ResourcesHere you will find MacICT’s papers, articles, publications and curated resources on a wide variety of ICT themes.
STEM / STE(A)M
STEM or STE(A)M learning is integrated throughout many of MacICT’s activities. Science, technology, engineering, arts and math resources can be found here to help you effectively integrate STE(A)M into your classroom.
“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.”
Some links to get started
STEM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary or integrated approach. Students gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic context. It may include inquiry and project-based learning. Read more…
SPI 2016 – STEM Programme Index 2016
A PDF guide has been released by the Office of the Chief Scientist to help teachers and students access over 250 science, technology, engineering and mathematics programmes. “The first national STEM Programme Index (SPI 2016) is an accessible guide to business, university, government and community-led STEM initiatives. It includes in-class, after school, holiday and online activities and resources, catering to a wide and growing range of students.” Read more…
A compilation of research, links, resources, blog and more – many from an Australian perspective. “This page covers different educational technologies, ways of integrating them into the educational process, research which supports and assists this, BYOT, information to help and support teachers, blogs and other information that will, hopefully, be of value.” Read more…
Restoring the focus on STEM in schools initiative.
The Australian Government has committed an extra $12 million to restore the focus, and increase student uptake of, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in primary and secondary schools across the country. Read more…
Need help? Ask for ideas from real communities of teachers.
NSW Department of Education has a Yammer network for its staff. You can join groups, post questions, find resources and get NSW DoE specific information on a range of topics. Check out the STEM Group and connect with your colleagues. You’ll find a link to Yammer on the NSW DoE Staff Portal. Read more…
“This community is designed for STEM educators to meet, share ideas, and relay experiences. It’s not JUST for STEM educators, though–everyone is welcome here, because everyone is involved in the education process–but if you have a passion for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics education, you are definitely in the right place.” Read more…
In 2012, a chance encounter between a filmmaker and a nine-year-old entrepreneur sparked a worldwide movement celebrating creativity, play and the power of imagination.
On the last day of summer, Nirvan Mullick met Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s East LA auto parts shop. Nirvan was Caine’s first customer. Amazed by the boy’s creativity, Nirvan organized a flash mob of customers to surprise Caine and make his day. Then he made a film about it.
After “Caine’s Arcade” went viral, the Imagination Foundation was founded. They have now launched an Annual Global Cardboard Challenge to foster creativity, play, and imagination in kids everywhere. Schools all over the world can take part!
STEM in Schools: Churchill Trust Fellowship Report
In 2013 Neil Bramsen, Assistant Principal at Mt Ousley Public School was fortunate to receive a Churchill Trust Fellowship for travel in 2014. He has shared his report on his experience with us and you can find more information on his website: neilbramsen.edublogs.org
The driving question and focus for the travel was:
To study programs that successfully engage and enthuse primary and middle school students in MES (Maths, Engineering and Science) or STEM learning to schools, universities and institutions in the USA and UK.
MacICT workshops featuring STEM learning
Furthering STEM education.
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.
Keywords: Secondary, STEM, Creative & Critical Thinking, Computational Thinking, Design, Engineering
Bringing Science To Life: K-6
Integrating ICT into the NSW K-10 Science Syllabus
The new NSW K-10 Science Syllabus mandates the integration of ICT to support a range of teaching, learning and assessment approaches. This provides great scope for the integration of new and emerging technologies in the design of immersive, authentic learning. In this course, participants will gain confidence and ability to integrate ICT meaningfully into learning and teaching to support the aims and objectives of the new Science K-6 syllabus.
Keywords: Primary, STEM, STEAM, Coding, Creative & Critical Thinking, Design, Digital Literacy, New Syllabus Implementation
Bringing Programming to Life with Physical Computing
Explore how physical computing can be integrated into the curriculum to engage students in deep learning.
Discover how to bring programming to life with physical computing. Learn how to program a microcontroller in order to make a real-world prototype with electronic circuits.
Keywords: STEM, STEAM, Creative & Critical Thinking, Coding, Programming, Maker Ed.
Bringing Maths to Life
Integrating ICT into the Mathematics K-6 NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum
The increasing variety and sophistication of software and apps available today allow primary teachers to really enhance and extend learning in Mathematics from remembering and understanding to creating and evaluating. In this workshop we will show teachers how to use technology in innovative ways to more deeply engage students and meet the learning outcomes from the K – 10 syllabus within a technology rich environment.
Keywords: Primary, New Syllabus Implementation, Digital Literacy, Creative & Critical Thinking, Infographics, STEAM, Design.