This newsletter was originally sent via email 11/9/15 by Shannon Dooley Digital Careers Event Coordinator (Vic & Tas).
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
August was by far our busiest month this year, with the Young ICT Explorers events kicking off around the country including our own in Hobart (22 August) and Melbourne (29 August) plus the iAwards Tech showcase (26-27 August) thrown in the middle – thank you to Appearition and the Flying Robot School for their assistance with this event.
We also attended the Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) Conference (24-25 July) held at Swinburne University, ran an Hour of Code session (14 August) with students from Victoria University Secondary College at Salesforce’s Melbourne office and made further connections with V3 Alliance, Peter Mac and GE Health to further our Industry Visits program. We’re now at the beginning of the second round of the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge and we hope as many Tasmanian and Victorian students can participate as possible until the 18 September (more info below).
As always we hope we can continue to inspire, engage and inform you with helpful links, events and resources to assist with the Digital Technologies curriculum. We’re also keen to hear what great things schools and students are doing in the technology space and also how Industry can help. Please email Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org with your initiatives and ideas!
Finally, as the school holidays draw closer, we wish you a relaxing break and look forward to connecting in Term 4.
Young ICT Explorers competition 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended YICTE Hobart and Melbourne events, we honestly appreciate the time and effort students (with the support of their teachers and parents) put towards creating some inspiring projects! We also sincerely thank our generous Volunteers, Speakers and Judges for their time and we’d especially like to thank the University of Tasmania and Monash University Caulfield for donating their venues for the events.
We were very happy with the response to our first YICTE in Hobart, with a total of 57 students from 7 schools presenting a total of 21 projects. In Melbourne we tripled the size of last year’s event with 82 students from 19 schools presenting a total of 40 projects.
A full list of the Hobart and Melbourne winners can be found on the Young ICT Explorers website and photos from both events can be found via our Flickr account. Also keep an eye out for the YICTE video once all the events have concluded.
If you have a moment to spare, here is a little article from the students at John Monash Science School with their reflections on the day, happy reading.
Registrations for Young ICT Explorers will be open at the start of Term 1 2016, now is a great time to start thinking of projects for next year!
The second round of the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge for 2015 will run between 7 – 18 September. Year 1-12 students from around Australia are invited to participate in this nationwide challenge. Computational thinking and logic are seen as the foundation skills to structuring and solving problems.
Bebras introduces students to these concepts in a fun, engaging way. The Challenge is free for schools and runs in a single classroom period. All you need is an internet connection.
The next round will run in March 2016.
DLTV – DigiCon 2015
As a sponsor of DigiCon 2015, we asked DLTV to video a couple of the sessions to provide as Teacher PD. You are welcome to view these videos and others on YouTube:
Session E1 – Disruptive thinking in education with Anthony Speranza
Session G4 – Assessment Apps with an iPad or iDevice with Nathan Jones
Session C7 – VCE Computing Unit 1: Ethics and investigation with Therese Keane
Session G3 – Piloting the Digital Technologies curriculum with Melinda Cashen, Laura Barker and Bec Spink
Newsletters, Articles and Reports
From time to time we come across some interesting newsletters, articles, links and mailing lists which we think you’ll find useful. Here are a few of interest if you are not already aware of them:
We’ve started a Blog! The Digital Careers Blog can be found on our website where we will endeavour to post relevant articles as well as our thoughts and reflections on our events and activities. If you have a particular topic you would like us to talk about, please let us know.
IT’s Your Career – IT’s Your Career is offering bright Tasmanian students the chance to work in innovative, exciting roles within the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector. Students are to be matched with nearby ICT businesses where they will take on paid employment while studying. They are recruiting students (rookies) and businesses (bosses) right now, so go on, apply to be a part of the program before October 17! Read more..
Innovate tech Camps for students, September 21-25, Read more..
NAO robotic workshops for students, 23-25 September, $300, limited spaces, Read more..
DLTV Events and Teacher PD, Read more..
CEAV Career Conference 8-9 December, Early Bird $660, Read more..
TasICT Conference, 21 October, More information to come..
As new events cross our desk we’ll put them up on our website, so be sure to check the events page for the latest.
Courses and Resources
ABC Splash – Over 3000 videos, games and resources mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
We’d love to hear from organisations that have a technology aspect to them and who would be interested in providing some ‘Work Experience’ for interested students. We are also looking for organisations who would be interested in allowing a small group of students through where the Technology behind the scenes can be explained. Please contact Shannon Dooley (Shannon.email@example.com) if you are interested in being part of this program.
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Digital Careers contributes to increasing the number and quality of ICT graduates in Australia while building a robust and sustainable ICT capability for the future digital economy. Operating as a collaborative initiative of industry, research, primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions (universities and TAFE), and government, Digital Careers is focused on reducing the critical shortage of Australian ICT professionals by raising awareness and interest in ICT careers and growing and diversifying the pool of tertiary students preparing for a career in the ICT industry.