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Teaching Data Representation

18 May 2020


An introduction to teaching Data Representation with the Australian Computing Academy (ACA).

Learn how emojis work and how data can help you do your laundry! Data representation is everywhere and is the ideal starting point for teaching Digital Technologies curriculum.

During this webinar Kenni Bawden and James Curran from the ACA will discuss data representation. You'll learn how data is used to communicate, store and calculate information all the way from the first years of school until year 10. We will be sharing resources (like DT Laundry and the emoji challenge) and participating in activities (such as run-length encoding and pig-dog) that will help you teach your students about data representation in the classroom and remotely.

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary and Secondary teachers (F-10) and pre-service teachers looking to teach digital technologies with or without computers.
  • Teachers and technology leaders seeking resources to support the implementation of the curriculum.

ACA Webinars

For the past 3 years, the Australian Computing Academy has been providing comprehensive professional development for teachers, supporting the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. We are pleased to be able to continue this work in a modified online mode whilst we are facing current social distancing requirements.

Over 7 hour-long webinars, we will provide an overview of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and explore some of the key concepts of the curriculum - Data Representation, Digital Systems, Specification and Computational Thinking, and Algorithms. We will also take a look at assessment and Cyber Security.

You may attend one or all of the seminars, it is up to you! If you have been unable to attend one of our PD workshops in person this is a good opportunity to take part. It is also a great chance for a refresher on the curriculum if you have already attended one of our in-person workshops.

Is there a cost?


What do I need to attend

  • computer with internet connection, microphone and sound
  • web browser to access Zoom - we will send you the Zoom ID and password closer to the workshop

Who is running this?

The Australian Computing Academy is a centre within Sydney University which provides the intellectual, technical, and practical leadership needed to fulfil the ambitious goals of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

The ACA collaborates regularly with education, industry and the broader tech community to champion a deeper understanding of Digital Technologies and their applications in a range of fields, including computer science, data science and cyber security.

The Australian Digital Technologies Challenges and workshops are an initiative of, and funded by, the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

ACA Webinar Schedule

This is one of 7 online workshops. Please use this EventBrite page to register for the workshop on 18 May, Teaching Data Representation.

To register for the other workshops, please click the links below.

Registration for each workshop is essential.

11 May, 4-5pm AEST

Teaching Cyber Security - register here

18 May, 4-5pm AEST

Teaching Data Representation

25 May, 4-5pm AEST

Teaching Digital Systems - register here

1 June, 4-5pm AEST

Teaching Specification & Computational Thinking - register here

15 June, 4-5pm AEST

Teaching Algorithms - register here

22 June, 4-5pm AEST

Teaching Assessment - registration opening soon

Past webinars

Past webinars are available to watch online on our Resources for Teachers page.

Teach coding free online with the DT Challenges - Primary - watch online

Teach coding free online with the DT Challenges - Secondary - watch online

Teaching Cyber Security - watch online

Register for the webinar