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Digital Technologies in focus

As a part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, ACARA has been funded to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged schools.

The Digital Technologies in focus (DTiF) project has been designed to encourage whole-school and inter-school collaboration, supported by curriculum officers.

One hundred and sixty schools with a low index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) rating are participating in the project. Since July 2017, leaders and teachers from these schools have been taking part in workshops to help them implement Digital Technologies.

Nine Digital Technologies curriculum officers support clusters of schools, providing expertise to primary and secondary school teachers.

In 2018–20, the Digital Technologies curriculum officers will continue conducting professional learning workshops with teachers and school leaders. These workshops are customised to the specific needs of participating schools, with webinars and online mentoring complementing face-to-face events. Additional workshops have been offered to other schools.

Quick facts:

  • 160+ schools
  • 2,300+ teachers
  • 30,000+ students
  • 15 modules offered Australia wide
  • 10 project focus clusters

   

 Resources:  

  • Key ideas and concepts > Computational thinking: 
    • Computational thinking poster (updated) 
    • Computational thinking cut out cards (updated) 
    • Computational thinking in practice F-2 (Parent and teacher activity cards) (updated) 
  • Key ideas and concepts > Design thinking: 
    • Design thinking poster 
  • Key ideas and concepts > Systems thinking: 
    • Systems thinking poster 
  • Teaching > Digital systems 
    • Classroom ideas – Foundation – Privacy and security V8.4
    • Classroom ideas – Years 1-2 – Privacy and security V8.4
    • Classroom ideas – Years 3-4 – Privacy and security V8.4
    • Classroom ideas – Years 5-6 – Privacy and security V8.4
    • Classroom ideas – Years 7-8 – Privacy and security V8.4
    • Classroom ideas – Years 9-10 – Privacy and security V8.4
    • Classroom ideas – Years 7-10 – Enigma machine V8.4
    • Teaching tips – Hacker versus Attacker

Professional Learning:  

  • Webinars  > Expert webinars: 
    • Abstraction Part 1 
    • Abstraction Part 2 
    • Digital systems – Communication between 2 devices 
    • Digital systems – Communication between multiple devices 
    • Digital systems – Communication across networks 
    • Digital systems – Communication over the internet 

 School stories: 

  • STEM illustrations of practice 
    • Drummond Memorial Public School 
    • Mandurama Public School 
    • Walcha Central School 
  • Australian First Nations Peoples snapshots 
    • Snapshot 1: Connection through Language 
    • Snapshot 2: Connection through Community 
    • Snapshot 3: Connection to Country 
    • Snapshot 4: Connection through Culture