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High school students and teachers from across SA team up to embrace the digital world

Education Hack 4.0 will bring together nine South Australian schools to find and ideate solutions to the escalating challenges of rapid digital transformation on the education sector.

The inaugural ‘Education Hack 4.0’ is a two-day hackathon event running from June 27th to June 28th 2019. Education Hack 4.0 is hosted by Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI) and Cisco, who have teamed up to support schools tackle the dynamic opportunities and challenges of digital – that compete for attention among ever-increasing workloads, priorities and diverse curriculums.

From technology’s impact on lesson planning, to a greater need for digital literacy at a younger age or how future data resources will look, the potential topics are endless.

Once the teacher and student teams have decided on their challenge, they’ll work through the Education Hack 4.0 content over two full days, with the aim to come up with a product and pitch they’ll present to judges from Flinders NVI, Flinders University and Cisco.

Education Hack 4.0 is being delivered as a component of the Digital School’s Network (DSN), which is an element of the industry and education sector partnership between Flinders University and Cisco.

The DSN focuses on how technology helps teachers to become better educators, and helps students learn about emergent technologies.

The event is a practical and experiential demonstration of the Digital School’s Network’s applications and is designed to teach participating schools the hackathon format, so it can be used again.

Combining the expertise and knowledge of students and teachers, the format is a powerful way to define priorities and focus on practical solutions.

“We are on the brink of an explosion in digital technologies and their use and adaptation for education practices globally,” says Professor Lindsey Conner, Dean of People and Resources in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University.

A broad mix of secondary schools are participating in the hackathon, with student/teacher teams from Scotch College, Seaton High, Pembroke School, St Pauls College, Banksia Park International High School, The Australian Science and Mathematics School, Westminster School, Glenunga International High School and Naracoorte High School preparing for the event.

The hackathon is designed to be fast-paced and experiential, and will be facilitated by NVI’s Bert Verhoeven, Robert Chalmers and Dr. Marisa Maio Mckay, who are all part of Flinders University’s Innovation and Enterprise teaching team.

The winning student-teacher team from one school will take away a prize package of Flinders New Venture Institute’s Innovation in Schools products, which includes workshops to upskill students in innovation and design thinking.

Source: Flinders University

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