2018 Department of Computing Professional Development Courses

2018 Department of Computing Professional Development Courses

The 2018 Department of Computing Professional Development Courses offered 2 consecutive one-day courses (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) aimed at primary school and/or non-IT trained teachers and High School TAS/Computing teachers. Teachers who participated in the two day workshops received 11 hours of Professional Development.

The courses were held at Department of Computing (09 Wally's Walk, Macquarie University) in the lecture theatres and computer laboratories.

Our professional learning courses are free and registered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Materials created for this course were funded by the Google Computer Science Educator Grant.

2018 Resources

WORKSHOP I: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING I

WORKSHOP 2: PROCESSING SOFTWARE DESIGN

WORKSHOP 3: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING II

WORKSHOP 4: DIGITAL MEDIA

2017 Resources

TIMETHURSDAY, 12 JULY 2018 | SESSION DETAILS
8:45AMREGISTRATION | E7B, 163 Active Learning Space (14 SCO)
Participants to register and collect material
9:00AMWelcome to Country and Opening by Head of Department (HoD) Computing, Professor Michael Sheng
9:15AMDr. Amin Beheshti, Keynote: "An Education for the 21st Century means Teaching Coding in Schools"
9:45AM

DISCUSSION AND PANEL | E7B, 163 Active Learning Space (14 SCO)
TOPIC: An Education for the 21st Century means Teaching Coding in Schools
A 45 minute discussion of current research and state of play in the field delivered by an Industry Practitioner,
followed by a 45 minute panel comprised of academics, teachers and practitioners with Q&A part.


Panel members: 

- Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne, Associate Professor, Department of Computing, MQ University
- Dr John Shepard, Deputy Head of School (Education) in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW
- Dr Amin Beheshti, Lecturer in Data Science, MQ University
- Mr Frank Schiliro, Superintendent, Australian Federal Police

10:30AMMORNING TEA | E7B, 163 Active Learning Space (14 SCO)
11:00AM
WORKSHOP I: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING I | Primary School Teachers | E6A121 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Dr Gaurav Gupta & Dr Nader Hanna

Teachers will receive an introduction to getting into the mindset of thinking computationally, key concepts relating to representing information as data (e.g. Decimal vs. binary numbers) and algorithms (e.g. searching and sorting algorithms) through participating in activities they can run with children in their classrooms.

11:00AM
WORKSHOP 2: PROCESSING SOFTWARE DESIGN | High School Teachers | E6A123 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Dr Amin Beheshti & Mr Fred Amouzgar

Teachers will receive an introduction to the Processing Programming Language and lab set up environment.

1:00PMLUNCH AND NETWORKING | E7A 801 Function Room (12WW)
2:00PM

INDEPENDENT PROJECT I | Primary School Teachers | E6A121 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Dr Gaurav Gupta & Dr Nader Hanna

There will be an independent project making use of the skills learnt in the first part such as data, algorithm and procedures.

2:00PM
INDEPENDENT PROJECT I | High School Teachers | E6A123 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Dr Amin Beheshti & Mr Fred Amouzgar

Teachers will design and program an interactive multimedia display.

4:00PM
End of Day One.
TIMEFRIDAY, 13 JULY 2018 | SESSION DETAILS
8:45AMREGISTRATION | E7B, 163 Active Learning Space (14 SCO)

Participants to register and collect material
9:00AMDISCUSSION AND PANEL | E7B, 163 Active Learning Space (14 SCO)

TOPIC: Issues and solutions in teaching IT at school.
A range of issues such as gender imbalance, new computational thinking syllabus, etc. will be identified. Participants will break into groups to discuss issues and possible solutions that will be shared with the larger group.
10:30AMMORNING TEA | E7B, 163 Active Learning Space (14 SCO)
11:00AM
WORKSHOP 3: COMPUTATIONAL THINKING II, | Primary School Teachers | E6A121 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Dr Diego Mollá Aliod & Mr Sonit Singh

Exploring concepts in Artificial intelligence with a focus on Data Management.

11:00AM
WORKSHOP 4: DIGITAL MEDIA | High School Teachers | E6A127 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Mr Daniel Crippa, Ms Annabelle Macfarlane and Cameron Edmond

Games Technology, Interactive Entertainment, Multimedia, Game Mechanics and Design, Play testing

1:00PMLUNCH AND NETWORKING | E7A 801 Function Room (12WW)
2:00PM

INDEPENDENT PROJECT II | Primary School Teachers | E6A121 Computer Lab (09WW)  

Academics: Dr Diego Mollá Aliod & Mr Sonit Singh

There will be an independent project making use of the skills learnt in the first part such as data, algorithm and procedures.

2:00PM
INDEPENDENT PROJECT II | High School Teachers | E6A127 Computer Lab (09WW)

Academics: Mr Daniel Crippa, Ms Annabelle Macfarlane and Mr Cameron Edmond

Teachers will be working on their independent projects. Teachers will design and build their own game including practice in using models, landscapes and animations.

4:00PM
End of Day Two

Additional Information: Primary and non- IT secondary Teachers – two day course

This two day course covers two modules on Computational thinking in line with the new NSW Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus and Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 Syllabus.

Completing this computing course will contribute 11 hours (5.5 hours per day) of NESA Registered PD addressing standards 2.1.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Computational Thinking Day One is 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) and procedures (e.g. programming languages).

Computational Thinking Day Two explores concepts in Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity or Networking with a focus on Data Management.

Teachers will learn practical skills in these areas, fun activities they can do with their students and ideas for how to incorporate them in the syllabus.

The course is suitable for early career to very experienced teachers because we are presenting topical content (such as the ethics of artificial intelligence and current careers in IT) and uses of the technology within the context of current hot topics.

Additional Information: High school Teachers - two day course

This course comprises two consecutive one-day courses at Proficient career stage for high school TAS/Computing teachers. It covers the syllabus topics of Software Development and Digital Media. It is ideal for teachers of the 7 – 10 Information and Software Technology course as these are two of the optional topics in this course. It is also highly relevant to the Stage 6 courses: Software Design and Development, Information Processes and Technology and Industrial Technology - Multimedia.

Completing this computing course will contribute 11 hours (5.5 hours each day) of NESA Registered PD addressing standards 2.1.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Teachers learn practical skills in these areas and ideas on how to incorporate them in their classrooms in an engaging manner. In addition, they learn about current research in each of these ICT areas. On Day One there will be guest speakers and panel discussion. On Day Two there will be interactive discussion of challenges.

The course is suitable for early career to very experienced teachers because we are presenting topical content (such as the ethics of artificial intelligence and current careers in IT) and using current/latest software (such as Unity3D for games) and uses of the technology within the context of current hot topics, such as Big Data.

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