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A DEC e-Newsletter for TAS/Technology teachers Years 7-12 in NSW

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013





    Welcome to the TAS/Technologies

    e -Newslet ter The TECHTalk e-Newsletter is designed to support teachers of all TAS/Technology subjects Years 712.

    Term 4, 2013

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013

    Inside this issueInside this issue

    Contents and Welcome 2

    Australian Curriculum: Technologies update 3

    BOS Memorandum to Principals 4

    IEEE TISP Workshop 5

    Questacon Technology Learning Centre 6

    InTech Exhibition 7

    Board of Studies online guide for Stage 5 and Preliminary course grades 8

    Sydney Mini Maker Faire 9

    Digital Technologies Curriculum Summit 10

    Anaphylaxis reminder 11

    National Computer Science School (NCSS) Challenge 2013 12

    [CTRL][P] Objects On DemandStudent Workshops 13

    Resources 14-15

    Help wanted! Survey questions 16

    Welcome back to Term 4!

    Thats 3 down and 1 to go! Its hard to believe that the year has gone so quickly. Just when you thought

    you had a minute to catch your breath after Year 12 finished, its time to start all over again with a new

    cohort of Year 12s! This terms issue of TECHtalk is a little longer than usual. Every time I thought it was

    finished, another story or resource popped up that was too good to ignore!

    The Australian Curriculum: Technologies is still under development. We anticipate the final curriculum

    to be released at the end of the year, or very early in 2013. As for TAS teachers in NSW remember, it is

    business as usual, following the existing syllabuses until advised otherwise by the Board of Studies. The

    Board of Studies issued an update to principals reinforcing this message in July.

    The role of KLA Curriculum Advisors is to help support you in what you do as teachers . As TAS Advisor

    Id really like to know what areas you feel could be better supported through professional learning op-

    portunities. Please take the time to consider the questions on page 16 and drop me an email with your


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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013

    Australian Curriculum: Technologies update

    The Australian Curriculum: Technologies is now in the final stages of refinement. It will go to

    the ACARA Board for approval this month with the expectation of release late December or

    early January 2014.

    Last month Yvonne Hughes (Science and Technology K-6 Advisor for

    the Australian Curriculum) and I were involved in the process of the

    Validation of the Achievement Standards. We were joined by

    Curriculum Officers from around the country as well as primary and

    secondary teachers nominated by the relevant sectors and educa-

    tional authorities for their expertise in either Design and Technolo-

    gies or Digital Technologies. Our task was to check the continuum of

    learning from FoundationYear 10 against the expected level of

    achievement in terms of knowledge and skills. Disappointingly,

    teachers worked separately from the curriculum officers and Design

    and Technologies was evaluated in isolation to Digital Technologies.

    Digital Technologies proved more problematic than Design and

    Technologies. The pitch, progression and language of the curriculum

    required further modification.

    As part of the National Panel, I was asked to contribute to a further activity in which the

    implementation support needs for NSW teachers surrounding Digital Technologies were con-

    sidered. We were asked to prioritise the Bands/Stages needing the most support and rank the

    threads within the knowledge and skills strands in order of difficulty for teachers. The answer

    was simpleprimary teachers and many non-computer specialist TAS teachers will need

    extensive professional learning and ongoing support to implement this very new and different

    learning area. Which strands need the most support? All of them!it is impossible to separate

    these interdependent steps within a process.

    For NSW the separation of these two subjects is still a major area of concern from

    FoundationYear 8. An integrated approach through which the Digital Technologies skills,

    knowledge and understanding are explored in a project based environment and incorporated

    within the Design and Technologies framework may be the preferred model for the NSW Board

    of Studies to adopt if new

    syllabuses are to be


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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013


    On 24 July 2013, Tom Alegounarias, President of the Board of Studies NSW, issued a

    memorandum to principals to update them on the status of development and imple-

    mentation of NSW syllabuses incorporating the Australian curriculum.

    We were reminded that:

    1. New NSW syllabuses, incorporating Australian curriculum content, for K10 English,

    Mathematics, Science (including K6 Science and Technology) and History have been

    finalised and schools should be using 2013 to become familiar with these syllabuses, be-

    fore staged implementation in classrooms commences from 2014.

    2. In the remaining K10 learning areas, schools are required to continue to use ex-

    isting NSW syllabuses. Any decisions about adopting the Australian curriculum, develop-

    ing syllabuses, and planning subsequent implementation will be made only after thor-

    ough consultation with NSW stakeholders.

    3. In relation to Geography, K10, the Board will begin the development of a new sylla-

    bus in 2013.

    4. In relation to senior secondary syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science and Histo-

    ry, the Board is examining how Australian curriculum content can be effectively adapted

    and incorporated into the NSW senior secondary curriculum structure.

    5. In the interim the Boards existing Stage 6 syllabuses will continue to be the curricu-

    lum for the Higher School Certificate.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013

    IEEE TISP Workshop

    On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics

    Engineers) ran its first NSW Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) Workshop in Sydney. The aim of

    the workshop was to explore opportunities for practicing engineers to work with teachers and

    students to promote STEM education. IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedi-

    cated to advancing technological innovation

    and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

    The TISP program has worked successfully

    in the United States and has been trialed in

    Queensland. The program draws upon

    more than a hundred lesson plans

    developed by IEEE, available on their

    TryEngineering website. While the lessons

    were created for the American context and

    aligned to their National Science Education

    Standards, several have now been mapped

    to the Australian Curriculum for Science.

    The TISP program is still considering the

    best model for Australian schools and will

    continue to be developed over the next year.

    Ultimately it will allow schools to access the expertise of engineers, promote enthusiasm about

    STEM education and encourage a greater understanding of the role of engineers in our society.

    The lesson plans are free and available online. They are easily adaptable to a range of subject

    areas in both primary and secondary and are scalable for different stages of learning.

    For TAS teachers in NSW many of the lessons fit nicely into Technology (Mandatory) with more

    specialised lessons adaptable to IST, IPT, SDD (there is also a TryComputing site), Agricultural

    Technology, Industrial Technology, Engineering Studies and Design and Technology.

    You will need to be discerning and select units that address outcomes from the specific current

    NSW Technology syllabus you are using. The lessons may be used as introductory activities or

    may provide a pivotal building block around which a more complex unit of learning can be

    developed. The lessons encourage testing, iterative refinement of ideas and prototyping. Many

    involve collaborative team work and design challenges that promote a healthy, competitive

    environment and allow for some fun while learning.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities, 2013

    Questacon Technology Learning Centre

    We all know how fabulous the National Science and

    Technology Centre, Questacon is, but did you know

    about the new Questacon Technology Learning


    The Questacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC)

    has been created to stimulate an interest and awareness of the way things are made, show how components

    fit together and demonstrate how innovation can solve e