Teachers improve their tech skills
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.