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The Maker Movement at MacICT

Education and the Maker Movement Due to a growing awareness of the computing requirements of the draft Acara Digital Technologies curriculum and the demands of the NSW BOS syllabuses for the Australian curriculum, teachers are looking for ways to integrate ICT in meaningful and authentic ways to meet cross curricula outcomes. Increasingly, teachers in Australian schools are recognising the need to integrate computing into learning but lack the knowledge and confidence to do so in innovative and creative ways. The Maker Movement has great potential to address these issues and it’s potential for education has been recognised worldwide. MacICT...

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Google Grant Received for MakerDay Teacher Workshops

We are very proud to announce that MacICT has been successful in our application for a 2014 ‘Computer Science for High School’ grant from Google! This annual program promotes computer science education by helping to equip educators with the skills and resources they need to teach computer science and computational thinking concepts in fun and relevant ways. Globally, this program has already trained more than 12,000 teachers and reached over 600,000 students. Read all about it here. Earlier this year, MacICT applied for one of these grants based on the need we identified for workshops aimed at teachers inspired...

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NEW COURSE! Professional Learning in a Digital Age

We are excited to be able to offer for the first time a new course entitled “Professional Learning in a Digital Age (PLDA): 21st century tools supporting 21st century teachers”. This DEC BOSTES Registered Teacher Professional Learning course provides a supportive blended learning environment for participants to explore the four Essential Skills for 21st Century Learning – Collaborating, Communicating, Creating and Critical Thinking. Good twenty-first century teachers are good twenty-first century learners. Professional Learning in a Digital Age (PLDA) is a four-week blended course that equips teachers and school leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools needed for personalised,...

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214 LEGO Engineering Conference

LEGO Education Australia is inviting Primary and Secondary teachers to the 2104 LEGO Engineering Conference at Google in Sydney! Primary teachers are invited on Tuesday 4th March and Secondary teachers on the 5th March. This free event is an amazing opportunity for teachers to get the highest quality information and training on LEGO Education products such as LEGO Mindstorms. Click here to register now! Download Flyer LEGO Education is also calling for teacher presenters to speak breifly about how they use LEGO Robotics at their School. If you would like to share your experience on the day we’d love...

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Hands-on iPad workshops

MacICT are excited to host a series of iPad workshops designed to provide hands-on training to teachers on the use and management of iPads in the classroom. These workshops, run by Dr Nerida McCredie and Scott Barnham from Think3 , aim to address the need for teachers to have a practical understanding of how to use iPads and the best way to organise, manage and deploy them to students. Locations include North Ryde, Lawson, Grafton and Dubbo. Click the titles for more information including dates! Managing iPads with Apple Configurator So, you have purchased some iPads for school and...

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Alternator game developers seek interested teachers for advisory panel

Are you a teacher who understands the benefits of learning with games? Are you interested in being involved in the development of a serious game? The creators of the game Alternator have asked us if we can help them locate teachers who would be interested in being part of an advisory group for version 2 of their racing game, Alternator. Alternator is a serious game based on environmental issues and energy sustainability. Players research and invent new technologies to modify their cars, before they dash across a future Australian landscape to be the fastest race driver and change their world for...

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Cherrybrook Technology High Students presenting at International LAMS conference

Mobile technologies, mobile mentors, mobile learners. On Friday 9th December 2011 students from Cherrybrook Technology High and their teacher, Ms Howard, presented their mobile learning project to an International audience. The students used LAMS software to design technology dynamic, science and environmental lessons for their peers and for mentoring primary aged students. They were the second keynote speakers at the conference and conducted a workshop at the conclusion of their presentation which was attended by many interested overseas participants. They demonstrated that when students are given the ability to design inquiry based fieldwork learning activities utilizing mobile technologies...

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Want to work in the Video Game Industry? Become a Game Tester!

Do you enjoy playing games? Are you interested in how games are created? Why not have a go at playtesting a game? As part of MacICT’s Game Design bootcamps for students and workshops for teachers, we aim to shift people’s thinking from viewing themselves as a player to a designer. One of the activities participants complete in our workshops is a review of a game using a designer’s scoreboard (rubric). This scoreboard provides participants with criteria which addresses the basic principles of good game design to evaluate games. Playtesting a real game, provides an authentic context for learning and gives...

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3dedrats Launch! Win prizes.

Subscribe to our newest baby and go in the draw to win one of 5 iTunes vouchers.  We are super excited to be launching 3dedrats this month. Celebrating the latest 3D technologies in education, arts and sciences. Come join us and play with robots, virtual worlds and video games! 3dedrats is an exciting opportunity to get involved in games, virtual worlds, robotics, arts and science in Australian contemporary education. Throughout the month of October there will be world first interactive experiences, events, fun competitions, exhibitions and workshops designed for students, families, schools and the general public. Participation is open...

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LEGO Conference

Robotics Day for Teachers and Students 8 August 2011 Guest Presenter: Dr Eric Wang, Associate Professor, University of Nevada The Robotics Day is a great opportunity for students and teachers, both beginners and experienced, from all stages, to hear from and work with Dr Eric Wang. It is also an opportunity for students to try their skills out in First LEGO League type challenges, to win prizes and to share their solutions with other schools from across the state. Dr Eric Wang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He joined UNR...

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SMARTMovies Challenge

A huge congratulations to the clever students at Mimosa Public School. They are on their way to becoming the digital animators of the future. Year 5 students in this challenge were asked to communicate information about the Antarctic Food Chain using animation. They used the advanced features of SMART Notebook animation. For example: Recording movements on screen without capturing the mouse Producing a number of automated effects using object animation Playing with a mixture of movements and automated effects Creating either an interactive demonstration or recording the demonstration as a movie and adding a voiceover Students in this challenge...

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1:1 Learning Unconference

MacICT is excited to be involved in the DEC 1:1 Learning Unconference. At MacICT our work encourages listening, sharing, collaborating on authentic projects so this unconference is a perfect opportunity for us to get inspired and build collegial networks. MacICT will be involved in the conference in a number of ways: Our  Game 2 Design team will be running a Facilitated Discussion.   Share ideas and discuss aspects of Students as Game Designers in your classroom. This will be an enlightening session which may dramatically change your perspective on the role of games in learning. Our Mobile Learning team...

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Spotlight #13 – Science @MacICT

Spotlight #13: Science with MacICT We are very excited to be launching a new blog called Crowd as part of the MacICT group. This blog is designed to help teachers and students get involved in projects that interest them. It provides resources for project based learning and student challenges as well as providing a space to share student work samples. If you would like to share student work or start a science project using Crowd then please email to request a login.  We also have a number of project to get you started. Fact Hackers This online challenge...

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