What skills do young people need in the era of computers and automation?
Conrad Wolfram physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of the Wolfram Group of companies. The Wolfram Group is driving innovation across data science, modelling and maths through technology and solutions. This includes the highly regarded Wolfram Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha Pro, SystemModeler and Wolfram Programming Lab – available to all Victorian Secondary Schools.
Conrad is also widely known for his thought leadership in reforming education using modern technology. He founded computerbasedmath.org to fundamentally rethink and rebuild the mainstream maths education curriculum, introduce computational thinking and combine with coding how computers can be assumed. The resulting major change is now a worldwide force in re-engineering STEM.
Conrad Wolfram is visiting as a guest of the Department of Education and Training through Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.
Conrad Wolfram Virtual Classroom Session
This is a unique opportunity for your teachers and students to hear directly from Conrad online.
9:00am – 10:00am Friday 21 July Link:https://connect.vic.edu.au/wolfram/ to connect on the day, orregisteryour interest to receive a reminder email.
Horizon: Maths Matters – Advancing Maths Education for the Future
Join Conrad Wolfram for a panel discussion on how we can ensure mathematics education is relevant and meaningful. Polycom option available. Horizon_ConradWolfram – more information Wednesday 19 July, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Disrupting Maths in our Schools
Conrad will challenge thinking about how we deliver mathematics in Victoria’s schools with the aim of disrupting preconceived notions of maths content and delivery. 19 July – Secondary 20 July – Primary
More Wolfram Mathematica Professional Learning
Wolfram Mathematica for statistics and data analysis
Learn how Wolfram Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha Pro can support the teaching of statistics and data analysis in this one day session with Craig Bauling from Wolfram Research. This workshop is suitable for Victorian Secondary Teachers who have a basic understanding of Mathematica.
When:Monday 24 July, 9:30 – 3:30 Location: John Monash Science School Register Now
Wycheproof P-12 utilises virtual learning tools everyday to enhance and provide for the needs of their students. Yr 3 & 4 classroom teacher, Miss Amy Cozens has been connecting her students most weeks via the DET Polycom Network to the 4th grade class, at Airport Heights Elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska.
Students have been integrating this program into their English and Integrated Studies classes using oral communication to share happenings in their local area and talk about what it is like to live and go to school in Australia and Alaska. Students have been sharing their favourite sports and activities and have been very interested in the different animals that we have in Australia compared to Alaska. Often the students in Anchorage have to stay inside during recess and lunchtimes as there are Moose in the playground, whereas in Wycheproof we have Kangaroos, Emus and Snakes often in our playground.
After the students in Alaska get back from their summer break, we hope to establish a ‘pen pal’ type program between the students as well. Whether we use more modern technology (e-mails) or more a traditional style is still yet to be determined!
AFL are supporting the Tigers to provide a series of virtual sessions to schools in their ‘Catchment Area’. Recently, 21 schools, 700 students engaged with Alex Rance and Steve Morris prior the Dreamtime at the G game. Students discussed the importance and relevance of the dreamtime round, reconciliation and equality with Steve and Alex. Students got a glimpse of the “Dreamtime Jumper”.
Thara Brown, Korin Gamadji Institute educator performed an acknowledgement to Country, followed by students from various schools connected. Mount Beauty classroom teacher, Sarah Hinde, inspired by the session, created the following reflection task for her Year 7 Humanities students.
Richmond Footbal Club is looking at providing more virtual sessions next term. The AFL is supportive and watching closely, hopeful to expand the offerings around various clubs. Special thanks to Richmond West Primary School for the use of their Polycom facilities.
Don’t miss out on virtual learning opportunities. It is not just for rural schools.
Gary Stager, returns to Australia for a series of exciting hands-on workshops across Regional Victoria. Learn to learn and teach with Hummingbird robotics, littleBits, Scratch, Snap!, Turtle Art, wearable electronics, Arduino, digital paper craft, programmable toys, and other exciting new materials in a project-based context.
The Leigh Hobbs “Author Talk” on was shown today on ABCme – it was very exciting as included as part of the program was footage from a Polycom session with the Sydney Opera House and the following Victorian Schools:
Technology is changing the way teachers teach and students learn. Please join us and other education leaders to explore how Apple technology and new learning experiences are changing the education landscape, making learning more accessible, relevant and personal.
Here’s some of what you’ll experience at this event:
Hear from visionary leaders who have created a learning environment with Apple where students excel.
Find out how iPad and Mac combined with engaging digital content can help you facilitate new approaches to learning and teaching.
Experience a variety of educational apps, Multi-Touch Books and learning resources — and see how they can support your school’s technology program.
Discover the essential elements for creating an enhanced learning experience with Apple.
You’ll leave the event excited and ready to lead your school toward a new and engaging learning environment.
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 has been designed to provide practical opportunities for students to explore the capacity of information systems to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions, through the application of:
Systems thinking – the relationship between people, digital devices and society when developing solutions.
Design thinking – designs that are intuitive to users of all ages and abilities.
Computational thinking – the precise steps and decisions that need to be made to code a solution
Where to start
The Digital Technologies DigiPub provides advice about the curriculum, making links to current practice and getting to know the terminology.
Computational Thinking Course for Educators: Google has developed a free online course which includes topics such as exploring and developing algorithms, finding patterns and applying computational thinking to real-world problems.
The Victorian STEM Map shows where teachers and students can access programs, events, professional learning and specialist centres, including coding challenges to support computational thinking.
The Digital Technologies curriculum is part of the new Victorian Curriculum. The Foundation to Level 10 curriculum provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and achievement standards. All government and Catholic schools are required to implement and report on the Digital Technologies curriculum from 2017.
The new curriculum area should not be confused with integrating the use of ICT across all curriculum areas.
ICT across the curriculum is about students developing digital skills and knowledge to investigate, create and collaborate across all curriculum areas. They also learn safe and responsible use in managing and operating ICT.
Digital Technologies is a specific curriculum that focuses on students thought processes in order to unravel problems, and then design and generate digital solutions.
Students will learn how computers work and how to create digital solutions for real-world problems and challenges with computational thinking, which uses systematic solutions to solve problems, part of this is developing a working knowledge of coding.
Learn about Office 365 for schools and uncover how it works on any device
Explore the possibilities for teacher and student collaboration & productivity
Explore the power of OneNote for learning Discover how to get started at you school
Through this hands on workshop, attendees will be immersed in the DET Office 365 platform and accessing their OneDrive to experience real time collaboration with Word, PowerPoint & Excel. A focus on the ultimate collaborative digital notebook, OneNote, for students and how to create Class Notebooks. You will explore the new Learning Tools feature in Office designed to support learning with reading and comprehension, discover formative assessment tools such as quizzes and surveys with Microsoft Forms and how to easily get started with Flipping & Blending your classroom with Sway and Office Mix.
What to bring: A fully charged laptop, TO Number & EduMail Password.
We have a sessions to suit everyone: 1. Face-to-face sessions with Craig Bauling in March
2. Virtual Programme with John Monash Science School starting next week.
Face-to-face Wolfram Hands-On Start Mentor Training
Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early.
This hands-on course will provide teachers who are new to the Wolfram Language the basics for using the Wolfram tool suite within their classrooms. At the completion of this seminar attendees will be recognised as skilled Wolfram technology users. This training is suitable for teachers in all STEM areas.
Wednesday 1 March – John Monash Science School, Clayton
Thursday 2 March – Kensington Town Hall
Friday 3 March – La Trobe University, Bendigo
Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training Program
Series 1 – Mathematica Skills PD These sessions will give participants the skills required to tackle all required Mathematics for VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1-4. You will be shown how to use the software to answer exam-style questions, how to introduce Mathematica to beginning students, and how to create worksheets in Mathematica for your students to use.
Free for Victorian Government teachers and $280 for Non-Governmnet teachers.
This course will be repeated in Term 2.
Term 1 – Tuesdays & Thursdays over 4 weeksStart Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm Mode – Online
Term 2 – Every Thursday over 7 weeks Repeat session in Term 2 beginning on Thursday 20th April (Technical Orientation) with the first PD Session on Basics commencing on Thursday 27th of April, concluding on Thursday 1st of June. These will be 1 hour sessions each week commencing at 3:40pm.
Series 2 – Wolfram Mathematica PD Pedagogy
This set of four lessons are designed to demonstrate how CAS (Mathematica) can be used to introduce and explore complex mathematical ideas. Activities will be designed in such a way that will encourage student-centred learning. Sample activities and corresponding Mathematica files will be demonstrated. Participants will write and share their own resources as part the course.
Term 2 – Every second Tuesday over 7 weeksStart Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm
The SOLO Taxomomy (Biggs & Collis 1982) has provided a valuable vehicle to identify and support deep learning opportunities in many NPDL schools. It has shown the relationship between surface and deep learning and the importance of scaffolding learning for both.
This workshop aims to provide schools with further tools, ideas and practical strategies to help teachers plan and implement the SOLO taxonomy in their classrooms.
Pam Hook is one of the leading advocates for the SOLO taxonomy and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.
The Digital Learning News Blog may feature outside resources. Teachers are advised of the need to check the terms and conditions, privacy, and age restrictions of digital resources before using them with students. Teachers need to be aware of how and where their students’ information and content is used and shared by the digital technologies they plan to use. Parental consent must be obtained to use a student’s personal information to generate accounts and provide access to online services. Non-identifiable information should be used by students working online.