Jason Vearing - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Answering the question, ‘how are web pages made?’

Gold Coast resident Jason Vearing was once asked by his son how web pages were made. The question planted a seed, which led him to initiate a before-school class at his son’s school to teach interested students about computer coding. A success right from the start, the class has become an ongoing activity at Tallebudgera State School for students in years five, six and seven. The class is now led by a project group of five teachers. Students learn about web page development, computer programming, robotics, and 3D printing.

While his son’s question sparked Jason’s own interest in web development, this journey led Jason to make practical, real-world applications in his field as a land valuer. He has made several small-scale applications to improve the efficiency of information sharing and training at work, including a web page that holds screencast training videos, and a real estate search tool. He has also been involved in planning and implementing IT improvements for his department.

Outside of work, Jason continues to support the before-school coding class at Tallebudgera State School, as well as other volunteer activities, including:

  • attending digital technology workshops to improve his own skills, then share this knowledge with others
  • passing on his skills by delivering classes, videos and workshops
  • helping other primary schools establish digital technology programs
  • assisting ‘Just Better Care’ with the implementation of ‘The Hub’ – a program for children on the Autism spectrum.

In his spare time, Jason works on a guitar teaching application called Riff Axelerator, which combines his three main passions – teaching, guitar and technology.

As a Community Digital Champion, Jason will continue to approach other Gold Coast schools about setting up digital technology clubs or extracurricular classes. He will collaborate to establish training resources for teachers who are interested in digital technology, and will reinforce face-to-face training sessions with online learning videos. He will also develop surveys that provide real-life feedback from schools and teachers to better understand the gaps between the curriculum intention and the reality of delivering it. Jason is also interested in tying the learning outcomes into other subjects and learning areas, using web page creation, coding and gaming to teach and demonstrate maths, science, history and more.

Jason is nominated by: Tallebudgera State School

Answering the question, ‘how are web pages made?’

Gold Coast resident Jason Vearing was once asked by his son how web pages were made. The question planted a seed, which led him to initiate a before-school class at his son’s school to teach interested students about computer coding. A success right from the start, the class has become an ongoing activity at Tallebudgera State School for students in years five, six and seven. The class is now led by a project group of five teachers. Students learn about web page development, computer programming, robotics, and 3D printing.

While his son’s question sparked Jason’s own interest in web development, this journey led Jason to make practical, real-world applications in his field as a land valuer. He has made several small-scale applications to improve the efficiency of information sharing and training at work, including a web page that holds screencast training videos, and a real estate search tool. He has also been involved in planning and implementing IT improvements for his department.

Outside of work, Jason continues to support the before-school coding class at Tallebudgera State School, as well as other volunteer activities, including:

  • attending digital technology workshops to improve his own skills, then share this knowledge with others
  • passing on his skills by delivering classes, videos and workshops
  • helping other primary schools establish digital technology programs
  • assisting ‘Just Better Care’ with the implementation of ‘The Hub’ – a program for children on the Autism spectrum.

In his spare time, Jason works on a guitar teaching application called Riff Axelerator, which combines his three main passions – teaching, guitar and technology.

As a Community Digital Champion, Jason will continue to approach other Gold Coast schools about setting up digital technology clubs or extracurricular classes. He will collaborate to establish training resources for teachers who are interested in digital technology, and will reinforce face-to-face training sessions with online learning videos. He will also develop surveys that provide real-life feedback from schools and teachers to better understand the gaps between the curriculum intention and the reality of delivering it. Jason is also interested in tying the learning outcomes into other subjects and learning areas, using web page creation, coding and gaming to teach and demonstrate maths, science, history and more.

Jason is nominated by: Tallebudgera State School