Pre-Conference Workshops

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

More workshops will be announced in the coming weeks so check this page regularly.


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: 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: 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!
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