August 18, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Dr Gary Stager presenting the Australian Education Leadership Breakfast Sessions

…for Australia’s premier school leaders

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 at 7:30 am – 10:00 am AEST

Treetops Room, Melbourne Museum

US expert Dr. Gary Stager (Ph.D.) has spent the past 35 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self expression.

Using the latest research, he will discuss how Australia’s school leaders can prepare students for an uncertain future by supercharging learner-centred traditions with modern materials and technology.

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August 17, 2017
by Jillian Brown

The DigiTech Curriculum for students with diverse learning needs

9:40 AM – 3:00 PM, 4 Sep 2017
Coder Academy, Level 13, 120 Swanston Street

This workshop is for mainstream and special educators who have students working at a primary academic level. This workshop will explore the requirements and challenges of implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum for students with learning difficulties. Clark Burt of Ashwood School will unpack the curriculum and demonstrate how teachers can adapt it to their contexts. Then he will demonstrate examples of incorporating ICT and games into lessons for diverse classrooms.

Matthew Harrison of Waratah SDS will explore the 21st Century Skills framework developed to address modern workforce needs, with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges for students with disabilities. He will lead a practical workshop on how to develop these skills in inclusive spaces using digital tools such as robotics, collaborative games and social media.

Educators looking to address the VIT requirement relating to learners with a disability should attend.  This workshop addresses the AITSL standards relating to differentiation (1.5) and strategies to support full participation of students with disability (1.6).

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August 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown

6 Books for Teaching Visual Literacy to Secondary Students

What do you look for when selecting print texts for your high school students to teach them about visual literacy? Appropriate themes, complexity of ideas, rich and beautiful illustrations, evidence of depth and layers of meaning, a variety of text type. These selected books meet each of those requirements with the added bonus of all being by Australian authors and illustrators. More…

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August 3, 2017
by Jillian Brown

ACMI ‘Screen It’ entries now open!

Click here to enter via ACMI’s online form.

To be in the running for the great prizes create a live action film, animation or video game in response to the theme of ‘Time’.

Check out the excellent resources and class video-chat sessions to help with your entries.

When you win, your work is exhibited online in the Australian Mediatheque, on big screens around Australia and ACMI’s newly-designed Screen It space in the Screen Worlds exhibition.

Entries due: Monday 25 September 2017

Videoconferences are back

Ready to hand in your Screen It masterpiece? Or perhaps you are still working on it but have a burning question. Now that we are at the pointy end of the competition, it’s time to get back in touch and make sure you have all the information you need to enter.

How to enter Screen It is a 45 minute session where you get to ask anything about how to enter, as well as any questions about your entry.

How to enter Screen It videoconferences are on the following days:

Aug 10 1:30pm

Aug 17 10am

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August 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Feature Outreach Virtual Classroom ‘Keeping safe in the game’ for National Child Protection Week

Tues 5 Sept 2017, 2-2.40pm        
Thurs 7 Sept 9.30-10.10am
Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
Trainer: Greg Gebhart

The presentation supports National Child Protection Week as it will assist students to:

  • identify ways that strangers may try to seek personal information online
  • use safe strategies when gaming to avoid cyberbullying or unwanted contact
  • recognise the implications of in-app purchases
  • seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying or feel unsafe when gaming.The presentation will be a guided experience for classrooms with complementary resources aligned to the theme. Other related resources are available from our website.



  • After the presentation, teachers are encouraged to complete a brief feedback survey.
  • With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and discussions.
  • Virtual Classrooms have now been presented to over 110,000 students and teachers as an increasingly popular part of the Office’s Outreach program.
  • Other Virtual Classroom topics on offer include:
    ‘Cyberbullying’, ‘Making good choices online’, ‘Communicating online’, ‘Secret security business’, ‘The internet and the law’

Connect with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner             @eSafetyOffice

Media enquiries:   1800 880 176

Stay up to date:    Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter Cyberzine.

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August 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Professional Learning: Resources for exploring the digital technologies curriculum

When: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, 15 Aug 2017
Sale College, Guthridge Campus, 279-295 Guthridge Parade, Sale
Cost: FREE

The Digital Technologies Hub is an incredibly useful free resource for supporting teaching and learning. The Hub features lesson ideas, resources, activities and explorations of many aspects of the Digital Technologies curriculum.

In this free session for teachers of F-10 you will be taken through the resources available and see how they can be used in practical ways in the classroom. You will be guided through some activities and challenges by STEM educator John Pearce, and get the chance to use some great  digital technologies and coding tools. There will even be some robots.

This event will be run after school from 4.30pm-6.30pm. The venue is to Sale College, Guthridge Campus, 279-295 Guthridge Parade, Sale

Light refreshments will also be provided.

Presenter information: 

Having spent more than thirty years teaching in primary schools John Pearce now tutors at Deakin University.
John’s ongoing interest in both science and the use of ICT across the curriculum has seen him present at local, national and international conferences. Lately he has become interested in digital curriculum including coding and Makerspaces.


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July 28, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Beginner’s Guide to Digital Technologies through CSER Online Courses

August 29 2017
Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC

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Beginner’s Guide to the Digital Technologies Curriculum

We are excited to offer a further opportunity to attend a collaboration between CSER Adelaide and Museums Victoria – Scienceworks.

Visit Scienceworks and find out about the new range of Digital Technologies programs now available to teachers, provided free-of-charge by the University of Adelaide, Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group

9am to 10am  – Hear about the wonderful work of the Scienceworks STEM team – led by Mei Liu (MV Senior Programs Officer – STEM).  Hands on activities.
10am to 1:30pm (including break for morning tea)  Workshop – led by Celia Coffa  This session is designed to explore the Digital Technologies curriculum for teachers of Prep – Year 8, using the CSER MOOC resources. We will be working through the some elements of  F-6 Digital Technologies course, including :

  • Signing up to a course and joining Google+ Community
  • Introducing the Digital Technologies Curriculum
  • Finding connections to other subject areas
  • Exploring online and hands on resources

The afternoon will be free to explore the wonders and excitement of Scienceworks exhibitions at your leisure. For access to paid Planetarium or Lightning room public shows please book online on the Scienceworks website or in person on the day with your MVTeachers card.

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July 26, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Day of STEM

Day of STEM is a national initiative designed to raise the National IQ for STEM careers by inspiring the next generation of students through a self-guided interactive, online STEM awareness experience called LifeJourney.

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The program delivers free online national cyber security education courses for students to experience a day in the life of Optus’ cyber experts to understand the skills and activities involved in a cyber-attack, and the critical importance in helping Australian organisations combat the growing volume of cyber threats.

The program is available free of charge for all students, parents, teachers and schools in Australia and is recommended for students in Year 7 – University. Part 1 of the program takes approximately 60 minutes of class time to complete, with up to two hours homework available.

By running the Optus Cyber Security Experience with your students in class, you’re not only providing high quality learning resources to your students, you’re also on your way to become a certified Cyber Teacher. This professional development opportunity for Australian teachers includes interaction with our Cyber Teacher mentor and an adaptive learning course that helps prepare you to introduce cyber security into your school.

Upon completing the initial part of the Optus Cyber Security Experience, students can participate in a dynamic set of Cyber Challenges that measure their cyber aptitude and help them to develop baseline knowledge and skills needed to start a career in cyber security.

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July 26, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Term Three – ICT Planning Workshops

These full-day workshops walk school leaders and staff through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan that:

  • address the learning and teaching goals of the school
  • develop a sustainable ICT plan that meets the needs of the school community
  • ensure a coherent team approach to ICT planning involving school leaders, ICT  co-ordinators, curriculum co-ordinators and technical support staff.

The ICT Planning tool can be accessed via (Department credentials required to login).

Bendigo: Wednesday 9th August 2017
Venue: Bendigo Regional Office
Booking Link: Register here

Moe: Friday 11th August 2017
Venue: Moe Regional Office
Booking Link: Register here

Ballarat: Friday 11th August 2017
Venue: Ballarat Regional Office
Booking Link: Register here

Corio: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Venue: Northern Bay College Goldsworthy Road Campus
Booking Link: Register here

Flemington: Wednesday 18th August 2017
Venue: Debney Meadows Primary School
Booking Link: Register here

Lakes Entrance: Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Venue: Lakes Entrance Secondary College
Booking Link: Register here

Flemington: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Debney Meadows Primary School
Booking Link:
Register here

Horsham: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Venue: Horsham College (Trade Training Centre)
Booking Link: Register here

Frankston: Friday 25th August 2017
Venue: Neville Rohan Centre, Mt Erin Secondary College
Booking Link: Register here

Berwick : Tuesday 29th August 2017
Venue: Jean Russell Centre, Nossal High School
Booking Link: Register here

Wodonga: Thursday 31st August 2017
Venue: Wodonga Senior Secondary College
Booking Link: Register here

Eltham: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Venue: St Helena Secondary College
Booking Link: Register here

SheppartonWednesday 13th September 2017
Venue: McGuire College
Booking Link: Register here

Blackburn South: Wednesday 15th September 2017
Venue: Aurora School
Booking Link: Register here

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