TechCamps4Kids aligns with Department of Education

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TechCamps4Kids aligns with Department of Education

Category : Austism , Australia , Education , Skills

We are super excited to be aligned with the Department of Educations ICT Curriculum Details.

With our focus on Life Skills, Literacy Skills and Learning Skills in a Technology Environment means everything we do in our camps has a tick of approval that meets the ICT Curriculum Outcomes.

So what is Australia looking for in the ICT Curriculum:

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school. ICT capability involves students learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.

To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities. Information and communication technologies are fast and automated, interactive and multimodal, and they support the rapid communication and representation of knowledge to many audiences and its adaptation in different contexts. They transform the ways that students think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn.

The nature and scope of ICT capability is not fixed, but is responsive to ongoing technological developments. This is evident in the emergence of advanced internet technology over the past few years and the resulting changes in the ways that students construct knowledge and interact with others.

Students develop capability in using ICT for tasks associated with information access and management, information creation and presentation, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, creative expression and empirical reasoning. This includes conducting research, creating multimedia information products, analysing data, designing solutions to problems, controlling processes and devices, and supporting computation while working independently and in collaboration with others.

Students develop knowledge, skills and dispositions around ICT and its use, and the ability to transfer these across environments and applications. They learn to use ICT with confidence, care and consideration, understanding its possibilities, limitations and impact on individuals, groups and communities.

We are super proud to be sharing this vision  with the Department of Education.


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Cyber Safety

5 Ways to Increase Cyber Safety in your Home

Let’s face it – we are in a digital world. Computers and the internet is vital and many school projects require kids to use them. However, the internet also present a more poignant threat which is one of the many fears parents have. Thus, knowing how to keep your child cyber safe is one of the most sought after advice asked in google.

As a result, we have created 5 ways to help you keep your child safe online.

1) Set some Rules

Many children are naïve to everything that happens on line and most find it hard to differentiate reality from fiction.  Most child up to the age of 12 see things as black and white and thus feel that nothing ‘bad’ could happen by revealing their personal information online.

Make sure your child understands that the rule of “stranger danger” is also applicable online.  They should not give any personal information to anyone that they don’t know personally in the real world.

2) Use parental control software

Monitor the way your child uses the Internet. Parents are finding it increasing harder to track their child’s online viewing.  A classic example would be YouTube which offers many visual targets for young inquisitive eyes.  Having software which allows parents to block content you don’t want your child can see can offer peace of mind.  A software we found useful is qustodio, however there are a huge range on the market at the moment.

3)  Educating Safety Online

Most parents don’t have the time to sit down and explain the possible threats online may have.  Some parents may also feel uncomfortable discussing this.  However, knowing about possible threats empowers children to make the right choices.

If parents are not sure where to start with online viewing, sending them to program that covers this in a program is beneficial. TechCamps4Kids offers a range a programs that include online safety procedures for your child.

4) Computers with the Family

It is hard to monitor your child’s online usage when he/she uses their computer in their room.  Therefore, having a computer in the family room, or creating a rule that the computers is to be used in the family room, is advantageous for several reasons.  Firstly, you can quickly observe if they are viewing sites they should not and secondly, kids feel included in a family circle thus developing social skills.

5) Use security and privacy settings

With kids accessing your computer for browsing could result in a range of negative experiences.  Using the security setting can assist with blocking downloads.  This step requires an administrative password. It will help prevent children from downloading viruses, Trojans or other ‘hacks’ that could affect safety on your computer and in your home.  It further aids parents by preventing kids downloading content that are a not suited for young eyes.

TechCamps4Kids goal is to educate life, learning and literacy skills through technology.  One of the subject we cover extensively through the year is Cyber Safety.  To be the first to know when we will be hosting community programs like Cyber Safety, please like our facebook page and/or subscribe to our newsletters found on the right top side of this page!


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Technology Rich Future

Preparing your Child for a Technology Rich Future

We know that new jobs are emerging.  Who would think that one can obtain a degree in Social Media when it did not exist 10 years ago?

Of course, this places a lot of stress on parents who really want their child to have a amazing career in the future.  And with this in mind, we end up asking a question:

“Which career pathway should my child follow?”

Unfortunately, this question has been asked for generation, which has lead many children to follow a pathway that parents feel they should follow – like it or NOT! As a result, children drop out of university or change track because that career was not what they really liked.

With technology changing rapidly, the best question to ask is:

“Which career pathway would best suit my child?”

The beauty about a technology rich environment is that there is so much to experience and so many more opportunities. Careers that your child will be part of, have not even been created yet.  Imagine being an Lunar Geologist?

TechCamps4Kids

We are in one of the most diverse era’s humanity has ever experience.  Kids have the opportunity to experience so much more than any previous generation.  From controlling a robot in a Mars simulation to creating a new cookie recipe.  And, every opportunity is at our fingers tips – thanks to technology.

However, how do we prepare our kids for a technology rich future when things are constantly changing?

The best way is to get down to basics!  Start with understanding your child, how they learn and where their interest lie.  Allow them to explore different things.  Not everyone is going to be a coder! However, being an enabler of technology is advantageous!

At TechCamps4Kids we focus on Life Skills, Literacy Skills and Learning Skills through technology.  We know technology changes and by guiding kids to be adaptable and flexible to a changing environment means children will be more confident and secure about their skills and future.  Being part of that journey is what drives us because at TechCamps4Kids we are passionate about education, technology and the future.

 


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It is not ONLY about technology

At TechCamps4Kids, we know that there is MORE to technology than JUST technology.  The MORE part is based on skills which can ONLY be learnt through specially created programs that encourage this part of development.  These skills involve Learning, Literacy and Life Skills.  Simon Sinek explain more on why these skills are so important ESPECIALLY with the next generation!  Notably – TechCamps4Kids is already taking action and it is why we are driven to do what we do! Our focus is your child and equipping with skills for a BETTER FUTURE!

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TechCamps4Kids Inspires Teachers in the Wheatbelt

TechCamps4Kids Co-Founder, Brenda van Rensburg, was invited to lead a Professional Development Seminar in the Wheatbelt teaching teachers about Digital Literacy.

Apart from learning how  to create a really cool game with ClickTeam Fusion, teachers also learnt about Learning Styles and Futures Careers.

Here is what Jim thought of the day:

 


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New Website

Over the past few months we have been working on the new website and making some changes.  There is still a lot more we need to add, however we are excited to be rolling out this site.

To those new to TechCamps4Kids – Welcome Aboard.  We are glad to have you part of the community!

We will be transferring all our older blogs across over time, however please view our Facebook page which has a host of information about what we are offering through the year!


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Minecraft Club

Category : Camps

Our Minecraft Club is popular with kids.  This term we are focusing on Literacy Skills and Time Management skills in a fun and playful environment.

Using TechCamps4Kids Minecraft Diary, kids will set goals for each camp.  At the end of the session we will offer kids to present their achievements to the class working on communication and presentation skills.


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