November 22, 2019
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Google for Education – Breathing New Life into Old Computers

Come and join the Google for Education team for the afternoon, you can expect to learn more about Neverware’s CloudReady OS, technology that transforms old IT into Chrome machines. Given current budgetary pressures and compliance demands, it’s more important than ever to find practical solutions that increase secure, affordable access to technology in schools.
Google are invitinge Educators and IT admins to bring 1 old PC, Mac, or Netbook per school. They will be flashing these old devices with CloudReady, an operating system based on Google’s Chromium OS. CloudReady breathes new life into old hardware, enabling schools to get extra use out of devices that may otherwise collect dust.

At the end of the event, these devices will be returned to you as “new” fast, reliable CloudReady Machine(s). Please make sure your device is a 64 bit device and has an unlocked BIOS (Built in Operating System)

To learn more about Neverware Cloudready check out their website: https://www.neverware.com/edu

Where: Melbourne Google Office, 161 Collins Street, Melbourne
When: 3rd December 2:00pm – 5:00pm 
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November 11, 2019
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Digital Learning News

Whats in the latest Digital Learning News?

  • Stile – Escape Room: The next element lesson plan
  • Microsoft Tune-up recruiting new schools
  • Safer Internet Day 2020 Virtual classroom
  • DET provision of LinkedIn Learning
  • New resources from the eSafety Commissioner, Wolfram and GTAV
  • Professional learning and events from Microsoft, Adobe, ClickView, ACTF, Google and much more

View the November edition of the Digital Learning News 

 

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November 7, 2019
by rcrellin
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GameDev 2019 at Wyndham Tech

Our guest blogger is Lynne Telfer from Wyndham Tech

Wyndham Tech School will be receiving high scores with the Wyndham Partner schools as it runs its inaugural Game Development Convention ‘GameDev 2019’ on the 4th and 5th December. This series of taste tester workshops will allow Wyndham District students to find out more about the vast opportunities in Victoria’s and Australia’s fast-growing Video Game Industry.

“Award-winning games will be on display and ready for play as our students learn from the some of the best in the Video Game industry,” said Lynne Telfer, organiser of  GameDev, “We are fortunate to have such a prominent and emerging quality Game Development industry in our city and that spurred us on to bring insightful learning experiences linking the industry straight to our students. The support from the industry has been tremendous.”

“We have a famous Youtuber ready to teach about animation and how to promote your ideas.”

There will also be cosplay, competitions, and esports.

“All workshops are run by industry experts and are linked to the Victorian curriculum, ensuring our students  receive a high-quality experience as they explore the many facets and career pathways in the industry, “said Zoran Vasic, Interim Director of Wyndham Tech School, “We are excited to bring a career opportunity to our students that they will remember for years to come.”

“We are lucky to be hosted by Victoria University Polytechnic and look forward to showing how they can lead to careers in game development and other aspects of future employment. DET Teaching and Learning will be showing their own use of serious gaming using Minecraft as a game engine. ”

There is still room on both days so If your school is in the Wyndham area please contact Lynne Telfer on lynnette.telfer@vu.edu.au to book.

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October 7, 2019
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Digitech Conference 2019 – A Student Showcase

The Digitech Conference will be held on Friday 8 November at Carrum Primary School. This Conference is designed as an interactive “kids teaching kids” program for students and teachers. Each school can send 1-2 teachers and between 4-8 students.

At Digitech 2019, students and teachers will:

  • be inspired by Student Keynote Addresses on App & Game Development
  •  experience ‘hands on’ action in a variety of workshops conducted by students, showcasing great Digitech activities. Workshop sessions include: Drone Programming, Swift Playgrounds, Ozobots, Scratch Gaming, Microbit action, Game Maker, Airblock, VEX Robots, Mindstorms EV3 programming, Sphero Chariot Races, Derby Track vehicle construction, Augmented Reality Workshops, Minecraft in Education – City X Project, App Lab – App Making, Animation Making in Animation Desk, 3D Designing in Sketch Up, Green Screen, Podcasting ‘How To’, Internet Radio Broadcasting, Makerspace Arcade and many more!
  • access teacher PD hosted by Apple on ‘Coding & App Dev on iPads’ and ‘VR & AR in the Classroom’.

There are two student competitions (with prizes!):

  •  ‘Robots Alive’: Program a robot to dance in a 1.5m x 1.5m space for 1 minute
  •  ‘Design A Game’: Code a playable game using SCRATCH, Minecraft or any other game code builder.

Digitech Conference 2019 is a FREE event for schools, developed by the Northern Peninsula Digital Technology Teacher & Student Network.

Find out more

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August 26, 2019
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Online Friends and Strangers Virtual Classroom

Online friends and strangers

The Office of the e-safety Commissioner will run a virtual classroom for Years 4-5 exploring online safety and relationships. The presentation is designed to empower students with the skills to enable them to identify and establish personal online safety boundaries. They will develop skills to identify problematic situations which may impact their online safety as well as consider reporting processes for themselves and others.

Choose from one of the following sessions for Victorian teachers:

  • Thursday 5 September 10:45 – 11:45am
  • Thursday 5 September 2:00 – 3:00pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/online-friends-and-strangers-tickets-66540019991

Find out more about the virtual classrooms run by the Office of the e-safety Commissioner.

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August 15, 2019
by creidy
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TWO DET-FUNDED PLACES – Developing Gifted Potential Professional Learning THIS SATURDAY

Program overview

This exciting program focuses on psychological aspects in the development of gifted and talented children and adolescents. The program examines talent development of individuals in a range of talent domains, theories of optimal human development and the interplay of the individual’s abilities and creativity.

Specific issues of focus are the social and emotional development of the gifted, counselling gifted and talented students, underachieving gifted students, as well as gender and giftedness.

Aims of the program

To gain knowledge and understanding of the psychological (social and emotional) needs of gifted and talented individuals, as social-emotional development is integral to understanding the emergence of giftedness.

To gain knowledge and understanding of talent development and creativity.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for secondary and primary teachers, and school leaders with an interest in gifted education. Teachers,psychologists or school leaders who already work in selective high schools, or in programs with giftedhigh ability students, will find the program particularly relevant.

Participants will develop an understanding of:

• The social and emotional needs of gifted students as well as strategies to support their individual developmental needs.

• Awareness of the nature of creativity and strategies for developing creativity.

• The development of specific talent domains in individuals.

• The basic issues related to counselling the underachieving gifted student.

• Theories of intelligence and personality underpinning creativity and student performance.

• Gender and giftedness.

Delivery dates

Sat 17 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

Sun 18 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 4 pm

Sat 31 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

Sat 14 Sept. 2019: 10 am – 4 pm

Venue

Monash University, Faculty of Education, Clayton campus.

Registration

To register for the program, please complete your application form online

Fees

Teacher scholarships for DET teachers are available to cover the program fee, which is $2,083.33 (GST inclusive).

This fee includes program materials, assessment, and morning and afternoon tea.

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August 13, 2019
by creidy
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Screen It Ambassadors announced

Angourie Rice (Spiderman: Homecoming, The Nice Guys), Kamil Ellis (Nowhere Boys, Cleverman) and Lisy Kane (co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, pictured) are joining ACMI’s Screen It program as ambassadors for the second year in a row.

They are joined this year by Brad Hennessey, a Screen It 2017 winner for his game An Aspie Life. Brad’s game is all about autism spectrum disorder during teen years. It has won critical acclaim and three national awards. Brad is now undertaking a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments at Queensland University of Technology.

Screen It entries close Wednesday 25 September.

For further tips and tricks, check out ACMI’s handy Screen It online resource here.

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August 10, 2019
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We want to hear from you

Have your say on how you and your colleagues use the Department’s digital education resources. The Department wants feedback from teachers about how you use digital educational resources for teaching and learning.  Your feedback will form part of a research and evaluation project that will help the Department provide better and more relevant resources for schools.

We want to know how teachers:

  • use digital content
  • locate digital content
  • determine the relevance and quality of digital content
  • deliver resources to students and judge whether they have been effective or not
  • access and use online professional learning.

We are collecting information via and online survey and a virtual focus group.

A teacher survey (approx. 10 minutes)

Teacher focus group – held online, Wednesday 4 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (CRT available) contact crellin.rachel.a@edumail.vic.gov.au to express interest.

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