Use these resources for inspiration in your partnership.
If you would like us to add other resources, please contact us.
- Starting points
- Hands-on activities
- ICT in Practice projects
- Curriculum information
- Useful organisations and programs
- Funding and grants
- Ideas from partnerships
You might like to try these activities (with student worksheets) to get your partnership started. All the worksheets can be copied for use in the classroom.
- Arrange a site visit (PDF, 80KB)
- Organise a careers talk (PDF, 82KB)
- Get involved in the CREST Awards (PDF, 91KB)
Note: these files have been provided as PDF files to keep the file size as low as possible. If you'd like the files as Word documents, please contact us.
There are plenty of great, simple hands-on ICT activities that are ready to use in the classroom. Try these sites:
- Computer Science for Fun (CS4FN)
- Computer Science Unplugged
- Computational Fairy Tales
- Teach yourself to use Arduinos
- Scratch Jr programming
- Learning to Code
- Google's Computational thinking
- Byte Minded
- Instructables for Arduino
As part of an ICT in Schools partnership we are offering a special opportunity to be involved in an ICT in Practice project. An ICT in Practice project provides a context for partnership interaction and activity.
Projects are open to all new partnerships who are looking for a framework to build their ICT in Schools partnership. The projects could be used as a whole of class ICT exercise or project based learning. The projects could also be used as an extension activity by a teacher for a smaller group of students outside of the mainstream class.
The projects are representative of authentic ICT research and practice and are linked to the Australian Curriculum.
The ICT professionals working in the partnership will be able to showcase their careers, inspiring and engaging the next generation as they share their knowledge and enthusiasm for ICT.
ICT in Practise projects will commence in Term 3, 2015.
If this is your first foray into robotics then you may be interested in the Arduino project. This is a great way for you and your ICT partner to introduce some hands on programming that gives immediate feedback to your students. Arduinos are the ideal starting point for dipping your toes in the ocean of robotics.
Arduinos are open source and there is a huge user generated resource available on the internet. ICT in Schools has developed additional support material developed by teachers in our partnerships that step you and your students through using the Arduino.
Each partnership will be given a class set of Arduinos and support material.
Contact us at ScientistsInSchools@csiro.au if you are interested in this ICT in Practice project.
The Australian Curriculum is being developed progressively by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The Foundation to Year 10 curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history is now available on the Australian Curriculum website (external website).
ICT teacher associations run regional conferences plus offer plenty of resources and information about ICT teaching. The national Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) website includes links to each state and territory association.
Competitions can provide a great focus for a partnership. Try:
- CReativity in Scienct and Technology (CREST) awards (primary and secondary)
- Young ICT Explorers (aimed at Years 5 to 12)
- Engquest (primary)
- Science and Engineering Challenge (Year 9)
- BHP Billiton Science Awards
See also the list of complementary programs that might be useful for your partnership.
The following programs may be able to assist with funding for partnership activities.
- Schools First - open to all schools within Australia
- Rural Education Program
- GrantsLINK - lists of grants programs from across Australia
Run a tech fair
Volunteer scientist Jason Scholz helped his partner school set up a science fair, and in the process wrote a fantastic resource booklet to help students (and teachers!) develop science fair projects. He's kindly made the booklet available to download (Microsoft Word, 118KB).
Set up a website
A website can be a great way to record the work you do in your partnership, and can help long-distance partnerships stay in touch. Take a look at:
- The Moon Project with Dr Sarah Maddison and Hartwell PS
Find more ideas in the partnership showcases.