Preparing teachers for the changes to the Science & Technology Mandatory Curriculums in 2019
Conference Date
29th & 30th August 2018
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Making Digital Technologies accessible and achievable in primary and secondary schools

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
Who will attend?
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
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Key Speakers

James Curran
Academic Director / Associate Professor
Australian Computer Academy / The University of Sydney
Grant Harbor
Director of Digital Pedagogy
St Andrew's Anglican College
Zeina Chalich
Leader of Learning Technologies & Innovation
Santa Sabina College
Meridith Ebbs
NSW Project Officer
University of Adelaide



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