Teachers

Technology has become part of almost every aspect of our work and personal lives, and as its capability advances by the minute, students within your classrooms will face completely different careers prospects to their parents and yourselves. As a teacher you can have an immense impact of your students through opening their minds to the possibilities of digital careers. Your students are constantly connected, can have every question answered instantaneously and have never had to hear the screech of an internet ‘dial up’ tone…or had to trawl through an entire set of Encyclopaedia Britannica for that matter!

As a key driver to their future lives and careers, you have the opportunity to encourage your students to create things that have never ever been thought about, help them discover new and exciting ways to improve our lives and to make what might currently seem impossible a future reality.

Google Maps, Wi-Fi technology, and the Black Box inflight recorder are Australian creations borne from digital careers. In addition to leading the world in some of our most advanced future digital discoveries, Australian students have the potential to be part of a future career that is personally fulfilling, exciting, diverse and financially rewarding. And it can start with you.

We want to help support teachers in primary and secondary schools by providing helpful resources for topics related to computer engineering / computer science / computational thinking / coding / ICT and more.

 

  • Bebras – Computational Thinking Challenge:
    Digital Careers is leading the Australian rollout of this global Computational Thinking Challenge. Over the first two weeks of September 2014 students around the country will participate in this free, in class challenge. For more information visit the Australian Bebras website.
  • Young ICT Explorers:
    a non-profit competition, Young ICT Explorers was created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. In 2014 judging events will take place over August and September in five locations across Australia.
  • Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies: 
    developed by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and published on the Australian Curriculum website.
  • Host a CodeClub:
    CodeClubs introduce young students to computational thinking and basic coding. Structured code clubs, such as CodeClub and CoderDojo, offer free, ready-made, materials and courses. Often schools are not aware these clubs are available – feel free to reach out to your local school and see if they are interested.
  • Digital Technologies: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area (MOOC): 
    Google worked with the University of Adelaide’s Computer Science Education Research Group to develop this course. This MOOC addresses the curriculum for K-6. The first round started in March 2014.
  • Digital Technologies – Next Steps, Years 7 & 8 (MOOC):
    Building upon the CSER Foundations-6 MOOC, this course is specifically designed for teachers of years 7 & 8, and addresses the learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum (7-8).
  • CSIRO’s ICT in Schools:
    Digital Careers has collaborated with CSIRO’s successful ICT in Schools program to increase the level of industry engagement in our local school system. Mentors bring up-to-date industry knowledge into the classrooms – have you thought about working with an industry professional to assess year 12 assignments, gain real world case studies for IT technicalities or involving someone to host a Code Club at your local school? Register here.
  • ICT in Primary Education – Transforming children’s learning across the curriculum (MOOC):
    The Institute of Education, University of London and the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education are collaborating to run this professional development course for teachers, headteachers and policymakers working in the Primary Education sector.
  • You can bring your students to a Career Fair near you – visit the Events page for more information