WE all know it's the way of the future, but research indicates technology will continue to lead the way when it comes to teachers and teaching.
St Columba Anglican School in Port Macquarie was leading the way earlier in the week when attendees from all over the country attended a computational thinking conference.
Computational Thinking involves using concepts found in computer sciences to integrate strategies, design systems, organise data logically, break down problems, interpret patterns and implement algorithms.
Put simply, computers and technology will continue to form an integral part of the syllabus looking into the future and computational thinking will be arguably more important than anything on offer.
Managing director of Professional excellence and innovation centre at SCAS Janet Geronimi said it was a vote of confidence for the school to host a conference of its kind.
"To have something like this in Port Macquarie is great because it enables regional centres to build so people don't have to travel to places like Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne," she said.
"It's the first type of event where you can have hands on, practical experience. It's important for teachers to learn how it fits into the curriculum.
"Computational thinking will become a part of the educational landscape into the 21st century and there has been a massive change in technology.
"The easiest way to describe computational thinking is that it's similar to the old-fashioned way of critical thinking."
A student expo was held in the hour before the conference with robots and remote-controlled lawnmowers taking centre stage.
Year eight student Zac Stewart created the lawnmower from parts found in a skip bin.
"I hate mowing the lawn and the controller has a range of about 100 metres so it's easy enough to use," he said.
"People have been asking when it's on the market."