The Digital Technologies curriculum was first published by ACARA in December 2015. In what feels like the blink of an eye, ACARA is now reviewing it, with a new version expected in time for the 2022 school year.
The implementation of Digital Technologies around Australia has provided both challenges and opportunities. Key challenges include building teacher capacity, access to resources (whether hardware, software or unplugged activities), and developing high quality assessment tasks. The subject area has also been crowded with ‘latest, greatest’ gadgets, touted as solving all of your Digital Technologies needs with one solution out of the box.
Scratch is widely used in schools as a tool for students to learn to code and to create projects: games, animations and quizzes are popular. Scratch is available both in the browser (at scratch.mit.edu) and as a download. As at August 2020, there are over 57,000,000 users registered on Scratch, and in May 2020 there were 606,000 monthly active users.
In this article, which accompanies a recent webinar (https://aca.edu.au/resources/scratch-webinar/), we look at how Scratch can be used to teach coding in a classroom setting, and in particular to teach key content descriptors in the Australian Curriculum:Digital Technologies. …
Ensuring our online accounts and personal information are secure at all times is just as important as keeping the front doors of our homes locked.
Students and teachers around Australia are spending more time than ever online, particularly as remote learning returns in some States. In the rush to get set up on Zoom, Teams, Seesaw and all the other resources that have helped make remote learning possible, privacy and security may not have been front of mind.
Before heading back to school, we’d suggest students and teachers alike give their digital lives a hygiene check. …
The NCSS Challenge is an online coding competition which runs 4 times per year and is open to school students from around the world. The July round teaches the Python programming language.
Thinking of joining the NCSS challenge this July? Hear from Lily who’s a seasoned NCSS veteran about why she loves the competition and how it’s helped her put options on the table for her future!
How many times have you done the NCSS Challenge?
I did it twice — once in Primary and once in High School. …
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