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Teaching the New NSW K-6 Science and Technology syllabus
Everything you and your teacher colleagues need to know to expertly teach the 2019 NSW
K-6 Science and Technology syllabus
(including hands-on coding and experimentation with a full range of robots and other technology)
 
12 months in development*, 21 hours of content
Held during out-of-class hours so you don't incur casual relief costs nor sacrifice class teaching time

The course is available all of term 4, 2018
Monday 15 October to Friday 21 December
AND all of term 1, 2019
Monday 28 January to Friday 12 April 
(you choose the dates that suit)


Includes
:
  • 9 hours individual self-study
  • 6 hours group learning/workshop at your school
  • 6 hours live instructor-led tuition and workshop at your school
  • Provided on free loan: all required technology including group laptops, robots, 3D printers and other specialised technology
PLUS

Enrolment in the NSW K-6 Science and Technology syllabus Unit of Work and Lesson Plan sharing forum
(the largest of its kind in NSW Primary teaching)

Fully NESA-endorsed as
21 hours NESA-approved Professional Learning.
Total cost:  $199 per teacher
*The unusual scope and quality of this course is thanks to the feedback we received from the 328 primary school teachers who attended our 2-day face-to-face version of this course over the past 11 months.  Their feedback assisted us in making incremental improvements to the course including a just-completed 3-month revision, culminating in a course unmatched in its effectiveness.

Pedacomp
Technology for Teaching

Course Summary
  • 9 hours of interactive self-study modules completed individually in your own time at your own pace
  • 6 hours group learning and group workshops, completed at your school, scheduled at times that suit you (we suggest over 2 weekday after-school afternoons 3:15pm to 6:15pm, or over a full Saturday).
  • 6 hours live instructor-led, hands-on learning and workshopping completed at your school over 2 weekday afternoons (3:15pm to 6:15pm) or over a full Saturday. 

    NOTE: The live interactive instructor-led, hands-on learning and workshopping is "Virtual" Face-to-Face using Pedacomp's state-of-the-art Virtual Classroom Learning Management System. The instructor is in our Sydney office and your teachers are at your school but they see each other and communicate live in real time as if they were in the same room  (see below for full details).

Designed to be suitable for teachers
at ALL technology skill levels,  from novice to expert


What the three components include

Component 1

Individual interactive self-study using Pedacomp’s online Moodle Learning Management System

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Completing the Individual Interactive Self-Study component of this Teaching the New NSW K-6 Science and Technology syllabus course will contribute 9 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

  • Divided into 18 interactive modules of approximately 30 minutes each.
  • Completed in your own time at your own pace
  • 4 of the 9 hours i.e. the Digital Technologies hands-on learning and experimentation modules must be completed prior to participating in the groupwork components
  • The remaining 5 hours, consisting of projects for the Living World, Physical World, Material World and Earth and Space Strands can be completed at any time
  • Modules are self-contained and need not be completed in one sitting
  • Content consists of:
    1. Digital Technologies hands-on learning:
      • Visual programming non-robot apps
        • Scratch Junior
        • Scratch
        • Alice
        • Apple Swift Playgrounds
      • Visual programming robot apps (in preparation for the group workshop and instructor-led hands-on sessions). 
        Robots covered are:
        • Dash & Cue from Wonder Workshops
        • Edison from Microbric
        • Sphero from Sphero
        • Mindstorms EV3 from Lego
        • Alexa voice robot from Amazon
      • Other important apps
        • TinkerCad (3D design)
        • Hewlett Packard Reveal (“augmented” reality)
        • Google Tour Creator (student-created Virtual Tours)
        • Google Science Journal
    2. Living World “how-to” unit of work projects:
      • Design and make a watering or irrigation system
      • Design and make a manually-operated mini greenhouse
      • Design and make a microcomputer-operated mini greenhouse
    3.  Physical World “how-to” unit of work projects:
      • Design and create magnet tricks
      • Design and make magnet projects such as an energy generator
      • Design and make a solar power generator with rechargeable battery storage
    4. Material world “how-to” unit of work projects:
      • Design and create a weaving loom
    5. Earth and Space “how-to” unit of work projects:
      • Design and make a Parabolic Mirror Sun energy collector
      • Design and make a daylight Moon viewing telescope
      • Design and make a mini digital fire warning system
      • Design and make a mini digital flood warning system

Component 2

Group learning/workshop

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Completing the Group learning and workshop component of this Teaching the New NSW K-6 Science and Technology syllabus course will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.3.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 3.7.2, 4.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

  • Completed in groups of 4 teachers per group. (Can support “virtual” participation by teachers unable to be at the physical location).
  • Uses Pedacomp's Learning for Groups interactive Moodle Learning Management System .
  • Includes
    • syllabus unpacking
    • syllabus analysis and discussion
    • scoping and sequencing
    • unit of work and lesson plan design and development
    • expert guidance on how to facilitate learning of and use by students of the four thinking skills in the syllabus: Computational thinking, Design thinking, Scientific thinking and Systems thinking
    • expert guidance on how to embed big question, project-based learning into the syllabus’s Inquiry, & Focus emphasis
    • expert guidance on how to integrate the syllabus’s Design and Production, Working Scientifically and Values and Attitudes objectives into the Knowledge and Understanding outcomes and content in the five strands of Digital Technologies, Earth and Space, Living World , Material World and Physical World (a mouthful, but the unpacking clarifies it all).
  • Workshop segments are completed in groups of 4 with each group reporting a summary of its ideas to the room after each segment. 
  • Conducted at your school for your teachers
  • If conducting it at your school is not feasible for your school your teachers can attend at a nearby participating school. 
    Alternatively
    our Virtual Classroom Learning Management System enables teachers in diverse locations to join any group from any Internet-capable location as if they were in the same room (see below).

Component 3

Live instructor-led learning and workshop


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Completing the Live instructor-led learning and workshop component of this Teaching the New NSW K-6 Science and Technology syllabus course will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 2.6.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Live instructor-led (via Pedacomp’s state-of-the-art Virtual Classroom, Learning Management, Cloud Computing system) hands-on coding of and experimentation with primary school level robots, technology devices and technology apps   
  • Live, real-time, led by an expert instructor
  • Hands-on coding of and experimentation with robots
  • Appropriate to each and all of years K to 6
  • Robots include
    • BeeBot
    • Dash & Cue
    • Edison
    • Lego Mindstorms
    • Sphero
    • Amazon Alexa voice communication robot
  • Hands-on experimentation with non-robot primary school-relevant technology including
    • Magnet Energy Project
    • Google Cardboard 3D visualisation
    • 3D printing
    • Hewlett Packard HP Reveal "augmented reality"
  • Immediate, live assistance from a team of highly trained technical and content experts

In addition to the above content you receive a full set of post-course resources:

  • A comprehensive set of invaluable content analysis spreadsheets.  We’ve provided a sub-set of these for you to examine (click here)
  • Unlimited perpetual access to the complete set of course resources, videos and training materials
  • Participation with thousands of other primary school teachers across NSW in an immensely valuable sharing forum of Units of Work and Lesson Plans

What participating schools need to provide

  1. A suitable room with a projector and projector screen.  If you do not have a projector and screen Pedacomp can rent you a suitable auto-popup screen and/or a suitable easy-to-use projector
  2. Good quality WiFi access.  If you do not have a room with good quality WiF but you do have a room with an in-wall network adapter we can rent you for the duration of your sessions a plug-and-play WiFi kit that will connect to the in-wall network adapter and give you good quality WiFi in the room
  3. At least one tablet per group of 4 teachers (the tablet can be iPad or Android).  If you do not have sufficient suitable tablets we can rent you tablets for the duration of your sessions

We will provide on no-fee loan to hosting schools:

For each group of 4 teachers:

  • A pre-configured Windows laptop fully plug-and-play so that it only needs to be turned on to automatically boot up ready.  The laptop provides the 4-teacher group with all the teacher learning resources, interfaces and materials, as well as automatically implementing the Virtual Classroom for its group
  • An auto-configured plug-and-play LCD monitor (only needs to be connected to the laptop and turned on to work) to act as a duplicate monitor to enable all teachers in the 4-teacher group to see the laptop screen
  • A plug-and-play rotunda of 4 keyboards and 4 mice (only needs to be connected to the laptop to enable all members of the group to have simultaneous  participation in and control of the laptop for hands-on work)
  • A plug-and-play set of 4 headsets to facilitate viewing of the video material in case some groups in the room are having discussions whilst other groups are trying to watch and listen to video learning resources
  • a robot set including one of each of the following robots:
    • Bee Bot
    • Dash
    • Edison
    • Sphero
  • A Neodymium Magnet Energy Project  

For each participating teacher:
     
.  A Google cardboard-compatible Virtual Reality headset

For each hosting school one of each of the following (to be shared between the groups at that venue):

  • A Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot
  • An Amazon Alexa Dot Communication robot
  • A 3D printer

Summary

As described above the course and workshops consists of 3 components:

  1. 9 hours on line individual self-study
  2. 6 hours group learning/workshop at your school
  3. 6 hours live instructor-led tuition and workshop at your school

We refer to these as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd components in the explanation below.

The 1st component is completed by individual teachers in their own time where and when it suits them.  However they must all have fully completed this component before the commencement of your components 2 and 3.

The 2nd and 3rd components require a location where your teachers can work in groups of 4.  Your teachers utilise specially pre-configured, ready-to-go, plug-and-play laptops and other equipment we ship on loan to you.  There is no extra fee for the loan of this equipment; the cost is included in the $199 per teacher fee.

If for some reason one or more of your teachers cannot be physically present at your school they can still participate from a remote location via our "virtual classroom" system.

The 2nd component, the 6 hours group learning/workshop can be scheduled for whenever suits you. However this component must be fully completed before the commencement of your 3rd component.

The 3rd component, the 6 hours live instructor-led tuition and workshop can be scheduled for whenever suits you within the constrains that
1) the 2nd component must be completed before this component can be commenced,
2) our instructors conduct sessions over two consecutive weekday after-school afternoons, i.e. Mondays & Tuesdays or Wednesdays & Thursdays, and on full-day Saturdays, and
3) the total overall numbers for any session are of necessity restricted so early booking is advised.

The Monday & Tuesday and the Wednesday & Thursday sessions run from 3:15pm to 6:15pm.  The Saturday full-day session runs from 9:15am to 4:15pm with 20-minute morning and afternoon tea breaks, and a 40-minute lunch break.

There is a section in the School Booking form for you to advise us of your preferred dates for your 2nd and 3rd components.  We need to know your dates for the 2nd component as well as the 3rd, as although the dates for your 2nd component can be more flexible than the 3rd with their not requiring the same allocation of our instructor's time as the 3rd component does, we nevertheless need to register your 2nd component dates to ensure we dispatch the loan equipment in time for use by your teachers.

The 3rd component must be scheduled to commence after the 2nd component completes. 
It is preferable for the 3rd component to be scheduled as soon as possible after the 2nd component completes, as a delay between these two components may require us to charge rental fees for the equipment for the unused days.

Teacher enrolment and payment 

The school booking form is for registering your school's participation. After you have submitted that form your teachers can self-enroll here (or you can email us a spreadsheet with their details in Firstname, Surname, Email columns if that is easier for you)

There is a minimum fee per school of 4 x teachers @ $199 each = $796.  Additional teachers above the four are charged at $199 each.

Your school will be invoiced for the $796 upon making your booking.  The $796 entitles you to four no-fee teacher enrolments. 

The fee for further teacher enrolments is payable as a deposit of $99 at the time of the teacher's enrolment with the balance of $100 payable upon the teacher's completion of the final instructor-led session.

Refunds for monies paid by schools that find they need to cancel will be made in full if the dates cancelled can be allocated to other schools and teachers.  Pro-rata refunds will be made if partial allocations to other schools and teachers can be made.

NOTE:  If your school is not able to host components 2 and 3 your teachers can still participate in the full training by completing component 1 in their own time and, for the 2nd and 3rd components join with teachers at a suitable nearby hosting school (details of which we can advise you). 
See the Teacher Enrolment page for more information.


What participating schools need to provide

  1. A suitable room with a projector and projector screen.  If you do not have a projector and screen Pedacomp can hire you a suitable auto-popup screen and/or a suitable easy-to-use projector
  2. Good quality WiFi access.  If you do not have a room with good quality WiF but you do have a room with an in-wall network adapter we can hire you for the duration of your sessions a plug-and-play WiFi kit that will connect to the in-wall network adapter and give you good quality WiFi in the room
  3. At least one Apple or Android tablet per group of 4 teachers (the tablet can be iPad or Android).  If you do not have sufficient suitable tablets we can hire you tablets for the duration of your sessions

(If your school is not able to host the 2nd and 3rd components for your teachers they can still participate by selecting to attend a nearby hosting school for those components).