Digital Technology Teacher Resources
Classroom management of iPads with iOS11
Presented by Kale Kingdon - ASI Solutions
Classroom 2.0 for iPad app
- Manage a classroom of iPads, individually or in groups
- See and control student iPads
- Lock and unlock iPads remotely
- Share an iPad display using Apple TV
- Internet content can be saved as a shareable PDF minus ads
- Share folders can be used for student submissions
- iPad usage by app analytics can be reported and emailed
Tec-NQ Applied STEM in trades
Presented by Ross Jorgensen - Tec-NQ
For years 10.5 to 12.
Tec NQ and JCU used thier combined skills to make a FSAE race car.
This required race specification analysis, carburator design, mathematics for fuel volumes, 3D drawing, 3D printing in plastic and machining in metal.
Tec NQ uses Moodle to provide teaching resources, student submissions, forums and marking.
STEM is also present in electrical analysis tools, engine analysis tools and environmental monitoring.
Scratch your own itch
Presented by Lindsay Ward - JCU
Play with technology and learn along the way.
Look for repetitive situations and try to automate them.
- Rename files in bulk
- Create a HTML web page menu file to a directory of files
- Alter spreadsheets into a desired format. e.g. Solar inverter CSV file to a PVOutput chart.
- Use Raspberry Pi for home automation. Home Assistant is an open source project. Investigate it parts.
Projects in Arduino
Presented by Trent Welsby - Annandale Christian College
Arduino is a credit card sized microcontroller. Learn to code on hardware costing less than $30.
- Digital Input and outputs
- Analog inputs and outputs
- Serial communications
- Electronic breadboards can extend the circuits from Arduino
- C like programming language. Arduino development environment is free with sample code
- USB cable to program and provide power
- DC power only to run your code
Connect Arduino to LED lights, sensors, motors, displays, relays, switches etc. Look for Arduino sensors as a package. e.g. 37 sensor kit.
There are also companion circuit boards (shields) such as robot motor controllers, networking, LCD displays, multi sensor boards, multi relay boards etc.
There is a series on Arduino training resources at https://bronsonp.github.io.
Scientists / Mathematicions / ICT Professional in Schools
Presented by Brendan Lucas
This is a program matching STEM professional with schools. Brendan works with St Joseph's and Hermit Park State Schools.
It began with a Raspberry Pi (single board computer) and weather station kit competition. 1000 kits were given away with open source code.
Python programming language can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux (Raspberry Pi can use Linux).
Students were given 30 lines of code to type in and run. They could modify it once it was operational.
Hermit Park school has a long term project to have real time monitoring of thier hydroponics. e.g. Remote control and web page status.
CS Unplugged is a teaching resource. Computer Science without a computer.
It teaches computational thinking with games and puzzles.
How the JCU Design Sprint could be adapted for schools
Presented by Dianna Hardy, JCU
The initial prompt for this was to improve group collaboration skills for ACS accreditation.
A secondary consideration was to avoid Zombie jobs (jobs likely to be automated soon).
4 steps in design thinking:
- Understand the problem
- Develop possible solutions
- Prototype, test and refine
Group collaboration skills were learnt quickly. Group progress was rapid. In one day they solved what would have taken 6 months using meetings.
Raspberry Pi and Pi Net - Cheap computer room
Presented by David Vize, Townsville State High School
Pinet(free) uses a PC / laptop to act as a server to a group of Raspberry Pi Linux client computers.
The server can push out settings and updates to the clients. It can act as a file server, message server and can control user accounts.
The server operating system is Ubuntu Linux. This can be loaded on the PC directly or as a virtual machine on top of a Windows/Mac computer.
Pinet can setup the microSD storage cards that will be used in the Raspberry Pi.
The Ethernet network can be run without the Internet. Monitors with USB power could power the Raspberry Pi (USB <= 10 watts).
Skills gained include Linux admin skills, network setup, computer setup, programming and command line skills.
An alternative could include Linux installed on older computers.
Another alternative is Chromebook / Chromebit browser based computers.
3D Design with TinkerCAD
Presented by Tricia Lonergan, Holy Spirit Catholic School
TinkerCAD allows a classroom to 3D design online.
The users need one parent/teacher account. Students can use an alias to connect to the parent/teacher.
Tutorials are present to introduce 3D design. The teacher can see each of the student's designs.
Save your 3D designs as .STL files for 3D printers.
Holy Spirit Catholic School students designed 3D letterboxes.
There is a 2nd section to this website to teach electronic circuits and Arduino. 3D printing could be used to build circuit enclosures.
My Scientist in School Resourceshttps://www.slideshare.net/matthewbulat/computing-and-you-advancing-yourself-and-avoiding-the-pitfalls
Career Research ResourcesA Snapshot of Australia Digital Future to 2050
Australia's Digital Pulse
See more industries at https://www.myfuture.edu.au - The Facts - Industries
The web page was inspired from a Qsite meeting in Townsville. Lots of great people driving Digital Technology education in Townsville.
Skill smart for the future.