Fixing Australian Computer Education

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alecthegeek's personal opinion on what needs to change in Australian education in the context of the national curriculum review

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Fixing Australian Computer Education

  1. 1. Fixing ICT education in AU Alec Clews @alecthegeek http://bitbucket.org/alecthegeek http://slideshare.net/alecclews
  2. 2. Agenda● Whats the problem?● Where do we want to go?● What are some things we can do to get there?● Ongoing conversation.......
  3. 3. Who am I to talk?● Parent of two (18y just finished VCE ICT)● Geek for 30+ years● Passionate about creation of equitable and just society, especially through opportunities offered by technology● But I am not a teacher!● I help run local Raspberry Pi Jam group
  4. 4. Whats the problem?● "ICT" education is broken – No or poor programming skills – No passion● AU has a skills shortage● Many people miss out on personal opportunities – Women are often missing out – People who have no access to technology
  5. 5. Where do we want to go?● Equity of access and opportunity for all● Everyone needs core skills to be an effective citizen – "Computational" Thinking ● What can a computer do for me ● Impact of technology on my society ● Personal safety and ethics● Provide opportunities for geeks to flourish – Real programming – Physical computing – Deep Problem solving skills with computers
  6. 6. What can we do(1)?● Comment on National Curriculum – http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ – It will take you some time ● Read and digest ● Respond – There is a time LIMIT
  7. 7. Suggestions on Curriculum● Move some ICT into other areas e.g. – e-security and e-ethics moved to citizenship – Data interpretation and modelling moved to humanities – Maths topics to maths● Use the ICT course to teach – Practical programming in a text language – Supporting CS. Dont be afraid of the hard stuff
  8. 8. Suggestions on Curriculum(2)● Make CS education support other subjects – Database systems to support humanities work● Bring maker/hacker skills into woodwork etc – 3D printing – Physical computing● Use low cost accessible computer devices
  9. 9. What can we do(2)?● Write or talk to your local Fed MP● Be inspired by the UK model ● http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/ – Teach teachers – Create material – Run events for kids and families
  10. 10. What can we do(3)?● Support local initiatives e.g. – Codedojo – OpenTechSchool Melbourne● Got kids? – Ask at school● Talk to other geeks and teachers – https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/vic-ict-ng

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