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Calendar March
From Queensland University of Technology – for teachers in Qld/Northern NSW:

  • Tuesday 12 March: Secondary Teacher PD Full Day - Drones across the Curriculum
  • Tuesday 19 March: Secondary Teacher PD Twilight - Statistics in Biology

June
EduTECH conference – June 5–7. An absolutely HUGE conference and expo.

July
DigiCon – July 25 & 26. The Digital Learning and Teaching Association’s annual conference is always a fun couple of days. Registration is now open.

News

China lands a probe on the dark side of the moon.

The first ever landing on the dark side of the moon happened. For such a momentous event, there was remarkably little coverage. The Chinese space agency (whose logo is incredibly similar to the Starfleet insignia) was an achievement in Mathematics and Engineering, with the logistics of relaying data from the far side of the moon requiring a satellite to transmit around the moon and back to earth.

August
Leading a Digital School Conference
The Leading a Digital School Conference offers strategic advice to assist school leaders, aspiring leaders and lead teachers achieve superior digital technology outcomes for their school. Why not attend yourself or send a team of staff involved in steering the strategic direction of your digital technology programs!
  
The conference is structured around 3 perspectives on leadership, in a leading digital school:

  • Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces
  • Rise of STEAM Learning.

Program Sub-Themes:

  • Authentic Learning Experiences
  • Improving Digital Literacy
  • Rethinking the Roles of Teachers
  • Teaching Computational Thinking
  • The Achievement Gap
  • Sustaining innovation through Leadership Changes

Dates are -10 August at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne.

ACCE 2020
The Australian Council for Computers in Education conference will be hosted by DLTV in 2020. This is one of the biggest events in Digital Technology education and it will be held in Melbourne in April next year.

3D printed prosthetic arms with Artificial Intelligence.
You want Terminators? Because this is how you get Terminators!

But for now, this is a great leap forward in prosthetics technology, reducing the cost of the process. The patient’s skin is scanned to print matching skin tone and the AI controls the movement of the hand using signals from the patient’s own muscles. Read more here.

Maths cures cancer!
Well, no. Not really. But the Science Daily website reported in mid-January that Researchers in Copenhagen have created a mathematical tool to simulate cells as they repair damage to the body. It will hopefully help us understand why cancers are formed, as well as improving our knowledge of the growth of embryos. Read More here.

Books and blogs
http://findingdamo.com/ - personal blog
http://perryperrysource.net/ - education blog
http://www.amazon.com/Damian-Perry/e/B00HZ4WID6/ - author page


30 Apr 2019 | National
Visible female STEAM role models plan needed News Image

You can’t be what you can’t see and that applies for STEAM career pathways for women, but there needs to be a strategy set in place if strong female STEAM role models are to be made available to young ladies. Read More

30 Apr 2019 | National
New maths trial boosts evidence on children’s numeracy News Image

Research on the QuickSmart Numeracy program says it is delivering a month’s worth of impact on maths achievement when compared with students doing regular maths classes alone. Read More

30 Apr 2019
STEAM in the family News Image

One of the fun ways to address issues surrounding STEAM is via a family engagement program based on the popular Family Science or Maths programs.
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30 Apr 2019 | National
Microchip breakthrough brings STEM technology into primary schools News Image

Developed in South Australia by eLabtronics, the runlinc platform is being taught to children as young as eight years old and allows simple but powerful investigations to be made. Read More

30 Apr 2019 | National
Microsoft AI for Good Challenge now accepting submissions from teachers and students News Image

Microsoft Australia and professional learning organisation, Education Changemakers, are calling on teachers and local high school students to enter a new national competition – the AI for Good Challenge. Read More