IT bootcamps broaden teaching options

Recent technology bootcamps attracted 68 middle and primary schoolteachers from Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Haasts Bluff and Humpty Doo.

The three-day intensive workshops were provided by the department’s IT and Information Services, in partnership with Microsoft, and examined software including Windows 10, Makey Makey, TouchDevelop, Minecraft and MicroBits.

Technology Adoption and Innovation Manager, Monica Hilse, said the school holiday bootcamps addressed a range of topics, including the use of software in programming, and the creation of apps and virtual worlds.

“Teachers learnt design projects where students will collaborate to solve problems, and which integrate the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” she said.

“Teamwork will engage students in these STEM projects, and using development platforms like Minecraft will give them unlimited creativity.

“We explored different emerging technologies that support STEM project-based learning, including virtual collaborative worlds in Minecraft and app development. The teachers are excited to implement some of the new technologies in Term 3.” 

The bootcamps were held at the Mitchell Centre, Darwin, from 11 to 13 July.

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