Webinars

This series of videos are recorded webinars with experts in a variety of academic and professional fields. Each video begins by illustrating the connection of the content to the key concepts of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

Professor Stephen Heppell: The impact of environmental factors on learning

Summary: In this webinar Professor Stephen Heppell, the Felipe Segovia Chair of Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid, discusses the aggregation of marginal gains in learning environments. He provides examples from the Learnometer project, designed to help students monitor their classroom environment for factors that may hinder learning. Stephen discusses how students might undertake similar research and make modifications in their own classrooms with plants, existing apps and simple designed solutions.

Keywords: digital systems, data collection, data interpretation, impact

Related links: DTiF classroom ideas Environmental measurement (visual programming) (Years 5–6) or Environmental measurement (visual programming and general-purpose programming) (Years 5–8) and www.heppell.net/

 

Professor Tim Bell: Computational thinking

Summary: In this webinar, Professor Tim Bell discusses helpful ways of understanding and teaching computational thinking, a key idea of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies.

Keywords: specification, algorithms, implementation, abstraction, computational thinking

Related links: CS Unplugged website https://csunplugged.org/en/

Dr Karen Joyce: Map my school

Summary: Dr Karen Joyce of She Maps discusses geospatial mapping and methods she uses for teaching underpinning concepts to primary, secondary and tertiary students. Her presentation provides opportunities to think about how we might teach digital systems, data collection and interpretation to our students in context.

Keywords: digital systems, data collection, data representation, data interpretation, specification, algorithms, implementation, geospatial mapping

Related links: She maps website https://shemaps.com/

Martin Richards: AI, AR and VR F–10 and links to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies

Summary: Martin Richards, Content Manager, Digital Teaching and Learning, Education Services Australia, manages the Digital Technologies Hub. He discusses the relationship of artificial intelligence to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and shows some useful resources for teachers.

Keywords: digital systems, data representation, algorithms, impact, AI, AR, VR, artificial intelligence

Related links: www.digitaltechnologieshub.edu.au/teachers/topics/artificial-intelligence

Dr Michelle Ellis: Learning resources for using micro:bits

Summary: Dr Michelle Ellis gives a demonstration of the Edith Cowan University Makerspace visual and general-purpose programming environment. She also shows a range of materials to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. This includes teaching resources and lesson plans.

Keywords: digital systems, data representation, algorithms, impact, AI, AR, VR, artificial intelligence

Related links: Edith Cowan University Makerspace http://makerspace.ecu.edu.au

Jennifer Hemer: Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership Project Coordinator

Summary: Jennifer Hemer from Natural Resource Management Tasmania presents what's happening in the seafood industry in her state and how digital technologies are used to make the industry more sustainable.

Keywords: digital systems, data collection, data interpretation, impact

Related links: https://nrmsouth.org.au/

 

Dr Rebecca Vivian - The CSER Digital Technologies Education Program

Summary: Dr Rebecca Vivian gives an overview of the CSER Digital Technologies Education project from The University of Adelaide. The project includes free professional learning, a digital equipment lending library and a range of other resources designed to support teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

Keywords: professional learning, resources, digital technologies

Related links: https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/

Russell Scott - Vortals: Augmented reality, virtual reality, 2D, 3D and game design lessons

Summary: Russell Scott, Co-Founder at Vortals demonstrates some of the ways he teaches students about augmented reality, virtual reality, 2D, 3D and game design.

Keywords: digital systems, specifications, algorithms, implementation, interaction

Related links: https://www.vortals.app/

Andrew Harris - Lead Teacher, Agricultural Education, Hagley Farm Primary School

Summary:  Andrew Harris from the Hagley Farm school in Tasmania shared the work they are doing teaching Digital Technologies and its meaningful use in agriculture at the school. For example, Andrew provides examples of ways students learn about digital systems and data collection.

Keywords: digital systems, digital technologies, agriculture, VR

Related links: Hagley farm school website, Primary Schools to Primary Industries Education Framework, Virtual farm tour, Tasmanian Department of Education Field Study Centres, Tasmanian Agricultural Education Network

 

Part 1: Introduction and overview: accessing the Australian Curriculum National Numeracy Learning progression

Summary:  DTiF Curriculum Officer Sarah Atkins discusses how you can use the Australian Curriculum National Numeracy Learning Progression to help students address aspects of numeracy and also learn about Digital Technologies.

Keywords: numeracy

Part 2: Learning from flowers

Summary: In this video Sarah Atkins shows an early childhood example using flowers to explore number patterns and algebraic thinking, quantifying numbers and interpreting and representing data.

Keywords: numeracy, F-2, data collection

Australian Curriculum code(s): ACTDIP010, ACTDIP011, ACTDIP012

Part 3: Compass rose

Summary:  In this video Sarah Atkins demonstrates how to create a compass rose using visual programming (Scratch).

Keywords: numeracy, visual programming, algorithms, digital solutions

Australian Curriculum code(s): ACTDIP010, ACTDIP011, ACTDIP012

Part 4: Tessellations

Summary:  In this video Sarah Atkins discusses ways to help students understand geometric properties using visual programming with apps and robotics in order to learn about polygons and angles.

Keywords: numeracy, visual programming, geometry, polygons, angles, tessellation

Australian Curriculum code(s): ACTDIP019, ACTDIP020

Part 5: Data from sports

Summary:  In this video Sarah Atkins explores data with sports, games and simple activities such as measuring how far we can throw a seed pod.

Keywords: numeracy, data collection

Australian Curriculum code(s): ACTDIK008, ACTDIP009, ACTDIP016

Part 6: Using literature as a springboard to numeracy and Digital Technologies

Summary: In this video Sarah Atkins shares ideas and resources that may assist teachers to make connections between Numeracy, Literacy and Digital Technologies in the primary classroom.

Keywords: numeracy, literacy