Welcome to Term 4, 2023!
ICT GISP Newsletter
Welcome to the start of term 4 - we are on the home stretch now…10 weeks to go! There is always so much happening in the final part of the year - reporting, year 12 final assessments, awards evenings, festivities, planning for 2024 - in addition to our day job, on the frontline of education, that vocation, to help young people.
There are several industry partner events available to you this term, ranging from wonderfully informative sessions run by our ACS chapter friends, to incredibly fun e-sport events - and some are even free. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities you get as a member of the ICT GISP family, and remember to share these with your colleagues and students.
We have extended our Pamper Hamper Competition cut off – entries close Friday the 13th of October, so please take a few seconds to “spot the difference”. You will be helping us update our contact details and you get a chance at winning a gift just for you - or hey, re-gift for Christmas!
Have a fantastic last term of 2023.
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
FUSE Esports Festival
Australia's largest live school esports gathering. Live competitions, open to the public, racing simulator competition, VR competitions, retro gaming zones, loads of prizes, food trucks and an esports education and industry conference over 2 amazing days!
We have a small amount of complimentary tickets for our teachers (max. 2 per school). Please reach out to Matthew Jorgensen for more details.
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!
We are extending the deadline for the competition to give you all a chance to settle back in after holidays. This will now be drawn on LUCKY FRIDAY THE 13th of OCTOBER!
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
Mental Health in the Technology Profession
In an industry filled with super intelligent, vibrant and diverse minds, why is the subject of mental health and neurodiversity still a subject avoided by so many? We’d like to change that. Join the ACS GC Chapter and hear from mental health professionals and mental health journeys from your peers.
Tuesday 10 October, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: TAFE QLD Coomera Campus
Australia’s Premier High School Esports League!
Be part of the premier competition for competitive Australian high school esports providing the best competitive platform for your school to succeed and be recognised on a national scale. Open to all skill levels!
Registrations close October 12th.
Why an all-hazards approach to security is crucial
We are living in a time of exciting and rapid technological innovation, creating great economic and social opportunity. Whilst our fast-paced lives are increasingly lived online, sophisticated cyber criminals seek to take advantage of the vulnerable, at home and at work. At the same time, physical security remains crucial to protecting both your business and your employees. No one can afford to drop their guard.
Monday 23 October, 7:00am - 9:30am
Location: JCU Cairns
The 4Ps of any cyber security strategy
Co-presented by ACS, JCU and nbn, the event is bringing People, Process, Policy and Partners together to build a cyber risk aware culture.
Wednesday 25 October, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Smart Precinct NQ, Townsville
Cyber Security and Keeping Springfield City Safe
Delve into considerations around cybersecurity and keeping Springfield’s businesses and community safe, with a keynote presentation from renowned cyber expert Brian Hay.
Thursday 26 October, 7:00 - 9:30am
Location: Brighton Homes Arena - Upper Bar
16 Eden Station Drive, Springfield Central QLD 4300
Generative AI Unleased: Transforming Industries and Careers
Captivating keynote presentation that explores the rapidly emerging potential of Generative AI, exemplified by ChatGPT, and its transformative impact across various sectors. Following this keynote, a panel of leading technologists and small business founders will delve into the practical applications and far-reaching implications of Generative AI in business.
Wednesday 8 November. 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: UniSQ, Toowoomba
We've always got something on the go here at ICT GISP. Keep up to date with what we've been doing by checking out our news page!
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