Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT)

MacICT is a collaboration between the NSW Department of Education and Macquarie University. We provide professional learning services for the K – 12 educational sector including both teacher and student workshops, courses and projects. These services address content, pedagogy and the innovative integration of existing and emerging technologies. In collaboration with academic partners, MacICT also pursues an innovative research agenda.

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!

Blog

Read our blog and get advice from the staff here at MacICT.

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 3 Calendar out now!

Our Term 3 Calendar of Teacher Professional Learning courses is available now! View the courses or download the PDF calendar below.

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New Courses!

Towards the HSC with ICT

Towards the HSC with ICT will provide teachers with the pedagogical knowledge and practical skills for using ICT strategies that are relevant to the curriculum and assessment requirements of the senior years in humanities subjects with a particular focus on English.

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Robotics in the Classroom: Taste-tester

There is now significant choice when it comes to choosing a robotics platform for your students. Whether you’re in a Secondary, Primary or even a Pre-school setting, you will gain hands-on experience testing and evaluating the advantages and challenges of up to a dozen different solutions, including BlueBot, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Sphero, KIBO, Cubelets, Edison, LEGO EV3, VEX IQ, mBot, GoPiGo, OzoBot and Hummingbird.

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Engineering Fundamentals

The aim of this introductory course is to equip participants with skills and understanding to enable more effective teaching of aspects of the Engineering Focus of the Stage 5 Industrial Technology syllabus, but at a level that encompasses requirements of the Stage 6 Preliminary Engineering Studies course.

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Latest Blog Posts

What is your understanding of ‘multimodality’?

Multimodal text has always been a part of the English curriculum in NSW schools, but since the implementation of the new national Curriculum began in 2014, teachers are hearing a lot more about multimodality. So, what is it? And why does it matter? At its most basic... read more

The changing face of literacy

(This is Part ONE of a six-part series on 21st Century literacy). Literacy is changing. As teachers we know this, we see it in our classrooms every day. It is no longer enough to teach kids how to form and interpret marks on a page so they can read and write well... 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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