It's back, Google's 2019 CS Educator PD Grants are open!!
163 grants to 55 organizations since 2011 delivering CS PD to primary, secondary and pre-service educators.
Grantees are welcomed into a community and are supported to make their PD programs as effective and impactful as possible. Grantees are encouraged to share resources, best practices and engage with other partners to amplify their impact.
Follow the link to see if you're eligible.
On behalf of Life Journey, we would like to thank all the schools that participated in this year's Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge!
We would also like to congratulate the following schools who were awarded at the 2017–2018 Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge Awards on May 30:
We would like to invite you to partake in the next Challenge. The 2018–2019 competition is now open until April 30 2019. Watch out for monthly professional learning sessions.
Hour of Code events can be organised by anyone, and take place all over the world. No experience is needed, and one-hour tutorials are available online. Take part in this global movement!
You can register your class, school or community to learn code and have fun. There are also resources available to help you spread the word.
A new program released by LifeJourney invites students to virtually explore the careers of Australia’s STEM leaders in technology and innovation. The program, Australia 2020, weaves together key themes including wireless technology, cybersecurity, drone delivery, financial services and autonomous vehicles in order to paint a picture for students of Australia’s future digital economy and related careers pathways.
To be in the running for the great prizes you'll need to produce a live action film, animation or video game in response to the theme of ‘Time’. Check out the excellent resources and class video-chat sessions to help with your entries. When you win, your work is exhibited online in the Australian Mediatheque, on big screens around Australia and ACMI’s newly-designed Screen It space in the Screen Worlds exhibition. For more info click here.
Girls from 7-17 yo in Australia and New Zealand form a team and enter the competition. They are then matched with a female tech mentor who meets weekly with them for 12 weeks. Teams identify a problem in their local community to solve, then research and document a solution in a business plan, build a working app prototype and pitch it in a public video.
These grants aim to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Grants will be provided to organisations, such as schools and community groups, to sponsor eligible young Australians to participate in conferences, competitions and other STEM-related activities. You can find the guidelines here.
Applications for the Maker Space grants will open in late August. Sign up to receive notifications and updates on the Maker Projects here.
The Australian Computing Academy has put together a flyer summarising their activities, including:
Check out their flyer for more information.
The first four Australian Digital Technologies Challenges are:
Blockly for Year 5–6
Python for Year 7–8
Arduino for Year 7–8
Blockly + Maths for Year 7–8
Also check out the ten key concepts
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. The NEW Years 9 & 10 Digital Technologies: Explore! Is open for registration. Starts 1st July! For more info click here.
CSER Lending Library opens it’s figurative doors to schools nationally in a groundbreaking program. Schools can now integrate a huge range of digital technologies educational equipment on loan, for free. Read more and register here.
code.org has released its annual report on the state of K–12 computer science, a snapshot of global efforts to raise educational standards in the computer science landscape. Read the 2017 report here.
There is a lot of discussion around Bring Your Own Device and successful implementation. This article has great advice on the topic.