The first day involved teachers listening to our guest speaker Barbara Hender discuss the new learning area and her involvement in the curriculum development process, followed by a series of hands-on activities (data, systems, algorithms and computational thinking). The image below is of teachers in the workshop discussing the various lesson ideas and topics (permission was sought for the photo).
The feedback has been generally positive, however, we are currently reviewing how we can improve any future workshops. After hearing one teacher ask what she can do now to try and get teachers in her school on board, I would like to see how (in future courses and through online communities) we can scaffold teachers to go back to their schools and run their own workshop sessions or set up their own resources so that we can increase impact and reach.
While it was difficult to cram all the learning area topics and exciting lesson ideas into the 2 days, we hope that teachers left feeling more comfortable about the new learning area and some valuable connections with fellow teachers! It was great to work with my computer science colleagues on developing and running the workshop and well done to all involved!