The Australian Computing Academy provides primary and secondary educators with the intellectual, technical and practical leadership skills required to fulfil the ambitious goals of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.
Backed by $10 million funding from the Department of Education and Training, the Australian Computing Academy was launched in August 2017. In partnership with Grok Learning, the academy will deliver National Digital Technologies Challenges to support the Australian Curriculum until December 2020. By leading the academy, the University builds upon its long-term commitment to computing education in schools with the National Computer Science School (NCSS) and innovative online learning activities including the NCSS Challenge, MadMaker and Zero Robotics.
The academy has an unparalleled expertise and track record for delivering scalable, online, structured and differentiated classroom-ready challenges to support the Digital Technologies curriculum in close collaboration with the department and educational stakeholders. Our award-winning team has:
The Digital Technologies Challenges program involves 18 challenges of 4–5 weeks (similar to the University’s NCSS Challenge) for the Years 5–6 and Years 7–8 bands of the Digital Technologies curriculum.
The challenges are multi-week, in-classroom activities co-designed with educators to build into their lesson plans. They provide learning resources (interactive notes and videos); engaging, authentic, real-world problems that require content from those resources; and online support for teachers and students. Assessment is integral to this learning, providing immediate, detailed feedback to students and learning analytics designed to assist teachers.
The academy provides support for teachers in several ways, including teacher professional development workshops delivered throughout the country; an online virtual community for teachers; and a messaging and phone help desk to ask for content, technical or pedagogical support and discuss how teachers are using the activities in the classroom.
More information on the challenges can be found on the academy’s website.
If you would like to learn more about the academy and our activities, be informed about the release of the challenges, or find out more regarding the dates and locations of professional development workshops, please join our mailing list or contact the academy.