Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum

At the end of last year, I attended an extremely worthwhile workshop looking at the Digital Technologies Curriculum and how it can be implemented practically across the curriculum. It was delivered by the Australian Computing Academy. The two days were well run with plenty of hands-on activities, professional input, and sharing of ideas by teachers, both primary and secondary.

After introductions were made, by a very impressive group of professionals including James Curran, Bruce Fuda, Owen Brasier and Karsten Schulz, the structure of the DT curriculum was addressed. Key concepts were discussed and made clear through activities which could easily be used with students and how the activities link to curriculum descriptors.

Part of the workshop was sharing ideas and units of work. I particularly enjoyed the primary sessions. Jane Batham shared her work with data using Glyphs, Nicola Cumner spoke about Junior Robotics Challenges, in particular, First Lego League Junior, Gayle Stone shared her lovely story of ‘Charlie’ the goat and coding with prep students.

There was a lot of sharing of resources to support the delivery of the curriculum. Many of which I have mentioned throughout this blog but it’s always good to hear them again….as often some get forgotten!

Australian Computing Academy  

Digital Technologies Hub

CS Unplugged

Grok Learning

CSER Digital Technologies Education

Computing at School

CAS Barefoot

CS First

Many professional associations are providing workshops, webinars and seminars to assist in implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum successfully into all schools.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!