Digital Technologies Workshop

5 - 6 September 2017
Tuesday - Wednesday  

Coffs Harbour
O Theatre

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. 

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.

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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