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Final version of TechTalk for 2015. Contains information to support NSW Secondary TAS Teachers: Australian Curriculum, STEM, AG Forum

Transcript of Techtalk t4 2015

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    Welcome to the TAS/Technologies

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

    Term 4, 2015 TE




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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    Inside this issueInside this issue

    STEM Action Schools 3

    Australian Curriculum Update 4

    Hunter Secondary Head Teacher Meeting 5

    Ag Forum 6

    Agriculture and Food week 7

    TAS Leadership Network 8

    Industrial Arts Machine Tools Contract 9

    Professional Associations 10

    Term 4, 2015

    This is the final TechTalk for the year and it has plenty of news and information about what is

    happening in TAS. Have a good look at the STEM Action School project EOI on page 3 as it will

    need your attention immediately if you want to be considered.

    The endorsement of the Technologies Curriculum has been an interesting development but

    please look at the article on page 4 for an explanation of where we stand on the Australian Cur-

    riculum. I have also included some information about the professional associations that serve

    our different subjects. Please consider joining as a faculty or individual in order to access the

    opportunities they provide.

    Agriculture education is very topical at the moment as the recommendations of the Review of

    Agricultural Education and Training in NSW by Professor Jim Pratley are being implemented

    across the state. In this issue I have featured one of the activities undertaken with the Agricul-

    ture Lighthouse Schools and the four Agricultural High Schools. From 2016 every school in NSW

    will need to implement an Agriculture and Food week to celebrate and appreciate the role

    that agriculture and food make to the health, wealth and wellbeing of society. I have included

    a page with some information and a link to the website. Watch this space for more resources

    and opportunities.

    Other news is that I was successful in being appointed as the TAS Advisor 7-12 for the next

    three year contract period so I am looking forward to working with you to keep technology ed-

    ucation in NSW moving forwards.

    Dan Rytmeister

    TAS Advisor, Years 7-12

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    STEM Action Schools

    Secondary Education invites schools to submit an expression of interest for identification as a STEM Action School for the 2016-2017 school years. The expression of interest will be advertised in SchoolBiz this Friday 20th November 2015. The aim of this project is to identify, support and link together a range of schools to share effective STEM pedagogy, illustrate innovative practice for student engagement in STEM, and demonstrate effective leadership,

    professional learning, student career path planning and industry partnerships. Each successful school will be provided with a seeding grant of up to $10 000 for each of 2016 and 2017 to support sharing of effective practice in STEM education. The seeding grant will be negotiated based on school size, location and other factors.

    If your school is interested in applying for this project consult with your principal and complete the attached Expression of Interest Document for STEM Action Schools Project, closing date for submission: COB Monday 7 December 2015. We look forward to reading your application for the Stem Action School Project.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    Australian Curriculum Update

    I have had a number of enquiries about where we are with the Australian

    Curriculum and what we should be doing at the moment regarding its


    The short answer is do nothing but teach the existing BOSTES syllabus.

    Under the Education Act In NSW we must teach to a NSW developed syllabus and, although the Australian Curriculum was endorsed on 18 September, 2015, we must wait until the BOSTES releases a syllabus before we can address the new curriculum.

    When this Newsletter was published, the BOSTES had not announced

    whether they will be reviewing the existing syllabus documents to reflect the

    Australian Curriculum. If the BOSTES does make the decision to review the

    existing syllabus, there will be a full process of syllabus development as

    detailed in the Syllabus development handbook and ALL will be consulted.


    Based on the processes already used by the other subject areas, I would not

    expect any new syllabus to be ready to deliver before 2018.

    What can you do in the meantime?

    If the BOSTES does review the current syllabus, make sure you participate in

    any consultation process to ensure you get to have your say.

    Join your relevant professional association and engage in the process.

    Learn a bit about coding and computational thinking. The one thing that is

    specified in the Australian Curriculum that is not mandated in the current

    Technology Mandatory Syllabus is computational thinking and coding.

    Watch this space for opportunities for professional learning in 2016.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    Hunter Secondary Head Teachers Meeting

    State Office curriculum advisors

    supported the Hunter Secondary

    Head Teachers Meeting on the

    14 October. After the keynote

    speaker, the TAS Head Teachers

    broke off and I ran a session on

    what is happening in TAS. This

    covered a range of topics and

    generated some useful

    discussion. The network spent

    the last session doing a hands on activity in a littlebits maker space led by

    Peggy Mangovski of West Wallsend High School.

    Start a TAS teacher network in your area. If you run an event with a number of teachers from different schools in your

    area, then I can come to you to run an information session or a workshop.

    This year I have attended after hours workshops for faculty groups in

    Agriculture and STEM.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    AG Forum 2015

    The Agriculture Lighthouse Schools and the Agricultural High Schools came

    together for a forum on Friday 6 November and Saturday 7 November to

    share practice and engage in some professional learning.

    The event started with an introduction from Professor Jim Pratley who led

    the Review into Agricultural Education and Training in NSW and a keynote

    address from Mick Keogh, Executive Director of Australian Farm Institute.

    Both presenters were highly

    engaging and reinforced the need to

    develop innovative agricultural

    practice in our students.

    The Agriculture Lighthouse schools

    have been established to provide

    examples of effective practice and support Agriculture education through

    mentoring. If you would like a fresh approach to Agriculture in your school

    or information about a particular enterprise, give myself or Sally Bannerman

    a call and we can link you up with the

    right teacher.

    Call Dan Rytmeister 9266 8514

    Or Sally Bannerman 9244 5520

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    Agriculture and Food Week

    Agriculture and Food Week is a recommendation of the Review into

    Agricultural Education and Training in NSW.

    The aim of Agriculture and Food Week is to celebrate and appreciate the

    roles agriculture and food make to the health, wealth and wellbeing of


    The site has been designed to stimulate teaching and learning ideas that can

    engage students and help them develop an interest in the origins of food.

    Embedding these ideas into integrated learning activities may provide

    opportunities for practical and authentic life-long learning for students.

    Both the primary and secondary sections contain drop down menus for each

    of the learning areas.

    Teachers are encouraged to make comment about the existing stimulus

    ideas and contribute their own ideas. It is envisaged that this site will further

    develop to become a comprehensive collection of teaching and learning

    strategies over time.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2015

    Join the TAS Leadership Network

    Teacher EOI still open!

    The TAS Leadership Network has been launched with a two-day induction

    for TAS leaders.

    In the TAS learning area there are specific knowledge and skill sets required for each of

    the TAS material/skills backgrounds. The TAS Leadership Network has been established

    to support Department of Education TAS teachers through mentoring and advice.

    The project focuses on safety and