Golden Beach teacher takes out dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy award:

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RECOG­NI­TION: Tracy Slee­man has won an award for her teach­ing.

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