NSW Education Standards Authority announced that from 2019 coding, design, systems and computational thinking will be compulsory requirements for primary and secondary schools. Teachers have 2018 to recognise meaningful ways to implement these concepts in the classroom.
Is your school equipped to facilitate this change?
Unpacking Coding, Design & Computational Thinking Conference will demystify and debug the Digital Technologies concepts and provide practical takeaways that can be implemented in the classroom tomorrow.
This conference will focus on
- Understanding coding computational, design and systems thinking
- Making coding accessible and achievable
- Identifying resources, tools and practical activities for stimulating lesson plans
- Creating meaningful inquiry-based learning through computational thinking
- Get hands on with Micro:bit, Scratch, Makey Makey and Minecraft
- Explore inspiration unplugged activities
Representatives from Independent, Catholic & Primary schools
- ICT, Technology, Digital & e-Learning Teachers
- Classroom Teachers
- Curriculum Heads & Pedagogy Leaders
- Head of Junior or Primary
- Head of Technology
- STEM Coordinators
- Principals & Deputy Principals
IMPORTANT: To participate at this hands on conference, each attendee is required to bring own laptop, power source and mouse. Power boards will be provided at each table.
Attend to learn:
- Unpack computational thinking & coding and understand how to deliver it in the classroom
- Integrate Digital Technologies to meet the needs of the curriculum
- Professional development to build teacher confidence
- Gain classroom ready resources, tools & activities
Australian Computer Academy / The University of Sydney
James Curran is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. His research is in computational linguistics — the field of Artificial Intelligence involved in understanding natural languages, like English and Chinese. James is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 9,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an edtech startup aims to children everywhere to learn to code.
James was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. He has won Faculty, University and national awards for university teaching excellence; and AIIA iAward, and an Engineering Australia (Sydney Division) Excellence award (Education and Training). Last year, he was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education
St Andrew's Anglican College
Grant Harbor is a passionate learning activist who has over a decade experience in education, and guiding staff through the transformative practices required to meet the needs of the future landscape of education. I am concurrently managing the implementation and integration of Digital Technologies into classroom practice, and am passionate about the future of education and the part that technology, space and teaching style has to play in this. I have a particular interest in how Virtual Space Design, Physical Space Design and Teacher Training can improve educational outcomes.
Santa Sabina College
Zeina is a dynamic leading educator with teaching experience at primary schools and university. In her role as Leader of Technology & Innovation, Zeina leads whole school change in Digital pedagogy and Gifted Education – creatively integrating technology to transform authentic learning and connect communities of learners.
She is passionate about Design Thinking and is currently exploring innovative ways to develop creative thinking in a Maker Space through a STEAM curriculum. Zeina leads and facilitates innovative professional learning opportunities for staff on the new Australian Curriculum, Performance Growth in Action and Contemporary Pedagogy.
As a certified ACU Mentor, Zeina has successfully lead the provision of Mentoring programs for students in coding and writing from experts in the field, as well as herself mentoring beginning teachers and pre-service teachers through her role as a sessional tutor.
Zeina is a Moderator of the #aussieED twitter chat where she has hosted chats on topics like Digital Leadership, Growth Mindset, Maker Space and Coaching. She contributes regularly to educational blogs and magazines and has experience speaking at educational conferences and panels.
University of Adelaide
Meridith is the NSW Project Officer for the University of Adelaide and works with teachers and schools to provide accredited training in coding and computational thinking and she is also a moderator for Adelaide University’s MOOCs on Digital Technologies.
Meridith is also experienced educator and has experience integrating digital technology, coding, STEM, MakerED and computational thinking in the K-10 classroom and working with teachers to integrate computational thinking.
Meridith is also a speaker, blogger, and consultant. She is interested in changing pedagogy concepts in classrooms, digital technologies, digital literacy and gender equity. For more information about Meridith go to http://iMerinet.weebly.com.
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Endorsers & Media Partners
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Code Rangers was set up by Nicola O’Brien. It was set up to give children the opportunity to code and enjoy technology. She couldn’t be prouder of all those children who have had ‘a-ha’ moments, whether it’s writing their first line of code, or winning a national competition.
Refraction Media is a content company specialising in STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths.
Refraction undertakes end-to-end project management of eye-catching publications, apps, videos and animation, writing and education resources that excite people about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). We believe that STEM is the future – and we aim to create the next generation of inspired people who can use their STEM skills to make a better planet.