Digital Technologies and algorithms are embedded in, and actively changing, most of today’s industries and areas of study. The Victorian curriculum has recently defined the Digital Technologies learning area to empower students to become active participants in the digital age. In contrast most teachers have little or no formal training in the area of Computer Science or Digital Technologies.
In 2017 Google sponsored ongoing Computer Science PD for secondary IT teachers in the Melbourne’s outer-west. These full-day workshops allowed teachers to build knowledge and share experiences and resources within a supportive learning community.
As of 2018 the team from Western BACE and the University of Melbourne are looking for more teachers to join this community. Workshops are open to any secondary school teacher tasked with delivering the Digital Technologies / IT curriculum.
PD Session 1:
This workshop will have you programming and exploring effective problems and pedagogical approaches. You will also have time to share classroom experiences and build a supportive network of Digital Technologies teachers.
Facilitator: Kylie McColl, University of Melbourne (School of Computing and Information Systems)
Food: Coffee, Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea will be provided
Who is Western BACE?
Western BACE is a Not for Profit Community Driven Business Hub in Melbourne’s West where people matter, feel like they belong and are supported in striving for excellence and growth. http://www.westernbace.com
Why are we doing this?
We believe that young people in Melbourne’s West should have opportunities that match that of any major capital city in Australia.
What does this cost the teacher/school?
Nothing – Thanks to Google sponsorship the program is free to teachers in Western Melbourne.