Anne Ballard, our SACE IT expert, has been informed of a free workshop intended to introduce two teaching modules which fit directly into the SACE curriculum.  Although this session is not run by CEGSA we can see how valuable this will be to many IT teachers and so wanted to make sure that you had had the opportunity to book your slot!

It’s planned as a very, hands-son session and focuses on the use of Alice as well as the content in the core topic “Computers and Communication Systems”.  The whole course has been paid for by Google and so is FREE of charge to attendees.  The closing date  for enrolments is Dec 19th so there is a very tight turn around on this one!  Register here


(taken from the CS Site)

CS4HS is a free professional development program run by the School of Computer Science to provide high school teachers with resources to help them teach computer science principles to their students in a fun and relevant way. The workshop content caters for the needs of high school IT teachers in South Australia, but it is also of interest to Maths and middle-school teachers.
We know high school teachers are very time-constrained, so we are not just presenting new activities but providing ready-to-use materials that teachers can download and put into practice straight away. We will provide support and schedule a follow-up session at the end of semester 2.

 Register here


 When: 23-24 January 2012: CS4HS Workshop
Where: The University of Adelaide
Innova Building, North Terrace campus
Cost: Free of charge! but places are limited so you must register here by the 19th December 2011.
More Info: For more information contact us at or call (08) 8313 5762
Register here


This is the provisional workshop timetable

Full attendance is recommended but we will also provide attendance certificates for 1 day or 2 mornings.

Monday 23 January 2012 Tuesday 24 January 2012
8:00- 9:00 Registration 8:30- 9:00 Registration
9:00- 9:30 Welcome & Workshop introduction 9:00-10:00 Introduction to CS unplugged
9:30- 11:00 Alice workshop
Hand-on experience for beginners
10:00-11:00 Talk by Google / CS4fun
11:00- 11:30 Morning Tea 11:00- 11:30 Morning Tea
11:30- 12:15 Introduction to Puzzle Based Learning 11:30- 12:15 CS unplugged – Systems and hardware
12:30- 13:15 PBL activities 12:15- 12:45 CS unplugged – Networks
13:15- 14:00 Lunch 12:45- 13:30 Lunch
14:00- 17:00 Unit 1: Programming with Alice

      Introduction (30 minutes)
      Group work (2 hours)
    Wrap-up and feedback (30 minutes)
13:30- 16:30 Unit 2 Computers and Communication Systems

      Introduction (30 minutes)
      Group work (2 hours)
    Wrap-up and feedback (30 minutes)
16:30 pm Workshop wrap-up
Register here

Useful links

  • CS Unpluggled is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. No computer equipment needed, hence the name. YouTube channel for CSunplugged has videos to support/show how to run the activities.
  • Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
  • CS for Fun is a site which shows present interdisciplinary computer science research in a fun, accessible and offbeat way.
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