The Digital Technologies Hub has undergone a face lift. Aside from a fresh new look, you should find that the resources are more easily discoverable. You'll also find videos that explain the Digital Technologies curriculum, great lesson ideas linked to the curriculum, our NEW topics pages, school leader support, and more.
Digital Technologies Hub: Topics
Discover the new topics available on the Digital Technologies Hub website. Each topic features curated resources to:
- give you ideas about how to teach the topic
- use applications and games in the classroom
- see what other schools are doing
- enter competitions and challenges.
The binary number system is a base-2 number system — meaning it only has two numbers: 0 and 1. Find out how computers store and transmit information as a sequence of bits, or binary digits.
Computational thinking describes the processes and approaches we draw on when thinking about how a computer can help us to solve complex problems and create systems.
General-purpose programming, also known as text-based programming, is one of the coding languages prescribed in the Digital Technologies curriculum for secondary schools.
Classroom Antarctica: Breaking the ice
The Australian Government have just commissioned a new icebreaker to replace the current ship, the Aurora Australis. This vessel will provide a new state-of-the-art lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic research stations, and will support research in Australian Antarctic and South Ocean waters.
Professional learning opportunity
The Digital Technologies Hub team are hosting a webinar on February 29th. This will be presented by Tim Bell of CS Unplugged. Find out how to introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression; separated from the distractions and technical challenges of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!
We are celebrating the 100th issue of Connections. This milestone issue includes a look back at school libraries, how they have evolved, and what’s to come in the future. Download and print the latest issue here:
Improve: Formative assessment, flexible, online and free for schools
As the 2017 NAPLAN approaches, prepare your students for online testing using Improve. Available to all teachers through the Scootle portal, Improve is an interactive formative assessment tool that enables teachers to create and deliver personalised student assessment linked to a variety of student resources. Improve contains more than 3,500 validated tests in literacy, numeracy and science for students in years F–10. Teachers can choose from a library of tests or make their own.
Tests can be delivered for whole classes, or targeted for individual students. By using the simple question generator, the options are endless. A variety of reports are available including an option to share results and supporting resource links with teachers. Go beyond the NAPLAN season and use Improve to collect evidence of learning and build responsive teaching and learning programs throughout the school year.
Conferences ESA is attending
Mark these dates in your calendar
- 14 March: International Pi Day
- 16 March: National Close the Gap Day
- 17 March: National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
- 18–26 March: Cultural Diversity Week
- 21 March: Harmony Day
- 21 March: World Poetry Day
- 22 March: World Water Day
- 25 March: Earth Hour
- 31 March – 9 April: National Youth Week
- April: Autism Awareness Month
- 2 April: International Children’s Book Day
- 2 April: World Autism Awareness Day
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