An Introduction to Coding & the Technology Curriculum

Presented by: John Pearce

Teacher PD Event Information: 6 Teacher PD Hours       

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Talk of coding is everywhere in the media at the moment. Politicians from all sides are promoting the teaching of coding and how it will drive innovation.

This has lead to the development of Australian curriculum materials against which schools will soon be asked to report.

These developments raise a number of critical questions including?

  • What does this new Digital Curriculum look like?
  • Do teachers need to learn how to code? If so how?
  • Do schools need to buy special hardware?
  • Can we “teach” coding without using computers?
  • Which coding language(s) should I choose for my students to learn?
  • And the rest……

In this workshop John will provide an overview and introduction to the AusVels Digital Curriculum before moving into a practical exploration of how it might be implemented in the classroom. A look at where coding fits in this curriculum will be explored. The critical concepts and terminology underpinning the curriculum will be covered. Included in this discussion will be a look at Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Design Thinking.

Participants will then explore a range of practical hands-on activities which can be used to implement the curriculum in the classroom. Included will be a range of activities that don’t require computers as well as activities that can be integrated with other curriculum areas. A range of resources which can be used off‐line, online and on tablets will then be introduced with time being allocated for exploration of some of them.

As well as being used for on-screen applications, code is also used to control robots, toys and other technologies. On the day participants will also be provided with the opportunity to “play” with a number of such “toys” which can be used in the classroom to add to the curriculum. The day will conclude with a look at where coding fits within the Maker Movement and STEM or STEAM education.

It is expected that all participants in this workshop bring their own PC or Mac laptop, and have the authority to install software on it. They will also need to be able to access an open wireless network. Participants could also bring a tablet and/or smartphone in addition to the laptop.

Event Details:

  9th November, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Mulgrave Country Club
Wellington Rd & Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill

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  Target Audience - Primary and Secondary teachers (P‐10) who are new to or just beginning to use coding.
  $306.90 GST Incl.

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About the Presenter

Having spent more than thirty years teaching in primary schools John Pearce now runs his own education consultancy. For the past few years he has tutored pre-service education students at Deakin University.

Throughout his teaching career John has had an ongoing interest in the use of ICT across the curriculum. This interest was recognized with a number of local and national awards including most recently the inaugural DLTV Leader of the Year.

John has been a regular presenter at local, national and international conferences including a number of online sessions. His web based resources attract readers from all over the globe.

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