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Celebrate the Technologies curriculum endorsement with an Hour Of Code for students or staff Professional Learning!

2015-09-28

The Australian Technologies curriculum has been endorsed (happy dance!) and a fantastic place to start and celebrate this movement in Australia is with an #HourOfCode in December for your school!

When you register online, you receive free materials to organise and run your event. It's so easy (seriously, we ran an event for staff and students at the University of Adelaide and they loved it)!

What type of event you want to run is up to you! 

It could be an event for students or parents, 
as an introduction to the new subject area. Why, you could even have students do the Hour of Code first and then get them to teach their parents!

An Hour of Code event could be a perfect opportunity to get your fellow colleagues excited and introduced to some key curriculum concepts and to have a taste at coding, as an hour of professional learning
.

You might run an event in a local community place - such as a library. 

All participants receive a certificate
with their name on it for participating.

Hosts do not need any experience or expertise in coding - the materials support you. You just need to get people excited and bring them to one place to learn together!  

Feel free to contact us at CSER if you need any help or advice! We'd also love to hear stories of how you bring an Hour of Code to your community! Tag us at @cserAdelaide on Twitter and also share your event with the #HourOfCode hashtag! 

Register now at: https://hourofcode.com/au


Having trouble accessing the Google+ Community for the first time?

2015-08-03

Google recently updated their settings for Google+. When you first sign-up to Google, you no longer automatically have a Google+ community account created for you. You will need one for our MOOC community, but we can help you add Google+ to your account! It's quite easy and just requires you to verify your wish to create a Google+ account with Google.

To add a Google+ Profile to your account, simply visit the URL below and follow the prompts.

http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/getstarted/guide.html

When you have completed this, try re-joining the Google+ Community! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at cser@adelaide.edu.au 

See you in the community!



Have you completed?

2015-01-19

Have you completed the F-6 Foundations Digital Technologies MOOC for the December - February 2015 round?

As we have run this MOOC as a networking-sharing course, we don't aren't notified when individuals complete the MOOC. If you are interested in receiving a certificate and think that you have completed all of the requirements you will just need to send through a participation document with some information.

To do this, return to the pre-launch tasks and download your "participation document" at task 1, if you haven't already done so. Complete the document to cross-check that you have fully completed all of the 'core' units, the portfolio, plus an additional 1 full unit of your choice. Unit 1 has more information about Assessment if you need clarification.

Once you have done this, email your participation document to cser@adelaide.edu.au

We will check the document against our analytics and send through a completion certificate with the modules that you have completed in about 2 weeks.

Thank you for your cooperation!

If you have finished, you can continue to share Digital Technologies resources and use the Google+ community - this is your space!

You are also welcome to pick and choose from the MOOC and the G+ resources and run your own professional development for your colleagues. Please continue to share your knowledge so that others are excited about Digital Technologies education!

Kindest regards,

Rebecca, Katrina and Nick



Completion Packages

2014-08-15

Dear everyone,

This week we have been sending out completion packages for those of you who sent the completion form to us.

Please check your email (and spam/junk folders if not in the inbox). Please check the documents to make sure the details are correct and if there are any issues please contact us at cser@adelaide.edu.au 

Thank you for your patience while we put together the packages. 

Looking forward to staying in touch in the Google+ Community with you all and keeping this area vibrant, growing and the resources (and feedback how lesson are working) building!

We have some exciting announcements about more digital technologies MOOCs coming VERY soon.... !!

 ~Rebecca


MOOC Certificates - Coming Soon!

2014-07-29

Dear All,

This is an update to let you know that we have received your completion documents (for those who have submitted it to us). 

We are currently in the process of exploring the course participation data and will return your certificates in 2 weeks time. You will receive your document via your nominated email account. Thank you for your patience and for your interest in receiving certificates!

We will have some information shortly about a Years 7-8 MOOC for later in the year, so stay in tuned! 

On another note, we have been busily working on a paper about the MOOC design and some preliminary data, which has been accepted as a paper in a special issue of Research in Learning and Technology called 'Addressing the challenges of a new digital technologies curriculum: MOOCs as a scalable solution for teacher professional development'. We will share the link with you all as soon as it is published. We are very happy that we have been able to share the design experience via this paper so that others (in Australia and in other international contexts) can learn from our experience. Thank you for your feedback and survey responses which helped inform us about how we can improve and what you liked about the MOOC. We will continue to share what we have learned in other papers.

It has been a pleasure working with you all and we hope that you continue to make use of the Google+ community and the course materials. We encourage you to share lesson ideas and content to each of the topics listed in the Google+ community.

In the mean time, keep in touch with our research ventures and activities on our new CSER blog at: http://blogs.adelaide.edu.au/cser/ or via our Twitter account @cserAdelaide

We will be in touch shortly!

Kindest regards,

The CSER Team

Katrina, Rebecca and Nick


It's nearly time for the final assessments to be submitted! June 30th!

2014-06-27

It's nearly time for the final assessments to be submitted for the 'completion certificates'!

We have set-up a reminder event here.

If you are running out of time, perhaps make your way through the 'core content', submit your tasks & come back to all the additional resources later? All course resources will remain free and accessible so remember to stay enrolled in the course and the community and continue to freely use the resources and continue sharing!

If you have completed some modules but won't be completing the rest, submit your completion document (Unit 9) and we can provide recognition for the modules that you did complete. Either way, we would love to hear your feedback and learn about how we can continue to support teachers in this learning area in this online survey.

Not long until we celebrate the community of free DT resources you have all constructed together! :)

All the best,

The CSER Team

PS: We have a new CSER website and blog, if you would like to keep up with our research news, events and published papers! 


MOOC Completion - 2 weeks away

2014-06-17

Hi All,

We hope for those of you who have been busily marking that everything has been going well! It's about 2 weeks until the completion documents are due for receiving a Certificate of Participation.

We've been receiving a number of MOOC completion documents for recognition of participation and have been enjoying viewing the tasks of those who are still making their way through the course! For those of you making your way through the tasks, you may find it easier to complete the completion document, located in Unit 9 as you go along.

While we encourage you to complete all the modules and tasks, remember you don't have to do everything in the course. For information about what is the minimum required to receive a Participation Certificate, go to the end of this lesson and view the assessment information.

The course officially ends at the end of June - however stay on the Google+ Community - continue to network with one another and share it with your colleagues and continue to use the amazing set of resources you have built together as an education community!

If you have any questions in the meantime, email us at cser@adelaide.edu.au

All the best,

Rebecca, Kat and Nick





Unit 9 : Obtaining a Certificate of Completion

2014-06-04

Good morning everyone!

As we are nearing the end of the course, for those of you seeking a Certificate of Participation in the MOOC, we have now released the details of this process in Unit 9

In Unit 9, we also have an optional survey (lesson 9.2) and an optional reflection task (lesson 9.3), which we are inviting you to voluntarily participate in, so that we can learn from your experience in the course. Your feedback and insight will help us improve future online courses and support for teachers implementing the digital technologies curriculum. Even if you did not complete the course or observed, or completed parts, we value your insight! 

Unit 9 describes the process for each, but if you have any questions, please let us know: cser@adelaide.edu.au

Remember - All #cserTasks and assessments are due on June 30th 2014.

Enjoy your day!

Rebecca


Course Completion - an extension!

2014-05-25

Hi everyone!  

We have had a few people mention that at the moment everyone is busy writing their student reports, and so are struggling a little to find time to complete the course. So, we've decided to extend the due date for completing the modules, tasks and the lesson plan until the end of June.

We will go ahead and post the final details for getting PD statements etc so that those of you that have already completed can move forward, but it will give some more time for everyone to participate - which is our goal!

Have a great weekend,
Kat 


Course Completion

2014-05-19

Hi everyone,

We have had a few questions regarding course completion, so I thought I would address these here in case others are interested as well.

In the first module, we described what needed to be completed in order to complete the course - all of the core lessons from all of the modules, as well as the complete modules and tasks for the Introduction, Data (Patterns and Play), Algorithms and Programming modules, as well as one other module of your choice. You also need to complete the lesson plan portfolio (https://csdigitaltech.appspot.com/assessment?name=28) including the peer reviews. The lesson plan portfolio is due on the 30th May, while the peer reviews are due on the 8th June.

At the end of the course (the 8th June), we will be downloading all of the student data from the MOOC to help us analyse who has completed what. We will also be asking you to register a list of your contributions to the community so that we can complete the PD statements - you only would need to do this if you would like the PD statements. As we have to do some of this analysis manually, it will take us a few weeks to get everyone's PD statements out to them.

I hope you have enjoyed the course - we have very much enjoyed working with you all, and exploring your contributions. The collection of amazing ideas and projects that has been developed during this course has been breathtaking!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us!

Kat


"Happy Friday" Bonus Video!

2014-05-09

Here's a little bonus video for your weekend viewing pleasure:

"Marco Tempest: And for my next trick, a robot" from TED 2014.

Marco Tempest, a 21st century illusionist, uses charming stagecraft to introduce EDI, the multi-purpose robot designed to work closely with humans. Marco demonstrates the robot's sensing technology and makes a case for closer human-robot relationships.

If showing this in the classroom, students could try and figure out how the sensors work and which "input" make the robot respond to Marco.

Enjoy!




MOOC enrolments and tasks

2014-05-05

Just a little update from the CSER Team!

We have had over 1250 people enrol in this online course to view the resources and we have over 420 posting resources on the Google+ Community site. This is a fantastic turn out! We hope you can spread the word to other educators that you know so that they can join and view all the amazing resources that are being shared!

Will you be able to access the resources after the course ends? Sure! We will be keeping all resources that are posted on the Google+ Community open and available to access after the course. This is a support resource for the Digital Technologies learning area that you have built together. Some of these are gradually being pinned on the CSER Pinterest Page too.

A note on the #cserTasks: Because there are over 420 people on the site actively posting, we just want to mention that it may be likely some people will have similar ideas or resources - and this is okay! Everyone will appreciate your input as well as your perspective (even if it is the same or similar to someone else's). You may build-on or adapt something someone else has suggested or a lesson you found on the Internet and mention how you would tailor it for your context. Many of our suggested activities came from existing ideas (such as CS Unplugged, Code.org, Teacher Blogs, etc.), that provided a springboard or which we adapted for a Digital Technologies lesson or to suit the Australian curriculum.

Not sure about how to implement an idea or need help? Feel free to use the CSER Google+ Community a place to springboard your ideas and seek input from your peers. We are all here to support one another and I see many friendly educators who would be willing to help.

Keep sharing your great ideas and if you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Rebecca


Pssst... here's a list of "10 Breakthrough Technologies" listed by MIT Review for your viewing interest...


Final Assessment Open for Access

2014-04-24

Good evening everyone,

We have opened up the final assessment - the lesson plan portfolio - for you to view and access when you are ready to begin working on it.

A big 'welcome' to those who have joined us recently! For those of you working through the modules, we have been loving all the resources that you have been sharing and the feedback being provided on the posts. We have particularly enjoyed seeing the resources you have been creating - such effort and thought! The Google Community Page is fast becoming a valuable resource of ideas for those who are looking to implement the new curriculum.

We look forward to seeing your lesson plans!

Have a safe long weekend.

Rebecca



Update to #cserTask3 Submission

2014-04-23

Good afternoon everyone!

Due to feedback on the submission process for the peer review assessment, we have adjusted the process. However, this will not affect those who have already submitted and have posted to the Google Community. 

Instead of using the peer review system, we will instead ask you just to post your resource for #cserTask3 to the Google Community Page and to select a minimum of 1 other post to peer review. For your peer review, simply comment on the post - indicating what you like about the resource, how you could see it being used and any other constructive suggestions.

This way, everyone will benefit from the rich discussions, feedback and suggestions and we can maintain building a community of resources together.

Please read the updated assessment task details for more information. 

We hope you had a happy long weekend! We will be back mid next week with our CSER Q&A hangout. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, if you have any questions you may still email us at cser@adelaide.edu.au 

Regards,

The CSER Team



Visual Programming Module now open!

2014-04-17

Hello everyone!

We have now opened the last module for access: Unit 7 - Visual Programming.

Keep working through the modules at your own pace and myself, Kat and Nick will be here if you have any questions.

We will hold the next Q&A session after the Easter break and we will let you know of the date and time shortly.

Keep posting your #cserTasks on the Google community - whichever module you are at. They are just fantastic! We have all been so happy to see such a vibrant community and amazing content being shared. 

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter break!

Rebecca


Unit 5 Information Systems - now open!

2014-04-16

Hi fellow #cserMOOCers!

Unit 5, Information Systems is now open and available for you to access. We hope you enjoy the module.

We have been opening the modules up this week for you so that you can work through them at your own pace and determine you learning path to suit your teaching and PD needs. We hope you are enjoying working through the course.

We welcome any feedback (in the forum space - link on the course website above) so that we can improve the course for future versions.

Cheers!

Rebecca


Unit 4 - Digital Systems is available!

2014-04-14

Hi everyone,

Fresh on the heels of Unit 6 opening up, here is Digital Systems as promised.Again, it's great to see so many people taking part! We hope you find Digital Systems as useful and engaging as the previous modules.

Thanks!
Nick.


Unit 6 - Algorithms & Programming Available!

2014-04-13

Hi everyone!

We hope you are enjoying the course so far, and have found the resources we are developing and sharing useful for your classrooms. It has been wonderful to see the amazing ideas that you have all been creating and sharing on the community page!

The remainder of the course units will be made available this week. We will be releasing a new unit each day, starting today with Unit 6 Algorithms & Programming. Tomorrow, we will release Digital Systems, followed by Visual Programming Environments and Information Systems.

We have changed the structure of the Visual Programming Environments unit slightly, in response to your feedback and the resources shared on the community page. I will update the table describing core and optional lessons in Unit 1 shortly to let you know what you need to complete in that unit in order to complete the course.

Kat


CSER MOOC Q&A Hangout Thursday

2014-04-08

We will be hosting our 3rd CSER MOOC hangout this Thursday (10th)! (4:30pm Adelaide Time).

Firstly we will begin by answering your course questions (post your questions in the Q&A tab from this event page).

This week, we will be joined by Dan Bowen (Twitter:@dan_bowen). Dan has previously been working in the UK in the area of computer science education and is now currently continuing his work in Australia. Dan will be sharing with us resources and you will have the opportunity to ask Dan questions!

This Hangout will be recorded for those who cannot make it (but be sure to post any questions you might have about the course or for Dan to answer!). We will put the video up in "Unit 8: Resources" on the course website and it will be accessible via our "CSER Digital Technologies Education" YouTube Channel.

See you then!


Unit 3- Data Representation- is live!

2014-04-07

Hi everyone,

Unit 3, "Data Representation" is live!

You will notice at the end of this unit, we have assigned your first peer assessment task! In these reviews, you will be asked to provide constructive feedback by pointing out what you like about the resource, how you could use it in the classroom and any ideas to improve the resource.

Of course, you can still continue working through the previous modules and post your #cserTask1 and 2 at your own pace. 

We look forward to seeing your #cserTask3!

~ Kat, Nick and Rebecca


On Air Live Q&A #2 Now on YouTube

2014-04-03

A huge thank you to Linda McIver for being our special guest today to share with us how her classes use real data for meaningful learning. Inspiring! If you'd like to view the Q&A#2, you can do so by clicking HERE.

If you'd like to find out more about Linda McIver's work and get in contact, you can find
Linda on Google Plus or have a look at her blog "Compute it Simple". Here's a link to Linda's blog and an article by Linda about using real data to solve real problems:http://computeitsimple.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/real-problems-real-solutions-real-education/

We'd like to make the Hangouts at the most convenient time for you. If you could take a minute to respond to a couple of questions on this survey, we will try to organise future hangouts at the best time for most people.

See you next week! 

The CSER Team


2nd Google Hangout this Thursday!

2014-03-31

This Thursday (3rd April) we will be holding our 2nd Live On Air Hangout for the #csermooc at 4.30pm (CST- Adelaide Time). To view or join the event, click HERE.

This week we will be joined by a guest, Linda, who will share with us an example of how her classroom explored real data for their learning activities.

We will be answering any questions you have about Unit 1 & 2. If you have a question, just post it in the Q&A on the event page by clicking on "Q&A".

The event will be recorded and posted on YouTube for those of you who cannot make it.

We would like to find out what times suit you best for future Google Hangouts and so we have prepared a short survey- just tick the boxes for the times you prefer or let us know another!


CSER Team.


Unit 2: Data - Patterns and Play Now Live!

2014-03-30

Hi everyone! Unit 2 is now live! We look forward to seeing your activities in the Community!

Remember, this is a self-paced course, so if you are still working through Unit 1, that's still okay! There will still be lots of other people posting content and you can still access the existing content.

Have a nice day!



Google On Air YouTube Videos

2014-03-27

Interested in finding out more about what this course is about? We have a couple of videos to share with you about the DT MOOC.

This week we held an On Air Hangout with instructors Katrina, Nick and Rebecca, welcoming you to the CSER MOOC course and answering your questions for week 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCk0XC9_6Hs&feature=share 

Stay tuned for the next Q&A session! 

Secondly, Sally-Ann and Tiffany from Google and Rebecca from CSER, discuss the CSER & Google Digital Technologies MOOC partnership and how open online communities offer opportunities for teacher professional development:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgnZGYWNTm0 

For more updates, follow our CSER Digital Technologies Page


First Google On Air Hangout Today!

2014-03-27

We will be hosting our first Google Hangout On Air today!

For the first Hangout, we will have course instructors Katrina, Nick and Rebecca to welcome you to the course and answer your questions about Unit 1 and the course in general. The session will start at 4.30pm- Adelaide Time (CST).

We will be using the "Q&A app" on the event page to collect your questions. We invite you to add a question/topic you would like us to discuss in the Hangout. The Hangout will be made public so that those of you who cannot join can view it later (but be sure to still add any questions you have!). We look forward to your questions and the hangout!

Follow this link to join and put your Questions up for discussion!


Have you set-up your Gmail account?

2014-03-25

Google have kindly offered to let us use their apps and tools to create this free course for you, so we are using this free platform, called Course Builder, to create the MOOC.

Because we are using Course Builder, you just need to create a Gmail Account (if you don't already have one) to use for the MOOC. Then, by logging in to your Gmail account you can come back to this website and register to access the course materials, community space and forum.

To create a gmail account, visit this link here. It's a very quick process, and then once you are done, you can come back to this page and register to access the materials and join the forums.

You can add as little or as much information to your profile, that's up to you! 

We hope you enjoy the course! If you have any questions (there is no such thing as a silly question!) email us at cser@adelaide.edu.au 


MOOC Terms of Use

2014-03-23

It is important that you read and familiarise yourself with the course Terms of Use. Your enrolment in the CSER Digital Technologies MOOC course signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use, as specified below.

This course uses Course Builder, a Google-based platform, and a Google+ Community Page for the course. Please familiarise yourself with the Google Privacy Information and Terms of Service.

We use Google Analytics to broadly view participant engagement and use of the course, with the goal to evaluate and improve the course and future versions. We may invite you to voluntarily respond to questions about your experience in the course, however this is not obligatory, and you decision will not affect your enrolment in the course. If we share an evaluation of our course in a research paper so that others may learn from our course design, individuals and schools will not be identifiable, and any findings will be reported in a broad, general sense. 

We respect your right to privacy and any information you provide directly to the CSER Group will not be sold or forwarded to any other organisations or individuals outside of the MOOC project. We will use your provided contact details to communicate with you about the course activities and announcements.

Please be mindful that we cannot ensure confidentiality for anything posted on the course forum or associated social media, as these are public sites. Please be mindful that the content you post may be viewed by the others and that you are solely responsible for the content you publish. For information about appropriate behaviour and use, please view the Google User Content and Conduct Policy.

The goal of this course is to support the professional development of teachers. All content produced by the CSER Group (unless otherwise stated by third-party websites and resources published by third-parties) is supported a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

By participating in the course, you agree that, any content you create and share for the course (unless developed by a third-party), is also under the same creative commons license. For more information the license, please visit the Creative Commons website. Additionally, please be mindful of content you post in the site and ensure that you do not infringe any copyright, licence or law.

If you have questions about the terms of use, please contact Associate Professor Katrina Falkner at katrina.falkner@adelaide.edu.au.


We are live! The CSER Digital Technologies F-6 MOOC has started

2014-03-23

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to welcome you to the the CSER DT MOOC which is now live! The materials for the first week are available on the course website, and we hope that you find them interesting and useful.

Don't forget to join the announcements lists, the forum and the community in this first week, and we look forward to sharing resources and ideas with you as we move through the course.

Kat


Join the MOOC Community Page

2014-03-15

In addition to the forum, we now have a Google Community Page set-up for the MOOC. Please join this community space as it will be used as a place for you to post your MOOC activities associated with the modules. We've organised this community into the 7 module topics.   If you have specific course questions or discussions we would like you to use MOOC Forum so that instructors and other participants can view and respond.  For those of you on Twitter, our CSER group has a profile @cserAdelaide where we share more broadly things our group are doing and computer science education content. Just to re-cap: Join our announcement group (to receive course updates)  Join the Course Forum  (for course discussions and Q&A) Join the MOOC Google Community Page  (for posting module activities)
(Optional) follow us on Twitter and use the #csermooc hash tag.


Course announcements and Forum for discussion

2014-03-13

We have now set up the course forums and announcement lists for use during the course. If you would like to have course announcements emailed to you, then please visit the following google group (http://groups.google.com/group/cser-mooc-announcements). On that page, please click on Join Group. In the dialog box that appears, under How do you want to read this group?, choose Email. You might also want to select the announcement for once a day so that you will receive any announcements promptly.

 If you would like to participate on the course discussion forums, and we hope that you will, please register for the web forum at http://groups.google.com/group/cser-digital-technologies-forum. On that page, please click on Join Group.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Course

2014-03-13


Will the course cost me anything?
No, this is a free course developed by the CSER Group at the University of Adelaide, with the kind support of Google and the teaching resources and feedback from teachers, experts and organisations working in this space.

Where will the course be held?
The course is completely online, hosted in Course Builder and the CSER Digital Technologies Google+ Page.

How much time will I need to invest?
We have estimated between 2-3 hours per module and you can complete the modules at a time that suits you. We realise teachers are pressed for time and want to make this work for you. You may work through modules at your own pace.

Will there be an assessment?
For each module, you might be asked to complete a short online quiz or practical activity that is aligned with the module concept. Final assessment will involve a peer-reviewed mini-portfolio of lesson plans.

Will I receive recognition? 

Certification of completion can be achieved by completing course modules and activities.

If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us at cser@adelaide.edu.au


Welcome to the CSER Digital Technologies MOOC

2014-03-09

Welcome everyone!

The CSER Digital Technologies MOOC is almost ready to launch, and we are looking forward to working with all of you. I thought it would be timely to share some more information about the MOOC, as we prepare for our first lessons.

In this course we will be covering fundamental concepts from the Digital Technologies Curriculum, focussing on F-6 and their associated learning objectives. The course will be taught across a series of units or modules, which each contain a series of lessons, which may be individual videos, or in some cases, web resources that refer to multiple videos and examples. We aim to include a wide range of possible example activities that could be used to explore the new learning objectives in the Digital Technologies curriculum, including some that do not rely on technology, and others that do. Our goal is to enable these learning objectives to be addressed in a flexible manner, regardless of the technology available in your classroom, and with reference to other knowledge areas.

This course is self-paced, which means that you can study it in whatever order you wish and at your own pace. We will be releasing content over the first few weeks, with all content released in Week 4. We will also be scheduling online discussions every week around some of the key points discussed that week, and other issues that you have indicated that you are interested in discussing.

There will be small activities associated with each unit, some will be multiple choice questions based on the content covered in the unit, while others will be less formal activities designed to spark creativity. The main assessment for this course will consist of a peer reviewed lesson plan portfolio, where during the course you will select and complete at least two lesson plans from an area of your choice, and a year band of your choice to be peer reviewed.