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#codingcounts

Science and technology have changed our world by transforming the way we live and the work we do. Our students need to be prepared to take advantage of the many opportunities in our increasingly digital world.

The #codingcounts discussion paper provides an opportunity for the community to join a conversation about the coding and robotics skills needed by students for their future and how schools can deliver innovative learning opportunities for all students.

Next wave – advancing education

Schools are already resourcing technology labs, investing in the skills of their teachers and extending student's interests and learning through robotics and coding clubs. The next wave is about developing every student's digital literacy, skilling young coders, nurturing young innovators and creating young entrepreneurs.

Highlights

To learn more about our exciting initiatives, view the #codingcounts discussion paper.

Fast track Digital Technologies from 2016

Fast-track Digital Technologies from 2016

Queensland will offer the new Digital Technologies Australian Curriculum from 2016 in state schools from Prep to Year 10, with teachers supported through professional development, teaching resources and scholarships.

Start-up the Queensland coding academy

Start-up the Queensland Coding Academy

Collaborating with industry and researchers in new ways to develop capabilities and provide opportunities for students and teachers to increase their skills and see the link between coding and robotics and their future.

Incubate the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Incubate the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

Providing opportunities for students to learn through real world experiences that will generate real pathways for our students into the world of work and further study and inspire them to be the creators of Queensland’s future.

Ideas into action

We have already begun putting some of these ideas into action...

Robotics in schools

Robotics in schools

Oakleigh State School engages students to learn through the innovative use of technology. Recent classroom learning experiences have included making green screen movies to create a weather forecast, using Minecraft EDU to bring story characters to life, developing coding skills to understand mathematics concepts and creating digital designs with 3D printing. The Oakleigh innovators of tomorrow also work with “Little Bits” (electronic building blocks), robots coded with colour and stop motion animation stations available during their lunchtimes.

Learning through collaboration

Learning through collaboration

At Tallebudgera State School, students, teachers and parents work together to use digital technologies to answer questions or solve real world problems. In doing so, students learn the intricacies of coding, computational thinking, problem solving and how to work with others to create digital solutions. Students use Scratch, Minecraft, online LEGO-building programs and HTML in their technological investigations.

Incubate the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Recognising the importance of STEM

In 2015 a senior robotics team from Kedron State High School will compete in the Foundation for Inspiring and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) World Championships in the USA, after winning the national championships in Sydney. Students at the school participate in two FIRST programs, which cater for students of different ages. Each program has its own robot and competition structure. Engineering and construction company Bechtel is a major sponsor of the successful robotics team. Such partnerships with industry continue to provide students with opportunities to see examples of the real world importance of STEM and partnerships between schools and industry.

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Last updated
15 October 2015