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Steve MacDonald: Educational Technology Specialist

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Published

27 Oct 2016

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3 minute read

Steve MacDonald facilitates many of our student and teacher training programs for Years K-12, and is a guiding force for our #CANchangeratio program, which Coder Academy delivers in partnership with Commonwealth Bank. Steve is an emerging educational technology enthusiast, who specialises in technologies including RoR, Scratch, JavaScript, Arduino, Makey Makey, Sonic Pi, littleBits, codebug, and many more.

 

Steve believes that teachers must change to meet the needs of students living in a digital world. For more effective learning experiences, Steve thinks teachers should utilise dynamic methods that actually engage students’ passions and interests. The days of lecture-style lessons are over.

 

Steve believes one of the most effective and efficient ways to teach kids digital literacy is the problem is to train the teachers to teach the students, as every teacher teaches at least 20 students, but each student trains only themselves. Teachers also have the knowledge of their subject that enables them to not only teach code, but to use it to teach their subjects in a more engaging way.

 

Steve’s aim is for teachers to collaborate and discover ways to integrate the Australian Digital Curriculum into what they’re already teaching, and use it to make learning (and teaching!) those concepts much more fun and engaging for all involved.

 

With students, his philosophy is "If you let them build it, they will learn." The process must involve ‘Tinkering, Breaking, Fixing and Making!’

 

When he’s not working with the Coder Academy team, Steve is a Computer Coordinator at Hampden Park Public School Lakemba, where he is a #STEAM and Digital Technologies specialist, working with all ages.

You can find him on Twitter at @NFPICT, which is just one way he keeps track of the latest developments.



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