Dr James Curran | Chief Executive Officer & Director
Grok Academy

Dr James Curran, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Grok Academy

Dr. James Curran is the CEO of Grok Academy, a charity that combines Grok Learning and the Australian Computing Academy from the University of Sydney, where James was an Associate Professor in Computer Science.
Grok Academy’s mission is to educate all learners in transformative computing skills, knowledge and dispositions, empowering them to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future.
James is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 22,500 students and teachers participate in the 5-week NCSS Challenge.
James was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and consults with curriculum authorities around Australia. In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.

Appearances:



Day 1 @ 09:40

Highlighting the core changes in the Digital Curriculum 2022? Cyber, Data and Privacy

Find out more about changes to Cyber, Data and Privacy in the Digital Technologies Curriculum from one of the curriculum authors, Dr. James Curran.

Day 1 @ 09:50

Panel: Why cyber security is vital, not just for students, but Australia at large

Hear from cyber security experts on the need for all Australians to be cyber secure at home, school, and work.

Day 1 @ 12:20

Panel: What are the essential skills requirements for business and industry? Why are we teaching digital skills?

Industry leaders from Telstra and Accenture discuss what essential skills are required to ensure the future economic success of Australia.

Day 1 @ 13:00

Understanding the Digital Technologies curriculum (primary/secondary)

The Digital Technologies subject is more than just programming and networks – it is constructed on the foundation of a series of core concepts that not only define the progression of knowledge and skills students develop from Foundation to Year 10, but by their very nature help students become digitally capable citizens. In this talk, we’ll deep-dive into the principles behind the design of the subject, and the decisions made to ensure it remains relevant as technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

For more information about the AC:DT please visit our Understand the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies site.

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary and Secondary teachers (F-12) and pre-service teachers interested in developing a greater understanding of the fundamental principles and core concepts of the Digital Technologies subject.
  • Curriculum coordinators and school leaders seeking a greater understanding of the place of Digital Technologies in the broader school curriculum.

Day 1 @ 13:40

Digital Literacy vs. Digital Technologies: understanding the differences (primary/secondary)

Version 9 of the Australian Curriculum has brought with it updates to both the Digital Technologies subject and the Digital Literacy capability (previously ICT). In this talk, we’ll go through the things that make each of these parts of the curriculum unique, and how this can inform the design of learning programs across all Learning Areas.

Who Should Attend?

  • All Primary and Secondary teachers (F-10) – find out how student learning in Digital Technologies can enable rich opportunities in other learning areas
  • School Leaders, Curriculum Coordinators and ICT Integrators seeking to understand the role digital literacy plays in the delivery of effective digital integration across Learning Areas.

Day 1 @ 14:00

Workshop - Digital Literacy vs. Digital Technologies: understanding the differences (primary/secondary)

Day 1 @ 14:40

Prerequisites for an effective Digital Technologies programme (primary/secondary)

Delegates are invited to join the Digital Technologies Curriculum authors to hear a range of strategies for rolling out the Digital Technologies subject effectively in your school. Take this opportunity to find out about some of the resources that have been developed specifically to help your staff and support your students as they meet the challenges of the future.

Who Should Attend?

  • School leaders seeking to better understand how they can support the effective delivery of Digital Technologies in their school.
  • Primary and Secondary teachers (F-10) looking to make a case to their school leadership teams to increase the profile of Digital Technologies in their school.

Day 2 @ 10:00

Prerequisites for an effective Digital Technologies programme (primary/secondary)

Delegates are invited to join the Digital Technologies Curriculum authors to hear a range of strategies for rolling out the Digital Technologies subject effectively in your school. Take this opportunity to find out about some of the resources that have been developed specifically to help your staff and support your students as they meet the challenges of the future.

Who Should Attend?

  • School leaders seeking to better understand how they can support the effective delivery of Digital Technologies in their school.
  • Primary and Secondary teachers (F-10) looking to make a case to their school leadership teams to increase the profile of Digital Technologies in their school.

Day 2 @ 11:20

Understanding the Digital Technologies curriculum (primary/secondary)

The Digital Technologies subject is more than just programming and networks – it is constructed on the foundation of a series of core concepts that not only define the progression of knowledge and skills students develop from Foundation to Year 10, but by their very nature help students become digitally capable citizens. In this talk, we’ll deep-dive into the principles behind the design of the subject, and the decisions made to ensure it remains relevant as technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

For more information about the AC:DT please visit our Understand the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies site.

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary and Secondary teachers (F-12) and pre-service teachers interested in developing a greater understanding of the fundamental principles and core concepts of the Digital Technologies subject.
  • Curriculum coordinators and school leaders seeking a greater understanding of the place of Digital Technologies in the broader school curriculum.

Day 2 @ 14:00

Digital Literacy vs. Digital Technologies: understanding the differences (primary/secondary)

Version 9 of the Australian Curriculum has brought with it updates to both the Digital Technologies subject and the Digital Literacy capability (previously ICT). In this talk, we’ll go through the things that make each of these parts of the curriculum unique, and how this can inform the design of learning programs across all Learning Areas.

Who Should Attend?

  • All Primary and Secondary teachers (F-10) – find out how student learning in Digital Technologies can enable rich opportunities in other learning areas
  • School Leaders, Curriculum Coordinators and ICT Integrators seeking to understand the role digital literacy plays in the delivery of effective digital integration across Learning Areas.

Day 2 @ 14:20

Workshop - Digital Literacy vs. Digital Technologies: understanding the differences (primary/secondary)

Day 2 @ 14:30

User Experience and Design Thinking – why this is covered in the new Digital Curriculum and why these are essential skills for students in the future

Greg Hodgson, Head of Design (Enterprise) at Atlassian will discuss the principals of User Experience and Design Thinking, his experience in industry and the vital skills students will need in all jobs in the future. Greg will be joined by curriculum author Dr. James Curran.

last published: 11/Aug/22 02:45 GMT
last published: 11/Aug/22 02:45 GMT

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