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Scitech and Alcoa are revolutionising the way digital technologies are taught in the classroom to equip students with the necessary digital skills to adapt and thrive in future workplaces.
Alcoa Champions of Digital Technologies is a new year-long professional learning program recently launched at Safety Bay Primary School with teachers from schools in the Kwinana, Rockingham and Mandurah regions.
The program provides primary school teachers across all year groups with support and resources which aim to increase teacher confidence and capabilities to integrate digital technologies into daily teaching.
The launch workshop saw teachers take on the role of students as they experienced some of the teaching methods and engaged with the micro:bit technology, pocket sized computers, used in the program.
Teachers experienced some of the teaching methods and engaged with the micro:bit technology.
This versatile technology can be incorporated into lessons across all subjects, for example used to code in a literacy lesson to increase student engagement in exploring storytelling and narrative structure, or enhance a numeracy lesson by using micro:bits to learn about data collection.
“Alcoa Champions of Digital Technologies was developed to meet the growing need for teachers to be skilled in leading digital and STEM based approaches that future proof students,” Commercial General Manager Megan O’Sullivan said.
“The program supports teachers to plan and implement learning opportunities which allow students to engage in STEM skills such as problem-solving, creativity and collaboration, applicable to any career pathway and industry.”
The program also develops teachers’ skills as mentors to be leaders in digital integration so they can pass on their knowledge to other teachers and help to shape their school’s ongoing digital teaching practices.
Alcoa Champions of Digital Technologies is an important part of Scitech’s commitment to support teachers and create opportunities to further their skills and knowledge in teaching STEM skills so they are ready to future-proof students for the jobs of tomorrow.