Hello World: Code and Design · UTS ART

HELLO WORLD: CODE AND DESIGN examines the role of code in contemporary … LX Lab, Building 6, Level 4, UTS, Harris St, Ultimo (opposite the Gallery).


Implementation…New Syllabus

2018 Familiarisation and planning for Technology Mandatory Years 7–8.
2019 Start teaching Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 (100 hours in Year 7 or the full 200-hour course in Year 7 or Year 8).
2020 Start teaching Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 (100 hours in Year 8).

Technology Mandatory Years 7–8  Draft Syllabus  Consultation Report

Shape 2017 at the Tamworth Regional Gallery

25 May 2018

Topic: HSC

Shape 2017 opens at the Tamworth Regional Gallery on Thursday 31 May.

A selection of Design and Technology, Textiles and Design and Industrial Technology projects from the 2017 HSC will be on display until Sunday 22 July.

Shape 2017 provides an opportunity to view innovative and inspiring student inventions and designs from areas as diverse as multimedia, engineering, fashion, furniture and product design.

Gallery opening hours and contact for school bookings are available on the NESA website.

For more information, contact:
Petra Sawicki
Project Officer, Events

02 9367 8825

Have your say on   syllabus development consultation opportunities
Technologies Years 7–10 elective draft syllabuses Upcoming opportunities
IPT, IPT Life Skills and SDD Stage 6 draft directions. Early registration opens Monday 28 May

Program Builder available for new Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory syllabuses

4 May 2018

The new syllabuses for Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 are now available in Program Builder. These syllabuses are for implementation from 2019.

Teachers using Program Builder will be able to use the features of these interactive syllabuses to:

  • create and edit teaching programs
  • develop scope and sequences automatically
  • use drag-and-drop editing to design units of work
  • share work with colleagues.

If syllabus outcomes and/or content are updated, schools that have developed resources in Program Builder will be notified automatically to update the outcomes and content to the latest version of the syllabus, ensuring that documentation is always current.

For more information, contact:
Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology Education
(02) 9367 8454

Tanya Coli
Inspector, Primary Education
(02) 9367 8191

Kerry Sheehan
Senior Curriculum Inspector
(02) 9367 8144

Applying for accreditation

When is my 2018 accreditation fee due?

Online payments and financial records are now fully operational in your electronic Teacher Accreditation Management System (eTAMS). Pre-2004 teacher invoices, which had previously been postponed, have now been issued for payment. All pre-2004 teacher invoices dated 13 April are due for payment by 25 May.

Invoices are now available to view, download and pay via eTAMS.

Accreditation safeguards the quality of the teaching profession. It means that teachers must have a teaching qualification, meet quality standards and keep up to date. Your annual accreditation fee directly supports quality teaching in NSW by enabling NESA to coordinate a rigorous system of accreditation. Find out more about fees, including how to pay and what your fees are used for


Robotics and Electronic Prototyping 101

MakerSpace is proud to present this class in collaboration with The Blueprint Lab:


1/17 Barclay Street,
Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia.


(02) 9557 8584







Bolor Amgalan…


Karolina Novak
Education Program Producer
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 2007 Australia
T +61 2 92170509

Bolor Amgalan…

is an experimental interdisciplinary designer exploring materiality at the intersection of digital and physical, natural and synthetic as well as material and immaterial. She graduated from the University of Technology Sydney from the Fashion and Textiles Design course with First Class Honours. Her graduate collection explored the concept of sustainability through zero-waste pattern engineering and lasercutting. She is currently in the second year of the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins and her final year project is on exhibition at Ventura Lambrate, Milan as part of Milan Design Week. Bolor was a highly commended finalist for The Woolmark Company/Domus Vim joint scholarship in 2014 and is the recipient of first prize in Art U Wear Competition 2015 and University of the Arts London/International Students House Postgraduate Scholarship. Bolor's work has been featured in several publications in print and online including Terrific Fashion by 24 Ore Cultura and i-D. She has exhibited internationally including in Sydney, London, Dubai and Milan.

We are lucky enough to have some of her pieces in our current exhibition Out of Hand at the Powerhouse








Stage 4  Technology Draft Syllabus  Consultation

TEA Response – Technology Draft Syllabus Consultation

TEANSW is collecting your feedback to submit a response on behalf of our members. The outcome of the current Technology Syllabus consultation will ultimately impact you and your students. Please complete this survey by Monday 10 April 2017. Link to…

K-10 Draft Syllabus consultation for Science and Technology K–6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 has now commenced.

Consultation on the draft syllabuses commenced Monday 6 March and continues until Friday 5 May and includes:

  • face-to-face meetings from 4–6pm in metropolitan and regional locations
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

The draft syllabuses, links to online surveys and a registration facility for consultation meetings are available on the NESA website.

Feedback will be used to guide the development of the final syllabuses.

Please send written submissions to:

Science and Technology K–6

Technology Mandatory Years 7–8

Alesha Bleakley
Senior Curriculum Officer, Technology Education
NSW Education Standards Authority
GPO Box 5300
Sydney 2001

For more information, contact: 

Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology
(02) 9367 8454


Consultation opportunities

NESA seeks your feedback on the draft syllabuses, which can be viewed or downloaded.

Feedback may be provided by:

  • attending a consultation meeting
  • completing the online survey
  • providing a written submission.

The documents introducing the draft syllabuses are designed to assist with completing the online surveys. They provide background and an overview of the key features of the draft syllabuses, including the proposed course structure and course content.

Science and Technology K–6 Technology Mandatory Years 7–8
Draft syllabus (PDF) Draft syllabus (PDF)
Introduction to the Science and Technology K–6 draft syllabus (PDF) Introduction to the Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 draft syllabus (PDF)
Online survey Online survey
Online survey statements (PDF) Online survey statements (PDF)

If you are unable to attend a consultation meeting, and require further information about the draft syllabuses, please watch the Inspectors present an overview of the key features of each draft syllabus.



Online Feedback….Survey Monkey


EdNews Brief, 6 April 2017

Parents abandon private schools for public education

By Bethany Hiatt (Perth Now)

THE drift of WA students away from private to public schools is accelerating, figures show. Student census data collected in February show enrolments at independent and Catholic schools fell for the second year in a row after 35 years of growth. While the number of students in public schools surged 2 per cent to a record 302,271, up 5894 from the same time last year, private school enrolments fell by 1074 to 147,471.


Schools funding: Parents warned they face fee hikes unless Government develops strategy

By Natasha Robinson and Meredith Griffiths (ABC News)

Parents of children at Catholic and independent schools have been warned they face fee hikes unless the Government develops a coherent strategy on schools funding. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has again delayed discussions with the states on the future of schools funding, and NSW has today warned the Federal Government is “getting very, very close to midnight” on negotiating funding packages beyond 2018.


UTS leads 17 local institutions on ‘young uni’ best 100

An international ranking of “young” universities has placed 17 Australian unis in its top 100, with University of Technology Sydney coming in at 15th. The ranking of universities established after 1965 saw all Australian institutions on its list improve on last year’s positions, a sign of a strong, vibrant higher education system, says UTS vice-chancellor Attila Brungs. “It means the system is really functional,” Professor Brungs said. “Younger universities tend to be very innovative in their teaching and research. It shows that new approaches are having an impact.”


All Australian universities commit to releasing sexual assault data

By Eryk Bagshaw (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Every one of Australia’s universities has committed to simultaneously releasing data on sexual assaults on their campuses after concerns were raised about a landmark survey of 39,000 students that would not reveal how many assaults had occurred at each institution. Universities Australia secured the commitment from all 39 universities to release individual data on Wednesday in what has been described as “an incredibly important step” by the peak body’s chairman and Vice-Chancellor of the Western Sydney University, Barney Glover.


AEU slams Government’s failed funding scheme

By Sarah Duggan (Education HQ)

The Turnbull Government is blindly pushing ahead with its “shambolic” model to end needs-based funding, and will have no option but to honour the Gonski agreements, the AEU has announced. Noting that 339 days had passed since the Coalition announced it would bring in an alternative system, AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe  said that every school in Australia had been left in the lurch. “Now, after months of delay Education Minister Simon Birmingham has made a last-minute decision to call for yet another education ministers meeting in June.


Funding boost to help Indigenous uni students close the gap

By Nakari Thorpe (NITV)

The Federal Government has announced a $67.5 million funding boost to help Indigenous university students complete their study. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Senator for New South Wales Marise Payne made the announcement at the launch of the Indigenous Student Success Programme today at Western Sydney University. The funding boost of $67.5 million is part of a larger $235 million four-year investment to support Australia’s 16,000 Indigenous students to complete their studies. 


Working together for better quality graduate teachers

By Chelsea Attard (Education HQ)

Just as the first few years of a child’s education are crucial, initial teacher education has a huge impact on an early career teacher’s chances of flourishing in the classroom. In recent years, the classroom readiness of graduates has been inconsistent, with both school leaders and the general public losing faith in the system producing our next generation of educators. But when the next wave of education graduates throw their mortarboards in the air, their employers can expect some changes.


MySchool website data backs Gonski funding claims: union

Education HQ News Team

Government funding to private schools continues to increase at a much faster rate than to public schools, a new analysis shows. The examination of the latest data published on the MySchool website, done by schools funding expert Bernie Shepherd for the Australian Education Union, shows that between 2009 and 2015, government money to private schools grew more than twice as quickly. And in the years since the Gonski money started flowing, the combined spending from commonwealth and state governments has increased nearly three times as much to the independent sector and twice as much to Catholic schools than public ones.


Can a four-year-old be sexist?

By Kimberley Norris (The Conversation)

The Victorian government has announced it plans to teach its Respectful Relationship program to preschoolers as a way to target and prevent sexist behaviour among children aged three and four years old. The program – which is taught to teenagers in schools – more broadly aims to tackle issues around family violence, and also to develop young people’s social skills and promote respectful relationships. The justification for extending this program into preschool settings, according to the document released by the state government, is that as young children learn about gender, they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes that may contribute to disrespect and gender inequality. But can children at that age be sexist? When is it that children are aware of gender differences – and what makes them act on it?


The effect of fibre broadband on student learning

By Arthur Grimes, Wilbur Townsend (Australian Policy Online)

We estimate the impact of ultra-fast broadband on schools’ academic performance using a difference-in-difference study of a new fibre broadband network. We show that fibre broadband increases primary schools’ passing rates in standardised assessments by roughly one percentage point. Estimates are robust to alternative specifications, such as controlling for time-varying covariates. We find no evidence that gender, ethnic minorities or students enrolled in remote schools benefit disproportionately. However, we find some evidence of a larger benefit within schools that have a greater proportion of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Student wellbeing in Australia and Denmark

By Jo Earp (Teacher)

You’ve seen a great workshop presentation, picked up some useful information from a professional development session, or read a research paper that could help you and your colleagues. How do take the next step and use what you’ve learned to improve your own practice?



The Excellence in Professional Practice Conference (EPPC) is a conference exploring best practice for teaching and learning, through presentations and discussions facilitated by leaders and peers within the educational community.  


EdNews Brief, 7 April 2017

Sydney Catholic schools offer selective entrance tests to keep ‘best and brightest’

By Alexandra Smith (The Age)

Sydney’s Catholic schools will have selective entrance tests for the first time this year, with high schools across the diocese to offer places in selective streams for gifted and talented students. In a bid to stretch their brightest students and stop a drift to high-achieving public selective schools, Sydney Catholic Schools has been developing an external selection test with the Australian Council for Educational Research, which year 6 students will be able to sit in term three this year.


Funding wrangle likely to continue until June

By Sarah Duggan (Education HQ)

Resolution over federal funding to schools looks likely to remain in limbo until June, when the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting is scheduled. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has called for an extra Education Council meeting with his state and territory counterparts to be held this Friday, but details of his alternative schools funding model will remain under wraps.


One in three higher education students think about suicide or self-harm, report says

By Don Vukovic (ABC Online)

A new study has found levels of anxiety among TAFE and university students are reaching “alarming” levels, with 35 per cent experiencing self-harm or suicidal thoughts in the past 12 months. The research, by leading mental health group Headspace and the National Union of Students, surveyed 2,600 Australian tertiary students between the ages of 17 and 25. “We know that self-harm rates are increasing, with one in three experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm over the last 12 months,” Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said.

Link to report


Preschool teachers in Australia encouraged to focus on non-gendered play

By Joseph Patrick McCormick (Pink News)

In Victoria, Australia, preschool children will be encouraged away from “gendered play” under a new policy. A professional learning kit which is being rolled out after a trial this year, aims to encourage teachers to guide children away from “gendered play”, in order to encourage equality and to help tackle family violence. As well as encouraging non-gendered play with the kids, teachers are also encouraged to reflect on “conscious and unconscious biases”, reports the Australian.


Australian Government to Turn Children into ‘Fairy Tale Detectives’ to Spot Sexism in Kids’ Books

By Lukas Mikelionis (Heatstreet)

The Australia’s Victorian government has introduced new measures to tackle family violence by asking preschoolers to become “fairy tale detectives” and spot sexism among fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella. The “Respectful Relationships” curriculum will apply to all school students, including preschool children, to fight gender-based violence, the Herald Sun reports. The $21.8 million program will look into all preschool books and toys to evaluate whether they encourage certain gender stereotypes.


NAPLAN: Queensland pulls out of online trial saying it will disadvantage students

By Gail Burke (ABC News)

Queensland students will not participate in the online pilot of NAPLAN testing next month over a number of glitches the Education Minister says will disadvantage school kids. More than 100 Queensland schools, including about 68 state schools, were due to take part in next month’s online national literacy and numeracy test. Ms Jones has ordered her department to pull schools out after a number of glitches were identified. She said, for example, one question remained on the screen the entire numeracy test, obscuring other questions and answers.


Govt hiding plans to cut $30 bln from schools, with poorest students to be hardest hit: Plibersek

By Julie Doyle (ABC Radio)

As the first term of the school year comes to a close parents and teachers are becoming increasingly worried about education funding arrangements for next year and beyond. The country’s Education Ministers are meeting in Hobart tomorrow but the Federal Government is keeping its funding plans under wraps until June. Independent and Catholic schools are worried they’re in line for funding cuts and are urging the Government to make its intentions known.


How ethical is sexual assault research?

By Bianca Fileborn (The Conversation)

Thirty-nine Australian universities will now individually release the findings of a national research project on sexual assault and harassment on campus.

The “Respect. Now. Always.” project, launched in February 2016, has involved two phases:

·         an open call for submissions from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

·         an online survey with a randomly selected sample of current university students.


Why I use emoji in research and teaching

By Jennifer Fane (The Conversation)

It’s probably not for the reasons you think. Yes, they’re fun and eye catching. But they’re also an incredibly useful tool in research and teaching. For young children, emoji can aid inclusion in aspects of society previously closed to them, such as active participation in increasing knowledge of childhood well-being, and being heard in educational and care settings. Emoji can also support children’s learning in areas of health, well-being, safety and diversity. These are key aspects of supporting children in becoming knowledgeable, confident and informed citizens, essential aspects of high quality education.

 What are ACER Certificates in Mathematics and Reading?

ACER Certificates in Mathematics and Reading help students to engage and progress their learning by:

  • setting challenging personal goals toward higher levels of knowledge and skill
  • gaining formal recognition by one of the world’s leading educational research centres
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses to inform personal learning plans, and
  • benchmarking their achievement against other Australian students




Shreela Pradhan

Office Coordinator

Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) NSW

Mail: PO Box 699 Lidcombe NSW 1825

Phone: 02 97160378   Fax: 02 95642342

Email: shreela.pradhan@ptc.


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Professional Teachers Council News

Answer to ATAR crisis is less marketing and a rethink of first degrees
By George Morgan (Sydney Morning Herald)
There is a common perception that only the best and brightest should enjoy the privilege, and derive the benefits, of studying at university. This informs the idea (myth perhaps) that we live in a meritocratic society, where social mobility is available to those with talent who work hard. So the revelations this week that universities are ignoring their own published entry standards to offer places to low-ATAR applicants must sully the sense of achievement felt by other new students.

2016 – A year for global understanding and action
While you are planning for 2016, the United Nations is looking ahead to 2030 and how to realise its vision for a world without poverty. In September 2015, 193 countries adopted a huge new agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…There is a range of stimulating resources available for teachers serious about developing global awareness in students. As well as the graphics and data available from the United Nations, contact your local Geography Teachers’ Association and check out the teaching sections on aid agency websites such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Red Cross, Caritas or Care’s Global Poverty Teacher’s Toolkit.

Exodus from public to private schools stops
By Mathew Knott, Henrietta Cook & Judith Ireland (The Sydney Morning Herald)
According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday, 65.2 per cent of Australian students attended public schools, up from 65.1 per cent the previous year. The proportion of students in non-government schools dropped from 34.9 per cent in 2014 to 34.8 per cent. In Victoria, 63 per cent of students attended public schools in 2015, up from 62.8 per cent the previous year. In NSW, 65.3 per cent of students attended public schools in 2015, up from 65.1 in 2014. NSW public school enrolments grew by 1.1 per cent over the year, on par with the 1.2 per cent growth in the non-government sector.

Finger tracing can help students solve maths problems
By Paul Ginns & Janette Bobis (The Conversation)
Using the index finger to trace over advanced and multi-step maths problems can help students with problem solving, new research shows. Tracing can assist learning not only for spatial topics such as triangles and angle relationships, but also for non-spatial tasks such as learning the order of tasks in arithmetic problems. The index finger plays a vital role in early learning. The specific gesture of pointing with the index finger is common across all cultures as a means of guiding attention.