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We are pleased to announce that Helen Kardiasmenos has joined the CSER Digital Technologies Education Team in NSW. Helen will be working closely with Meridith Ebbs (NSW Project Officer) and Toni Falusi (NSW/ACT Project Officer) to support schools in NSW. Helen will be primarily working with schools in Sydney and surrounds.
It’s been just over a year since we shared the start of our Digital Technologies journey on the CSER MOOC blog and what a year it’s been! Inspired by the energy and excitement of completing the first MOOC, and with the enthusiastic support of our principal, this year Flinders Island DHS introduced Digital Technologies lessons for all grades from Prep (Foundation) through to Grade 10.
In 2018 there was an amazing demand for workshops from teachers and schools wanting to prepare for the 2019 launch of the NSW digital technologies syllabus. Last year Meridith Ebbs (NSW Project Officer) and Toni (ACT/NSW Project Officer) and #spotbot travelled throughout NSW both physically and virtually to deliver more than 103 events to almost 2000 teachers from 976 schools.
Computer Science doesn’t have to be taught only with computers. There are many engaging activities that can promote computational thinking and provide an introduction to algorithms in an “unplugged” way!
Year 3/4M from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School in Humpty Doo, Northern Territory, investigated push and pull forces in their Science unit in Term 4, 2018. Digital Technologies were utilised to engage the students and to develop their understanding and abilities across both learning areas.