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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 Catholic Primary School, Tannum Sands.

Throughout the semester, students across all year levels used Sphero to support their learning in Digital Technologies. The Visual Programming platform through the iPad app enabled students to transfer their prior knowledge of Tynker and Scratch platforms quite easily.

The kit of 12 Spheros was received with delight by the Robotics Club members who met weekly at 1st Break.  The Drive mode provided time to experiment and explore the colour and movement features of the device before moving into the Programming aspects.  Students were challenged to create a mode of transport (using cups and collage items) that could connect to Sphero and then transport a refugee through harsh terrain.

Preps teamed up with their Year 6 buddies to explore the features of Sphero. Year 1 students created programs that drove Sphero to work, home again and then out for a walk down the garden path!  Year 4 students turned Sphero into a Beep Test Buddy Coach that rolled along and spoke incentives as students worked through a Beep Test.

St Francis extends heartfelt gratitude to the CSER lending library for their support of Digital Technologies through the provision of devices for use by students.

 

Thank you Meredith and the team at St Francis for sharing your learning experiences with the CSER community!

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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, Digital Technologies and the NSW Curriculum Workshop –Mt Annan

Australian Capital Territory:

Queensland:

  • 28 June 2018, Introduction to Digital Technologies –Mount Isa

South Australia:

  • 10 July 2018, Unpacking the Secondary Years Digital Technologies Curriculum,  EdTechSA Conference
  • 10 July 2018, Introduction to Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum, EdTechSA Conference

Northern Territory:

  • 2, 3, 9,10,17 July 2018,  Digital Technology Bytes, Darwin, venue TBC, please email: cser@adelaide.edu.au for more details.

Victoria:

  • 25 July 2018, DIGITECH WORKSHOP – Secondary, Scienceworks

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

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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 to learn about shapes and letters through using Bee Bots.

During Term 2, CSER Digital Technologies Project Officer, Sue Carter, will be working with the school as the staff extend their Digital Technologies journey. We look forward to hearing more about their experiences! Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

If you would like to share your experience with using the CSER Lending Library kits please contact us via cser@adelaide.edu.au.

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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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The STEM Partnerships Forum has released a Report, “Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s Next Generation“. The Forum is a collaborative action under the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016-2026, Chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel. Business and education representatives from across Australia met to map out opportunities to facilitate efficient and effective partnerships between […]

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CSER will be attending this year’s EduTECH and EduBUILD at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, between 7 – 8 June. If you are attending please come and say hello! You can find us at Stand 105. We’d love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about the CSER Digital Technologies Education program. We will have […]

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The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has commissioned independent consulting firm, Dandolo Partners to evaluate the Coding Across the Curriculum program, which includes funding for the Digital Technologies Hub. The research focuses on how the Digital Technologies Hub supports teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. As part of the research, Dandolo […]

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Submitted by Lynne Hanlon, Teacher, Bowen Road Primary School  I don’t consider myself a digital technologies ‘expert’ by any means! Just someone who believes students must be taught 21st century skills, think creatively, work collaboratively and be engaged in their learning. Digital technologies can be the vehicle to achieve this! In 2017 I completed the […]

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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. Western Australia: Robin McKean will be facilitating […]

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