The critical shortage of qualified Design & Technologies teachers is the biggest issue faced by our learning area. DATTA Vic is advocating on our members' behalf to government and the tertiary sector, but we know more short-term solutions are required.
In 2019, we set up our first Teaching Design Masterclass. This program is targeted at new and existing teachers who may not have had initial Technologies teacher training but are currently teaching the D&T curriculum in secondary schools.
Since then, with support from Creative Futures, we have adapted the masterclass for an online format, which we deliver once per term over a 5 week period.
In the Masterclasses, participants are introduced to a wide range of topics, including:
*NOTE - This is not a program to train teachers in the use of machinery and tools. It is intended as a means of support for educators faced with delivering an unfamiliar curriculum and offers an approach to developing programs teaching the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills without the use of the usual power tools and machines found in the Design & Technologies workshop. DATTA Vic’s main priority is to continue to advocate for a governmental response to the need to grow the number of opportunities for initial teacher education in Design & Technologies.,
In 2020, we also piloted a Success with Systems Engineering Masterclass in partnership with Banyule Nillumbik Tech School with support from the Google Educator Professional Development Grant.
This program aims:
For information on our next Masterclass program, browse our Professional Learning calendar or contact Laura at email@example.com.