Rockingham teachers learn key lessons in technology


Nen Mariana, of Murdoch, Dorrell Hogg, Atwell Primary School teacher Andrew Upfold and Alison Hawke.
Rockingham teachers learn key lessons in technology
Nen Mariana, of Murdoch, Dorrell Hogg, Atwell Primary School teacher Andrew Upfold and Alison Hawke.

TEACHERS in Rockingham became the students when they attended the Hands-On Tech Day at Scitech.

Teachers from around Perth explored new technologies, which they can take back to the classroom.

It was a full day of interactive workshops led by fellow teachers and experts.

The workshops included maKey maKey, Edison Robotics, Coding and Apps, 3D Printing and CAD and Programmable Electronics.

With information and communications technology taking centre stage with the rollout of the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies learning area by 2018, teachers were upskilling and preparing to integrate new technology and ways of teaching into their classrooms.

“It is so important to prepare students for a future that will heavily rely on technology by introducing them to concepts like computational thinking, critical reasoning and creative problem solving early on,” Scitech professional learning co-ordinator Helen Oke said.

“Teachers have until 2018 to be fully up to speed with the new curriculum.

“That might sound like a long time but the reality is, in a crowded schedule teachers might only have one or two opportunities to try these things out before they are using them in the classroom.”