In this episode, Dr Peter Dalmaris and Marcus Schappi talk with Sanjin Dedic.

Sanjin has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working industry as an Engineer.

He then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level. Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding to robotics, to applied mathematics and microcontrollers.

These programs have been delivered to students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Queensland.

As head of eLearning at Techxellent, he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 45.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction - Introducing Sanjin Dedic
[01:42] Marcus' news
[03:45] Greetings
[04:59] Sanjin talks about his background in mechatronics and the oil industry, what brought him to teaching and teacher training, and his current work in developing curriculum and testing it out on gifted kids
[08:27] Why did Sanjin study mechatronics?
[09:08] What Sanjin was using during his studies between 2003-2007: microcontrollers, breadboards, machine language and MATLAB, Eiffel (object-oriented programming language)
[10:24] Being a dropout
[11:29] Sanjin's experience at the Australian National University, feeling that he was not being taught engineering in a practical sense
[14:50] How did Sanjin carry his experience and knowledge from the mining industry sector to education and has there been an influence?
[17:09] Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

  • [19:06] The story of Dropbox
  • [21:13] The minimum feature set that is required to support a product
  • [22:52] Finding the smallest possible amount of work you need to get valuable real-world feedback
  • [23:40] Applications of the MVP in Education

[26:53] The process of writing reports is something that should come after building a prototype that works

[28:25] What should a good report be like and what should it contain? Persuasive speech, answering all the "whys," information that is essential

[30:38] The media used for reports and presentations today - Tools like Prezi and Tinkercad

[32:20] Keeping notes

[34:44] Sanjin's preferred Electronics Kit for teaching: Arduino Zero to Hero

[37:46] Using processing on the desktop or processing.js

[38:05] What is Processing? - Turtle Logo (programming language) for Kids

[39:47] "Processing is to Programming what Arduino is to Electronics"

[41:54] Arduino web editors such as Codebender

[43:26] The New Way: BBC micro:bit MicroPython

[44:10] What makes a good curriculum in STEM according to Sanjin

[55:01] What is "special" about G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education)?

[56:59] People with high IQ are faster learners

[01:00:21] Sanjin's current challenges: Setting up trials for online programs with Gateways using Zoom and Repl.it - Preparing 8 lessons of teaching micro:bit

[01:01:52] Rapid Fire Questions

[01:02:02] Who has been the most influential in shaping the way Sanjin teaches? Colin Chapman, and Buck Darmon, his mentor at Keysborough College

[01:04:26] Sanjin and Peter discuss Sanjin's favorite app, Kanban Flow, and Productivity tips

[01:12:08] How does Sanjin boost his confidence in teaching STEM subjects?

[01:14:50] Parting thoughts and advice for Educators just starting out: “Have short learning units,” “break things down into structured and open-ended.”

[01:18:37] Sanjin's course in Techxellent: Getting Started with Scratch

Sanjin’s Contact Information: Email, Twitter, Facebook Page, YouTube, Website, Online Courses