BiG DAY IN JUNIOR
BiG Day In Junior events are workshop based days for Year 5 and 6 students and are held at a primary school.
Students participate in between three & five 50 x minute hands on workshops to encourage them to study STEM subjects in high school (students from the host school participate in five workshops & students from invited schools participate in three workshops throughout the day)
In 2018, BiG Day In Junior events were held in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney (x 3), and Melbourne.
In 2019, we will be running at least seven BiG Day In Junior events around Australia in Sydney (3-4 events), Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart.
Big Day In Junior – links to the Australian Curriculum
by Dr Tim Kitchen
Senior Education Specialist, Adobe - APAC
Digital creativity, digital literacy, ICT skill development, design thinking and computation thinking are all fundamental aspects of the Australian Curriculum (AC) and are the essence of what is being fostered during each Big Day In Junior (BDIJ) program around Australia.
Within the AC, Critical and Creative Thinking as well as ICT Capability sit alongside Literacy and Numeracy as core F-10 general capabilities that are expected to be taught and assessed throughout Australia. Central to these general capabilities, is the statement derived from The (2008) Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians, that all young Australians become successful learners – conﬁdent and creative individuals – active and informed citizens.
The term multimodal text is found throughout the Australian English Curriculum as well as in other subjects. In the AC, it’s defined as combination of two or more communication modes such as print, image and spoken text, as in film or computer presentations. Examples of multimodal text include slide presentations, animation, book trailers, digital storytelling, live action film making, music videos and various web texts and social media (http://creatingmultimodaltexts.com). The focus of multimodal text in the AC encourages teachers to allow students to use the modern 21st century tools available to them to construct their learning in a multitude of creative ways.
The Digital Technologies Curriculum is based on encouraging students to develop computational thinking skills, a fundamental part of great software development. The BDIJ program provides a number of hands on workshops run by industry and university experts to help students develop their computation thinking skills and learning simple coding operations.
There are also a number of links between the BDIJ and the Media Arts Curriculum. Industry experts from leading digital creativity companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Adobe are proud to be involved with the Australian Computer Society Foundation to help provide opportunities for participants in the BDIJ to enhance their digital media and communication skills.
Here is the link to an article I wrote in 2016 following taking part in a BDIJ program titled What schools should be like every day - https://timkitchen.net/2016/12/19/jbdi/
Here is a link to a more recent BDIJ video I made to help support this amazing program that links so well to the AC and provides teachers and students with valuable connections to industry and universities.
2017 BiG Day In Junior - Sydney
Highlights from the 2017 BiG Day In Junior at Bentleigh West Primary School in Melbourne held on the 15th of November for Year 5 and 6 students.
Highlights from the 2016 BiG Day In Junior at Hilltop Road Public School in Merrylands held on 2 November for 900+ Year 5 and 6 students.