ICT GISP Newsletter - Get the Gist!
Term 3, 2023
Almost the end of Term 3 now! Since we are in the extra exhausting phase of term 3, deep into assessments and planning, we wanted to give you a psychological rest in the form of a Spot the Difference puzzle, inspired by Summer. Plus, if you enter our competition (and get the answer right), you will be entered into our competition for a chance to win a pamper hamper, plus you will help us ensure that we have the right contact details for you and your school.
This term we also took part in National Science week - themed Innovation – we had an article published in the Information Age here - I welcome any views about how we can nurture innovation in our young people.
This edition also has a celebration of what we have achieved together; we look to reduce our emails and increase collaboration by using TEAMs; we have added an new section called “Helping Hand” where we have provided ready to use lesson plans – all curriculum 9.0 aligned – perfect for the last week of term; and as always, and welcoming new schools to the GISP – we are at 50 schools.
ICT GISP Project Manager
Hear from industry leaders about how emerging technologies are being incorporated into Agribusiness, and how these technologies are transforming traditional practices. Get hands-on with robotics and see demonstrations about telecommunications and drones while discovering how these skills can be used in the world of work.
16th November 2023 9.30am - 2:30pm
Central Queensland Innovation
Research Precinct (CQIRP)
Ibis Avenue, Rockhampton
RSVP 19 October 2023
QSITE CreativITy 2023: Technology in the Tropics
A two day conference that supports all educators of Digital Technologies, ICT and Digital Solutions.Run by educators for educators; CreativITy 2023 provides a great opportunity for professional learning related to Digital Literacy, Digital Technologies and Digital Solutions.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Therese Keane. View the full program HERE
18 - 19 September 2023
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
18-26 Cannon Street
Manunda QLD 4870
Click HERE to register for QSITE 2023
St Paul's School
St Paul’s is a Pre-Prep to Year 12 Anglican school with a vision to be leaders in educational thinking and practice. They equip young people for an uncertain future by providing an education worth having. Their purpose is to prepare resilient global citizens, who are innovative thinkers with a heart for servant leadership.
Maryborough State High School
Quality teaching is one of the cornerstones of this school. Their 3 key values of Respect, Responsibility and Results underpin their vision of 'Working Together towards Success'. One of the strengths at Maryborough State High is the partnerships between students, staff, parents and the community. These partnerships enable them to honour past traditions and to build new traditions for the future success of all students.
In the spirit of making our communication more efficient, we are planning to use TEAMs as a place for collaboration, sharing best practice and sharing events. You will soon receive a link inviting you to join our TEAM.
Update your Contact Details
Nobody likes an inbox full of emails they don't need!
When your school first joined the ICT GISP, we asked that you nominate the school team and elect one of the team members to be the primary contact. However, we know that these details can frequently change, and as the GISP continues to grow our contact list is starting to rival that of a social media influencer!
So, it's time to do an update of our records to ensure that the right people get the right information - and that nobody ends up with another email they don't want.
Play Spot the Difference - provide us with the number of differences you can spot while also updating your contact details for your chance to win a gift hamper! Entrants with the correct answer will be put in a draw and a winner will be selected at random (I have created a python program to work that out for me) and be notified via email on the 6th of October. The solution will be published in the next newsletter. Good Luck!
Click HERE to enter the competition and update your details
ACS Australian Schools Survey 2023
ACS is surveying Australian schools to understand the state of Digital Technologies and IT education and teaching. Nationally, student interest in technical subjects continues to fall and student performance in STEM subjects has declined. ACS is a leading professional organisation for information and communication technology and it wants to know how these declines can be addressed.
Data collected in the 2023 survey will contribute to the picture of teaching, resourcing and implementation of Digital Technologies Curriculum throughout Australia. Schools participating will have the opportunity to receive a summary report of survey results once the 2023 survey is complete.
Click HERE to complete the survey
Life to is too short for creating lessons plans from scratch, so here are three lesson plans we created for students between year 3 and year 10.
It was all created as part of National Science week - themed Innovation – we have an article published in the Information Age here - please feel free to download and use. Membership to Information Age is free. Perfect for the last week of term lesson.
© 2023. This work is provided under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
Top links to help your students find their passion in technology
ACS Masterclass: R Programming Part 2 – Data Modelling
Building on the ACS Fundamentals of R Programming Language Masterclass (available to view online in the ACS Member webinar library), join us for this code-along session, presented by expert Apurva Khemani.
Wednesday 6 September, 4:50 - 7:30pm
How you Might Build an Internship
Discover how to engage IT students in your workplace effortlessly and cost-effectively while establishing a sustainable talent pipeline.
Wednesday 27 September, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Location: TAFE QLD Coomera Campus
How to Market Yourself Beyond a Resume
This event is designed to help you consider strategies outside of the box to build your profile and career in tech. We’ll explore the free tools you can utilise and activities you can get involved in to build your career profile and boost your resume when applying for your first/next tech job role.
Wednesday 4 October, 3:50 - 6:00pm
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