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By Libby Foley, Teacher, Injinoo Junior Campus

Students and staff at Injinoo Junior Campus excitedly received a CSER mixed kit from the CSER National Lending Library. The school is a remote Indigenous community in Cape York Queensland that caters for the educational needs of students from Injinoo and Umagico communities.

During a student free day, teachers participated in a workshop where they learned the basics of how to operate the devices, available resources to support implementation, and had an opportunity to get hands-on. Teachers went away thinking about ways they could incorporate the devices in the Digital Technologies curriculum to create digital solutions and engage students.

Some early years classrooms used the Beebots to teach directional language and reinforce non-standard measurements. The Year 3 classroom used the Beebots to develop computational thinking and team work through a series of challenges and activities. The Year 5 classroom utilised the ozobots. Students began with pens and drawing codes and experimenting with cutting and pasting codes. Students then moved to lessons provided in the mixed kit. The final stage was to create algorithms on laptops using Ozoblockly.

Injinoo Junior was lucky to borrow the kit in Term 3 as the kit was utilised during National Science Week. Injinoo hosted a Science Extravaganza Day where there were age appropriate rotation activities that focused on different Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts. Devices from the kit were heroes of the day with many students commenting ‘technology is the best’ and ‘I love learning with technology.’

The school rolled out classroom sets of laptops and iPads during Term 3 so there was a lot of teacher trialling of all resources in the kit and professional discussions around possible implementation.

Thank you CSER for the wonderful resources. It prompted professional dialogue, more teacher confidence in forward planning the Digital Technologies curriculum, and the creation of engaging learning experiences for Injinoo Junior students.

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Thank you to Libby for sharing this wonderful school experience.

If you would like to share how your school is implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum please email us at cser@adelaide.edu.au.

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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Want to explain to a colleague what the CSER MOOCs Digital Technologies Education program is all about? Show them this quick snippet to help spark their interest:

 

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By Bridoen Schloss, Field Services, Mount Isa School of the Air

Mount Isa School of the Air were extremely fortunate to borrow a kit of Spheros from the University of Adelaide’s CSER Lending Library for our recent minischools in Term 3. The Lending Library is such an amazing resource for teachers where loaning of Digital Technologies is free.

Most of our children had never seen a Sphero before and they were amazed by what they could do. They were given a range of challenges to complete in line with our theme ‘Let the Games Begin’. Some of the challenges including making Sphero chariots, scoring a goal in a hoop and playing hockey with Ping-Pong balls. These challenges involved coding, planning and problem solving.

I would highly recommend any teacher to use the CSER Lending Library, what do you have to lose?

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Thanks for sharing your experience with us Bridoen! If you would like to share your school’s experience of using a kit from the CSER Lending Library we would love to hear from you! Please email us at: cser@adelaide.edu.au

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training

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Our friends at the Digital Technologies Hub regularly run a series of Webinars relating to the Digital Technologies Curriculum. We’d like to highlight their most recent webinar that was held on Wednesday 26 September at 4:00pm ACST. The focus of the webinar was ‘Inclusive Education in the Digital Technologies Curriculum’. Martin Richards, Content Manager, Digital Technologies Hub, together with […]

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Our free PL-in-a-Box initiative supports professional learning (PL) of Digital Technologies in your school or community. We’ve created ready-made PL resources designed to support you or your team in delivering free professional learning sessions, workshops or events for Digital Technologies. We’ve designed a new Pl-in-a-Box pack for delivering a workshop on Makerspaces! The workshop covers: […]

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By Pam Niewman, St Robert’s School, Newtown, VIC Dear CSER Digital Technologies Education Team We wanted to let you know what a great resource the Beebots, accessories and lesson plans were, and just how much better the learning became when we were able to share one robot between two students. The great thing was that […]

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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. […]

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The following events are planned for the near future. If you would like to have a CSER Digital Technologies professional learning workshop at your school, please contact us via https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/professional-learning/ to register your interest. We are able to work with schools from Foundation to Year 10. QLD Events with Lauren Stanhope: 28 – 29  August 2018, F- […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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