About PL-in-a-Box

Welcome to PL-in-a-Box! 

PL-in-a-Box supports professional learning (PL) of Digital Technologies in your school or community. These resources are designed to support you or your team in delivering free professional learning sessions, workshops or events for Digital Technologies. 

We have a number of PL packs available, each of which provides anywhere between 1 and 3 hours of workshop materials for delivering PL in Digital Technologies. We have prepared PL packs in a variety of formats, including theme-based packs around core Digital Technologies topics, such as Visual Programming, Algorithms and Maker Spaces, and packs associated with our free CSER MOOC courses.

We have a number of different packages available. These include:  
  • Theme-based professional learning
  • MOOC-aligned professional learning
  • Year-band professional learning
Before accessing our PL-in-a-Box resources, we ask you to register and to provide us with a little bit of information about who you are. This is because we would like to continue to develop our resources to meet the needs of the community who are using them. We won't share your information with anyone outside of the CSER Group. You may unsubscribe from our site at any time. 

Our PL-in-a-Box Themes

Theme-based professional learning

These PL packs are built around common Digital Technologies Workshop topics, including Maker Spaces, Visual Programming, Algorithms and Binary, using both Plugged and Unplugged activity ideas. These packs will assist you in running special-purpose PL on Digital Technologies topics, working across a range of year bands. 

MOOC-aligned professional learning

We have also constructed PL packs around our free, open online professional learning courses. We have constructed a set of PL packs that will guide you through our F-6 Digital Technologies: Foundations course. You can combine these to form a workshop of your choice, or to help provide a series of events for a group to work together through the course. These PL workshops cover a specific Digital Technologies concept or learning area, across multiple year bands, and with reference to a range of contexts. 

Year-band professional learning

Our final set of PL packs are designed around specific or broad year-bands in the primary or secondary years. These workshops are well suited to introductory workshops in Digital Technologies, and may be a good starting point before moving on to the more specialised workshops above. 

Using the resources

Our PL Packs are provided under Creative Commons Attribution No-Commercialisation licensing, which means that you can freely use these PL packs to provide professional learning under non commercial arrangements.

Within each of our resource sets, you will find information about the session learning goal, objectives, links to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, along with a downloadable slide deck with facilitator notes. To use our resources, simply download and save the slides (to your Google slides or PowerPoint). You may customise and remix the resources to suit your context, audience needs, and session timeframe.

For more information about using our slides, we have facilitator notes in the following sections.