Targeting Australian teachers, it will be broadcast via Google+ Hangout to Air, Twitter #edfest15 and embedded in Scootle Lounge.
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I'm a speaker at the event. We have been invited to respond to some questions leading up to the event. Here's my response below.
The EdFest Quick Quiz:
I'm Rebecca Vivian, an Education Research Associate in the University of Adelaide Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group. We explore practice and research in K-12 and tertiary Computer Science Education. One of our project streams that I am responsible for involves creating online resources and MOOCs to support educators with the implementation of Australia's new F-10 Digital Technologies curriculum. We also explore other topics which you can find here: http://blogs.adelaide.edu.au/cser/
2. What teaching and learning tools or trends are you excited about in 2015?
I'm super excited by the Australian Digital Technologies subject area! We have seen this curriculum undergo rigorous development and have been working hard to support teachers since 2013, so it's fantastic to see Australian schools start to implement it or have it on their agenda for 2015/2016. We have seen international contexts (e.g. England, New Zealand) adopt new computing curricula and it's great to be part of an exciting movement where it is now happening in Australia too. This curriculum provides every student in Australia with a modern curriculum and opportunity to learn about how their digital world works and to learn important skills. Skills that students will develop include, not just digital literacy, but also the fundamentals of computer science and coding, which are quickly becoming as important as reading and writing.
3. What advice do you have for have for new and experienced teachers opening their classroom’s for 2015’s first day of school?
If you aren't already on there, join social media and find education communities - particularly those in your area of interest. There are so many valuable conversations and resources being shared online in Twitter, Facebook, Scootle and on Google+! Social networks can provide educators at all stages with a great network of support and provide a source of inspiration throughout the school year. You can even inspire others and share your great ideas on social media that might inspire others. There are so many Personal Learning Networks and professional conversations happening in these spaces, hosted by educators. Not to mention, it's a great way to find out about upcoming free PD events!
Example Hashtags: #AussieEd #edchat #edtechchat Follow CSER at @cserAdelaide
4. What are you talking about during Edfest15?
I'll be talking about Digital Technologies Education implementation ideas for the F-6 year levels - drawing inspiration from a our CSER Digital Technologies MOOCs and the ideas being generated from our amazing participants in the Google+ community for the course.
Now it's your turn - "What teaching & learning tools or trends are you excited about in 2015?" and/or "What advice would you give to new and experienced teachers opening their classroom's for 2015"?
See you at #EdFest2015!