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ACCE Education & Technology News - October 2021 Update 3

21 Oct 2021 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Glenn Maxwell Teams Up With BYJU’S Future School To Encourage Aussie Kids To Get Into Maths And Coding

Aussie cricketer Glenn Maxwell is encouraging kids to upskill in maths and coding as part of a new campaign for BYJU.

<https://www.bandt.com.au/glenn-maxwell-teams-up-with-byjus-future-school-to-encourage-aussie-kids-to-get-into-maths-and-coding/>

Videogames or homework? Why not both, as ACMI has 75 game lessons for you to try

Despite the growth of technology in our daily lives, the integration of digital technologies into education has been slower than anticipated. There seem to be a number of factors at work here, including problems with access to technology and the time and support needed to use technology successfully in the classroom.

<https://theconversation.com/videogames-or-homework-why-not-both-as-acmi-has-75-game-lessons-for-you-to-try-169359>

Free online webinar helps students address mental health concerns

... This week, eSafety Commissioner announced free online resources for parents and carers to help young people aged 10-18 manage their mental health while they’re online.

<https://www.theeducatoronline.com/k12/news/free-online-webinar-helps-students-address-mental-health-concerns/278995>

Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching

Algorithms are a key component of computational thinking, and the foundations for developing these skills starts in the early years. What are some of the day-to-day ‘unplugged activities’ that offer teachers easy opportunities for emphasising and building these skills?

<https://www.teachermagazine.com/au_en/articles/integrating-algorithm-tasks-into-early-years-teaching>

Australian music teachers making a difference

Teachers from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have been recognised as nominees for the 2021 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award for their contributions to music education by fostering students’ self-esteem; keeping them engaged and inspired during periods of remote learning; and providing performance opportunities.

<https://www.teachermagazine.com/au_en/articles/australian-music-teachers-making-a-difference>

Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge

A blob trying to break into the Underworld, a scientist jumping through size-altering portals, and a man who wakes up dazed and confused in a scrapyard – these are some of the protagonists from winning games in this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.

<https://www.teachermagazine.com/au_en/articles/students-scale-up-their-skills-for-stem-challenge>

Meet and Greet: Introducing Google’s virtual space

Google Classroom is increasingly becoming a one-stop digital shop for remote education, the introduction of the ‘Meet’ function for students set to make learning life that much easier.

<https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/latest-news/meet-and-greet--introducing-google-s-virtual-space->

Engaging school communities to improve student outcomes

The Quality Teaching Practice unit has been successfully working with schools this year to engage their communities with the Learning Ecosystems for Improved Student Outcomes professional learning.

<https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/latest-news/engaging-school-communities-to-improve-student-outcomes>

‘I’m just busting to come back to school’: Sydney’s youngest students back in classrooms

At MLC School in Burwood, the heads of school were dressed in unicorn onesies to welcome kindergarten and year 1 back after more than three months of remote learning.

<https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/i-m-just-busting-to-come-back-to-school-sydney-s-youngest-students-back-in-classrooms-20211018-p590w2.html>

NSW parents to get $250 vouchers as a homeschooling thank you

Parents of school-aged children will be given a $250 thank you gift from the NSW government.

<https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-parents-to-get-250-vouchers-as-a-homeschooling-thank-you-20211021-p591zy.html>

Uneven global education stimulus risks widening learning disparities

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO has been monitoring government stimulus investments in education. In total, US$ 16 trillion was invested in fiscal stimulus worldwide. However, 97 per cent was concentrated in high-income countries, revealing the coverage gap between those countries with financial capacity and those without. The education and training sector represents only 2.9 per cent of this total global stimulus package amount. In light of these findings, UNESCO continues to advocate for prioritizing investments to education, not only as a human right, but also as a strategy for an efficient, effective, and sustainable economic recovery.

<https://en.unesco.org/news/uneven-global-education-stimulus-risks-widening-learning-disparities>

From Tiktok to bear mascots — 7 ways education is recruiting cyber talent

Higher education institutions and businesses are targeting students for cybersecurity careers by offering hands-on experience at high-tech cyber ranges, designing mascots to teach K-12 students about cracking ciphers and by posting videos on TikTok.

<https://edscoop.com/list/from-tiktok-to-bear-mascots-7-ways-education-is-recruiting-cyber-talent/>

Empower your educators and staff with new training resources

As we are entering the new school year in the Northern Hemisphere and approaching summer break in the Southern Hemisphere, Microsoft Education continues to see incredible transformation at so many schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and education systems across the world. We are keenly aware of the important role that technology is playing in supporting this transformation.

<https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2021/09/empower-your-educators-and-staff-with-new-training-resources>

Everything comes together in Teams

Learning can happen from anywhere with the right set of tools. Whether you’re a school leader looking to bring together learning resources or an educator looking to bring out the best in your students, Microsoft Teams puts your classroom tools into one powerful platform.

<https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2021/09/everything-comes-together-in-teams>

How to support your students with personalized learning experiences

No two students are the same, and as they learn, communicate, and grow in different ways, educators understand that supporting individual needs can make all the difference. To make that easier, Education Insights in Microsoft Teams helps educators create personalized learning experiences for their students.

<https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2021/10/how-to-support-your-students-with-personalized-learning-experiences>

round 63% students claim online learning platforms help reduce stress

Brainly, online learning platform, surveyed its Indian user base to determine the impact of the paradigm shift to study-from-home on the student’s mental health.

<https://www.freepressjournal.in/business/around-63-students-claim-online-learning-platforms-help-reduce-stress>

Today’s classrooms require flexible, scalable device management

Where learning takes place has changed. Educators and students now convene in person, remotely, and in blended environments. This means classroom device management must evolve as well.

<https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2021/10/todays-classrooms-require-flexible-scalable-device-management>

Hour of Code 2021: Computer science everywhere!

Computer science has helped unlock mysteries in math and medicine. It’s been used to create art, including your favorite games, movies, and TV shows. It helps us eradicate diseases and enables us to explore the depths of outer space. It allows us to imagine ancient civilizations, as well as build the cities of the future. And obviously, computer science is responsible for the very device you’re reading this story on!

<https://codeorg.medium.com/hour-of-code-2021-computer-science-everywhere-540165a5f3e0>

McLaren Racing and Dell Technologies announce multi-year extension

McLaren Racing has today announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Dell Technologies. Together they will continue to drive innovation and push the boundaries of human-machine performance on the track and beyond. Their work together does not stop at technology – they will collaborate on programmes to ensure their societal and environmental impact drives success across the industry and help achieve their 2030 goals, focusing on STEM education, diversity and inclusion, and sustainable practices.

<https://www.mclaren.com/racing/partners/dell-technologies/mclaren-racing-and-dell-technologies-announce-multi-year-extension/>

Project Lead The Way Prepares Texas Students for STEM Careers

Middle school students in Bastrop, Texas are getting hands-on experience with computer-aided design, 3-D printers and other tools involved in STEM careers through a curriculum from the nonprofit Project Lead The Way.

<https://www.govtech.com/education/k-12/project-lead-the-way-prepares-texas-students-for-stem-careers>

Has online learning given Stem subjects a boost?

In this podcast, experts explain how the use of technology in lessons is encouraging pupils to consider science careers

<https://www.tes.com/news/has-online-learning-given-stem-subjects-schools-boost-science-careers>


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