07
Sep 18

Takeaway’s from Unpacking Coding Conference

Author:Ash Natesh

The conference kicked off with James Curran posing the very important question, What are the steps in making a vegemite sandwhich? James Curran, Associate Professor at University of Sydney covered, • Understanding Digital Technologies and how it fits within thesyllabus• Breaking down the language and content descriptors• Remapping Digital Technologies across the different stages   … Continue reading Takeaway’s from Unpacking Coding Conference

23
May 18

3 ways to introduce coding into the classroom

From 2019, coding will be a compulsory requirement for primary and secondary schools in New South Wales. How are you going to integrate this into your classroom? Technology is becoming an increasingly prominent part of the learning experience in schools around the country. Although Australia is no stranger to private coding courses for kids, such … Continue reading 3 ways to introduce coding into the classroom

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