An IEU member took part in a four-year program to familiarise teachers with Digital Technologies. Sue Osborne finds out what she learnt.
A Digital Technologies in Focus project run by the Australain Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) involved more than 2000 teachers in 160 schools with a low ranking on the index of community socio-educational advantage. They received support from curriculum support officers, had access to teachers from other sectors and school levels, and input from industry experts.
There was a particular emphasis on regional and remote schools across Australia.
The project was recognised by Deakin University as having improved student engagement and achievement in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools. It has also provided timely tech skills to teachers.
IEU member Beck Keough, from St Bernard’s Primary School, Batemans Bay, on the NSW south coast, was one of the teachers who took part. (She taught at nearby St Mary’s Primary School, Moruya, during the project)
Keough said she had always been interested in information technology and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but she became “fired up” about Digital Technologies when she understood the subject was all about sequential or computational thinking, not just “robots and programming”.