CSER Digital Technologies Education

Following the very successful Digital Technologies event held on the West Coast of Tasmania in November 2016 and presented by Professor Katrina Falkner and Dr Nick Falkner, the six most remote schools in that state have formed a professional network to support the uptake of the Digital Technologies curriculum.

Late last year the principals of Zeehan, Strahan, Queenstown and Rosebery collaborated on an application for the first round of the Federally funded l Digital Literacy grants. Each school applied for a Lego Mindstorms resource provided with support from First Lego League and Google. In February the schools were informed that they had been successful in their individual applications and will now plan a regional Lego Mindstorms competition on the West Coast for the first time.

From April 3rd- April 5th the principals and staff of these schools will be hosting an event with the support of Peter Lelong, the project officer for the Adelaide CSER MOOC and Ken Price, the Digital Technologies Principal Education Officer for the Department of Education, introducing Digital Technologies into the curriculum. Staff at each school will be registering for the F-6 MOOC and plan to work together until they complete the program.

A series of events including the setting up of a VIVE virtual reality system and an introduction to Google expeditions is one of the events being planned to introduce the staff and students to the scope and breadth of what is possible through an understanding of Digital Technologies.

Jennifer Hemer, the project officer for the CSIRO, Scientists and Mathematicians in schools, will also be traveling to the West Coast along with a STEM professional to work with students and teachers.

As the most isolated schools in Tasmania, the opportunity for students and staff to engage in and be a part of a series of hands on events supporting STEM and Digital Technologies is very exciting. The success of this network of schools in embracing Digital Technologies for students has largely been driven by the enthusiasm and leadership of the principals in each of the Tasmanian West Coast communities.

In March both Peter Lelong from the CSER team and Ken Price from the Department of Education will be travelling to Flinders Island to once again work with teachers on this remote East Coast island to support staff who wish to engage in Digital Technologies opportunities for students. One teacher has already completed the MOOC and will be a mentor for her peers at Flinders Island District High.

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Dr Rebecca Vivian and Lauren Stanhope will co-present in a special webinar on behalf of CSER for Education Service Australia (ESA) as part of their Digital Technologies Hub. The webinar will be held on Wednesday the 1st of March, 2017 at 4:00-5:00 ACDT.

Find information about the webinar below.

It starts with teachers: Building teacher capacity in Digital Technologies

How can we prepare teachers for the Digital Technologies curriculum? The Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group at The University of Adelaide share approaches schools are taking to build teacher capacity, as well as an abundance of opportunities freely available to teachers and schools, including free online professional development courses, face-to-face training, and a national technology lending library. Whether you’re a classroom teacher, school leader or professional development provider, you’ll leave with ideas to launch or expand professional development in F-10 Digital Technologies.

Rebecca is a Research Fellow and content developer for the national CSER MOOCs Digital Technologies Education Program in Adelaide. Lauren is a Digital Technologies Project Officer in Queensland, and Digital Technologies teacher.

Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7387336433395097346
Follow the event on ESA’s Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1085847568227863

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Commencing 6th March,  the 2017 Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge is fast approaching.

Bebras is an international student challenge whose goal is to promote computational thinking for teachers and students (ages 8-17 / school years 3-12). Bebras Australia is run by CSIRO under the Digital Careers program, funded by the Australian Government. It’s a great way to get students interested and participating in information and communication technology (ICT) which could lead to an interest in pursuing a career in the exciting ICT industry!

To get involved register: www.bebras.edu.au or contact: digitalcareers@csiro.au

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CSER has partnered with AISWA to provide a CSER Digital Technologies course immersion event, presented by our Western Australia CSER member, Steven Payne. This is an opportunity for ANY teacher or school leader to be intensively upskilled in Digital Technologies subject concepts and skills over a 2 consecutive day course via completion of the (AITSL accredited […]

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Meridth Ebbs, our NSW CSER team member, is hosting a CSER Digital Technologies workshop in Port Macquarie as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations! This workshop will investigate fun ways to incorporate coding and robotics into the NSW curriculum, and is suitable for teachers, pre-service teachers and home schoolers. The workshop will include time to investigate […]

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Steven Payne, our Western Australia CSER member, will be shortly running a series of Professional Learning sessions across schools in the Pilbara region of WA, providing a great example of the kinds of support that the CSER Digital Technologies Program can provide. The trip kicks off at St, Paul’s Primary School, Karratha, on the 21st […]

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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. My name is […]

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Linda McIver, a Computer Scientist and Educator at the John Monash Science School, shared how she used our PL-in-a-Box materials and content from the CSER F-6 MOOCs to run a professional learning session recently. I ran a PD recently for a Primary School whose staff were trying to wrap their heads around the new Digital Technologies Curriculum […]

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Sue Carter, Northern Territory Digital Technologies Project Officer, is conducting a range of professional learning opportunities for teachers to assist with their knowledge and understanding of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. In this article she shares her experience of running a full day professional learning event with staff at Humpty Doo Primary School. Planning Digital […]

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The CSER team is back on board and looking forward to working with you in 2017. Our dedicated Project Officers continue to work with teachers across the country. To access FREE face-to-face professional learning in your school follow the link. New in 2017 is our National Lending Library program. For further information or to register […]

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