Coding & STEM 4 Schools | CS4S

About

The University of Newcastle Coding & STEM 4 Schools (CS4S) team provides professional learning opportunities for, and conducts research into, the teaching and learning of Coding & STEM in primary and secondary schools. The focus areas of the professional learning opportunities and research run by the CS4S team are:

  • The implementation of the Digital Technologies learning area of the national Australian Curriculum
  • Teaching Coding and Computational Thinking in K-12
  • Integrating Coding and Computational Thinking with different K-12 subjects (such as Mathematics)

To keep up to date with the professional learning opportunities being offered by the CS4S team, please register for the University of Newcastle CS4S Mailing List. If you have any enquiries about the CS4S professional learning programs or research, please contact Daniel Hickmott.

2018 Coding & STEM Workshops

In 2018, the Newcastle CS4S team are running two professional learning workshops, which are all free for teachers to attend and are accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for 12 hours. The two workshops are:

  • An Introduction to Coding and Computational Thinking Workshop (July 19th and 20th 2018), register here
  • Developing Coding Hubs for Teachers Workshop (planned for October/November), express your interest here

The two workshops are focused on developing competencies included in the Digital Technologies learning area of the national Australian Curriculum and the capabilities outlined in the NSW Coding and Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum Guide. The CS4S workshops have been developed in partnership with Google.

For more information about the differences between these programs, please see below.

If you have heard about Coding and Computational Thinking and would like start learning and teaching these skills, or if you have just started to learn these skills and are looking for some more help and resources, then this workshop is for you. Primary and High School educators that teach any Stage in K-12 are welcome to attend this workshop.

The workshop’s activities will mainly involve using Scratch, which is a free visual programming language that is commonly used for teaching Coding at all levels of K-12. However, the concepts that will be taught during the workshop (for example: algorithms, sequencing, branching and iteration) are essential Coding concepts and will be applicable to all Coding languages.

This workshop will emphasise Coding and Computational Thinking as skills that can help your students learn ACARA’s General Capabilities, including Critical and Creative Thinking. Free teaching resources that are focused on problem-solving and creativity in Scratch, such as the Creative Computing curriculum guide, will be shared throughout the workshop.

The workshop will also include several activities that integrate Coding and Computational Thinking with a variety of Key Learning Areas, such as Science and Mathematics. These activities will utilise and expand on many of the resources and suggestions in the NSW Education Standard Authority’s (NESA) Coding Across the Curriculum Guide.

This workshop will be run over two days at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus and will be accredited with NESA for 12 hours for the following teaching standards at the proficient level: 2.1, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4, 4.5, 6.2 and 6.4.

Sessions in this workshop will include:

  • A session that involves activities that can be used to teach Computational Thinking without using a computer (unplugged activities)
  • An overview of different beginner-friendly languages and resources to help students move from blocks languages (e.g. Scratch) to text languages (e.g. Python)
  • Hands-on activities with Microbits, where you will learn about Physical Computing

Dates: July 19th and July 20th 2018

Registration (Free): You can register for the Introduction to Coding and Computational Thinking workshop by completing this online form.

If you are currently teaching Coding and Computational Thinking in K-6 and would like to run your own professional learning events for teaching these skills, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, we will help you gather resources and organise Digital Technologies professional learning for other teachers at your school and/or in the professional learning communities you are part of.

This workshop will involve the sharing of existing resources, such as the PL-in-a-Box materials, that can be used in, and adapted for, your own professional learning events. There will also be presentations from professional learning organisers that can help you organise your own events, as well as activities in which you will plan and gather resources for these events, with assistance from the CS4S team. There will also be a session that includes examples of approaches for evaluating the success of the professional learning programs you run.

This workshop will be run over two days at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus and will be accredited with NESA for 12 hours for the following teaching standards, at the proficient level: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 7.4.

Following the workshop, the CS4S team will assist you in the development and running of a professional learning session in your school or professional community.

Dates: This workshop is planned to take place in October/November of 2018.

Registration: Registration for this workshop has not opened yet but you can let us know that you are interested in participating in this workshop by completing this expression of interest form. We will email you as soon as we have finalised dates and have opened the registration for the Developing Coding Hubs for Teachers workshop.

Enquiries

If you have any enquiries, please contact Daniel Hickmott.

Dr Elena Prieto

School of Education
Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics)
Deputy Program Convenor Master of Educational Studies (Maths cohort)
Elena.Prieto@newcastle.edu.au


Associate Professor Regina Berretta

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering Discipline
Researcher at the Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information Based Medicine
Regina.Berretta@newcastle.edu.au


Mr Andrew Lyell

School of Education
Deputy Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Technology)
Andrew.Lyell@newcastle.edu.au


Mr Daniel Hickmott

CS4S Project Officer
Daniel.Hickmott@uon.edu.au