If you ask most people on the street today what augmented reality is, chances are you will get a mix of responses. Some with no idea, some who tell you about VR headsets, and a select few who could tell you what it is and how it is used.
As we live in a society with technology quickly being implemented into every aspect of our lives, from the way we learn to the way we work, it is surprising that most adults these days could not tell you how half of the technologies they use work, or even what they are. We are quickly becoming passive consumers of technology. From algorithms to artificial intelligence, we are all using these rapidly advancing technologies on a daily basis without consciously acknowledging what we are using. At BOP we wondered why adults lack these digital literacy skills and quickly found it was often for one of the following reasons:
They never had the opportunity to learn about these technologies in the first place
They were put off by a bad experience learning about technology (bad teacher, boring technologies, confusing concepts)
Technology has been moving too fast for them to keep up
They never had the opportunity to learn about new and emerging technologies in school
We looked at our findings and found there were some things that we could do to help solve these problems and educate people about awesome new technologies. What if we put together a program aimed at teaching people about new and emerging technologies? What if we made sure our technologies were frequently updated to stay fresh and current? And what if these workshops were delivered by facilitators that could relate to participants and could make learning about these technologies fun, engaging, interactive and simple?And that’s exactly what we did!
We worked with educators, students and facilitators to develop a suite of workshop programs that were fun and engaging whilst also complimenting the Australian Curriculum and QCAA Senior Syllabus documents. We wanted to keep these workshops real and relevant for students, with direct links to real-world applications and current technologies. At the same time, we wanted to ensure these workshop aligned with curriculum elements and supported classroom learning.
Our new suite of Digital Creator workshops aim at inspiring a generation of digital explorers, creators, and leaders, that understand new and emerging technologies, and can use them as tools for change. We do this by making learning fun and engaging with passionate and energetic facilitators that are up to date with the latest technologies.
We work to give all students the confidence to explore technology as we firmly believe that digital skills are essential, no matter what career path you are interested in. We do this by running short rotations that give students a taste of a range of different technologies, teaching them skills such as how to pull apart a Google Home, see what it is made of and put it back together, all within 15 minutes. We then give the students the freedom to collaborate on projects that are important to them. Whether it is teaching robots to dance or building teachers for underprivileged students using artificial intelligence, we give them the challenge and the tools and then it is up to them to create and innovate.
We are looking forward to working with schools and across the country to inspire a generation of digital explorers, creators, and leaders.
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