Digital Technologies Workshop

19 - 20 May 2017
Friday - Saturday  

Canberra
Canberra Girls Grammar School

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This event is accredited for 10 hours of TQI-accredited professional learning in the 2017-2018 accreditation year.

Who is running this?

The Australian Computing Academy (ACA) is a Commonwealth funded project developing resources that will be freely available to students and teachers across Australia to learn about programming and related concepts in Digital Technologies. 

James Curran:
James Curran is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. He is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 10,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an Edtech startup that aims to children everywhere to learn to code. He was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.

Bruce Fuda:
Before starting in his role at the Australian Computing Academy, Bruce was acting as the Associate Principal of Gungahlin College, a government school in the ACT of around 1200 students in Years 11 and 12. Bruce has 13 years experience working in secondary schools, and was a member of the advisory group for the writing of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. He was the 2016 ACCE/ACS Australian ICT Educator of the Year, and founding President of Information Technology Educators ACT.

Karsten Schulz:
Karsten Schulz is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. Karsten has a PhD in Computer Science and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Software Engineering. For 10 years, Karsten led the research division of a large multi-national ICT company in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region and between 2013 and 2016 he led the national Digital Careers Program. In 2010, Karsten created the Young ICT Explorers Competition and in 2014 he founded the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge which is part of the international Bebras Challenge.

Nicky Ringland:
Dr Nicky Ringland is a Computer Science Educator at the Australian Computing Academy and Outreach Officer at the National Computer Science School. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, and is a co-founder of Grok Learning. Nicky is passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow. 

Owen Brasier:
Owen Brasier is a Technical Educator at the Australian Computing Academy. Owen was previously the manager and technical lead of MadMaker - which over 2,500 students and teachers participating in to learn STEM skills through programming. Owen is an electrical engineer whose passion is teaching students to create and build technology to improve the world around them.

Amanda Hogan:
Amanda Hogan is the president of the ICTENSW professional association for computing teachers. She is a secondary Computing Teacher at Tara Anglican School for Girls. She has come to teaching after working in the IT industry most recently at Microsoft Australia but she's been doing this a while now. Amanda is an active tutor and content creator in the Girls Programming Network Sydney Chapter. She runs the Maths, Coding and Robotics clubs at school and a keen programmable electronics hobbyist. In 2015, Amanda was named ICT Teacher of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW.

Who Should Attend?

- Primary and secondary teachers looking to improve their understanding of the Digital Technologies curriculum
- Teachers and technology leaders seeking resources to support the implementation of the curriculum

What will the workshop include?

- Case studies showcasing existing practice, and school-wide scope & sequence, incorporating ACA resources
- Hands on experiences with free, classroom-ready resources that target the Digital Technologies curriculum
- Introduction to various programming tools available, including visual and text-based programming, and object-oriented approaches.
- Deep dive into Blockly and Python programming, covering coding aspects of years 5-6 and 7-8 curriculum, focusing on defining and decomposing real-world problems, designing algorithms and implementing programs.

Is there a cost? 

This workshop is free to attend. Food will be provided.

What should I bring? 

Bring yourself and a laptop. We'll organise the rest, including lunch and snacks both days, as well as lots of class-room ready resources to take away.



The Australian Computing Academy is an initiative of, and funded by, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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