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Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching
Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching

Algorithms are a key component of computational thinking, and the foundations for developing these skills starts in the early years. What are some of the day-to-day ‘unplugged activities’ that offer teachers easy opportunities for emphasising and building these skills?

Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge
Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge

A blob trying to break into the Underworld, a scientist jumping through size-altering portals, and a man who wakes up dazed and confused in a scrapyard – these are some of the protagonists from winning games in this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.

Real world maths – selecting a sporting Greatest of All Time
Real world maths – selecting a sporting Greatest of All Time

Who was the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) of women’s tennis in 2018? Teams participating in this year’s International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) were tasked with developing and applying a model to determine just that.

Teaching methods: Engaging students with problem solving tasks in maths
Teaching methods: Engaging students with problem solving tasks in maths

In this Teaching Methods episode, we speak to education consultant Michael Minas about a study he conducted to measure primary school students’ attitudes towards completing challenging problem solving tasks in maths. Michael shares details of the lesson structure he utilised, and why students responded to it so positively.

Designing creative and engaging video games
Designing creative and engaging video games

Registrations are now open for this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge. Students are encouraged to design creative, engaging and imaginative video games incorporating the 2021 theme, ‘scale’.

‘Big five’ education challenges: Deepening our understanding of 21st Century skills
‘Big five’ education challenges: Deepening our understanding of 21st Century skills

Considerable progress has been made in defining 21st Century skills, but curriculum implementation is the next hurdle. That was one of the messages to come out of the first webinar revisiting the ‘big five’ education challenges facing Australian schools.

Social entrepreneurship – developing a ‘mindset, skillset and toolset’
Social entrepreneurship – developing a ‘mindset, skillset and toolset’

Proficiency in critical and creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving helps students succeed in their learning, but these kinds of skills are also highly valued by employers.

Challenging students: Real-world Mathematics
Challenging students: Real-world Mathematics

The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge asks students to work collaboratively on a mathematical task related to the real world. Here, Ross Turner, who leads Australia’s involvement in the challenge, describes this year’s task.

Resources: Teaching tools and skills frameworks for 21st Century learners
Resources: Teaching tools and skills frameworks for 21st Century learners

A new set of resources developed by experts at the Australian Council for Educational Research aims to provide an evidence-based approach to the development of critical thinking, creative thinking and collaboration. Dr Claire Scoular shares details and examples of the frameworks in today’s article.

Challenging students in a collaborative maths competition
Challenging students in a collaborative maths competition

An international mathematical modelling competition, open to secondary students in Australia, has seen senior secondary students work collaboratively on a complex, real-world mathematics problem. Here, we speak to two teachers who guided students through the competition.