• 01 Jun 2021 8:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New grants help Australian teachers build digital skills

    In a world where technology is evolving rapidly, it’s vital that Australian teachers have the knowledge and access to the resources they need in order to equip students for the future.


    The state of education – one year into the pandemic

    Few groups are less vulnerable to the Coronavirus than school children, but few groups have been more affected by the policy responses to contain this virus.


    The Science of Blended Learning – a research-practice partnership

    Like all areas of life, last year was a challenging one in education but it was also a year of important learning and growth – and not just for students!


    Strategy to get more women in STEM jobs falls flat

    A $100 million investment encouraging women to take up jobs in the science and technology sector has come to little, with a new government report showing the number of females in related occupations has barely budged over the past decade.


    Hitting the books: how we’re boosting diversity in STEM 

    We must do all we can to support more diverse young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). That’s why we’re funding new high-tech spaces, and awarding a number of scholarships to diverse University of Melbourne students. We spoke with our 2021 scholarship recipients to find out what it means to them to pursue a career in STEM.


    Children own around 3 digital devices on average, and few can spend a day without them

    More than nine out of ten parents think digital media and technologies are a negative distraction in their lives. And 83% think their children are also negatively distracted by digital devices.


    Greg O’Connor: How technology can help solve Australia’s declining maths results [subscription]

    Poor numeracy and maths skills are some of the most significant barriers to employment, but one key thing can help Aussie students, writes Greg O’Connor.


    Tech takes show to homes from Bourke to Bomaderry

    World-leading technology developed by an Australian start-up in collaboration with the Department of Education is bringing ARTEXPRESS works within reach of all NSW residents.


    Investigation of Emerging Trends in the E-Learning Field Using Latent Dirichlet Allocation

    Abstract: E-learning studies are becoming very important today as they provide alternatives and support to all types of teaching and learning programs. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on educational systems has further increased the significance of e-learning. Accordingly, gaining a full understanding of the general topics and trends in e-learning studies is critical for a deeper comprehension of the field. There are many studies that provide such a picture of the e-learning field, but the limitation is that they do not examine the field as a whole. This study aimed to investigate the emerging trends in the e-learning field by implementing a topic modeling analysis based on latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) on 41,925 peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2000 and 2019. The analysis revealed 16 topics reflecting emerging trends and developments in the e-learning field. Among these, the topics “MOOC,” “learning assessment,” and “e-learning systems” were found to be key topics in the field, with a consistently high volume.



    What is STEM? STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific areas — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — in an applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning model based on real-world applications.


    Sphero indi Brings Robotics to Pre-Kindergarten

    Sphero has just announced a new educational robot called indi, a not-at-all-spherical little four-wheel car-thing with a cute face, what appears to be a spoiler of questionable aerodynamic value, and a color sensor underneath. The infuriatingly noncapitalized indi can be programmed using tiles of different colors that call different functions that the robot executes as it drives over them, making it super accessible to even pre-kindergarteners. It’s never too soon to get kids excited about robots, and it doesn’t get much sooner than this.


  • 21 May 2021 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australia is a long way from gender equality in tech and other STEM fields

    The Australian federal government has been collating data to report girls’ and women’s uptake in studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The yearly STEM Equity Monitor has shown very slow advancement and plenty of areas to improve before Australia can achieve gender equality in STEM careers.


    The online learning needs of students across different grades during the COVID-19 pandemic

    A new study published in the British Journal of Educational Technology has identified the different needs of students across primary, middle, and high school related to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the study, investigators surveyed 1,170,769 Chinese students from the Guangdong Province of China.


    Has Covid-19 sparked a new dawn for distance learning?

    An estimated 1.5 billion students across 160 countries worldwide have been forced to study at home during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, participation in digital distance learning (DDL) has increased exponentially in many forms, including virtual classrooms, learning platforms, social media, online repositories, online assessment, webinars, and recorded video lessons.


    Why Some Families Still Prefer Remote School

    Jobs, language barriers and hard-won coronavirus pandemic routines are just some of the reasons that children aren’t going back to classrooms in districts that have reopened.


    60% of School Apps Are Sharing Your Kids' Data With Third Parties

    Over the past year, we’ve seen schools shift to digital services at an unprecedented rate as a way to educate kids safely during the covid-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen these digital tools slurp up these kid’s data at a similarly unprecedented rate, suffer massive breaches, and generally handle student’s personal information with a lot less care than they should. 


    Collaboration is the Key: An EdTech Journey

    It is crazy to think, that just over a year ago, many schools had never used remote learning platforms such as Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, whilst others had only dabbled in using them to provide home learning for their students. Our school was one of those who had not yet taken the leap into the quite scary domain of online learning platforms when the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year. This meant that, as a senior leadership team, we needed to be agile to equip our school and staff with the right tools to support our children and meet the new government requirements for remote learning.


  • 16 Nov 2020 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Outstanding ACT educator recognised by the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

    Congratulations to Bonython Primary School’s STEM Specialist Teacher (K-6), Mrs Sarah Fletcher, who has received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools, at the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.


    Australian schools must build upon 2020's digital learning lessons

    As school communities across Australia embark on the final term of the most disruptive year of their lives, it is worth reflecting on the lessons learned after all we have been through.


    Children as content creators: ‘Learning by doing’ during the pandemic using technology

    Instructional design in education – that is successfully designing what a student will learn and how they will learn it, both online and physical – is currently experiencing unprecedented attention and growth, which could prove to be one of the best things to come out of the chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. All educators who are planning and preparing lessons for students to learn at home will be currently grappling with Instructional design.


    Strategies for inclusive STEM learning environments

    Teachers play an important role in STEM engagement, encouragement and as role models, with 24 per cent of teachers being cited by youth as the most influential people for STEM subject selection (Department of Industry, 2020).<https://esanews.createsend1.com/t/r-l-juwuddd-l-u/>

    Great teachers, teaching great Digital Technologies lesson

    Did you know many of the lesson ideas and examples on the Digital Technologies Hub are developed by passionate educators? The Digital Technologies Hub team thanks these educators for extending themselves and sharing their fantastic lessons with us.


    Harvard Business School Professor Jeff Bussgang On The Future Of Education

    As we continue to embark on the new normal, 2020 has brought us an entirely new way that students learn. From Kindergarten to MBAs, students are immersed in distance learning, and the one unifying factor is that technology connects the classroom. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella furthered this point in his quarterly earnings call, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.”


    Many teachers don’t use technology in the classroom often: Here’s how to change that

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused one of the largest disruptions to education in history, with school and university closures in some 190 countries at the peak of the crisis affecting more than 1.6 billion students around the globe (about 94% of the world’s student population). As of 25 October, UNESCO was still reporting country-wide school closures in 31 countries, impacting nearly 580 million students worldwide.


    Are students ready to thrive in an interconnected world? The first PISA assessment of global competence provides some answers

    The backdrop to 21st century education is our endangered environment. Growing populations, resource depletion and climate change compel all of us to think about sustainability and the needs of future generations. At the same time, the interaction between technology and globalisation has created new challenges and new opportunities. Digitalisation is connecting people, cities, countries and continents in ways that vastly increase our individual and collective potential. But the same forces have also made the world volatile, complex and uncertain.


    Educating healthy and happy children in the digital age

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was a forceful reminder that schools are not just places of academic learning. They are part of the social fabric of our lives, and a large body of evidence sets out the important role they play in ensuring well-being and community.


    The Importance Of Technology In Education [registration]

    Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf have changed the way people learn, work, and interact with each other through the invention of Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocols which were the main inventions that lead to the development of the internet. The internet has affected how we learn, how we communicate, how business works, and how our brain works. Before the internet, people always had to learn face to face or reading from a book. Classrooms were normally very hands-on, and if the teacher assigned a project, scheduling with a partner to work on it is impossible.


    Best practice examples of the Digital School

    The idea of 1:1 education is further developed in the USA, so I’ll take some examples from there.


  • 12 Jun 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Coronavirusspecial edition: Back to school

    The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted education around the world. As the first shock passes, planning is taking place on two timescales: the short-term challenges in the return to school, and the challenges over the next 18-24 months as systems work to build resilience and adaptability for the future.


    Disrupting the education paradigm

    As we continue getting used to our kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms doubling as offices, virtual meeting rooms, and classrooms, many people are starting to ask, “What’s next?” And since more than 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries have been affected by COVID-19 school closures, parents, teachers, students, and decision-makers are asking the same question about education. Thankfully, some of the most prominent leaders in the field are gathering to develop answers that deliver on the promise of quality learning and inclusivity.


    How can youth navigate the sea of disinformation to become good digital citizens?

    “Trust in governments, politicians and in all major institutions including schools, doctors and hospitals, is in question. And in that context social media only serves to exacerbate the problem. There are huge challenges for all of us over what to believe and the pandemic has highlighted the fact that even the experts often aren't sure. In this context, it is vital that we support young people to engage as thoughtful and active participants in democracy,” says Joseph Kahne, Co-director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at the University of California.


    Global Education Coalition facilitates free internet access for distance education in several countries

    Major mobile telephone operators that are part of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition have stepped up efforts to improve connectivity by providing free access to online educational content for students in all regions of the world affected by Covid-19 induced school closures.


    Online Reading Comprehension: Expanding Students Understanding on the Internet [American Based Research Journal]

    Abstract: This paper aims to analyze mainstream technology and Internet-based learning and attempts to explore the possibilities of incorporating digital text into the curriculum. Where this paper came to answer two important questions namely how can technology increase reading comprehension skills and make readers more efficient in their L2? What is the position of teachers and students of English as a foreign language about the Internet application in the classroom?. This paper found that the reader can connect with the ideas and incorporate them into previously gained information; also, improving reading comprehension skills primarily requires motivation, mental frameworks for holding ideas, concentration and good study techniques. Moreover, Realizing and understanding the text is much more complex and practical than vocabulary familiarity.


    A is for accessibility: How to make remote learning work for everyone

    When it comes to equity and access in education, nothing is more important than making sure our digital tools are accessible to all learners—especially now as distance learning becomes the norm. I’m a proud member of the disability community, and I come from a family of special education teachers and paraprofessionals. So I’ve seen firsthand how creative educators and digital tools can elevate the learning experience for students with disabilities. It’s been amazing to see how tools like select-to-speak help students improve reading comprehension as they listen while reading along or assist students who have low vision. And tools like voice typing in Docs can greatly benefit students who have physical disabilities that limit their ability to use a keyboard.


    Teachers Supporting Teachers

    We all know a teacher. A dedicated, loving, do-anything-for-their-kids teacher. And with schools closed around the world, keeping their students engaged — and learning — just got a little harder. So one educator in Thailand created a community where her colleagues can share ideas and support each other professionally — and personally — during these unprecedented times.


    The Role and Impact of ICT in Improving the Quality of Education

    Abstract: ICTs are making dynamic changes in society. They are influencing all aspects of life. Similarly, there is no doubt that ICT brings a massive change in the field of education also. It makes teaching- learning process effective and interesting. To know the impact of ICT in education we need to know two basic things- ICT and education.


    What's the harm in Zoom schooling or contact tracing?

    The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digitalization at schools, in health care and other social interaction. Some say the rapid change was unimaginable just a few years ago. Is it a threat to our online privacy?


    in: Understanding Education in the age of Digital Divide

    Derived from a Latin word “ Educatum” it means the act of teaching or training. The training to nourish the good qualities in human beings and to bring out the best in every individual. Education seeks to develop the innate capacities of man. To educate individual is to give him some desirable knowledge, understanding skills, interests, attitudes and critical thinking. It is education which enables individual to differentiate between good and evil.


    id: Editorial: Stick to remote learning

    After months staying at home, Indonesian students have been either learning remotely or not at all since the government closed schools in March. Outside students in cities who have good internet access and personal computers, students in rural or remote areas are denied the possibility of remote classes on Zoom or Google Meet. Some teachers have been braving rough terrain to reach students’ houses to provide one-on-one lessons. But they can only do so much, depending on the number of students in their class.


    np: Preparing schools for a changing digital landscape

    In the last two decades, the world has witnessed a dramatic shift in both its educational and technical landscapes. Nepal has attempted to follow suit.


    eu: Tackling inequalities in online and distance learning

    The shift to online and distance learning in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all of us – but especially on vulnerable social groups, who are facing different challenges due to school closures.


    us: How Technology, Coronavirus Will Change Teaching by 2025

    In 2015, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris made some predictions about what education technology would look like in 2020. Soloway and Norris have long worked as a team to research ed tech and help districts put it into practice. In early March, Education Week caught up with them by phone when they were in Paris to speak at an ed-tech conference. We asked them how their 2015 predictions had fared. Then, we talked again in late April, when the coronavirus had suddenly transformed K-12 education into a massive remote learning system.


  • 12 Jun 2020 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    What happened on the first fully virtual Girls in ICT Day?

    Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Girls in ICT Day 2020 went fully virtual. ITU News spoke to Akanksha Bisoyi, a participant and part of the organizing team, to learn more about the event.


    The future of jobs for today’s students

    With the current situation leaving many uncertain of their future, ACS International School Doha, took a step further by analyzing today’s economic trends to predict the demand of tomorrow’s jobs.


    Best Practice for Long Distance Reading Instruction

    One of the main challenges of teaching over the internet is continuing to provide systematic, and individualized, reading instruction. As personal interaction with students is curtailed, it is critical that educators enact strategies that compensate for the interactivity of the classroom. Adapting best practices from Scholastic’s Guided Reading programme could help you to enhance every assignment.


    uk: What do we want education to look like in the future?

    The Edge Foundation asks key figures from colleges, schools and beyond what we've learned about education in the crisis


  • 12 Jun 2020 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    STEM conference finds online success

    An education technology gathering in regional NSW is using the pandemic restrictions to offer more opportunities to educators in Australia and overseas.


    Regional EdTech event expands and moves online

    STEM 2020 On Demand: Strategies for a Rapidly Changing World, is an innovative online and on demand event demonstrating the power of technology during these challenging times. It is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education through its Learning and Teaching Directorate.


    STEM 2020 On Demand

    STEM 2020 On Demand: Strategies for a Rapidly Changing World, is an innovative online and on demand event demonstrating the power of technology during these challenging times. It is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education through its Learning and Teaching Directorate.


    Digital classes for creative arts

    Students across NSW now have access to innovative creative arts digital learning resources that bring stimulating workshops, performances, interviews and masterclasses into the classroom or the lounge room.


    School P&Cs in limbo after decades-old rules fail to recognise online meetings

    Decisions can only occur when members are physically present, according to the Parents and Citizens Federation constitution, which has left school groups in limbo during the pandemic.


  • 12 Jun 2020 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Coronavirus has revealed an education failure forcing Queensland families to take desperate measures

    Jamie-lee Cullen knows her three children are not getting the same education as those from wealthier families. She has done all she can to help them — but it's not enough."Everything is online these days and unfortunately I'm stuck in the dark ages," she said.


    Eight big issues for vulnerable students highlighted by coronavirus crisis, charity says

    She's only six years old, but Sylvana's education has already served up challenges most kids won't even need to think about during their entire school life. When the COVID-19 crisis closed her school, Sylvana was forced to switch to online learning in a home that didn't even have a computer.


    Principal says her school was 'forgotten' during the coronavirus lockdown

    A principal says her school was "forgotten about" during the coronavirus pandemic, with none of her students able to take part in online learning. When Cabbage Tree Island Public School went into homeschooling mode in March, only one family had a laptop.


    ICT educators online development

    The ICT Educators Virtual Development Series from ACS is designed to support teachers and educators drive high-quality computing education and to deliver better technology outcomes that promote collaboration and shared ideas.


    Future-focused schools that take an innovative approach to learning

    These days, it’s not enough for international schools to fill lessons with current subject trends and one-way teaching methods. ... International schools, with the funds and foresight to be ahead of the curve, will be the ones setting the standard. Historically, international schools have implemented some of the most innovative education technology and pedagogy in recent years. Their students show some of the most collaborative acumen, best academic results and highest digital literacy skills.


    Pandemic risks wiping out hard-won gains by women in STEM

    Hard-won gains for women’s advancement in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce are now at risk of a major setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Discover resources and opportunities for women in STEM

    The Academy’s STEM Women directory is now host to a growing collection of resources and opportunities aimed at increasing the attraction, retention and progression of girls and women in STEM.


    Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador Program names PHD as media agency

    The federal government’s Women in STEM Ambassador Program has appointed PHD to its media account, involving a remit of media planning, buying, content development, and PR.


    Regional Development Australia is committed to working with industry to improve STEM skills

    The past few months have seen a dramatic pivot in many of our RDA projects. For me, the most dramatic shift has been in our STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, a program that connects local STEM industry with local students to better engage students in Science Technology Engineering and Maths.


    Selling success: Australia’s 2020 maths modelling challenge winners

    Teams from Caulfield Grammar School in Victoria and North Sydney Boys High School in New South Wales will represent Australia in this year’s International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C), which requires students to determine how a ‘bricks and mortar’ store should arrange its goods during a flash sale to minimise the risk of damage.


    Recognising everyday science in the early years

    A set of free resources published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) aims to improve young children’s scientific understanding by encouraging educators to recognise science not just as subject but as an approach to learning that is present in everyday activities.


    Digital Content Officer - Women in STEM

    The Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith, is responsible for increasing the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers across Australia. The Women in STEM Ambassador’s team works to address gender equity issues across all STEM disciplines in the education and training, research, academic and industry sectors.


    Teaching and learning activities: Everyday science in the early years

    A new research-based series encourages early years educators to take advantage of everyday teaching and learning opportunities to improve young children’s scientific understanding, and shares four step-by-step activities for the classroom or learning at home.


    It's the right time for less time in class

    Don't worry too much about the impact of remote learning on students. The real issue is how we might repair, rather than resume, our education system.


    Perth school rethinks report cards, using coronavirus pause to focus on child personal development

    Primary school principal Clark Wight doesn't mince his words about what he thinks of semester report cards that use A–E grades to assess student performance in each subject. ... While ACER didn't recommend the abolition of A–E grades, it concluded that most reports gave little indication of a student's learning growth and were increasingly superseded by newer communication technologies that allowed for continuous reporting.


    Global Science TV launches 1st episode—Can the world tackle climate change with COVID-19 urgency?

    The coronavirus pandemic has proven the world is capable of a global response to address a crisis. But why haven’t we seen the same type of swift action on climate change? And can we expect our leaders to pay as much attention to scientific advice for other challenges as we emerge from the pandemic?


    As we mark National Reconciliation Week, what role can science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) play in bringing about change?

    As Australia recognises National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June, with events around the country – this year’s theme of ‘In This Together’ is an opportunity to explore the role that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plays in bringing about change. Here, five Indigenous science academics and researchers write about the role STEM can play in reconciliation and self-determination.


    Kip McGrath Education Centres’ online education booms due to pandemic

    Kip McGrath Education Centres has seen a rise in online education due to the current pandemic.


  • 19 Jun 2019 10:55 PM | Anonymous member

    By Russell Cairns (new member)

    The June 3rd workshop at the School of Computer Science, University of Sydney, was the perfect opportunity for teachers to shape an a proposal within a school context to engage other staff in an action research project to effectively implement the Digital Technologies Curriculum.

    Handy templates, illustrations of practice and more information can be found in the members area. 

    The ACARA DTiF Project has eight Curriculum Officers supporting 160 disadvantaged schools nationally to ask the right guiding questions, explore and identify a school focus and then plan and pitch a project question and proposal.

    Upcoming free school July holiday workshops at ACARA Sydney Office to explore the dimensions of STEM practices - ways of knowing, thinking and doing can be found here.

  • 08 Apr 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous member

    We've been waiting to see what NESA would come up with for an update for Information Software Technology for a while now - ever since we saw the NSW draft of the Technology Mandatory syllabus and wondered what was next for Stage 5. Well now we know! The replacement course is called Integrated Computing and it really has been updated to align better with out changing world.

    It's very important that  all teachers of Computing have their say so attend a consultation near you or at least read the draft syllabus and complete the feedback survey. We're also keen to hear from you at president@ictensw.org.au to add to our own written response we're preparing for NESA.

    We live in exciting times! So many changes - so much potential for student learning!

  • 02 Jul 2018 7:51 PM | Anonymous member

    We are often asked to recommend products that assist with the implementation of the new Mandatory Technology syllabus for Digital Technologies. We want to go on record to say that it is definitely possible to teach the Digital Technologies Curriculum without any purchases, however, the micro:bit is an excellent tool for engagement and bridging the gap between digital technologies and engineering. The BOSON Starter Kit for micro:bit has some really positive features for extending the micro:bit for built projects.

    DF Robot kit contents

    Content of Boson Starter Kit for micro:bit by DFRobot


    • Easy to use. The grove connectors to break out the pins from the micro:bit make sensors and actuators available for easy connection.
    • Easy to build. The components in the kit have both Lego and screw connector attachments to make the components accessible to a large variety of projects.
    • Variety. There are a good number of components, colour coded for easy identification for extending projects.
    • Tutorials. There are mini-project cards that come int he kit to train students in the use of the kit.
    • Board manipulation. Despite the ease of use once the micro:bit is inserted into the mount, it is not easy to push the micro:bit into the breakout and nor is it easy to remove it once inserted.
    • Cost. The kit is not cheap. It's listed for different prices around Australia and overseas but the kit costs approximately 5 times the cost of the micro:bit itself. 
    In summary, this is a great little kit that helps to make controlling electronic components with the micro:bit easier for students. It is an investment so scope out the projects that it can be used for and ensure it's worth the money.

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