Your Stories: Tim Collins – Industry to Digital Technologies Educator

We recently received a wonderful email from a Western Australian teacher, Tim Collins, who shared his experience so far in our Digital Technologies course. He has kindly agreed for us to share his story with you. We feel Tim’s story might encourage and inspire others who share a similar experience!

Tim Collins, Maylands Peninsula Primary School.

Tim Collins

Tim Collins

My name is Tim Collins and in 2017 I commenced teaching Year 6 Digital Technology at the Maylands Peninsula Primary School (MPPS) in Perth, Western Australia. I am a late starter to teaching having only just graduated from a Grad Dip in Primary Education in 2016. I balance my role at MPPS (one day) with four full time days a week in a commercial role with the NYSE listed Canadian multinational, Brookfield.

Prior to the start of the school year, I began the CSER Digital Technologies Education Program (Computer Science Education Research) offered online by the University of Adelaide. The CSER Digital Technologies Education Program provides a number of free, open online courses designed to assist teachers in preparing for the new Digital Technologies learning area.

At this stage I am around half way through the program and can attest to the fact that it has been a very important tool in helping both frame and position my Year 6 program. Although I have worked alongside digital technology all my working life in commerce, this program has helped me understand the key learning intentions associated with the new curriculum whilst providing leads to a significant number of ideas and resources.

I am grateful to have happened upon the program whilst simply searching the web for tools and ideas in Digital Technology and hope that all schools encourage their teachers to take a look at the CSER Digital Technology Education Program.

 

We look forward to following Tim’s journey in our course Google+ Community! Learn more about our CSER MOOCs on our website.

Do you have an experience or story you’d like to share with us? Email your story to cser@adelaide.edu.au

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