24
Jul 17

STEAM Train: Outdoor Tinkering Studio

We all know that students love the investigative and experimental nature of Science and Technology. They value hands on experiences over all else. However, providing opportunities for such learning experiences is becoming harder as testing and data collection take hold in our schools. When you mention Science, kids think experiments and hands on learning, so … Continue reading STEAM Train: Outdoor Tinkering Studio

13
Oct 16

“Children should be masters of the machine, not mastered by the machine”

It was with some trepidation that I set off to the Criterion Embedding Coding & Computational Thinking conference. After all, while I have loads of passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), I come from an arts background and I was feeling a little nervous about being able to keep up. To cement my fears, … Continue reading “Children should be masters of the machine, not mastered by the machine”

29
Sep 16

Engaging students and the greater school community with STEM

A few years ago I was privileged to deliver a paper entitled “Shaping Australian Secondary Students’ Attitudes to STEM Education” at the 64th International Astronautical Congress held in Beijing. One aspect of this paper examined the various factors that came into play when students were considering their subject choices beyond Year 10, when mathematics and … Continue reading Engaging students and the greater school community with STEM

08
Jul 16

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

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

09
Jun 16

Building a successful coding culture

Worldwide, there are a large number of governments and independent programs that are pushing coding as the skill set to learn for the future generation.  It is obvious that over the last 15 years, we have gone through a cycle from a core set of students interested in computing, to every student being able to … Continue reading Building a successful coding culture

30
May 16

The real reason more women don’t code

I menstruate, and I code. I share this perhaps shocking personal information in the interest of full disclosure, and in solidarity with a new satirical campaign from Girls Who Code. The campaign proposes a simple explanation for the current low numbers of women in tech: that our hormonal cycles interfere with our ability to code. … Continue reading The real reason more women don’t code

07
Dec 15

Aligning Pedagogical Frameworks around Curriculum Content Delivery

The Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum has been endorsed. What is it and what does it mean for schools, teachers and students? ACARA defines the Digital Technologies Curriculum as an opportunity for students to create solutions, develop a range of thinking skills (including systems thinking, computational thinking and design thinking) and learn how to manage projects … Continue reading Aligning Pedagogical Frameworks around Curriculum Content Delivery

29
Sep 15

Supporting and Inspiring Digital Skills to Power Australia’s Digital Economy

A couple of months ago, a colleague brought her niece, Helen (not her real name) into work for a week of compulsory work experience. She’s in Year 10 at a private girls’ school on Sydney’s lower north shore. For the first couple of days she did the usual Microsoft Australia stuff – attended meetings, prepared … Continue reading Supporting and Inspiring Digital Skills to Power Australia’s Digital Economy