Philosophy of Technology: Humans vs Machines – Final Week

In this final session we discussed some of the best sci-fi films that explore issues of technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and more. In particular we discussed the film Ex Machina and watched some scenes from the movie. Kerry has recommended Ex Machina¬†from week 1 of the course and says it was one of the best … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Humans vs Machines – Final Week

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Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 9

The penultimate week of the course. This week we focused on self-driving cars and drone technology. We started by talking about how the motor vehicle has shaped our urban environments. Cities are designed around cars, street layout, bridges, intersections, tunnels, road signs, traffic lights and more, it is all because of the car. When something … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 9

Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 6

This week's session focused on AI and Machine Ethics. Kerry began the session by talking about a recent article and an interview with Elon Musk on Lateline talking about humans merging with machines. You can access the article in question by clicking here. This idea is not new and has been around for over 50 … Continue reading Philosophy of Technology: Human vs Machine – Week 6

Innovation Lecture 2016 – Marita Cheng

On Wednesday September 14th I attended the Warren Centre Innovation Lecture 2016. This year's speaker was Marita Cheng, founder of RoboGals and the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. This was the second time I have seen Marita speak, the first time being earlier this year at the Future Schools Expo in Sydney. Marita is … Continue reading Innovation Lecture 2016 – Marita Cheng

Year 5, MARS & STEM in Term 1

What an awesome term of STEM we had in year 5! The main objectives were to learn about the planet Mars, space missions to Mars, the role of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the people that work there, discover if humans could live on Mars and what life would be like there. So, … Continue reading Year 5, MARS & STEM in Term 1

Pluto, polygons and Sphero

Today's Sphero lesson with my two year 4 classes focused on coding Sphero to trace polygons on the floor. Students were not very¬†familiar with polygons and some of the other terms in the lesson, however, during the starter it was evident that some girls had some knowledge, enough for the lesson at least. Students were … Continue reading Pluto, polygons and Sphero

Robotics in the Classroom – MacICT Workshop

Today I attended the Robotics in the Classroom professional learning workshop at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. The course was presented by John Burfoot, an experienced teacher and robotics educator who has spoken and presented at numerous events in Australia and internationally. He began by talking about a recent conference he attended in San Diego, USA, … Continue reading Robotics in the Classroom – MacICT Workshop