Digital Learning News

July 27, 2016
by Jillian Brown

200 ‘Ideas to Try’ for using digital technologies for Prep teachers

Here are some practical ideas for teachers and students at Foundation level (Prep)  to use digitalPic2 technologies in learning and teaching. Linked to all areas of the Victorian Curriculum (VC) it is a handy resource to have when planning, and includes a number of activities extending to VC Level 2.Picture1

Created by the Digital Learning Team at the Department of Education (Victoria), the activities use all sorts of technologies including iPads, computers, notebooks and cameras. ‘Ideas to Try’ features selected websites and Apps all available in FUSE.

Through this resource, other year levels will find ideas of interest to integrate technologies into their classrooms too. The FUSE ID is 58YNC9 or use the link

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June 15, 2016
by louisegregoire

Screen Futures Summit 2016





ATOM and ACMI are excited to announce the program launch for the 2016 Screen Futures Summit:

To view the full schedule of sessions and speakers, and to connect with other delegates, please download the Guidebook app (available for iOS and Android) and search for ‘Screen Futures’. (Alternatively, you can view the list here.)

To register, visit

This is your chance to be part of this unique conference that brings together the screen and education industries to create connections and drive debate around the future of the screen.




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May 19, 2016
by Jillian Brown

STEM web conference – Thursday 26th May 2016


The Convergence Science Network (@ConverSci) & John Monash Science School (@JohnMonash) are excited to launch the Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) on Thursday 26th of May with the first of six interactive web conferences for 2016. These conferences will be of interest to secondary school students and teachers studying STEM subjects.

Inspire – STEM Stories

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Thursday May 26, 2016

REGISTER via Eventbrite

Dr Harris Eyre MBBS (Hons.), Fulbright (UCLA; ’14)

Harris Eyre is a medical doctor with interest in neuroscience entrepreneurship. He is currently a Fellow in Medical Management at Melbourne Health, and Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of CNSDose (@cnsdose), a depression technology start-up. Harris has recently returned from his Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA.

Harris Eyre’s keynote presentation will begin with an introduction to the concept of ‘Convergence Science’ and why it is critical to future innovation. Harris will tell his story of how he became a medical doctor, research scientist and entrepreneur. His presentation aims to illustrate the need for convergence science and encourage students to study STEM subjects today and in the years ahead.

Conference attendees will be invited to ask Harris questions via the virtual classroom environment.



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May 19, 2016
by Sandy Phillips

‘Making’ session for your students with Schuyler St Leger today

‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM AEST – 1:00:00 PM AEST    Schuyler St Leger

A 14-year-old with a passion for taking things apart and rebuilding them
will present his own seminar during Education Week.
Schuyler St Leger from Arizona, USA has become an international advocate
for the art of making thanks to his innate curiosity in everything
technology, from electronics to software and robotics.
‘My love for making started when I learned to knit,’ Schuyler said.
‘It just took off from there. I loved the idea of being able to build
something from nothing.’
It didn’t take long before Schuyler had completely immersed himself in a
world of technology and creating. At the age of just 11 years old, Schuyler
was delivering presentations on how 3D-printing worked and even
presenting its potential to students of all ages across the United States. As Education Week kicks off this week in Australia, Schuyler has partnered with tech giant Intel, and will deliver a virtual presentation to Victorian
students across the state called, ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger. Alongside similarly talented young Victorians makers, Schuyler’s presentation will look at he got his start in the field, what he likes to make and how other kids can get involved.
‘Don’t be afraid to take things apart, break them and learn how they work,’
Schuyler said. ‘That’s what fascinated me with making and technology, being able to see
how something works and to put it back together and even improve on it.’
Education Week will run until 21 May and is a great opportunity for staff and students to learn new skills and to investigate the immense world of educational opportunities available as part of the STEM curriculum.
Schuyler’s presentation will run this coming Thursday, 19 May at 11.00am using Adobe Connect. Interested staff and students are encouraged to register for the webinar, see: ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
For more events running this week, see:
Education Week
• DigiPubs

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May 10, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Education Week: 15-21 May 2016

Get involved, be intrigued and inspired by technology during Education Week from 15-21 May 2016.

Celebrate technology during Education Week and get your staff, students and local community involved in some of these fun-filled activities. Participation can be as simple as a coding with iPads to the design and production of games, animations and live-action films. For more activities from our partner organisations see Calendar for Free Activities​.

This year’s technology theme will see hundreds of schools and early years services participate in the week, from 15-21 May 2016, through open days, exhibitions, themed class activities and other special events.

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May 5, 2016
by Jillian Brown

‘Technology, Design and the Moving Image’

Education Week 2016

There are two programs suitable for secondary students:

Each program will begin with a talk mapping digital and design technology solutions for making moving image productions. You will then see these ideas take shape in a screening of outstanding student-made productions from Screen It and the ATOM Awards.ATOM

These programs are free but bookings are essential.

Click here to register for the EAL Program.

Click here to register for the Secondary Program


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May 2, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Outreach Virtual Classroom

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is working with education departments and the Independent and Catholic education sectors across Australia to offer a range of Virtual Classrooms. Using the latest developments in online shared learning, Virtual Classrooms allow an Outreach trainer to reach many schools, even in remote areas.

Presentations are usually about 30–40 minutes in length, allow student participation under teacher guidance and include recommended complementary resources.

Upper primary: CyberbullyingCyberbulling montage

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

The presentation will assist students to:

  • identify ways to manage and prevent cyberbullying behaviour
  • seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying
  • be ‘good’ bystanders if they witness cyberbullying
  • recognise bullying online
  • deal with cyberbullying behaviour.

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and answers.

Upper primary: Being a good bystanderBe a good bystander

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

The presentation will assist students to:

  • consider the impact of their actions when posting photos and comments
  • be ‘good’ bystanders if they witness cyberbullying
  • discuss appropriate actions when being a good bystander.

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and discussions.

Upper primary: Making good choices onlineWoman standing by a laptop computer

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

The presentation will assist students to:

  • think before spreading content that may upset others
  • consider the best choice of action
  • use the TEC – Think, Evaluate, Choose tool to achieve the best outcome for everyone
  • to discuss choices with a trusted adult

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature polling and interactive questions.



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April 25, 2016
by Jillian Brown

FabLearn Australia 2016: Regional and Remote Schools Offer

Lauriston Girls’ School is once again holding its fablearn conference in 2016. The conference will run over two days, and includes workshops, an educator panel and keynotes from industry leaders. Click here to view the conference program.fablearn3

Take Advantage of the Regional Offer

Thanks to a funding grant from Boeing Australia, Lauriston is able to offer a number of FabLearn Bursaries. This means that teachers from rural or remote schools across Victoria can come free of charge and, in some smaller schools, Lauriston will also pay the cost for a casual relief teacher replacement on the Friday (20 May).

How To Apply

To secure one of these free places for yourself, simply send a letter explaining how you fit the following criteria:

  1. Work in a rural or remote school in Victoria
  2. Have an interest in embedding innovative STEAM activities in the classroom
  3. Have an interest in design, technology and making

Send your completed letter to Nick Thornton, Director of The Lauriston Institute or call 03 9864 7611


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April 21, 2016
by Jillian Brown

‘Most Likely to Succeed’ – film screenings and panel

MLTS2Join fellow educators and community members in a special screening of the edu-documentary ‘Most Likely to Succeed’, followed by post film discussion, as we consider the question:MLTS quote

How do we best prepare our students for their future?

This inspirational film explores the possibilities of education when we provide opportunities for students to have strong student agency over their learning.

‘Most Likely to Succeed’ looks at how one school has adopted a fresh approach to educating their students with great results.

It explores the possibilities of how learning environments, building on passion and expertise, giving students a voice and leveraging partnerships with parents and school community, can have a positive impact on student learning.

This award winning film reaffirms some of the great things we are doing in our schools, and raises questions about what else can be done to provide our students with the best education.

Please note: This film contains one word of profanity, so it not suitable for primary school aged children.

When Tuesday 10th May, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Templestowe College, Lower Templestowe

: Monday 16th May, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Bookings can made via Capital Box Office on: 5434 6100 or at


When Tuesday 24th May, 4:30pm – 6:45pm
Where: Templestowe College, Lower Templestowe
(facilitated table discussion after the screening)

WhenTuesday 7th June, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Bastow, North Melbourne

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April 18, 2016
by Jillian Brown

2016 Quantum Victoria PrintACar Challenge

Registrations are now open to ALL Victorian students for the 2016 PrintACar Challenge.  Entries close on Friday 22nd April.printacar

This event is FREE and schools are encouraged to nominate up to TWO teams comprising of four students each.

Schools can book into the ‘Preparing for the PrintACar 3D Printing Challenge Program’ which is full day an onsite program at Quantum Victoria, subject to availability.

Below is the Field guide outlining the guidelines and the criteria in which the teams will be judged on

All registered teams will compete on Qualifying day, Thursday 18th August 2016 to earn a place in the PrintACar final to be held at the University of Melbourne during the 3D Printing Showcase in October (date to be confirmed).

Teachers can also register for the ‘STEM in Context through 3D Printing & CAD’ professional learning at Quantum Victoria on Friday 6th May. There is a limited number of fully subsidised places for DET teachers.

Please contact Anna to register your student teams, for the ‘PrintACar Student Program’ or for the professional learning by email or for further enquiries contact by phone: 92231460.




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