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MICROSOFT Unlock generative AI safely and responsibly—classroom toolkit

The toolkit is designed for educators teaching students aged 13 to 15. It aims to introduce generative AI in a friendly and accessible way, building resilience in young people by emphasising the importance of information literacy and highlighting common concerns such as online safety and mental wellbeing. It emphasises that AI, while useful, isn’t infallible and promotes fact checking and citing sources. Focusing on principles and concepts, this resource can serve as a starting point for discussions about AI’s benefits and risks, even if your school doesn’t currently use AI tools yet. Students have the opportunity to actively participate in exercises that explore various generative AI to ols such as Microsoft Copilot and prompt engineering techniques. By completing the lessons, students gain valuable insights and develop practical skills to enhance their relationship with generative AI tools. Skills include fact-checking, safeguarding their data privacy, and strategies to manage their mental wellbeing effectively.

MICROSOFT AI Education Blog

This blog is a one-stop-shop full of information and resources for teachers. There are also dedicated resources for parents and guardians.

CS IN SCHOOLS Coding courses

CS in Schools work with secondary schools and teachers, providing coding courses designed for any teacher to be able to teach their classroom coding. Materials are designed to help teachers confidently deliver a fun, engaging, and industry-relevant DigiTech programme. The materials include videos for teachers and students, lesson plans, slides, worksheets, online exercises, and other materials. CS is Schools also offers industry-based teacher support, workshops, and support through an online community.

Courses include Introduction to Coding, Coding with Python & AI and more

CSIRO The National AI Centre’s Introduction to AI course

Learn about real-world applications of AI, common AI terminologies, advice from industry experts to start your career in AI, and the differentiation between facts and myths in AI. This Microskill is a gentle and non-technical introduction to how machines learn from data and explores various use cases and applications of AI. You do not require any prior programming or computer science experience for this Microskill.  The course is delivered online and is self-paced, with 4 months of access from the day of enrolment. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate.

 
It’s maths, not magic. Artificial Intelligence is all around us. But how does it actually work? In this explainer video, CSIRO sheds some light on what is happening behind the scenes in your favourite AI-driven apps and programs.
 

UNICEF Parent and Teacher Resource Hub 

Practical tips and resources to help you navigate your young person’s online experience including information on how to help decipher if content is real or fake and how to help young people be privacy-preserving.

eSafety Commissioner Teacher Resources

Online safety resources and training for teachers, schools and communities. Resources include Best Practice Framework for online safety education.

Google for Education Guardian’s Guide to AI

Use this guide to understand more about AI in education, data security and privacy protections, and how to prepare children for an AI-powered future.

For Students

Your school or local community might have clubs or groups focused on science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) topics. Joining one of these groups can give students access to resources, mentorship, and like-minded peers who share your interests. Examples of these include: 

 

FIRST Robotics Australia

FIRST Robotics Australia is a non-profit organisation that organises robotics competitions for students of all ages. The organisation offers resources and support for teams to build and program robots for the competition.

 

Coding and Robotics Club (Darwin)

Coding and Robotics Club is an interactive club designed to encourage children to learn through exploring a variety of computer programming languages, software, and robotics. The content is aimed at beginner coders aged 8 years and above. Coding and Robotics Club is free and there is no need to book.Club sessions run in six-week blocks during school term.

 

Code Club Australia

Code Club Australia is a network of after-school coding clubs for primary school students. The clubs are run by volunteers and provide students with opportunities to learn about coding and digital technologies.

 

Young ICT Explorers

Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit organisation that runs a competition for students in Years 3-12 to showcase their digital technology projects. The competition encourages students to develop their skills in areas such as programming, app development, and robotics.

 

Girls in Tech Australia

Girls in Tech Australia is a community organisation that aims to support and inspire girls and women in the tech industry. The organisation offers networking events, mentorship programs, and other resources to help girls and women pursue careers in tech.

 

Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Schools Programs

AMSI offers a range of school programs for students interested in mathematics and statistics. These programs include workshops, camps, and competitions that aim to develop students’ skills in these areas.

 

Girls Programming Network (Western Australia)

Free coding workshops for high school girls and gender minorities.

High school aged girls and gender minorities from years 7-12 to join GPN Perth and code alongside university students, alumni, teachers and industry partners who volunteer to provide guidance and mentorship throughout full day programming workshops. Tutors will share experiences and discuss STEM career opportunities with participants. The initiative is a way to connect with a community of fabulous girls interested in computing, IT, and coding.

There are lots of free online courses that build on the foundational knowledge provided with Day of AI.  

 

YEAR 13 ACADEMY WITH MICROSOFT AND KPMG AI Unlocked

AI is more than a tool for combing through spreadsheets or making memes. It’s a digital jack-of-all trades that can help you in your work, study and personal life, and we’ve teamed up with AI experts Microsoft and KPMG to show you how to get the most out of this amazing new tech.  So, why not jump in and see what AI can do for you? It’s not just about making life a bit easier or learning faster—it’s about opening doors to your future. Modules including Use AI to nail your next job hunt and How to use AI to organise your life

There are many summer camps and workshops that focus on technology and science topics, such as coding, robotics, and environmental science. The following programs can give students hands-on experiences and help them develop new skills. They provide valuable opportunities to learn about science, develop new skills and connect with like-minded peers.

National Youth Science Forum 

The National Youth Science Forum is a two-week residential program for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects. The program includes hands-on workshops, visits to research facilities, and talks from leading scientists and researchers.

The Science Experience

The Science Experience is a three-day program hosted at a range of universities across Australia for students in Years 9 and 10 who are interested in science and engineering. The program includes hands-on workshops, talks from researchers, and visits to university research facilities.

UNSW Engineering and Computer Science activities (Sydney)

Discover your next step at UNSW Open Day or see what it’s like to be a UNSW. Whether you’re looking for advice, study options or just want to experience life at UNSW, we’ve got you covered. Get personalised advice on your study options, go behind-the-scenes of our world-class facilities and explore our campus. Find your dream degree by exploring study areas that interest you. Sign up to receive notifications from UNSW of the Engineering Day and other experiences.

The University of Newcastle Open Day (Newcastle)

Open Day is packed with everything you need to know about going to the University of Newcastle. Participate in degree presentations, info sessions and tours of the campus.

Enjoy a hands-on experience with our program activations, and ask our student ambassadors questions about uni life.

Edith Cowan University Computing and Security activities (Perth)

The School of Science offers a range of Computing, Cyber Security and Security and Intelligence themed workshops and outreach activities for students, teachers and the community at their ECU Joondalup Campus. Also of interest may be ECU Open Day and Computing and Security Showcase Evening.

PECAN+ Capture the Flag (Perth)

PECAN+ is a national cyber security Capture The Flag (CTF) competition developed and managed by the School of Science at Edith Cowan University (Western Australia). The Competition is open to Australian high school students in years 10-12. This collaborative initiative brings together higher education institutions, cyber security industry, teachers and students around an aim of raising cyber security awareness, skills and aspirations.

PrimeSCI! Science school holiday workshops, science nights and incursions (Victoria)

PrimeSCI! delivers exciting programs to ignite STEM curiosity in classrooms and develop the next generation of scientists. These include school holiday workshops, family science nights and primary school science incursions in Melbourne and around Victoria.

Swinburne Innovation Challenge (Melbourne)

The Swinburne Innovation Challenge runs over three weeks utilising a blended model of delivery. Small teams of high ability year 10 to 12 students will be supported through a scaffolded process to choose a challenge, ideate a solution and deliver a prototype and a short video pitch. The program includes a day on campus where students will have the opportunity to access our labs and teaching spaces and experience life as a university student. The program will run three sessions in 2024 in June, September and November.

It is increasingly important for children and young people to know how they can protect themselves, their privacy and data, and stay safe online. 

 

eSafety Commissioner eSafety Young People 

Useful information to help young people stay safe online. Topics include Fake news, Digital footprint and Online gaming.

 

eSafety Commissioner eSafety Kids

Useful information to help kids be esafe and navigate online interactions.

 

UNICEF Staying safe online

In an ever-changing online world, it is important for children and young people to know their rights, how to protect their privacy, stay safe, and how to be a good friend online. The online short information modules include Spotting fake news and images.

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