manage bookings, which allowed our staff to collaboratively plan and liaise with peers. On the Doc, we had a handover signature, to make sure the kit was maintained over the 10 weeks while being passed from classroom to classroom.


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Alongside the Lending Library, we established a Technologies Professional Learning Community, with a focus toward completing modules in both Apple Teacher and CSER Moocs. In Term 4, 2017 we organised for Steven Payne (Coordinator for CSER Western Australia) to visit our school and conduct a whole staff Professional Learning Session. Steven presented relevant and engaging activities, including drawing monsters, doing a magic trick and game to support staff in understanding and developing strategies to teach the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Our staff joined the CSER Mooc and had an opportunity to join the CSER Google+ Community. We saw many staff quickly apply their Professional Learning into classrooms after the session. An example can be found below.

“I modified the coding data activity and the students made ‘Me Monsters’. They loved it! We then had to use the coded data to silently make groups. Fun. Easy. Quick.’ – E.Primrose (Teacher)

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Being a part of the CSER Lending Library, Moocs and Professional Learning has supported our school in developing an approach to resourcing and teaching the Technologies Curriculum. We have several staff who have undertaken leadership roles, through sharing their application of robotics and Technologies Curriculum in staff meetings and a Technologies Coaching Program. In 2018, Harrisdale PS was successful in becoming a DigiTech School (Teacher Development School) through the Department of Education and we look forward to further sharing CSER resources when we present our approach to other schools in Western Australia.

Follow Harrisdale Primary School’s journey through the following platforms: Facebook | Twitter |

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We love hearing about your experiences with the CSER MOOCS, workshops and library kits, if you would like to share your CSER experience with our readers please email us at cser@adelaide.edu.au.

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Robin McKean WAWe are delighted to welcome Ms Robin McKean to the CSER Team as WA Project Officer. Robin brings a wealth of experience and developed a passion for ICT with opportunities provided as Microsoft Innovative Teacher 2005; 2007; Westfield Premier’s Research Scholar (Technologies) 2006 and the National Award for Quality Schooling; Excellence by a Teacher – Outstanding National Achievement 2006.

As a former Teacher Librarian, Learning Technologies Specialist, Curriculum and STEM Coordinator and most recently Heritage Perth E-learning Consultant, Robin is well placed to promote the learning opportunities provided by the Digital Technologies Learning Area and adding future focus and depth across the Australian Curriculum.

Robin started with CSER in late February to ensure a smooth handover with Steven Payne before he heads off to new endeavours later this month! Good luck and thanks again, Steven!

If you are based in Western Australia and would like to book a free Digital Technologies professional development workshop with Robin, please register your interest here. You can also follow Robin on twitter via @rmckean.

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Our team member, Steven Payne, is leaving the CSER Digital Technologies team in March to focus on his other education work. Steven has been a valued member of our team, as a Project Officer for Western Australia. During his time with us, we have been inspired by his enthusiasm and ideas, and the WA education community has expressed great […]

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Did you miss Google Edu On Air last year? Dr Rebecca Vivian and Prof. Katrina Falkner presented a session on creating assessment activities for the Digital Technologies Curriculum. You can watch the recorded webinar on-demand! This session unpacks ideas for assessing student learning of Digital Technologies in the primary and secondary years using Google Apps for […]

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How prepared do you feel to assess student learning in K-12 Digital Technologies? Let us know in our online survey so we can best support teachers, schools and professional development providers. This is your last chance to win a $100 Coles/Myer gift voucher before we close the survey end of Sunday, 25th Feb! Go to the […]

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Through a professional collaborative approach between a number of Catholic Schools in the Belconnen district, Principal Matthew Garton from St John the Apostle, Florey, spearheaded a plan for over 200 Primary and Secondary teachers to participate in a Professional Learning Day at the beginning of the school year. Partnering with CSER MOOC ACT Project Officer, […]

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The Digital Technologies Hub have released a new scope and sequence to support teachers and schools to implement the Digital Technologies Curriculum.  This resource provides a possible set of sequenced topics that could be used in teaching the curriculum to address the content descriptions. Units are organised under relevant topics (e.g. digital systems, digital solutions) […]

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Over the next few months 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. ACT […]

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Once again, the CSER Team is delighted to be collaborating in 2018 with The Smith Family to support schools in low socio-economic areas to engage with Digital Technology and in particular to encourage participation in the Young ICT Explorers (YICTE) Competition. The Smith Family ‘Accelerator Program’ works with identified Smith Family schools to support them […]

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