October 7, 2019
by rcrellin

Digitech Conference 2019 – A Student Showcase

The Digitech Conference will be held on Friday 8 November at Carrum Primary School. This Conference is designed as an interactive “kids teaching kids” program for students and teachers. Each school can send 1-2 teachers and between 4-8 students.

At Digitech 2019, students and teachers will:

  • be inspired by Student Keynote Addresses on App & Game Development
  •  experience ‘hands on’ action in a variety of workshops conducted by students, showcasing great Digitech activities. Workshop sessions include: Drone Programming, Swift Playgrounds, Ozobots, Scratch Gaming, Microbit action, Game Maker, Airblock, VEX Robots, Mindstorms EV3 programming, Sphero Chariot Races, Derby Track vehicle construction, Augmented Reality Workshops, Minecraft in Education – City X Project, App Lab – App Making, Animation Making in Animation Desk, 3D Designing in Sketch Up, Green Screen, Podcasting ‘How To’, Internet Radio Broadcasting, Makerspace Arcade and many more!
  • access teacher PD hosted by Apple on ‘Coding & App Dev on iPads’ and ‘VR & AR in the Classroom’.

There are two student competitions (with prizes!):

  •  ‘Robots Alive’: Program a robot to dance in a 1.5m x 1.5m space for 1 minute
  •  ‘Design A Game’: Code a playable game using SCRATCH, Minecraft or any other game code builder.

Digitech Conference 2019 is a FREE event for schools, developed by the Northern Peninsula Digital Technology Teacher & Student Network.

Find out more

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August 26, 2019
by rcrellin

Online Friends and Strangers Virtual Classroom

Online friends and strangers

The Office of the e-safety Commissioner will run a virtual classroom for Years 4-5 exploring online safety and relationships. The presentation is designed to empower students with the skills to enable them to identify and establish personal online safety boundaries. They will develop skills to identify problematic situations which may impact their online safety as well as consider reporting processes for themselves and others.

Choose from one of the following sessions for Victorian teachers:

  • Thursday 5 September 10:45 – 11:45am
  • Thursday 5 September 2:00 – 3:00pm

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/online-friends-and-strangers-tickets-66540019991

Find out more about the virtual classrooms run by the Office of the e-safety Commissioner.

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August 15, 2019
by creidy

TWO DET-FUNDED PLACES – Developing Gifted Potential Professional Learning THIS SATURDAY

Program overview

This exciting program focuses on psychological aspects in the development of gifted and talented children and adolescents. The program examines talent development of individuals in a range of talent domains, theories of optimal human development and the interplay of the individual’s abilities and creativity.

Specific issues of focus are the social and emotional development of the gifted, counselling gifted and talented students, underachieving gifted students, as well as gender and giftedness.

Aims of the program

To gain knowledge and understanding of the psychological (social and emotional) needs of gifted and talented individuals, as social-emotional development is integral to understanding the emergence of giftedness.

To gain knowledge and understanding of talent development and creativity.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for secondary and primary teachers, and school leaders with an interest in gifted education. Teachers,psychologists or school leaders who already work in selective high schools, or in programs with giftedhigh ability students, will find the program particularly relevant.

Participants will develop an understanding of:

• The social and emotional needs of gifted students as well as strategies to support their individual developmental needs.

• Awareness of the nature of creativity and strategies for developing creativity.

• The development of specific talent domains in individuals.

• The basic issues related to counselling the underachieving gifted student.

• Theories of intelligence and personality underpinning creativity and student performance.

• Gender and giftedness.

Delivery dates

Sat 17 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

Sun 18 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 4 pm

Sat 31 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

Sat 14 Sept. 2019: 10 am – 4 pm


Monash University, Faculty of Education, Clayton campus.


To register for the program, please complete your application form online


Teacher scholarships for DET teachers are available to cover the program fee, which is $2,083.33 (GST inclusive).

This fee includes program materials, assessment, and morning and afternoon tea.

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August 13, 2019
by creidy

Screen It Ambassadors announced

Angourie Rice (Spiderman: Homecoming, The Nice Guys), Kamil Ellis (Nowhere Boys, Cleverman) and Lisy Kane (co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, pictured) are joining ACMI’s Screen It program as ambassadors for the second year in a row.

They are joined this year by Brad Hennessey, a Screen It 2017 winner for his game An Aspie Life. Brad’s game is all about autism spectrum disorder during teen years. It has won critical acclaim and three national awards. Brad is now undertaking a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments at Queensland University of Technology.

Screen It entries close Wednesday 25 September.

For further tips and tricks, check out ACMI’s handy Screen It online resource here.

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August 10, 2019
by rcrellin

We want to hear from you

Have your say on how you and your colleagues use the Department’s digital education resources. The Department wants feedback from teachers about how you use digital educational resources for teaching and learning.  Your feedback will form part of a research and evaluation project that will help the Department provide better and more relevant resources for schools.

We want to know how teachers:

  • use digital content
  • locate digital content
  • determine the relevance and quality of digital content
  • deliver resources to students and judge whether they have been effective or not
  • access and use online professional learning.

We are collecting information via and online survey and a virtual focus group.

A teacher survey (approx. 10 minutes)

Teacher focus group – held online, Wednesday 4 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (CRT available) contact crellin.rachel.a@edumail.vic.gov.au to express interest.

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July 22, 2019
by creidy

The Digital Innovation Festival is heading Back to School

During the Victorian Government’s Digital Innovation Festival (DIF), schools can register to have a STEM/Digital Innovator come to their school and speak to their students.

This is an opportunity to highlight career paths, demonstrate some of the exciting and surprising applications of technology, and breakdown stereotypes of ICT.

The DIF is a unique initiative to develop, demonstrate and promote technology innovation across every sector of the economy and society.

The Back to School program is a new addition to the festival, introduced to encourage students, parents and teachers to engage with technology innovation and build awareness of the many career opportunities associated with technology. The program brings DIF to your school community and overcomes the logistics of school excursions to the festival.

How to get involved

First, register your interest in the DIF Back to School program https://difback2school2019.eventbrite.com.au

Second, select your preferred option for program participation:

  1. Nominate alumni to come back to school – invite an ex-student to return to the classroom and speak about their ICT/Digital technology career and pathway.
  2. Let DIF source you a speaker to suit your curriculum – note your topics of interest such as cyber security, software development, artificial intelligence etc. and DIF will match you with a relevant speaker.
  3. Host an iAwards finalist – the prestigious iAwards program is the centrepiece of the Digital Innovation Festival and brings technology innovators from across Australia to Melbourne for the National iAwards ceremony. DIF can arrange a finalist to come and share their story, project and path to success.

Register for the Back to School program at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/digital-innovation-festival-back-to-school-program-tickets-66138531127

For more information, contact the Digital Learning Team via digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information on the DIF, visit https://dif.vic.gov.au/

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June 24, 2019
by creidy

Register for ICT Planning Workshops in Term 3

Register now for ICT Planning Workshops in Term 3. These workshops provide guidance on the use of the DET Online ICT Planning Tool, which is designed to assist schools in producing a customised ICT Plan that brings together SIPS data, school curriculum goals and budgetary considerations.

The ICT Planning Workshops are targeted at school leaders involved in ICT planning, including: Principals and/or Assistant Principals, Business Managers, eLearning, ICT or LT Managers or Coordinators, Specialist and/or Local Technicians and Leading or Classroom Teachers. DET recommends that two to three attendees from each school attend the workshop and that one attendee is a Specialist Technician to help with technical details.

View this short video where school leaders talk about the benefits of the ICT Planning Workshops  and the online ICT Planning Tool.

ICT Planning Workshop

Designed for first-time attendees, or those needing to refresh their understanding of the tool and the supporting resources, this full-day workshop walks school leaders through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan that:

  • addresses the learning and teaching goals of the school
  • is sustainable and meets the needs of the school community
  • ensures a coherent team approach that involves school leaders, ICT coordinators, curriculum coordinators and technical support staff.

Next Steps Workshop

Designed for those who have previously attended an ICT Planning Workshop and are confident using the ICT Planning Tool, this  full-day workshop is for leaders keen to take the next steps in understanding the ICT planning and management cycle to keep momentum growing in their school.  This workshop will cover:

  • review of current ICT plan – what went right, what went wrong
  • key personnel roles and responsibilities
  • Change Management concepts
  • writing proposals and effective communication.

Book now

ICT Planning Workshop Date Booking Link
Blackburn 30 July 2019 Blackburn
Flemington 6 August 2019 Flemington
Bendigo 9 August 2019 Bendigo
Ferntree Gully 13 August 2019 Ferntree Gully
Berwick 16 August 2019 Berwick
Shepparton 20 August 2019 Shepparton
Moe 28 August 2019 Moe


Next Steps Workshop Date Booking Link
Blackburn 23 August 2019 Blackburn


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June 14, 2019
by creidy

iPad in the Primary Classroom

Primary leaders and teachers are invited to attend Apple’s iPad in the Primary Classroom professional development session next Tuesday 18 June 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The sesson will explore using iPads to create interactive, purposeful and engaging experiences for your learners.

This program of events is intended for leaders and educators responsible for years 3-6 in their school. Apple invites you to register three participants from your school:

• A member of your leadership team

• Two teachers of years 3-6

Register now

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