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Our Queensland Community Digital Champions are invited to share their stories, experiences, and news. Read about the latest news on the blog below.

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    7 mistakes to avoid when implementing digital technologies

    over 1 year ago

    Digital champ Emily de la Pena from Brisbane, recently published this article on her website. Her business, Coding for Kids, helps children create technology through fun and play. Kids can create their own computer games, animations and digital art. Classes run before and after school, during the holidays, and online.

    We've copied part of it below.

    Click here to read the full article on Emily's site.

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    I have been supporting schools in implementing the new Digital Technologies subject into Australian schools for 3 years now, and in doing so, I’ve witnessed educators make a number of mistakes. To... Continue reading

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    Where are the Hackerspaces?

    over 1 year ago

    Digital Champ Steph Piper, from Toowoomba, had a feature article published in electronics magazine Diyode, where she collaborated with Brett James to write "Australian Hackerspaces, what are they and where to find them". Here's a part of that article: 

    Click here for the full article, and we've also copied a part of it below:

    Hackerspaces are community workshops with the tooling, equipment and community for all kinds of maker projects. With over 20 Hackerspaces Australia-wide, you’re likely to find one near you.We were recently contacted by Steph Piper, a Current Patron of the Brisbane Hackerspace, which is... Continue reading

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    Digital strategies can help theatre companies thrive

    by Steven Pace, about 2 years ago

    We live in a world where people are spending more and more of their leisure time immersed in screen content such as online videos, games and social media. Should providers of live entertainment such as community theatre companies fear digital technology? Not necessarily. Community theatre companies can benefit from the application of digital technology in many ways. Examples include offering online ticketing options, creating promotional videos, building audiences through social media marketing, using analytics to improve decision-making, and even creating digital sets using simple projections or advanced 3D projection-mapping techniques.

    The photos in this blog post show examples of animated... Continue reading

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    Brisbane Schoolgirls Pitch their App in Silicon Valley

    by t.kemp, about 2 years ago

    As winners of last year’s ‘Gamechanger Award’ for the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, three students from St Aidan's Anglican Girls School in Corinda - Anouk Johnson, Gabrielle Preston and Alexandra Spalding -  recently participated in the Tech Girls Movement official ambassador tour to Silicon Valley.  

    They spent a week pitching their app, HELPA – an app that creates partnerships between the homeless and their communities -  to top global tech companies including eBay, Salesforce, IBM, Google, Accenture, Facebook, Nvidia, and Nutanix.

    The girls also met and pitched their solutions to the CEO of Australian startup, Skedulo... Continue reading

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    Using the arts to cultivate interest in digital technology

    by Steven Pace, over 2 years ago

    I recently had the pleasure of conducting some hands-on digital media workshops with small groups of Year 12 students from several secondary schools in the Mackay region: Bowen State High School, Calen District State College, Mirani State High School, Mackay State High School, Pioneer State High School, and Sarina State High School.

    These workshops engaged students in creative activities such as game design, 3D animation and video post-production to spark their interest in technology-focused careers. These activities also encouraged students to value art and design in the same way that we value science and technology.

    There is a trend... Continue reading

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    Beautiful one day, defined by innovation the next

    over 2 years ago

    by Jonathan Nalder

    How Future-U is supporting the young innovator and startup space in Queensland

    As understanding grows that it is ‘enterprise’ skills and future-proof literacies that can set humans apart in an increasingly automated world, so too have opportunities to introduce them to young people gathered pace in Queensland — after all, it is these same young people who will be the ones adjusting most as up to 70% of Australian jobs are impacted by AI and robotics in the near future.

    Inspired by efforts such as the Foundation for Young Australian’s ‘new ... Continue reading

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    Engaging rural Australian communities in National Science Week helps increase visibility for women researchers

    over 2 years ago

    by mathilde.desselle

    A few years back, at a student engagement event, I grabbed a pizza and sat down with my now friend Dr Maggie Hardy. We shared a number of common interests, including science communication, access to education, supporting women in science and technology careers and a love for rural Queensland.

    As a result, we founded the Catch a Rising Star: Women in Science in Regional Queensland program, as part of National Science Week. Supported by Inspiring Australia, in 2016 and 2017 we trained 46 Qld women in science with presentation skills and social... Continue reading

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    The learner driver industry is hitting the road with digital transformation!

    over 2 years ago

    by YLOO

    The learner driver industry is hitting the road with digital transformation!

    Recently I had the opportunity to present at the ADTA Annual Driver Trainers conference in Sydney on “placing your business in the digital era”. Being privileged to represent Queensland as an Advance Queensland Digital Champion, this was a great opportunity to create more awareness of  “going digital” to solo driving instructors and driving schools.   It comes down to a change in mindset about how we do business.  Gone are the days of pen and paper and ticking boxes.  The digital era... Continue reading

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    IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ICE) SMARTPHONE APPS

    over 2 years ago

    by Stephen Dixon

    At the recent Australian Pensioners and Superannuants' League of Qld Inc (APSL) conference, a motion was put and carried for all mobile phone users to have an ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) application installed on their mobile phones.

    A very sensible suggestion!

    However - ICE is a standard feature on iPhones running iOS 8 or later (The Health App), and on Android depending on the phone model. See the link below to an excellent article on this topic from PCMag, 10 August 2015:

    The ICE application may assist emergency... Continue reading

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    Digital Media workshops for regional students

    over 2 years ago

    by Steven Pace

    One of the factors that prevents young people in regional communities from considering a technology-focused career is their limited awareness of the career paths and educational opportunities that are available to them.

    To address that issue, I regularly conduct practical digital media workshops with secondary school students and community groups in the Central Queensland region. For example, I recently enjoyed hosting two full-day workshops with students from Emerald State High School and Pioneer State High School at the Mackay campus of Central Queensland University.

    The aim of these workshops is to... Continue reading

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