June 23, 2017
by rcrellin
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Professional Learning with Conrad Wolfram

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 Conrad WolframWolfram 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, or register your 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

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February 1, 2017
by rcrellin
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Wolfram Professional Learning

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 weeks Start 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 weeks Start Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm

Mode – Online

 

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November 11, 2016
by rcrellin
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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.

 

GeoGraphics[{Thickness[0.001], {Red, GeoPath /@ (List @@@ EdgeList[NearestNeighborGraph[landingSites, 3]])}, Table[GeoDisk[#, Quantity[n, "Miles"]] & /@ landingSites, {n, 0, 1000, 250}], Red, GeoStyling[Opacity[1]], GeoDisk[#, Quantity[50, "Miles"]] & /@ landingSites}, GeoRange -> "World", GeoProjection -> "WagnerII", GeoZoomLevel -> 3]Establishing Communication

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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November 4, 2016
by rcrellin
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Wolfram Professional Learning

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. mathematica-11-spikey

 Wolfram Hands-On Training

This is an exciting opportunity to learn directly from Wolfram staff and ask questions about using Wolfram tools with students to support computation and coding instruction in the classroom.

  • 22 November – Geelong Grammar, 10am-4pm
  • 24 November – Nagle College Bairnsdale, 10am-4pm
  • Further sessions will be offered in March 2017 – details TBA

Register at: http://www.wolfram.com/training/special-event/hands-on-start-to-mathematica-victoria-mentors/

SystemModeler

Jan Brugard from Wolfram Research will be hosting this session with an aim to create Victorian mentors.

  • 28 November – Kensington Town Hall

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wolfram-systemmodeler-tickets-28776521350

Download the wolfram-professional-learning-nov16 flyer to find out more

Download the Wolfram Software

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January 27, 2016
by Sandy Phillips
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Join the first STEM Brainstorming Day

Join the Design and Technology Teachers’ Association (DATTA) Vic for their first STEM Brainstorming Day.  They invite primary & secondary educators to  explore technologies as a key area for the delivery of STEM learning & teaching in Victoria.  On the day participants will;

  • Investigate STEM initiatives, both at home and around the world
  • Explore successful ACARA-funded STEM projects from local schools
  • Hear from maths & science teachers’ perspectives
  • Brainstorm possible STEM projects for your own school
  • Write up and benchmark  projects against the Technologies, Mathematics and Science curricula 

When:

9.30am – 3.00pm

Friday 15th April

Where:

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053

There is no cost to attend this event, but all participants must register.

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August 5, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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National Science Week 15th–23 August

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.  It  kicks off  the 15th–23 August and schools are invited to run and promote their own events or join the events available on the website http://www.scienceweek.net.au/

Great work  to these schools who have organised local events and are promoting them on the National register:

Light Fantatsic
Laburnum Primary School

Dissections
Upwey High School

Exploring Light
Sussex Heights Primary School & Nara Pre-School

Glengala Science Expo
Glengala Primary School

Steamday 2015
St Albans Heights Primary School

Transition to Science
Wheelers Hill Secondary College

Science Expo
Hillsmeade Primary School 

Let us know if your school is running something special, particularly if it involves innovative use of digital technologies.

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