Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at Royal Randwick Racecourse and offsite locations. Cost to attend the workshops is in addition to the conference registration fee.

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Facilitator: Judith Bell
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Computational thinking (CT) applies to subjects outside computer science, and music is no exception. CT ideas such as decomposition, patterns, abstraction and algorithms can all be exercised in a meaningful way while at the same time engaging students with key concepts from music. This workshop will present ideas for having students exercise ideas from music while at the same time developing skills relating to CT. The focus will be on primary school level (participants will get the most out of this session if they have a basic understanding of music theory). It is helpful if participants bring their own computer / tablet.

Judith Bell heads the Music Department at Chisnallwood Intermediate School in Christchurch, New Zealand, which she has grown from a small programme to a large, diverse and thriving department over the last 19 years. She is involved in teaching, conducting, performing, arranging, and recording music in a range of styles. At Chisnallwood she organises music groups including orchestra, rock, small groups, ukulele and jazz bands, theory club, and teaches courses on using computer music software and training sound technicians. She has presented workshops locally and internationally for groups including MEC, IRMT and ISME. She is currently chair of Music Education Canterbury, serves on the board of MENZA (Music Education New Zealand / Aotearoa) and is a MusicEdNet mentor. She also performs regularly in bands, playing sax, flute, clarinet, trombone and guitar.


Facilitator: Professor Tim Bell
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Royal Randwick Racecourse

“Computer Science Unplugged” is a fun and engaging way to delve into the topic of computer science, without using computers at all, and definitely no programming! Instead, there are games, puzzles and magic tricks that engage students with deep concepts behind the technology that is right under their noses. In this workshop you will get to participate in the activities as a student, and get guidance on how to use them in your own classroom. These activities do not require a lot of technical knowledge to use in the classroom, and have been used in primary and secondary schools all over the world. The activities will link to several curriculum areas, including technology, maths and even language. All of the material is free and open-source. No computers needed – it’s unplugged!

Tim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His “Computer Science Unplugged” project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into over 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in computing education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the 2018 ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.


Facilitator: Australian Computing Academy
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Royal Randwick Racecourse

The language of the future – programming, data and information – requires awareness and understanding of the concepts that are fundamental to Digital Technologies. Teachers and students alike need support to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to take advantage of what it offers.

This workshop will leave you with a solid foundation for the new Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum, and provide resources, activities and pedagogical approaches to enable your students to succeed. Whether you’re an experienced IT educator, or you’ve had little exposure to programming before, there’ll be something for everyone in this masterclass!

This workshop is led by the Australian Computing Academy, including authors of the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum. The Australian Computing Academy (ACA) is a Commonwealth funded project developing resources that will be freely available to students and teachers across Australia to learn about programming and related concepts in Digital Technologies.


Facilitator: Dr Kristy Goodwin
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Dr Kristy Goodwin, a digital parenting educator, author and digital researcher (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums), translates the latest research about how technology is shaping childhood and adolescence into essential information for confused and concerned parents and professionals. Dr Kristy helps parents and professionals make informed decisions about how to best manage screen-time (so that it doesn’t always end in ‘scream time’)… and no she won’t suggest that you ban the iPad, or unplug the TV! Kristy will explain the neuroscience behind why kids and teens become infatuated by technology and how parents and professionals can foster healthy digital habits. Parents and professionals will understand the latest risks to kids’ and teens’ online safety (including current cyber-safety threats, pornography exposure, introduction of phones and social media), as well as the health, learning and development implications of young kids (5-16 years) growing up in a world of screens. Kristy will share her simple formula to determine healthy screen-time limits and will arm parents and professionals with a host of strategies and ideas to help kids develop healthy, sustainable technology habits. Dr Kristy will explain how technology is impacting kids’ and teens’ learning, sleep, social, language, play, physical skills and their vision, hearing and posture and will arm parents and professionals with practical strategies about how to best raise kids and teens in a digital world. Participants will learn how to get the most out of their kids’ screen-time so they can finally ditch the guilt and guesswork.


Facilitator: Google
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Google Head Office – Level 5, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Industry leaders from Google and ACCE 2018 have combined efforts to provide members and associates with a day of Google PD. Visit Google HQ to spend a day looking at solutions built for teachers and students.

It doesn’t matter how big your school or your budget is. Google provides easy tools to engage students anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Who should attend the day at Google HQ? The day will suit any Secondary or Primary teachers who want to find out more about Google Classroom, Expeditions, CS First and other Google Tools for Education.


Facilitators: Anna Kinnane, Martin Richards and Leanne Robertson, from Digital Technologies Hub
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Delve into the Digital Technologies Hub Scope and Sequence. The Digital Technologies Hub has released a Scope and Sequence for F-10. Work with the creators to explore the Scope and Sequence and look at models of implementation across the primary school.

Focus on some key concepts including algorithms, data, digital systems and designing digital solutions. This session will include ways to differentiate tasks to enable success for all students and explore assessment tasks to inform student learning and teacher practice.

This is a hands on workshop. You will get to explore activities from the Scope and Sequence for the age group you teach and also find out how to integrate digital technologies in a meaningful way across a range of learning areas.


Facilitator: Microsoft Australia
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Microsoft Sydney Office – 1 Epping Road, North Ryde NSW 2113

Microsoft will be showcasing the technologies you already have or may not even know about to support your teaching of the new Digital Tech component of the K-6 Science and Technology syllabus and the Stage 4 Technology Mandatory syllabus.

We will also look at the way in which our technology connected together with the IST draft syllabus using tools such as:

  • Microsoft
  • Minecraft: Education Edition (for coding, science, engineering and more… games infused learning is not only K-6!)
  • Office tools to support design thinking and collaboration
  • Using Windows and devices to create and develop experiences from built in mixed reality for all to 3D design in Unity
  • We will also have a small mini expo showcase of Australian Partners who can support your STEM journey into space and beyond!


Facilitator: Professor Lori Lockyer, A/Professor Shirley Agostinho, Professor Sue Bennett, Dr Melinda Plumb, Lauren Knussen
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Royal Randwick Racecourse

Designing learning experiences for students is something that teachers engage in every day. But it is a practice that is not well understood, often under-developed and under-supported. Effective design practice can help teachers integrate technology into teaching and learning experiences in a way that will promote better outcomes for their students. This workshop will engage participants with the findings and outcomes of an ARC-funded project that investigated the design practice of 48 early career and experienced teachers in public, independent and Catholic schools in NSW. The findings have been translated into a teacher design thinking model aimed to support teachers in their design work. In this workshop, participants will reflect upon their own design practice, use a teacher design thinking model to make a start at developing their own teaching program, and consider on how the model could and used in their schools.

The workshop will be facilitated by a team of educators and researchers located at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Wollongong who have been investigating school and university teacher design practice, teachers’ and students’ technology practices.  Read further details here.

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