Teach­ers im­prove their tech skills

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

It was the teach­ers who be­came stu­dents at a Unitec tech­nol­ogy course in dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies this month.

It’s one of the fastest mov­ing fields around.

To help keep up-to-date with the lat­est in app de­vel­op­ment, cy­ber se­cu­rity, ro­bot­ics and web de­vel­op­ment, more than 50 teach­ers from around New Zealand came to­gether at Unitec for the two-day Google­spon­sored Com­puter Sci­ence for High Schools (CS4HS) pro­gramme.

The work­shop is de­signed to give teach­ers the chance to re­fresh their skills and get the word on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments from those at the fore- front of com­puter sci­ence.

Unitec com­put­ing lec­turer Mahsa Mo­haghegh says there was plenty for teach­ers to sink their teeth into – from un­der­stand­ing the role robots play in health­care in an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, to be­ing able to build a mo­bile app from scratch.

Mo­haghegh is pas­sion­ate about cod­ing and gave the teach­ers an in­tro­duc­tion to pro­gram­ming us­ing App In­ven­tor 2.

‘‘It’s a visual based pro­gramme, it’s easy, in­tu­itive and a fun way of teach­ing the ba­sics of pro­gram­ming,’’ she says.

St Cuth­berts Col­lege maths teacher Ch­eryl Crabbe took part.

‘‘It is tremen­dously im­por­tant for teach­ers to con­tin­u­ally up­skill and try to stay up with what’s chang­ing but it’s very dif­fi­cult.

‘‘I came to try to im­prove my skills in the tech area and to get some hints and in­for­ma­tion around how to in­te­grate tech­nol­ogy into the class­room, and the shifts in learn­ing and teach­ing ped­a­go­gies.

‘‘It’s not just about the tools, it’s how you use them,’’ Crabbe says.

Lin­coln High School teacher Ruth Davey agrees.

‘‘It’s a chang­ing world and it’s‘ com­ing on all the time – the days when you knew ev­ery­thing are long gone,’’ she says.

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