October 19, 2017
by rcrellin
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DigiTech and STEM sessions

The VCAA are offering heaps of DigiTech and STEM sessions for free! If you cant get to a face-to-face one, tune into the online ones which run for a hour, generally after school.

Topics include:

  • Digital Systems Curriculum Unplugged (F-6)
  • Visual Programming Languages in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-6)
  • Digital devices in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (plugged) (F-6)
  • Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
  • Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
  • Teaching to the Data and Information strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Creating Digital Solutions strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Digital Systems strand (F-10)
  • Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Simple circuits in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Drones in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • What do marble runs and mini golf have to do with STEM in the primary years?
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Level 7 – 10)

Find out more and register at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

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October 18, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge

August 17- November 17, 2017

Are you up to the CHALLENGE of creating the VICTORIAN CYBER GENERATION? 

Minister Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, recently announced a ‘Call to Action’ for all Victorian schools and tertiary institutions to register students and complete the Cyber Security Experience. The Victorian Government will award the Victorian schools and tertiary institutions with the highest rate of participation.

Student and teachers can get involved, win prizes and importantly build their confidence with Cyber security skills linked to innovation and technology.

Go to the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge www.dayofstem.com.au/cybervic.html and sign up today to be part of this important initiative offering teachers online free professional development and students’ new understanding and skills in Cyber.

Excited about the Victoria Schools Challenge and want your school involved?
Renee Hoareau, an education specialist, can assist schools with in-class, co-curricular activities, professional learning or online support. Contact Renee at renee@lifejourney.us

 


Get involved in the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge Webinar

Thursday 19 October 4:00pm to 5:00pm 
Presenter: Renee Hoareau
Adobe Connect session https://connect.vic.edu.au/cybervicschoolschallenge/

Register NOW at https://goo.gl/xqv2eQ

The Minister for Innovation, Small Business and Trade, the Hon Phillip Dalidakis has a Call to Action to all Victorian schools to participate in the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge. Renee Hoareau will introduce the Challenge and how schools can enrich their STEM curriculum.
Learn:

  • what, why and how of the 2017 Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge to get your school involved
  • how students participate, what students learn
  • about the free teacher resources
  • how teachers can access free online professional learning gaining a certificate in the Fundamentals of Cyber
  • how to win student and teacher awards prizes

Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge – Optus Cyber Security Experience Webinar

Tuesday 24 October 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Presenter: Renee Hoareau
Adobe Connect session https://connect.vic.edu.au/cybervicschoolschallenge2/

Register NOW at https://goo.gl/83vvrg

The Optus Cyber Security Challenge is the main learning activity for students and teachers in the Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge. Renee will introduce student and teacher components of the Day of STEM Program 4.

  • Students
    Learn about me
    Build a Cyber Resume
    Explore Cyber Security mentor journeys
    Field Trips
    Beyond the Optus Cyber Security Experience
  • Teachers
    Teacher Dashboard
    Teacher’s student experience of the Optus Cyber Security Experience
    Student Challenges
    Explore Cyber Security mentors journeys
    Steve Morrill, Cyber Teacher Mentor journey
    Field Trips
    Cyber Teacher
    Cyber teaching resources and links to interdisciplinary learning activities
    CompTIA fundamentals in Cyber online course
    STEM enrichment activities using Cyber as a theme

 

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October 18, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Melbourne City Experience – Professional Learning Day for teachers

Monday 13 November, 8.45am – 3.30pm
Arts Centre, Melbourne
To make a booking visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/mce

The Melbourne City Experience project is a collaboration between 30 plus cultural organisations within the Melbourne CBD to offer education programs to school students. The professional learning day is an opportunity for teachers to participate in one of several trails to help them in their planning of a city experience for their students.

Representatives from each of the 30 participating cultural originations will be available throughout the day to provide advice and information about their programs as well as tips and tricks for planning multi-site excursions. Leaders in location-based learning design will present ideas on how to develop rich, authentic learning experiences unique to Melbourne.

Teachers are asked to bring along a smart device to access information about venues and programs. The ‘Fast Five’ session will provide an opportunity to share information about new technology/apps tjhat could be incorporated into a City Experience program. 

This event is usually of particular interest to Year 9 teachers, however teachers from both the primary and secondary sector are welcome.  

The full day program is this year, being hosted by Arts Centre Melbourne on Monday 13 November 2017 from 8.45am – 3.30pm (registration from 8.30 am).

To make a booking visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/mce

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October 16, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Carrum PS DigiTech Conference 2017

Carrum PS Digitech Conference 2017:  ‘A Student Showcase’
Thursday 9th November 
Carrum Primary School, Walkers Road, Carrum Victoria.

The Digitech Conference 2017 will be a day of dynamic exploration and discovery for students and teachers.
Digitech Conference 2017 is a FREE event for schools, developed by the Northern Peninsula Digital Technology Teachers Network.

This Conference is designed as an interactive program for students and teachers.

Students and Teachers will:

  • Discover and Experience Microsoft HoloLens with Trent Ray (Microsoft Learning Consultant)
  • Explore self-guided game making with Code Camp
  • Experience ‘hands on’ activities using a wide selection of Robotics and 3D Printers supplied by Modern Teaching Aids
  • Experience ‘hands on’ action in a variety of workshops conducted by Students, showcasing great Digitech activities. Workshop sessions include: Mindstorms EV3 programming, Scratch Gaming Arcade, Sphero Programming, mBot Programming, RoboCup Junior (robot dancing), Blue-Bots (programming by Prep Students), Micro: bit programming, Raspberry Pi demonstrations, Augmented Reality with Aurasma, App Making with Code.Org, Explain Everything App creation, Restart Project: re-cycling RC Cars & Laptops, Create Virtual School Tours with Google My Maps, Drone programming, Touch Cast (video making with Green Screen), LittleBits electronic experiments, and many more!

To register your school for the Conference, please email: digitechconference@carrumps.vic.edu.au

Please include your school name, names of teachers and students who would like to attend.

General Information:

  • Conference Registration is between 8.50am – 9.15am
  • Conference Program will run from 9.15am – 2.45pm
  • Students and staff to BYO lunch and snacks

For more information, please contact Marcus Mulcahy at Carrum Primary School on mulcahy.marcus.j@edumail.vc.gov.au or phone 9772 1117.

 

 

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October 13, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Education in Games Summit

Make digital a cornerstone of your classroom practice

Join expert educators at ACMI for the Education in Games Summit 2017
27 October 2017

Tickets are selling fast so, don’t miss out.

Book now for #EiGS17

 

The summit: $150 per participant

Early birds: First 50 tickets sold also receive a day pass to PAX on Saturday 28 October

Special: Bring 4 teachers for the price of 3 – $450

Bookings:  http://tickets.acmi.net.au/auxiliary/PSDetail.aspx?psn=31387&promo=screeneducationonline

The Education in Games Summit (#EiGS17) showcases best practice implementation of games and their positive impact on student learning. Exploring, understanding, critiquing and making games provides students powerful skills and capabilities to take them into the future. The summit aims to empower teachers to inspire students to navigate and develop greater learning challenges.

Keynote speaker Eric Jordan (CEO of Codename Entertainment)  kicks off the day demonstrating how profoundly applicable game development skills are right across the modern jobs market. He’ll be followed by a program of practical sessions and talks. For the full program click on https://www.acmi.net.au/eigs17

#EiGS17 is created by ACMI, Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, as part of Melbourne International Games Week alongside a range of activities highlighting and advancing Melbourne’s vibrant video games culture and its internationally renowned games development industry.

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October 11, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Secondary School Software Suite

The Department is currently updating its eduSTAR Secondary School Software Suite to provide Victorian government secondary schools with comprehensive, up-to-date digital tools and software to support the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum and achievement of Education State targets.

During Term 3, 2017, Victorian government secondary schools were provided with access to 20 seats (licences) of the latest version of Sibelius. These are perpetual licences (do not expire) with one year of upgrades and support provided.

Sibelius 
Sibelius is considered one of the world’s foremost music composition teaching resources. It leads the market in overall software functionality and support infrastructure. Music teachers who incorporate Sibelius into their lessons are able to demonstrate music theory and composition concepts, and students are able to create their own pieces of music while developing their understanding of these concepts.

This software can be used to support the implementation of Victorian Curriculum: Arts – Music.

Sibelius software is required for creating and submitting an assessment for VCE Music Performance – Unit 2. Key skills that the unit teaches for composition is to input and edit work using digital technologies, software and equipment and for improvisation it is to record and edit the improvised performance using digital technologies, software and equipment.

Sibelius Professional Development Session Dates
*To register for an event, please email ben@futuremusic.com.au with the name of your school, the session you are attending and the name of staff attending.
*Please note:  
There is no cost involved to register and we can allow for up to 3 members of staff from each school to attend.

Sibelius Basics – Getting Started The Right Way
Monday 23rd October
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre – 4pm to 6.30pm

What To Bring

  • Your laptop with Sibelius installed
  • Headphones
  • IMPORTANT: a full-sized computer keyboard which has a numeric keypad on the right side AND a mouse to plug into your laptop.  If you don’t already have a keyboard and mouse, please buy/borrow/beg/steal them (!) for the duration of this workshop.  It is imperative have these for the efficient use of Sibelius

 

Sibelius Basics – Getting Started The Right Way
Wednesday 29th November
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre – 4pm to 6.30pm

What To Bring

  • Your laptop with Sibelius installed
  • Headphones
  • IMPORTANT: a full-sized computer keyboard which has a numeric keypad on the right side AND a mouse to plug into your laptop.  If you don’t already have a keyboard and mouse, please buy/borrow/beg/steal them (!) for the duration of this workshop.  It is imperative have these for the efficient use of Sibelius.


Meet the presenter: Katie Wardrobe, Midnight Music

Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer, consultant, blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping music teachers through her business Midnight Music (www.midnightmusic.com.au). She runs hands-on workshops, presents regularly at conferences and she offers online training and support to music teachers all over the world through her music technology professional development community – the Midnight Music Community. Katie is also the host of the Music Tech Teacher podcast.

 

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October 10, 2017
by rcrellin
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DigiTech Webinars

VCAA Specialitst Teachers are running webinars over Term 4 to supprt the implementaiton of Digital Technologies and STEM – find more here.

Some DigiTech on offer this week:

11 October (Wednesday)      Megan van der Velden (VCAA Specialist Teacher)   3.45pm

Title:   Introduction to the Digital Technologies curriculum (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Introduction to the curriculum
  • Ways of thinking
  • Strands
  • Key terms
  • Levels
  • Overview

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum as a continuum. Content of the session includes discussion around: ways of thinking, strands, key terms, content descriptions, achievement standards, levels and some examples of how to approach the teaching. This session will be suitable for teachers with little or no knowledge of the curriculum.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9987/Digital-Coding-Online—Introduction-to-the-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-F-10


12 October (Thursday)           Sean Irving (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          3.45pm

Title:   Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Digital Technologies (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Brief overview of the curriculum
  • Discussion of scope and sequence
  • Mapping the curriculum
  • Suggested activities
  • Cross-curricular connections

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to planning for the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum and scope and sequence. Content of the session will include: examples of how the curriculum will be mapped, discussion of sample activities and units as well as potential connections across the curriculum. This session will be suitable for teachers with a basic knowledge of the curriculum. Curriculum leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9988/Digital-Coding-Online-Curriculum-Planning-and-Assessment-for-Digital-Technologies-F10


13 October (Friday)                 Steve Allen (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          11.00am

Title:   Digital Technologies curriculum unplugged (F-6)

Time:   1 hour (11.00 – 12.00 noon)

Outline:         

  • Exploration of the curriculum
  • Unplugged activities
  • Teaching without devices
  • Resources
  • Approaches to teaching

Abstract:

This online session will be for teachers of the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-6 exploring the curriculum with limited access to digital devices. Teachers will learn about powerful and proven techniques to reinforce the understanding and thinking that underpins the curriculum. This session will be suitable for all F-6 teachers.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9989/Digital-Coding-Online-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-unplugged-F6

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September 21, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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#MissMakesCode Teacher & Teacher Librarian Training

After the success of Gary Stager’s recent visit to MEC, we are proud to be hosting another Digital Technologies PD.

#MissMakesCode Teacher & Teacher Librarian Training
Thursday October 19th  at Maryborough Education Centre (term 4, week 2)

#MissMakesCode is being run by the Girl Geek Academy and is targeted at Early Primary Years’ Teachers wanting to inspire young girls to use Digital Technologies.

Purchase tickets for $59 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/missmakescode-teacher-librarian-training-maryborough-tickets-37912381955  

This fun and engaging event will feature:

  • explicit teaching activities for visible thinking, problem solving
  • GUI design so that young girls are able to.
  • utilising iPad Apps to teach and hone skills
  • understanding algorithms and coding structures of sequence, selection and iteration (loops)
  • techniques for testing and debugging
  • encouraging girls to work in a variety of computational ways to solve problems and create apps/games via coding
  • catering for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea

 

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September 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Term 3/4 School Holidays – NAO Workshops for Students!

Swinburne University will be holding a NAO workshop for students over the Term 3/4 school holidays.  NAO robotics course is designed to introduce students to programming and enable them to work closely with these robots. Students will be introduced to motion and sonar sensors, voice recognition and sound and vision tracking through hands-on practical activities which will bring the NAO robots to life. 

What is NAO?

NAO is a little character with a unique combination of hardware and software: it consists of sensors, motors and software driven by a dedicated operating system. NAO gets its magic from its programming and animation.

The workshop will be run over 3 days (9-3pm) on the 4,5,6 October at Swinburne.

For further information and registrations please visit https://www.trybooking.com/313921

These workshops will be available to students from Years 6 -Year 9 and will be limited to 10 students per workshop.

The cost per workshop is $300.

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