8th March – Physics @MacICT

During 2011 Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre and Macquarie University are partnering to provide a very special opportunity for Stage 6 Maths and Physics students to speak with leading thinkers in the scientific community.  These scientists are visiting the university to exchange knowledge and will be dropping by the Centre to share their knowledge with students via the Connected Classroom.  The video conferences will be hosted by students from Mosman High School who are also gaining experience by using video conferencing as part of the assessment for the Year 10 ‘Beyond Visible’ Physics and Maths course.  The next video conference will be with Professor Bei-Lok Hu, 2003 Nobel Prize Physics, a scientist from Marylands University whose research is in the fields of: quantum field theory in curved spacetime, early universe quantum processes and Stochastic Semiclassical Gravity.

As part of this project we will also be encouraging your students to collaborate online, organise VCs and speak with experts.  If you are interested in receiving regular updates on this exciting project please email concetta.gotlieb@det.nsw.edu.au.  Read more on our blog, click here.

  • 8th March – Physics VC @MacICT with Professor Bei-Lok Hu. (DV00999)

17th March – Stephen Heppell: book now on MyPL

Professor Stephen Heppell is the founder of, and former Director of Ultralab, an internationally renowned research centre for e-learning and now CEO of his own policy and learning consultancy. Professor Heppell has previously lectured here at MacICT on “Creative Contexts for Learning“.  Professor Heppell spoke with students from Sylvania High School and Thornleigh West PS about their participation in the 3D Virtual Worlds Student Constructed Sustainable Learning Spaces in 3D MUVES project.  Join us and Professor Heppell on Thursday 17th March to hear him speak on “Playing with Learning Spaces”.

  • 17th March – Stephen Heppell conference – (DV00995)

31st March – Good Game Design

The process of understanding and applying the principles of good game design to student created games can not only improve students’ collaboration and problem solving skills, but also lay foundations for deep learning, innovation and change in 21st century classrooms.  This workshop will give teachers a fundamental understanding of basic game design principles and how these can be applied when teaching students to build games using any form of game creation software. In collaborative groups, participants will deconstruct and review games, then design and build a level of a game.

  • 31st March – Good Game Design Workshop email  (DV01016)
  • Good Game Design VCs, student workshops and more please contact Karen.blackwell@det.nsw.edu.au

Remember if you have a special need in your school you can contact us for tailored workshops with teachers and/or students at your place or ours.  Read our blog for more information about what is happening @MacICT right now or our PL calendar for term activities.

Book now on MyPL@DET for courses @MacICT next fortnight:

  • 3rd MarchManaging Online Learning – learn to use Edmodo more effectively, strategies for dealing with Cyberbullying Read more… (DV00967)
  • 9th March –  Students as Creative Producers Workshop– Need ideas for new technologies to try with students?  Want to find out more about e-learning design LAMS, Edmodo, games and Smart Notebook?  Need a new, creative way to teach persuasive writing?   Read more… (DV00922)
  • 10th March – Participative Narratives Workshop – Want to learn how to write Interactive Stories using Smart Notebook software, LAMS or Edmodo… Read more... (DV00969)
  • 10th March – Collaboration Online VC (DV00924)LAMS Plus: Intermediate (151NSR011)
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