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We are looking for stories of successful Digital Technologies implementation – what has helped you get started in your school? Can you help others? We can pay you for your time or provide teacher relief payment to your school. Click here for more information. 

ISTE Conference 2017

In December 2016, Cymantha Cantrill won $1,000 toward professional learning in a competition run by Scootle. The Deputy Principal from Canberra elected to attend the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognised globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world, with over 18,000 attendees seeking to transform learning and teaching. In this blog post, Cymantha provides some insight into her experience.

Read the full post here.

CSER Online course for Years 9-10

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.

It's TIME to create your entries for Screen It 2017!

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.

TrackSAFE STEM competition

TrackSAFE

TrackSAFE Education 2017 High Schools STEM Competition integrates ideas from Science, Mathematics Design Technologies and Digital Technologies. THE CHALLENGE: Create an innovative solution to reduce the chances of injuries or fatalities occurring at pedestrian level crossings. Working in a team of 2 to 4, apply design thinking to create an innovative solution to a pedestrian level crossing safety issue to make young people’s crossing experiences safer. Click here for more information.

Is BYOD a hot topic at your school?

There is a lot of discussion around Bring Your Own Device and successful implementation. This article has great advice on the topic.

Australian DT Challenges

The Australian DT Challenges are free in-classroom activities designed to address the most technically challenging aspects of the Year 5–6 and 7–8 bands of Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

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.

Digital Literacy School Grants

Round 2 of the Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG) initiative is now open. Digital Literacy School Grants is an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Grants of amounts greater than $50,000 may also be made where a project has demonstrated capacity to reach regional, national or sectoral scalabilities such as projects involving clusters of schools and/or peak bodies/professional associations.

For more info click here.

LifeJourney

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.

Lending Library

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

Code.org

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 2016 report here.

Are you the next Tech Girl Superhero?

Launching on International Women's Day, Wednesday 8 March at Google HQ Sydney, we invite girls from Australia and New Zealand to join us to learn and apply skills to solve real-world problems through technology. We invite you to join us here for the Search for the Next Tech Girls Superhero / Technovation Challenge!