The Hour of Code is upon us!
Have you registered yet?
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.
Minister Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, recently announced a 'Call to Action' for all Victorian schools and tertiary institutions to register students and complete the Cyber Security Experience. The Victorian Government will award the Victorian schools and tertiary institutions with the highest rate of participation.
Student and teachers can get involved, win prizes and importantly build their confidence with Cyber security skills linked to innovation and technology.
Go to the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge and sign up today to be part of this important initiative offering teachers online free professional development and students’ new understanding and skills in Cyber.
1000+ girls, 260+ teams and 250+ mentors participated in the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero this year. And for the first time, the competition was also launched in New Zealand. We are delighted to announce the National and State winners in the Primary and Secondary categories of the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. Well done teams!
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.
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.
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 2016 report here.
There is a lot of discussion around Bring Your Own Device and successful implementation. This article has great advice on the topic.
The CS Educator PD Grants for 2018 are now open!
Formerly CS4HS, the CS Educator PD Grants are a Google initiative focused on computer science education.
This year, there's a brand new website, and a range of tools to help you complete your application. Take a look at the Application Companion for guidance. (Not based in Australia or New Zealand? Find your Application Companion here.)
The Australian Computing Academy has put together a flyer summarising their activities, including:
Check out their flyer for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!