April 19, 2018
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DigiTech professional learning

Check out the range of sessions to support teachers with the Digital Technologies curriculum.

VCAA specialist teachers are delivering  face-to-face and online sessions covering different aspects and levels of the Curriculm. Sessions are being held at: Burwood, Moe, Berwick, Ballarat, Hawthorn, Preston, Shepparton, Altona, Swan Hill.  Find a session near you or register for a webinar

Digital Teaching and Learning Victoria (DLTV)

CSER: DigiTech Champions Workshop – Secondary, 25 July Scienceworks

Code Club Teacher Training Bendigo – 03 May

Digital Technologies Hub professional learning webinars – various topics


Find out more about the Digital Technologies Curriculum

 

 

 

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November 29, 2017
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A delightful way to teach coding

Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

Linda will be in Melbourne for a free workshop on December 8. She will explore the links between creativity and coding, and show how her fabulous Hello Ruby books can be used in the classroom. There may even be a chance to get your books signed!
Book now for this free event, co hosted by DLTV and the UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-2720418

 

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October 24, 2017
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CSER DigiTech Sessions

Teachers have the opportunity to work with Dr Claudia Szabo a member of the CSER Digital Technologies Team on Monday 20 November at Kensington.

This session will provide an introduction to the Year 7&8 Next Steps Making Apps and the Years 9&10 Explore online courses.   These courses are part of the free CSER professional development Project.
The session offers an opportunity to explore, with guidance, Arduino programming and App development as it is introduced in the MOOC. (Massive Open Online Course) and is suitable for Secondary teachers who are responsible for, or interested in implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum.
Notes:
  • Morning tea and Lunch provided (please specify requirements on the registration form)
  • Please bring along a laptop and sense of adventure!
  • It is very helpful to have a Google Account (Gmail) and to have joined Google+ prior to the session
Claudia Szabo is an Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion) in the Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences in The University of Adelaide and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science. She works in the CSER Group at the University of Adelaide where she leads the development of the Year 7&8 Next Steps Making Apps MOOC and its associated lending library and other resources. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, and a PhD in distributed systems from the National University of Singapore. She is the 2017 recipient of the South Australian Science Excellence Award – STEM Educator of the Year. She is passionate about STEM education and in particular about ensuring that these educational opportunities are available to all and that career pathways into STEM and accessible to under-represented groups.

For more information please visit our website : https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/

 

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October 19, 2017
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DigiTech and STEM sessions

The VCAA are offering heaps of DigiTech and STEM sessions for free! If you cant get to a face-to-face one, tune into the online ones which run for a hour, generally after school.

Topics include:

  • Digital Systems Curriculum Unplugged (F-6)
  • Visual Programming Languages in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-6)
  • Digital devices in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (plugged) (F-6)
  • Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
  • Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
  • Teaching to the Data and Information strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Creating Digital Solutions strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Digital Systems strand (F-10)
  • Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Simple circuits in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Drones in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • What do marble runs and mini golf have to do with STEM in the primary years?
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Level 7 – 10)

Find out more and register at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

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October 10, 2017
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DigiTech Webinars

VCAA Specialitst Teachers are running webinars over Term 4 to supprt the implementaiton of Digital Technologies and STEM – find more here.

Some DigiTech on offer this week:

11 October (Wednesday)      Megan van der Velden (VCAA Specialist Teacher)   3.45pm

Title:   Introduction to the Digital Technologies curriculum (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Introduction to the curriculum
  • Ways of thinking
  • Strands
  • Key terms
  • Levels
  • Overview

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum as a continuum. Content of the session includes discussion around: ways of thinking, strands, key terms, content descriptions, achievement standards, levels and some examples of how to approach the teaching. This session will be suitable for teachers with little or no knowledge of the curriculum.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9987/Digital-Coding-Online—Introduction-to-the-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-F-10


12 October (Thursday)           Sean Irving (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          3.45pm

Title:   Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Digital Technologies (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Brief overview of the curriculum
  • Discussion of scope and sequence
  • Mapping the curriculum
  • Suggested activities
  • Cross-curricular connections

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to planning for the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum and scope and sequence. Content of the session will include: examples of how the curriculum will be mapped, discussion of sample activities and units as well as potential connections across the curriculum. This session will be suitable for teachers with a basic knowledge of the curriculum. Curriculum leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9988/Digital-Coding-Online-Curriculum-Planning-and-Assessment-for-Digital-Technologies-F10


13 October (Friday)                 Steve Allen (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          11.00am

Title:   Digital Technologies curriculum unplugged (F-6)

Time:   1 hour (11.00 – 12.00 noon)

Outline:         

  • Exploration of the curriculum
  • Unplugged activities
  • Teaching without devices
  • Resources
  • Approaches to teaching

Abstract:

This online session will be for teachers of the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-6 exploring the curriculum with limited access to digital devices. Teachers will learn about powerful and proven techniques to reinforce the understanding and thinking that underpins the curriculum. This session will be suitable for all F-6 teachers.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9989/Digital-Coding-Online-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-unplugged-F6

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May 15, 2017
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Invent to Learn with Gary Stager

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.

Find out more

What will be covered:

  • How new tools and technology can reinvigorate Project-Based Learning
  • Best classroom practices for integrating maker technology
  • How to plan engaging projects based on the TMI design model
  • How to choose the technologies with the maximum learning impact
  • How to make the case for making, tinkering, and engineering
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February 20, 2017
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Support for the Digital Technologies Curriclum

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.

Curriculum Resources

Professional Learning and events

About the Digital Technologies Curriclum

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.

Download the fact sheet for more information.

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December 15, 2016
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Hilltop Hoods’ Interactive Music Video

The Hilltop Hoods have teamed up with Google to make a powerful interactive video for their song Through the Dark, written about a father supporting his son through Leukemia.

The video is made entirely of code and allows users to tilt and rotate their phones to navigate through the “dark” (fear) and “light” (hope) worlds. Users can also interact with the video on a desk top through a trackpad or mouse.

“Using 3D cameras mapped to the phone’s accelerometer, the film uses mobile technology combined with 3D modelling and animation to capture the sense of a world turned upside down”

 

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November 11, 2016
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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

This is a great blog post from Dr Stephen Wolfram about his experience working with film makers on the set of the movie Arrival.  The script involves communicating with aliens in binary, analysing alien handwriting and using physics formulas to understand an interstellar spacecraft.

The interesting aspect of the article is how they worked through the issues as they would in real life using current tools such as Mathematica. A great resource for Digital Technologies.

 

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Read the full blog post here.

To find out more about Mathematica see http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/wolfram/home

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