December 14, 2018
by creidy
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The Conversation: a resource for educators

The Victorian Government is a strategic partner of The Conversation. Content for the news site is written by academics and researchers with deep subject expertise. That means educators can rely on these articles being based on evidence and informed by genuine insight.

With VCE resuts and ATARs released this morning, The Conversation’s article Three things high school graduates should keep in mind when they have their ATARs is timely, relevant and interesting for educators and students alike.

Access content mapped to the Victorian Curriculum, or pitch your own ideas at https://theconversation.com/au/resource-for-teachers

 

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December 13, 2018
by creidy
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Should you use student photos online?

Even though 99.99 per cent of visitors to your class blog will be well-meaning parents, students, community members, or interested visitors from around the world, the unfortunate reality is that those with bad intentions can also visit public sites.

The edublogger has some handy tips for how, when, and when not to, use student photos online and in blogs.

Learn more at The Edublogger

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November 29, 2018
by skoro22
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Making connections: DigiTech Across the Curriculum

The Digital Technologies curriculum is anchored in real world problem solving and design, and offers plenty of opportunities to explore a wide range of subjects. In this day of collaborative learning and planning we will explore how a range of digital technologies can be used to explore many subjects. You’ll do some coding, hear examples of cross curricular projects, and have the chance to think about how you can make links across the curriculum.

10 Dec 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

KIOSC, Swinburne University of Technology, 369 Stud Road, Wantirna

Register here

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November 20, 2018
by creidy
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Maths tools for teachers and parents


Mathematics Curriculum Companion
Teachers and educators seeking additional resources or ways to support students in their numeracy are encouraged to explore the Birth to Level 10 Maths Curriculum Companion. This resource is a learning and teaching tool aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

Everyday Maths tools for parents
Educators also know that it can be easier for children to understand maths concepts and practical applications when they can relate these to their everyday lives. The Everyday Maths resource helps parents take advantage of numeracy learning opportunities in everyday activities, with animations demonstrating how every day is a learning opportunity to establish and reinforce foundational numeracy skills. Teachers of early years to Year 2 are encouraged to share this resource with parents.

Derrimut Primary School
Derrimut Primary School has made the development of numeracy instruction a priority and is working to reframe the perceptions of numeracy and maths in the school community.

Find out how Derrimut Primary School is making maths fun here

Derrimut Primary School is also using language skills to teach maths

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November 13, 2018
by creidy
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Maximise ClickView as a learning and teaching tool

 

 

 

Teachers and leaders in Victorian government secondary and P-12 schools are encouraged to enrol in professional development to maximise their use of digital learning tool ClickView, which forms part of the Secondary School Software Suite.

ClickView for Leaders webinars will run on Wednesday 14 November at 9:30am; and Tuesday 27 November at 9:30am. ClickView for Teachers webinars will run on Thursday 15 November at 3:30pm; and Tuesday 11 December at 3.30pm.

Through ClickView, teachers and students can access thousands of curriculum-based videos and interactive resources to support learning and teaching. This includes content produced in ClickView’s Melbourne studios, free to air and pay-TV resources, all mapped to the Victorian Curriculum. Teachers can use ClickView as an interactive resource, and can edit, annotate, share and upload video and related learning materials.

Karen Cagliarini, Instructional Practice Leader – Elearning, Melton Secondary College, says teachers and students find the resource invaluable.

“Teachers and students at our school are loving the ClickView resource – it’s easy to use and is packed with great features. It’s really added some extra engagement and excitement to our lessons. Teachers have recently been integrating their quality questioning strategies into the interactive videos, which fits perfectly within our teaching and learning framework. We love it!”

Visit ClickView to enrol in professional development and ClickView for schools for more information on accessing ClickView.

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November 8, 2018
by skoro22
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Cisco Webex Virtual Conferencing Technologies


Coming to your classroom and school!

Throughout term 4 all DET schools and teachers across Victoria are receiving access to hardware and software through the Cisco Webex Platform. This innovative virtual learning platform will provide online tools to connect learners, encourage enrichment opportunities, support collaboration and strengthen practice excellence, build collaboration across schools, support participation in communities of practice and enhance professional development opportunities.

As part of the adoption strategy, free professional development is available and teachers are encouraged to attend either a face to face or online ‘skill up’ session.

These workshops are designed specifically for educators and focus on how to apply virtual conferencing technology across different learning areas inside and outside of the classroom. Through the Webex Teams Application, Webex Boards and Room Systems, participants will learn how the technology can virtually connect educators and students.

At the end of the workshop, educators will gain:

  • Confidence in using the technology to improve the way they work in both physical and virtual learning environments.
  • Understanding of how the technology can encourage student team work.
  • Enhanced ability to apply to professional development, teacher training and learning.
  • Greater understanding of the features and functions that support virtual learning.
  • Clear understanding of the ongoing support available to assist with adoption of virtual learning.

For further information and to register for these professional development opportunities please click here

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November 5, 2018
by creidy
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Game Lessons: Call for Latrobe Valley teachers

Teachers in the Latrobe Valley and surrounds are invited to participate in a Game Lessons professional development day on Thursday 15 November. Participants will in turn become founding members of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s (ACMI) new Game Lessons Victoria-wide network, which helps develop teaching and learning resources to activate the untapped potential of videogames in the classroom. Game Lessons is designed to support teachers to create, access and share well-designed lesson plans for impactful and meaningful learning experiences.

ACMI wants primary and seconary teachers across all learning areas to be aware that they don’t need to be gamers to bring fresh, engaging, real-world learning to the classroom, using videogames.

This session, for primary and secondary teachers, will run from 9.30am – 2.30pm on Thursday 15 November at 138 Commercial Road, Morwell. Limited funding is available towards casual relief teacher costs. Contact vincent.trundle@acmi.net.au

 

 

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October 30, 2018
by creidy
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Don’t miss the Kids’ Conference 2018

Schools are invited to register to be part of this innovative student-led conference that aims to engage young people in forms of education that celebrate curiosity, imagination and creative problem-solving.

Hosted by Australian Catholic University and sponsored by DET, this year’s event will focus on new approaches to the use of digital technologies in the teaching of History, Geography, Science and English.

The event will be held on Tuesday 20 November at the Mercy Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy.

Students have the opportunity to register as presenters but must do so by Wednesday 31 October.

Register to attend or present at Kids’ Conference
Watch highlights from last year’s conference at FUSE

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October 23, 2018
by rcrellin
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Digitech Conference 2018 – A Student Showcase

Primary and secondary schools are invited to send one or two teachers and between four and 10 students to this free, interactive ‘kids teaching kids’ event.

Developed by the Northen Peninsula Digital Technology Teachers’ Network, and hosted this year at Carrum Primary School, keynotes will be delivered by Dr Tim Kitchen, Senior Education Specialist at Adobe, and Roland Gesthuizen, STEM Method Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Presentations will also be delivered by two US schools engaged in innovative digital technology and makerspaces.

The event will be held on Friday 9 November. To register, provide your school name and attending student and teacher details no later than Tuesday 2 November.

Register at digitechconference@carrumps.vic.edu.au 

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October 19, 2018
by creidy
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Register now: 2018 Education in Games Summit

 

Learn how to explore, critique and make games with your students at the 2018 Education in Games Summit. Co-presented by the Victorian Department of Education (DET) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the event will showcase the latest implementation of videogames for education, highlighting best practice for teaching right across the curriculum, from storytelling to STEM.

Speakers will include Meenoo Rami, Manager, Minecraft Education, Microsoft and Brett Leavy, who will share highlights from his Virtual Songlines Ingidenous software toolkit.

The Education in Games Summit will be held on Friday 26 October and will also feature a showcase exhibition of student work from the 2018 Games and App Challenge.

ACMI is offering Casual Relief Teacher support for eligible schools to help enable greater attendance by teachers who would benefit from the summit. For more information, contact: kate.ficai@acmi.net.au

Register now

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