West Coast Digital Technologies forum at Zeehan Primary School to engage teachers with modern technology


West Coast Digital Technologies forum at Zeehan Primary School to engage teachers with modern technology

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West Coast teachers will be encouraged to think about how modern technology can be used to engage students tomorrow. About 60 teachers from Zeehan, Rosebery Strahan and Queenstown are expected to attend the West Coast Digital Technologies forum being held at the Zeehan Primary School throughout the day. The forum is run by Intuyu Consulting, an education firm with a focus on promoting learning through technology, and founder Dr Adrian Bertolini said the forum is about providing teachers with the tools to implement the use of technologies in the classroom. Dr Bertolini has an engineering PhD and a computer science degree, and realised many students were leaving school without some essential skills when he taught aerospace engineering at RMIT. “I was literally teaching rocket science,” Dr Bertolini said. “The students needed to be top ten per cent of all the high schools in the state and they came to university and they struggled. “We would lose 30 per cent of them in the first year and that was an issue for me. Here are these students who have done really well, and they hit uni and they fail for the first time.” Dr Bertolini said that experience led him to found Intuyu in an attempt to provide students with the necessary skills of modern technology before they get to university. “My keynote [at the forum] is really about the world we are preparing students for, and how does one plan for this?” Zeehan Primary School principal Sharon Woodberry said the forum will be a starting point for teachers to better engage their students. “It is the future isn’t it,” Ms Woodberry said. “For early career teachers, this is their world. This is what they can grab and really engage their kids , they can integrate digital technology with their math and english and science. “The more you provide [students] with opportunities, the more they can use it to apply to their own interests.” Ms Woodberry said it was particularly important on the West Coast, which is home to industries where students’ parents might work but which likely be automated by the time they hit the job market. “We are remote, but we are connected with the wider world,” “We’ve got huge industries that are in that world of digital technologies and we need to be in the mindset of changing what our jobs are. “We don’t know what the jobs will be, we don’t what the skills needed will be.” She said that for that reason, it was important the schools on the West Coast continue to work together. “We won’t solve it tomorrow, but we’ll keep working on it.” While you’re with us, did you know that you can now sign up to receive breaking news updates and daily headlines direct to your inbox? Sign up here.

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