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 the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, including algorithms, implementation (that is, programming or coding), data representation and data interpretation.
The DT Challenges are focused on solving problems in:
The DT Challenges require roughly 4 weeks of classroom time (2 hours per week), with extra material for advanced students. However, timing varies enormously depending on a student's existing experience.
Some of the DT Challenges will be Digital Technologies + X, where X is another learning area. For example, the Blockly + Maths Challenge for Year 7 and 8 covers geometry content from the Year 7 Australian Curriculum: Mathematics in addition to data representation, algorithms and implementation.
The content within each Challenge is Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licensed (except where noted), so teachers are free to reuse and adapt the materials to suit their students.
Each Challenge will provide the following resources:
A professional development version of the Challenge will also provide:
The DT Challenges are currently hosted in the Grok Learning platform. As well as hosting the notes and problems, Grok Learning provides intelligent, automated marking to provide instant feedback to students and teachers on correctness and hints for each problem.
This allows the Challenges to be self-pacing and differentiated, as the system gives students feedback as they need it to progress onto the next concept or problem.
Students can see their progress and scores as they complete the problems. Teachers can monitor student progress with real-time learning analytics and drill down into their individual submissions to the system.
Teachers can print certificates for students who complete a Challenge.
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has funded all Australian teachers, and Year 5 and 7 students, to have free access to the DT Challenges in the Grok Learning platform until 31 December, 2020.
Students in other years can access the Challenges within the platform by purchasing a Grok Learning subscription.