December 11, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Safter Internet Day 2018 Virtual Classroom

Tuesday 6 February  09:30AM
Wednesday 7 February 11:00AM (repeat)

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-better-internet-starts-with-you-safer-internet-day-tickets-40996199737

In 2018, the Safer Internet Day theme is ‘A better internet starts with you’.

The Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner is hosting an online presentation (Adobe Connect) from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner which will assist students from Years 4, 5 and 6 to:

  • Identify the benefits of belonging to an online community
  • Identify how valuing and respecting diversity online and offline contributes to the wellbeing of a community
  • Identify strategies for creating a respectful and inclusive online and offline school community
  • Understand the process of reporting serious cyberbullying .

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

The presentation will be a guided experience for classrooms with complementary resources aligned to the theme.

The session will run for 40 minutes.

Presented by Greg Gebhart for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner

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Schools can find our more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-better-internet-starts-with-you-safer-internet-day-tickets-40996199737

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December 8, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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MY:24 series and support materials – free in FUSE!

ACTF Education and Department of Education and Training are pleased to announce that Victorian government teachers and students can now access the complete MY:24 series, along with support materials mapped to the Victorian Curriculum.

MY:24 chronicles the life-changing events that have shaped a diverse and fascinating collection of young Australians.

To complement these engaging 12-minute episodes, support materials are also available for Levels 5-10. This includes learning suggestions for a broad range of learning areas and capabilities, all mapped to the Victorian Curriculum.

The curriculum mapping documents are linked beneath each episode in FUSE, and hyperlinks will point users to the relevant content descriptions on the VCAA’s Victorian Curriculum site.

 

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December 6, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Little Lunch Series and Resources Available in FUSE

ACTF Education and Department of Education and Training are excited to announce that Victorian governement teachers and students can now access all 26 Little Lunch episodes, along with support materials mapped to the Victorian Curriculum through FUSE.

To complement these engaging 12-minute episodes, support materials for Levels 3 – 6 are also available, mapped to the Victorian Curriculum. Curriculum mapping for English provides learning suggestions for each level across all the modes, while the cross-curricular mapping covers a wide range of learning areas and capabilities.

The curriculum mapping documents are linked beneath each episode in FUSE, and hyperlinks will point teachers to relevant content descriptions on the VCAA’s Victorian Curriculum site.

 

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December 5, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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STEM Education Conference, Wodonga – Wednesday 13th December

Last chance to register for this professional learning opportunity next week. https://goo.gl/forms/JIasOEfQaJ3vqYYV2

When: Wednesday 13th December, 2017 from 9.00am to 3.30pm

Where: Wodonga Senior Secondary College, 80 Brockley Street, Wodonga

More information: https://regionalstem.org.au/event/regional-stem-conference-2017/

Who should attend? This conference is targeted at teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Cost: $70 per person. This includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Program:  The program features 60 minute workshops, networking, and plenary sessions, including:

  • Primary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
  • Secondary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
  • Digital Technologies: Unpacking the Curriculum. Owen Brasier, Computing Education Specialist, Australian Computing Academy.
  • Using Games, Simulations and Analogue Models to Demonstrate Nanoscopic and Digital Processes. Dr. Dianne Ruka, Senior Education & Training Coordinator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
  • Interactive Notebooks in Maths and Science. Sarah Laidlaw, Wodonga Middle Years College.
  • Getting STEAMD – Bringing Art and design into STEM! Patricia Broom, Principal, Beechworth Secondary College.
  • Supranature – Where STEM meets Montessori. Laureen Barnard, Beechworth Secondary College.
  • Breakout EDU: Utilise the new Breakout Room craze to gamify your classroom. Valerie Ratcliff, Victory Lutheran College Wodonga
  • Putting the S back into STEM/STEAM. Doug Bail, Ciderhouse.
  • Mathematica: Beyond Computation. Rohan Barry and Ian Berryman, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Block-based programming for classroom robotics: Drones, Spheros, Ozobots. Brendan Freeman, Baranduda Primary School.
  • Bringing STEM to the zombie apocalypse. Stephen Alderton and Kate O’Neil, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Simple Circuits in the Victorian Curriculum. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.
  • Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.
  • STEM Beyond the Acronym. Michelle Heintze, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality in STEM education, Katrina Don Paul and Natasha Leske, Stile Education
  • Maths in the yard, Michael Hosking, Wodonga Middle Years College

Registration:  Register your attendance via the website as soon as possible to secure your place.  https://goo.gl/forms/JIasOEfQaJ3vqYYV2

 

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November 29, 2017
by rcrellin
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A delightful way to teach coding

Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

Linda will be in Melbourne for a free workshop on December 8. She will explore the links between creativity and coding, and show how her fabulous Hello Ruby books can be used in the classroom. There may even be a chance to get your books signed!
Book now for this free event, co hosted by DLTV and the UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-2720418

 

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November 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Inclusion Online Professional Learning

Inclusion Online www.oltaustralia.net
is an online learning portal that offers a suite of comprehensive and free professional learning courses for teachers and educational personnel in Victorian government schools.

The courses focus on the understanding, assessment and classroom support of students with disabilities and additional needs.

Courses available in 2018:

  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Understanding Hearing Loss
  • Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading
  • Inclusion of Students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Contact the Online Professional Learning Coordinator for your region for further information:

North-Western Victoria Region Kellie Blair (03) 9488 9468
South-Western Victoria Region Jacqui Nicholson (03) 5225 1028
North-Eastern Victoria Region Pauline Cavalot (03) 8392 9332
South-Eastern Victoria Region Emma Wray (03) 8765 5624

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November 16, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Digital Technologies Webinars Next Week

 

 

Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Digital Technologies (F-10)
Megan van der Velden (VCAA Specialist Teacher)    

When: Wednesday 22 November, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm
nline- via Adobe Connect
Register:
  http://tinyurl.com/ycbwmucg

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

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.

 

Visual programming languages in the Digital Technologies curriculum (F-6)
Sean Irving (VCAA Specialist Teacher)   

When: Thursday 23 November, 11.00am – 12.00noon
nline- via Adobe Connect
Register:
   https://tinyurl.com/ycppu3w8     

  • Overview of Creating Digital Solutions strand
  • Algorithms
  • Programming environment
  • Software applications and Resources
  • Approaches to teaching

This online session will be for teachers of the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-6 exploring visual programming languages for the first time. Algorithms and the programming environments of various software applications and resources will be discussed. This session will be suitable for all F-6 teachers.

 

Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
Darrel Branson and Richard Fox (VCAA Specialist Teachers)

When: Thursday 23 Nov, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
nline- via Adobe Connect
Register: https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-2732900

  • Brief overview of 2017 implementation of Digital Technologies
  • Planning for curriculum delivery
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • Mapping the curriculum

This webinar to look at what the Specialist Teachers have seen and learned this year as well as planning for Digital Technologies in 2018. Content of the session will include: examples of how the curriculum can be mapped, methods of delivery, discussion of plans and units as well as potential connections across the curriculum. This session will be suitable for teachers with a basic knowledge of the curriculum and teachers who are implementing Digital Technologies in 2018. Curriculum leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

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November 15, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Teachers – Free Microsoft Professional Learning for Term 4

Microsoft is again offering a ran­ge of free professional learning in Victoria for Term 4 that may interest you, including:

  • Build a collaborative classroom with Office 365
  • Discover OneNote in the classroom
  • Microsoft STEM Ed Experience
  • Internationalising the curriculum with Skype in the Classroom
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity in the classroom using Microsoft Tools

Find out more and register here: Victorian Professional Learning Workshops

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November 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Microsoft Edumeet

Date: Monday 27 November, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location:Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, 111 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh, VIC 3204

Prepare for a day of learning, inspiration and play

Microsoft Australia will be holding a brand new series of Educational Meets aka “MSEduMeets” across the country, aiming to accommodate a fantastic day of fun while learning, inspiring and playing with like-minded educators.

First up, join one of the Learn sessions run by teachers, for teachers, that will explore Microsoft technologies such as Minecraft, OneNote, Windows, Office 365, Teams for Education, STEM, and/or Skype in the Classroom. During this session you will explore a range of strategies, ideas and tools.

Then prepare for the Ignite sessions where teachers will showcase (in no more than 7 minutes) the work they are doing in their classrooms and schools with Microsoft technologies. You will then have the opportunity to speak to one of those teachers during round-table Q&As.

Wrap it all up in the Play session where you will have a series of challenges to complete. 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/microsoft-edumeet-melbourne-tickets-38431978081

 

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