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    Tessa Gray
    Getting ready to implement Digital Technologies | Panel discussion from Australia
    4 May
    Public discussion Created by Tessa Gray

    Just after John Hattie’s messages, there's an interesting Australian panel debate (2016) where educators (and a student) talk about getting ready to implement Computer Science and Digital Technologies into their curriculum.

    Might be some gems for us in here too, as we begin to learn more about ways to implement Digital Technologies (draft) and Hangarau Matihiko in our classrooms in Aotearoa.

    Play from 28.43mins - 51.16mins

    Some key ideas:

     

    • Bigger picture thinking - this is really about students having an ability to impact their communities and solve real world problems.
    • Anyone can be a Digital Scientist, anyone can find a problem they are passionate about and find solutions to solve that problem.
    • Solving higher order thinking problems together and that in this process it’s ok to fail.
    • This is really what teachers do well already - just need to look at how we can use technologies in the problem solving process, where students can create the technologies and create the solutions.
    • This is an opportunity to light a fire where we can let our kids know that we don’t everything, we’re not all experts and don’t have to be.

    • There is no stereotypical Computer Science teacher – they come in all shapes and sizes.

    • Teachers don’t have to know everything but can use strategies to help with that - like using students as experts, accessing resources and each other. 

    • We can all step outside our comfort zone a little bit and try this together. Build a network, start a movement help overcome the fear.

    • Connect, connect connect and share, share, share.

    • Just have a go! Have the courage to try one thing. This is about our students.

      Most enlightening is how one student, Claire shares her Reading Republic app she built to help kids engage in reading more. Claire's advice to teachers:

    ​​Remember that your students want to work with you and learn with you too, failing will always eventually lead to succeeding, so this is a useful lesson to learn from you. Having technology in the room makes learning more exciting for us kids.

    Do you think this applies to us as well?

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