Why data should be the new literacy
Data, we’re all in on data. It’s underpinning decision-making process and informing procedures in all types of organisations from the corporates to healthcare, publishing, manufacturing and of course education.
So, as the use of data becomes ubiquitous, data literacy, or the ability to gather, assess and present findings derived from data is becoming more essential, alongside skills like literacy, numeracy and coding. Read more
Australia’s digital future workers must beat machines
Add some coding skills to numeracy and literacy and presto, future workforce! Not quite, there is a strange new world coming and a holistic approach to equipping people to survive in a workforce which competes directly with machines is needed.
The focus is on mindsets and the things humans are good at, workers need to develop and maintain their uniquely human competitive advantage over increasingly sophisticated technologies. They must become ‘learning workers’ who possess a hierarchy of attributes, combined with the right mindset and honed by working in increasingly digital environments. Read more
UniSA and Balaklava High School collaborate on solar car initiative
The University of South Australia will work with Balaklava High School to develop a new integrated learning program that will see staff and students at the school build a solar car to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
In a new partnership, staff and students from UniSA’s schools of Art Architecture & Design, Engineering, and Information Technology & Mathematical Science, will provide design and construction guidance for Balaklava students, with the aim of having a car ready for the 2023 event. Read more
Google Expeditions bring Taronga Zoo to you
Taronga Zoo is awesome, but for many the hike to Sydney isn’t possible, enter Google expeditions who can take you there virtually.
The latest Google Expedition, On Safari with Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo lets students from across the country and the world be virtually transported to the Zoo where they can meet, interact and learn about the 700 plus exotic and endangered species at the Zoo.
Expeditions were built to bring immersive experiences to as many schools as possible. Using collections of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. Read more
Ex Googlers’ clever play
Getting busy making stuff is a tried and true way of stimulating young kids’ brains and Osmo is taking it next level, integrating hands on play with technology.
Founded in 2013 by ex-Google engineers Pramod Sharma and Jerome Scholler, the Osmo Play System fuses digital gameplay and physical interaction to create fun and intellectually nutritious play experiences designed for all kids.
Osmo’s universe spans twelve titles, including Super Studio, Coding Awbie, and Masterpiece, which respectively teach creativity, computer science, and drawing. Read more
Alison Harcourt was the original woman in STEAM
Alison Harcourt, who was recognised for her outstanding contributions to research and Australian social and electoral policy in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, continues to be an engaged maths academic and tutor into her late 80s, this is after a career of prominent, ground breaking work.
In a time when women seem to have disengaged from STEAM subjects Harcourt’s story is inspiring; she was doing STEAM way before the acronym raised its head.
Still working as a tutor at the University of Melbourne, Harcourt co-defined the branch and bound algorithm in the 1960s. Read more
Sunshine Coast students launch for profit tech businesses
The all-girl team RoboGems from Chancellor State College on The Sunshine Coast took out the top prize at the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards with their entry of Parki-bit, a wearable device aimed at assisting sufferers of Parkinson’s disease.
The competition, which is delivered by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Telstra through the region’s innovation collaboration called SCRIPT, brings creative ideas to life, while connecting students with industry mentors to develop their entrepreneurial thinking. Read more
NSW’s most inspired teachers coming to virtual classrooms
A geography teacher from East Maitland, a visual arts teacher from Condell Park, and a mathematics teacher from South Grafton are three of five educators who are on the path to becoming ‘classroom pioneers’ after being chosen from a statewide search to find NSW’s most creative digital educators.
The Learning Edge, a joint initiative by Teachers Mutual Bank and the NSW Department of Education is a bid to find extraordinary teachers inspiring students beyond the classroom, and equip them with access to digital experts, tools, and training to engage whole new audiences online. Read more