Golden Beach teacher takes out digital technology award:
THE Year 6 class at Golden Beach State School are in good hands – their teacher has won a national award.
Tracy Sleeman has just been titled Digital Technology Teacher of the Year for her outstanding teaching ability.
“It’s a joint award between Australian Council of Computers and Education and the Australian Computer Society. It’s an inaugural award at a national level,” Mrs Sleeman said.
“The reason I was nominated was because I won the QSITE Digital Technology Teacher of the Year.”
The QSITE (Queensland Society of Information Technology Education) is a body in Queensland; each state has a different institution where one teacher from the relevant state won the title of Digital Technology Teacher of the Year. The winning state candidates were then put forward for the national award.
There’s no doubt Mrs Sleeman is well deserving of the title due to the way she teaches in teh classroom.
“Basically, the curriculum focuses on future proofing, so we’re not teaching actual devices. We’re teaching computational and design thinking,” she said.
“Things like algorithms and the sequence of steps to solve a problem. Systems as well, such as how everything works and goes together.
“For example, when you click a button and it connects to Wi-Fi. But learning how that works, how information gets transferred across, how the system and mechanics work.
“It’s a whole new way of thinking.”
Mrs Sleeman is teaching the kids of the future in an era where digital systems and problem solving are important tools.
RECOGNITION: Tracy Sleeman has won an award for her teaching.