Technology and the internet are part of our daily lives. It’s almost impossible for students/ children to avoid coming into contact with the online world. From social media apps to messaging services to online gaming, it’s important to protect them from harm. But it’s just as important that they too know how to respond to online dangers. That’s why National Online Safety have created these e-safety guides for children outlining various online safety do’s and don’ts to help empower them to make the right decisions when interacting with the online world.
InsideSherpa have created a FREE virtual learning program for students to see where a career in tech could lead them. Learn at your own pace and have fun with the activities, gain practical skills and experience that will help your career and discover new pathways for a career in technology.
DLTV will be hosting the 2020 Australian Council for Computers in Education conference, April 15-17. It’s a great chance for educators across Australia (and the world) to come together and see what Victoria has to offer.
The Schools Cyber Security Challenges are designed to provide high school teachers with resources to support the teaching of cyber security concepts, and to inform students of career opportunities in the field. The Challenges are classroom ready, and aligned with both the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and the ICT Capability.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the Strickling family for winning the 2020 competition! There were many fantastic entries this year and choosing a winner was extremely difficult, but the Strickling family well-deserved their prize (a $500 JB Hi-Fi gift voucher!).
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.
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
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.
There is a lot of discussion around Bring Your Own Device and successful implementation. This article has great advice on the topic.
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.