Welcome to the second Digital Technologies Hub newsletter!
Mind the (Digital Technologies) Gap
With the nation’s first Digital Technologies Curriculum available here and now, many schools have begun implementation into their own school settings, or are looking to do so in 2017. As a new curriculum which brings challenges that either excite or terrify teachers, how do schools prepare themselves for its successful implementation? Over on the Scootle Lounge, guest blogger Anthony Speranza lists key questions, considerations and resources that might be useful for school communities who wish to successfully implement the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Read more here.
ICT and Digital Technologies
A topical question for schools is ‘what is the relationship between ICT Capabilities and Digital Technologies, and how do they differ?’ Check out our new ICT and Digital Technologies page
where James Curran, Associate Professor at the School of IT, University of Sydney, and Director of the National Computer School explains the relationship between both. You will also find our new infographics available for A3 download. Be sure to print out a few and display in your staff room!
Leading change and vision
When preparing to lead change, it is essential to ensure that you have a deep understanding of the process, the implications, and the strategies you can employ to ensure a successful implementation of your vision. Our School Leader’s section on setting the culture has some great advice on preparing your staff, technology infrastructure, and curriculum to help you towards success.
The Digital Technologies Hub features lesson ideas with step-by-step instructions for implementing one or more of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies content descriptions for each band of the curriculum.
Try one of these lesson ideas to implement Digital Technologies in your classroom.
Students develop an understanding of how computers store and send digital images and they are able to represent images in a digital format.
Through role-play and other activities, students develop understandings of the role of hardware and software in managing, controlling and securing the movement of and access to data in networked digital systems.
Spotlight Case Study
Learning digital technologies outside the traditional classroom
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls' School is an independent day school located in Corinda, a western suburb of Brisbane, Queensland. Read our case study to learn about their approach to the Digital Technologies Curriculum which includes the implementation of a makerspace.
For further case studies, see our Primary School Approach
or Secondary School Approach pages.
Find out what competitions, conferences and professional learning opportunities are on offer in 2017 through our events calendar.
Digital Technologies making news
From his experiences with educational robotics, Roland has created an extensive report on educational robotics available in Australia. The report is available open-source. Roland Gesthuizen is the STEM and eLearning Leader at Mater Christi College. Recently Roland's students presented their digital smart city project at the 2016 ITS World Congress.