Published: 5 September 2016

QCEC Education Update

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No. 16 - 1 September 2016

NAPLAN Online video
The new Understanding NAPLAN online video that has been developed primarily for parents is available online.

Draft 2 senior syllabuses available for comment
The second drafts of 35 redeveloped senior syllabuses are available on the QCAA website until 14 September. Consultation with teachers and the wider community is an important part of the redevelopment process. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated as the QCAA works towards finalising the syllabuses in December.

New video animates reforms to senior schooling
A new animated video for school staff provides an overview of the processes that will underpin Queensland's new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system, set to commence with Year 11 students in 2018.

STEM X Acacdemy
The STEM X Academy is a five-day residential professional learning program from 8-13 January 2017 in Canberra, ACT. It is open to primary and secondary teachers. Applications open until 16 September.

Digital Technologies MOOCS
The three new Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Massive Open Online Course (MOOCS) will all be available for registration by 1 September. Further information is available via the CSER blog such as the appointment of project officers to support teachers and a national lending library for schools.​

Programming skills
Develop programming skills through a selection of online courses that are free and may get you started: Queensland Coding Academy, Code Academy and the Khan Academy offers free courses in Computer Programming and Computer Science.

ASEAN, India and Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnership Projects
Immersive and blended model of professional learning supports teachers and school communities to build an international school partnership with a sister school in Asia with links to the Australian Curriculum. Visit ASEAN BRIDGE program, India BRIDGE program,Indonesia BRIDGE program.

Barnardos Children’s Support Program
The 2017 funding round of Barnardos Children's Support Program (BSCP) Achieve grants is now open. Barnardos is a child protection charity that provides grants to assist children improve their education outcomes through better participation. Applications close 30 September.

Engaging Science Grants
The Engaging Science Grants support science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland.

Research Report on Retreats in Australian Catholic Secondary Schools
The Research on Retreats is a study of the views of teachers and senior students about retreats in Australian Catholic secondary schools.

Research and Reports
AITSL eNews August Edition
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) eBulletin August edition
Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Specialist - Background research for external assessment technology specifications
Literature reviews that informed QCAA syllabus redevelopment

Disability Action Week (DAW) 11 – 17 September 2016
This year’s theme is Inclusion: It’s a game changer. Disability Action Week is held annually to empower people with disability, raise awareness of disability issues and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community. Visit the website for further information and events.

Conferences and workshops
National Flexible and Inclusive Education Conference, Doing school differently, 15-16 September, Melbourne.
Research and Innovation in Classroom Assessment: International Perspectives, 21–23 September, Brisbane.
ACE 2016 National Conference, Changes and Challenges, 26-27 September, Sydney.
ACPET National Conference, Connecting Knowledge, Skills and Futures Through Innovation, 25-26 August, Hobart.
Work 2.0 Expo & Conferences, 24 – 25 October, Sydney.
Leadership with Insight & Innovation, 28-30 September, Melbourne
Improving Initial Teacher Education, 29-30 November, Sydney
Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference 27 -29 September, Sydney
Australian Council for Computers in Education Conference 29 September – 2 October, Brisbane
Australian Curriculum Studies AssociationSTEM, STEAM or HASS 14 - 15 October, Sydney

Student Competitions
Strange Nature is holding a written and multimedia competition where your students can win $500.
Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge (Year 3-12 and begins on 5 September)
FIRSTTech Challenge is a robotics program