Here are some practical ideas for teachers and students at Foundation level (Prep) to use digital technologies in learning and teaching. Linked to all areas of the Victorian Curriculum (VC) it is a handy resource to have when planning, and includes a number of activities extending to VC Level 2.
Created by the Digital Learning Team at the Department of Education (Victoria), the activities use all sorts of technologies including iPads, computers, notebooks and cameras. ‘Ideas to Try’ features selected websites and Apps all available in FUSE.
Through this resource, other year levels will find ideas of interest to integrate technologies into their classrooms too. The FUSE ID is 58YNC9 or use the link http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?58YNC9
ATOM and ACMI are excited to announce the program launch for the 2016 Screen Futures Summit:
To view the full schedule of sessions and speakers, and to connect with other delegates, please download the Guidebook app (available for iOS and Android) and search for ‘Screen Futures’. (Alternatively, you can view the list here.)
The Convergence Science Network (@ConverSci) & John Monash Science School (@JohnMonash) are excited to launch the Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) on Thursday 26th of May with the first of six interactive web conferences for 2016. These conferences will be of interest to secondary school students and teachers studying STEM subjects.
Dr Harris Eyre MBBS (Hons.), Fulbright (UCLA; ’14)
Harris Eyre is a medical doctor with interest in neuroscience entrepreneurship. He is currently a Fellow in Medical Management at Melbourne Health, and Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of CNSDose (@cnsdose), a depression technology start-up. Harris has recently returned from his Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA.
Harris Eyre’s keynote presentation will begin with an introduction to the concept of ‘Convergence Science’ and why it is critical to future innovation. Harris will tell his story of how he became a medical doctor, research scientist and entrepreneur. His presentation aims to illustrate the need for convergence science and encourage students to study STEM subjects today and in the years ahead.
Conference attendees will be invited to ask Harris questions via the virtual classroom environment.
A 14-year-old with a passion for taking things apart and rebuilding them
will present his own seminar during Education Week.
Schuyler St Leger from Arizona, USA has become an international advocate
for the art of making thanks to his innate curiosity in everything
technology, from electronics to software and robotics.
‘My love for making started when I learned to knit,’ Schuyler said.
‘It just took off from there. I loved the idea of being able to build
something from nothing.’
It didn’t take long before Schuyler had completely immersed himself in a
world of technology and creating. At the age of just 11 years old, Schuyler
was delivering presentations on how 3D-printing worked and even
presenting its potential to students of all ages across the United States. As Education Week kicks off this week in Australia, Schuyler has partnered with tech giant Intel, and will deliver a virtual presentation to Victorian
students across the state called, ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger. Alongside similarly talented young Victorians makers, Schuyler’s presentation will look at he got his start in the field, what he likes to make and how other kids can get involved.
‘Don’t be afraid to take things apart, break them and learn how they work,’
Schuyler said. ‘That’s what fascinated me with making and technology, being able to see
how something works and to put it back together and even improve on it.’
Education Week will run until 21 May and is a great opportunity for staff and students to learn new skills and to investigate the immense world of educational opportunities available as part of the STEM curriculum.
Schuyler’s presentation will run this coming Thursday, 19 May at 11.00am using Adobe Connect. Interested staff and students are encouraged to register for the webinar, see: ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
For more events running this week, see:
• Education Week • DigiPubs
Get involved, be intrigued and inspired by technology during Education Week from 15-21 May 2016.
Celebrate technology during Education Week and get your staff, students and local community involved in some of these fun-filled activities. Participation can be as simple as a coding with iPads to the design and production of games, animations and live-action films. For more activities from our partner organisations see Calendar for Free Activities.
This year’s technology theme will see hundreds of schools and early years services participate in the week, from 15-21 May 2016, through open days, exhibitions, themed class activities and other special events.
To celebrate Education Week, Australian Centre of the Moving Image ACMI and Australian Teachers of Media ATOM invite you to find out more about the design and production of games, animations and live-action films.
There are two programs suitable for secondary students:
EAL Program (suitable for Years 3–8): 10.30–11.30am, Tuesday 17 May
Each program will begin with a talk mapping digital and design technology solutions for making moving image productions. You will then see these ideas take shape in a screening of outstanding student-made productions from Screen It and the ATOM Awards.
These programs are free but bookings are essential.
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is working with education departments and the Independent and Catholic education sectors across Australia to offer a range of Virtual Classrooms. Using the latest developments in online shared learning, Virtual Classrooms allow an Outreach trainer to reach many schools, even in remote areas.
Presentations are usually about 30–40 minutes in length, allow student participation under teacher guidance and include recommended complementary resources.
Upper primary: Cyberbullying
Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
The presentation will assist students to:
identify ways to manage and prevent cyberbullying behaviour
seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying
be ‘good’ bystanders if they witness cyberbullying
recognise bullying online
deal with cyberbullying behaviour.
With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and answers.
Register now – Teachers may now register for these scheduled presentations:
Lauriston Girls’ School is once again holding its fablearn conference in 2016. The conference will run over two days, and includes workshops, an educator panel and keynotes from industry leaders. Click here to view the conference program.
Take Advantage of the Regional Offer
Thanks to a funding grant from Boeing Australia, Lauriston is able to offer a number of FabLearn Bursaries. This means that teachers from rural or remote schools across Victoria can come free of charge and, in some smaller schools, Lauriston will also pay the cost for a casual relief teacher replacement on the Friday (20 May).
How To Apply
To secure one of these free places for yourself, simply send a letter explaining how you fit the following criteria:
Work in a rural or remote school in Victoria
Have an interest in embedding innovative STEAM activities in the classroom
Join fellow educators and community members in a special screening of the edu-documentary ‘Most Likely to Succeed’, followed by post film discussion, as we consider the question:
How do we best prepare our students for their future?
This inspirational film explores the possibilities of education when we provide opportunities for students to have strong student agency over their learning.
‘Most Likely to Succeed’ looks at how one school has adopted a fresh approach to educating their students with great results.
It explores the possibilities of how learning environments, building on passion and expertise, giving students a voice and leveraging partnerships with parents and school community, can have a positive impact on student learning.
This award winning film reaffirms some of the great things we are doing in our schools, and raises questions about what else can be done to provide our students with the best education.
Please note: This film contains one word of profanity, so it not suitable for primary school aged children.
All registered teams will compete on Qualifying day, Thursday 18th August 2016 to earn a place in the PrintACar final to be held at the University of Melbourne during the 3D Printing Showcase in October (date to be confirmed).
Teachers can also register for the ‘STEM in Context through 3D Printing & CAD’ professional learning at Quantum Victoria on Friday 6th May. There is a limited number of fully subsidised places for DET teachers.
Please contact Anna to register your student teams, for the ‘PrintACar Student Program’ or for the professional learning by email@example.com or for further enquiries contact by phone: 92231460.
The Digital Learning News Blog may feature outside resources. Teachers are advised of the need to check the terms and conditions, privacy, and age restrictions of digital resources before using them with students. Teachers need to be aware of how and where their students’ information and content is used and shared by the digital technologies they plan to use. Parental consent must be obtained to use a student’s personal information to generate accounts and provide access to online services. Non-identifiable information should be used by students working online.