Key to equipping the younger generations with the digital skills they need for future success is providing teachers with professional development opportunities to help them engage children with computational thinking and other digital technologies subject matter in the classroom. Higher Education institutions within the AARNet community are on the case.
For example, the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSERG) at the University of Adelaide has developed free online courses aligned with the digital technologies material developed for the Australian national curriculum.
These courses provide teachers with lesson plans and sample activities for integrating the digital technologies subject matter in the classroom in new and exciting ways.
New for 2015 is the Next Steps: Years 7 & 8 MOOC (started 1 May – not too late to join).
This free online course is designed for teachers of Years 7 and 8, is open to all, and builds on the success of last year’s CSER MOOC for primary school teachers.
Mar 23, 2017
Four fledgling teams who reached the Australian regional final of an international robotics competition last week have been awarded AARNet bursaries to help them take part in the world championships in the US. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport...
Mar 16, 2017
AARNet’s head of infrastructure development has been recognised for inspiring and empowering students in a national robotics competition. John Nicholls was awarded the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at this week’s FIRST® Robotics Southern Cross Regional competition after being nominated by students he mentored. The award celebrates effective communication in the art and...
Nov 28, 2016
Schools benefiting from AARNet’s high-speed internet services have again excelled in a nationwide competition aimed at inspiring young people to engage with digital technology. The Young ICT Explorers competition challenges school children from Year 3 to Year 12 to put the national ICT curriculum into practice by designing any technology...