Digital Technologies Curriculum: Stay tuned – help is on its way!

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Jul 16
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Coding has been a hot topic in the media, and now educators around Australia are stepping up to teach it to their students as part of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. While for some this may seem a daunting task, stay tuned — help is on its way!

That help comes in the form of the Digital Technologies Hub, which will provide Australian primary and secondary teachers with support and resources to help get started in implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum.

The Hub — due to be launched in the coming weeks — will provide content for teachers, school leaders, students, and parents, with new content being made available over the next three years. A focus for the initial launch is toward teachers who are not experienced in teaching digital technologies. That said, there are hundreds of resources available from the site, so even the most experienced teacher in this domain is bound to find some new and exciting resources.

Learning sequences for all stages

The Getting Started section of the Hub will provide detailed learning sequences for teachers at all year bands of the curriculum, from Foundation to year 10. These sequences will guide you through each step of a digital technologies lesson, and may well connect with what you are already doing in Maths, Science or English so you’ll be essentially “killing two birds with one stone”.

You will also find assessment activities and ideas for extending students who are already achieving at their level. There are Case Studies featuring schools already implementing digital technologies, and a Resource Bank of links to content aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Your students will love exploring the resources available for them, and parents can find out why digital technologies are an important part of the curriculum and explore the links to career information.

All that and more. Stay tuned for the launch at www.digitaltechnologieshub.edu.au.

The next conference in the Digital Technologies Curriculum series takes place in Melbourne in March 2017. Attend for practical strategies to implement and unpack the curriculum, as well as ideas, resources and activities to try in the classroom. 

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Submitted by Leanne Robertson

Leanne Robertson

Leanne Robertson is a Program Director at Education Services Australia (ESA). She has led educational resource development and research projects for over fourteen years. Leanne first became interested in digital technologies in the 90s while teaching in a primary school in rural New Zealand. Leanne was involved in the development of New Zealand’s Information Technology Roadshow before moving to Australia where she has worked on the start-up of a telecommunications travel company, completed her Masters in IT in education and worked on numerous projects for The Learning Federation, Curriculum Corporation and ESA.

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