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Uni Syd to support schools digital tech curriculum

The University's ACA will deliver the Australian Digital Technologies Challenges for Years 5 and 7 on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training until December 2020, with support from Grok Learning and Monash University. Read More

The ACA, which is based in the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, has been awarded $10 million over the next four years to provide Australian teachers with the educational resources and professional development necessary to deliver the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

The Challenges are a series of free, self-paced, online classroom activities linked to the Digital Technologies curriculum for all Australian Year 5 and 7 students. These activities include:

  • interactive course notes, videos and unplugged activities;
  • engaging, real-world coding problems with intelligent automated feedback;
  • lesson plans and other resources for teachers.

In addition, the ACA will provide email, phone and online support for schools participating in the Challenges to deliver the new curriculum.

Speaking at the launch event, Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the ACA’s important role supporting the new curriculum demonstrated the University’s leadership in the digital space.

“By leading the ACA, the University builds upon its long-term commitment to computing education in schools through our annual National Computer Science School and innovative online computing activities,” he said.  

ACA Academic Director Assoc Prof James Curran, one of three authors of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and a co-founder of Grok Learning, said the Australian Digital Technologies Challenges represented a significant investment in Australia’s digital future.

“The introduction of Digital Technologies is an important addition to the Australian Curriculum. We are delighted to work with the Australian Government in providing resources and support for teachers as they learn and teach the Digital Technologies curriculum."

The project is funded under the Inspiring All Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM element of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.


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