Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT)

MacICT is a collaboration between the NSW Department of Education and Macquarie University. We provide professional learning for schools and conduct research on the meaningful integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning.

Courses

MacICT designs, develops and runs teacher professional learning courses.

Student Excursions

Bring your class to Macquarie University for a day of fun and learning!

Resources

View our collated resources for teachers on a variety of ICT themes.

At MacICT we believe that learning how to use technology is not enough; the heart of 21st century learning is about becoming a proficient and independent lifelong learner.

Featured Courses

Designing Digital Learning

As school environments become increasingly technology rich, with schools either providing devices for students or students bringing their own devices to schools, how do we go about designing digital learning that is meaningful and fosters essential skills? During this two-day hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to processes, scaffolded tools & examples of digital learning design which integrate technology in meaningful ways, in order to promote deeper learning, foster creativity and critical thinking.

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Coding in the Classroom

Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill for 21st century learners. By learning to code, students are also learning mathematical and computational thinking, strategies for problem solving, systematic reasoning, project design and how to effectively communicate their ideas.

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Writing Revolution

Literacy is changing. Technology has become an intermediary to everything we do. Reading and writing are no longer isolated or passive affairs in our socially networked global learning community. Students are now finishing school in Year 12 using reading technologies that weren’t invented when they began Kindergarten. In this context, it is crucial that educators stay abreast of technological innovation as it happens so that we may continue to provide relevant and meaningful learning experiences for our students.

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Bringing Programming to Life with Physical Computing

Due to the current shortfall of skilled programmers and engineers to meet the demands of an increasingly digital world, it is critical that we include manufacturing and computer science subjects in schools. Physical computing is a way to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) learning, and in particular, Computer Science.

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Featured Courses

Designing Digital Learning

As school environments become increasingly technology rich, with schools either providing devices for students or students bringing their own devices to schools, how do we go about designing digital learning that is meaningful and fosters essential skills?

Read more

Coding in the Classroom

Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill for 21st century learners. By learning to code, students are also learning mathematical and computational thinking, strategies for problem solving, systematic reasoning, project design and how to effectively communicate their ideas.

 

Read more

Writing Revolution

Literacy is changing. Technology has become an intermediary to everything we do. In this context, it is crucial that educators stay abreast of technological innovation as it happens so that we may continue to provide relevant and meaningful learning experiences for our students.

Read more

Bringing Programming to Life with Physical Computing

Physical computing is a way to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) learning, and in particular, Computer Science.

 

Read more

Latest

Term 2 Calendar out now!

Our Term 2 Calendar of Teacher Professional Learning courses is available now! View the courses or download the PDF calendar below.

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New Website

We’ve refreshed our website with the view to add a detailed resource section for teachers. Check back soon or join our mailing list to be notified when our resource section goes live!

If you have any comments or issues with the website please don’t hesitate to contact us.

New Course

Bringing Programming to Life with Physical Computing

Due to the current shortfall of skilled programmers and engineers to meet the demands of an increasingly digital world, it is critical that we include manufacturing and computer science subjects in schools. Physical computing is a way to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) learning, and in particular, Computer Science.

Explore how physical computing can be integrated into the curriculum to engage students in deep learning. Experience learning by “making” through using recyclable materials and electronics. Join colleagues for a day of hard fun and problem solving – where computer science meets electronic circuits and tinkering.

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Latest Blog Posts

WeDo 2.0 – A Review

Recently, I represented MacICT at the product launch of LEGO® WeDo 2.0, LEGO Education Australia’s latest robot platform. As a fan of the original LEGO® WeDo kits and a facilitator of robotics workshops for students and teachers, I was very curious as to how the... read more

The Case for Drones in Schools

Drones have recently taken the world by storm. So much so that in their 2015 K-12 Horizon Report, The New Media Consortium has earmarked drones as a significant emerging consumer technology over the next five years. Drones are actually Unmanned Systems or Autonomous... read more

About MacICT

Located in NSW, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT) is a collaboration between the NSW Department of Education and Macquarie University. The Centre provides statewide professional learning services to both government and non-government schools and communities whilst pursuing an innovative research agenda.

MacICT’s services support the meaningful and innovative integration of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning to support syllabus implementation and pedagogy. The team develops comprehensive professional learning courses delivered in a blended approach.

MacICT is also able to connect and collaborate with educational institutions and industry partners to inform the education community and provide significant research insights into the capacity of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning and the way school context shapes the use of technology.

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