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Visual programming for primary teachers (two sessions)

These two interactive workshops will unpack the programming and coding elements of the new WA Technologies Curriculum (Years 4 to 6), while introducing primary educators to basic visual programming.

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Dr Sue Blackley, with hands-on assistance from members of Curtin’s Computer Science Students Association (ComSSA), will guide you through visual programming using two popular tools:

Session 1: ScratchJr

With ScratchJr, young children can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

Session 2: Scratch

With Scratch, students can code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, essential skills for everyone in today’s society.

Specific terminology from the curriculum document will be used to explain examples as you collaborate with peer educators and learn at your own pace.

Each session will build on the previous session’s learning to reinforce key principles. Individual sessions can be completed, but you are encouraged to attend all three sessions to develop a more thorough understanding and to establish learning networks and a community of practice with other teachers.

What will you learn through this workshop?

  • Gain a clear understanding of the requirements of the WA Technologies Curriculum in regards to programming and coding.
  • Develop a basic competency in visual programming.
  • Gain confidence to explain and demonstrate the specific terminology used in the curriculum document.

Register for these sessions

Visual programming for primary teachers (series of three)
Presented by Dr Sue Blackley

Session 1: Tuesday 9 May 2017
Session 2: Tuesday 6 June 2017

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Building 501, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

Cost: $50 per session.
A discounted package price of $80 is available when both sessions are booked.

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About your presenter

Dr Sue Blackley is an experienced mathematics educator, having spent 21 years teaching in schools, eight years as a Curriculum Advisor, and the past four years as a university lecturer.

Sue has taught in Oxford University (UK), ACU (Brisbane) and La Trobe (Melbourne) before coming to Curtin University.

Her research interests are teacher identity, mathematics education, blended-learning, digital technologies and digital play in the early years.


ComSSA supports computing, computer engineering, and networking students at Curtin University. Based in the ground floor of the Bentley campus Engineering Pavilion, they provide a wide range of events and services for their members, such as academic assistance, social events, industry presentations, and free Microsoft software licences.