2019 Department of Computing Teacher Professional Development Courses

2019 Department of Computing Teacher Professional Development Courses

Department of Computing Professional Development for Computing/TAS Teachers and for primary and non-IT secondary teachers

Sponsored by the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

The 2019 Department of Computing Professional Development Courses offers 2 consecutive one-day courses Completing the two day workshops will contribute 11 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development.

You cannot afford to miss this event. Places are strictly limited so register now to secure your place.

Welcome

The workshops offer two consecutive one-day courses aimed at:

  • High school IT teachers
  • Primary school teachers
  • Non-IT trained teachers
  • Pre-service teachers

The first part of the event on both days will have joint activities. Day 1 will focus on Cybersecurity and include guest speakers and discussion panel. Day 2 will focus on Artificial Intelligence and include a tour of the Simulation Hub and discussion on AI in the classroom. After the joint activities, teachers will attend session specific to their enrollment to learn practical skills and develop educational and fun activities they can do with their students and gain ideas on how to incorporate them in the syllabus.

Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea are included and will provide a total of 2.5 hours of networking opportunities to allow teachers to meet one another, discuss concerns, exchange ideas and build supportive relationships.

After successful completion of the course, teachers receive 11 hours of PD (for two days) or 5.5 hours of PD (for one day).

For any queries please contact Jo Aboud (jo.aboud@mq.edu.au)

Fast Facts/Overview

WHEN: 11 - 12 July 2019 (During the Winter break)
WHERE: Macquarie University, North Ryde
PD HOURS: After successful completion of this course, teachers receive 11 hours of PD (two days) or 5.5 hours of PD (one day)
PREREQUISITES: None
DELIVERY MODE: Face to Face 
COSTS: $15 a day or $25 for two days (including GST)
REGISTRATION: https://2019_computing_pd_workhsops.eventbrite.com.au/
STAGES: High school IT Teachers, Stage 4, 5 and 6 | Primary school/ non- IT trained teachers: 2, 3 and 4
GETTING TO MQ: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/contacts-and-maps/getting-to-macquarie
Day One Programme Thursday, 11 July 2019 (as of 20/5/2019)
TimeActivity descriptions- Focus, CYBER SECURITY
8:30amRegistration | 17 Wally's Walk Collaborative Forum
Teachers to register and collect materials
9:00amWelcome to Country and Opening by Computing's Head of Department
Professor Michael Sheng
9:15am

Keynote in Cyber Security

Online Browser Privacy (sponsored by the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub)

Dr John Selby, Lecturer in Business, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University

9:45am

Discussion and Panel, "Teaching Children to be Cyber Secure".


Panel Members:

10:30amMorning Tea | 17 Wally's Walk Collaborative Forum
11:00am
Guided Learning Session - aimed at Primary School/Non-It Trained Teachers
Option 1: Computational Thinking I: Data Representation Algorithms And Procedures
  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description:
  • Topics introduced:

    Teachers will receive an introduction to key concepts relating to representing information as data (e.g. binary numbers, image representation, databases), algorithms (e.g. searching and sorting algorithms), procedures (e.g. programming languages) and cyber security through participating in activities they can run with children in their classrooms.

    In this part there will be a series of guided exercises within the topic area incorporating how to select resources that can be used back in the classroom.

11:00am
Guided Learning Session - aimed at High School IT Teachers
Option 2: Databases/Data Science
  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description:
    Teachers will cover concepts related to web and database design and develop and build a simple database-backed web application using the Python programming language.
1:00pmLunch and Networking | 12 Wally's Walk 801 Function Room
2:30pm
Independent Project I - aimed at Primary School/Non-It Trained Teachers
  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description: There will be an independent project making use of the skills learnt in the first part.
2:30pm

Independent Project II, aimed at High school Teachers

  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description: There will be an independent project making use of the skills learnt in the first part.
4:00pm
END OF DAY ONE
Day Two Programme Friday, 12 July 2019 (as of 16/5/2019)
TimeActivity descriptions
8:30amRegistration | 10 Hadenfeld Avenue (10HA) 212 Tute Room
Teachers to register and collect materials
9:00am

Teachers will visit the Virtual Reality Lab at 10 Hadenfeld Avenue. Teachers will meet in the foyer and the group will be taken to the Simulation Hub.

9:30amAfter a brief introduction to Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom, teachers will be working in small groups to discuss their concerns, followed by reporting back to the group.
10:30amMorning Tea | 17 Wally's Walk Collaborative Forum
11:00am
Guided Learning Session - aimed at Primary School/Non-It Trained Teachers
Option 3: Computational Thinking II
  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description: In Computational Thinking II, teachers will participate in activities on further topics on data representation such as text compression and error detection and advanced topics such as robotics, artificial intelligence and networking. In this part there will be a series of guided exercises within the topic area incorporating how to select resources that can be used back in the classroom.
11:00am
Guided Learning Session - aimed at High School IT trained Teachers
Option 4: Artificial Intelligence
  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description:
    Topics introduced:
  • Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Knowledge-based systems, Rule-based systems
  • Teachers will receive an introduction to Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing and the mechanics of how to make a simple chat bot using an internet resource.

1:00pmLunch and Networking | 12 Wally's Walk 801 Function Room
2:30pm

Independent Project I, Primary School/ non IT trained teachers

  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description: Teachers will design and build their own game including practice in using models, landscapes and animations.
2:30pm

Independent Project II, High school teachers

  • Facilitators, TBC
  • Workshop description: Teachers will design and build their own game including practice in using models, landscapes and animations.
4:00pm
END OF DAY TWO
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