Associate Professor James Curran and Paula Christophersen were two of the writers of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. In this presentation, James and Paula will help teachers understand the language and key concepts in the curriculum, and their relationship to the content descriptors and expected learning outcomes of students.
This will involve unpacking the curriculum methodically, investigating how the same ideas build in complexity and detail as students progress from kindergarten through to Year 10 and beyond into further study. They'll explain the skills and dispositions students will develop, and the opportunities this will provide to educators in all learning areas to enhance the learning opportunities of students more generally.
James will also introduce the Australian Computing Academy, and the resources being developed by the ACA to support teachers in effective delivery of the curriculum.
Who Should Attend?
- Primary and Secondary teachers and leaders
About the presenters
Paula Christophersen is the former Digital Technologies Curriculum Manager, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and is a co-writer of the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum and the ICT general capability. She has presented at state, national and international conferences in the areas of ICT, Digital Technologies and senior secondary IT.
Paula is a lifetime member of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria and the recipient of the Dorothy Hoddinott Medal (2014) for outstanding lifetime achievement, awarded by the Australian Professional Teachers Association. Paula is currently doing some project work for ACARA and the Australian Computing Academy.
James Curran is the Academic Director of the Australian Computing Academy and an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, University of Sydney.
He is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. This year, over 17,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge.
James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an Edtech startup that aims to teach children everywhere to learn to code.
He was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.
This event is made possible by support from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.