Share the Spark – a fresh approach to Technologies
On Tuesday 27 March, the School of Education, Brisbane held their very first ‘Share the Spark’ professional learning series of workshops.
The innovative series presents hands-on workshops, and aims to inspire, support and ultimately empower local primary school teachers in implementing the Technologies Curriculum in their classrooms.
The first workshop entitled ‘Teach with Tech’ was developed as an introduction to the goals, terminology and ways of thinking (design, computational and systems thinking) present in the Technologies KLA. The attendees of this first workshop engaged with the latest technologies, completed activities and challenges, and left with an information package with resource materials for classroom ideas.
Activities in the workshop included; using visual programming to create conductive musical instruments, connecting circuits to craft materials to prototype their ultimate teacher accessory, re-telling the story of their day using object-based robotics, programming an autonomous vehicle to get from home to school using Lego robotics and experienced green screen technology.
“Educators shared ideas, inspiration and everyday classroom challenges, fostering a real sense of community,” commented Professor Romina Jamieson-Proctor, State Head of Education Brisbane about the workshop.
Another aspect to this program is the involvement of current ACU primary education students volunteers who co-facilitate each workshop. This model not only allows our students to make valuable industry connections, but to experience the technology toolsets currently used in primary school settings.
The next workshop, ‘Play with Purpose’ will be held on Tuesday 29 May on the ACU Brisbane campus.
The ‘Share the Spark’ series will consist of 8 workshops throughout 2018. To read more about the series and workshop dates visit the website on www.acu.edu.au/sharethespark
The series is designed and delivered by Ms Leighann Ness Wilson (Technologies Education Lecturer in Charge)