Digital champions head to Mount Isa for Digital Skills Roadshow

​Digital Skills for all Queenslanders Regional Roadshow arrives in Mount Isa on Monday August 28 at the Civic Centre.

DIGITAL NATIVE: Students throughout North West Queensland have been hands-on with new technologies in the Advance Queensland Digital Skills Regional Roadshow, coming to Mount Isa on Monday, August 28. Photo: supplied

DIGITAL NATIVE: Students throughout North West Queensland have been hands-on with new technologies in the Advance Queensland Digital Skills Regional Roadshow, coming to Mount Isa on Monday, August 28. Photo: supplied

Students, teachers and librarians are invited to get hands-on with digital technology in workshops delivered by experts and real life practitioners.

There is no public expo component as previously announced, but members of the public are invited to participate in a discussion on community digital literacy and digital inclusion from 3.30pm in the foyer.

The roadshow is run by the Queensland Digital Economy & Productivity team, within the Department of Science, Information Technology & Innovation.

Andrew Spina, Assistant Director-General of Digital Productivity and Services, said the roadshow could not happen without digital champions to facilitate the workshops.

“Here within Queensland we have a fantastic initiative; the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions.”

“Essentially they are people who are devoting their time to spreading the word and using their skills to assist others to become more digitally literate,” Mr Spina said.

There are currently 66 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions, plus another 51 in the Champions’ Alumni.

Mr Spina acknowledged these enlightened teachers, volunteers, and the State Library of Queensland who have partnered up to build interest within regional communities.

“It’s also so we can have a conversation with the public in each of those regions, about what’s working, what’s currently happening to educate people on the potential uses of digital technology, and what more work needs to be done.”

Workshop places are strictly limited, and must be registered for online.

Workshops include:

  • ‘Digitally Transformed & Inclusive Community Living’ – presented by Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Anne Livingstone
  • ‘Coding Kids’ – presented by Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Emily de la Pena
  • ‘Add Wi-Fi to Everything’ – presented by Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Mic Black
  • ‘She Flies’ – presented by Kellie-Ann Robinson
  • ‘Robotics & Technology in the Classroom’ – presented by State Library of Queensland & Digital Careers
  • ‘The Robots are coming (plus so much more!)’ – presented by State Library of Queensland
  • ‘Prototype Explosives Detectors’ – exhibit presented by Paul Shaw

A full program with workshop details is available at godigitalqld.dsiti.qld.gov.au