July 29, 2014
by rcrellin

ICT: It’s Everywhere

Last week I was invited to attend the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (CCLLEN) ICT forum for Year 9 students at Kyabram P-12 College. This interactive even featured young ICT professionals, higher education and industry representatives providing real insights into ICT studies and careers. Technology in areas ranging from games, robotics, applications and what drives a computer, were featured in a fun and interactive way.Kyabram ICT Day3

Students participated in a series of hands-on workshops and found out about qualifications, skills and interests that are vital to succeed in many aspects of the ICT sector including:

  • Robotics from La Trobe University
  • Game Making from GOTAFE
  • Software and app development La Trobe University
  • Computer repairs and maintenance from Advance Computing, KyabramKyabram ICT Day1
  • Multimedia cartooning from Splatoon Cartoons, Beechworth

The event was in good hands with a year 10 student being MC for the day; and students enjoyed the Q&A panel featuring three young people working in ICT industry.

The event was a great example of schools connecting with local industry and educator providers. It also showcased how engaged students are listening to other young people.

For more information contact CCLLEN: http://www.ccllen.com.au/contact-us.html

Local newspaper story: ICT 2014 Ky Free Press

Kyabram ICT Day4 Kyabram ICT Day2







July 16, 2014
by rcrellin

National ICT Careers Week

2014 NICTCW logo banner

Each year during National ICT Careers Week, organisations and groups across Australia present an activity or event to encourage young people to consider studying ICT after their schooling and to consider a career in ICT.

What is happening in Victoria?


Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria are hosting the Digital Learning Showcase.

WHO:   Prep – Year 12 students

WHEN:  9am – 1pm Thursday, 24 July 2014

WHERE: Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

Bookings are essential – register via the DLTV website

View full program


A free, intereactive event for Year 9 students.

Features young ICT professionals, higher education and industry representatives providing real insights into ICT studies and careers. Technology in areas ranging from drones, games, robotics, applications, what drives a computer, graphic design and the dairy industry will be featured in a fun and interactive way. Students will participate in a series of hands-on workshops and learn about qualifications, skills and interests that are vital to succeed in this booming global sector.

Details: Kyabram P-12 College,  Wednesday 23 July 9:00am – 3:10pm

ICT its everywhere Student flyer

More Information on ICT Careers

Video from Youth Central, which has a great interactive page: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs/ict 

National ICT Careers Week Key messages:

  • ICT is about working with people, solving problems, finding solutions and making a difference to peoples’ lives
  • ICT is a truly global career – your work in ICT can take you around the world
  • ICT offers cool jobs, earning awesome money with a great lifestyle
  • ICT creates opportunities for entertainment

National ICT Careers Week marketing material including messages for parents and students.

July 15, 2014
by rcrellin

Hands-On Digital Learning Practice in the Classroom

Regional Workshops & On-Going Support for Classroom Teachers

eduSTAR bannerDid you know that there is a suite of digital learning software, apps, online tools and resources available to you and your students at your school? These include:

  • eduSTAR software for Windows and Mac
  • eduSTAR web resources – eduSTAR Catalogue and Office 365
  • Apps for iPads
  • Blogging software for schools in the form of Global2
  • Quality assured digital resources in FUSE
  • Video conferencing resources and support
  • And much, much more…

The Information Technology Division and Digital Learning Branch of DEECD will be facilitating a series of hands-on half-day workshops for classroom teachers in each Region throughout Terms 3 and 4.  The half-day workshops will explore how the DEECD eduSTAR software, tablet apps, online resources and tools available at your school can support your students learning.

What are the aims of the ‘Digital Learning in the Classroom’ workshops?

  • To enable classroom teachers to explore DEECD eduSTAR software, apps, tools and resources available to them and plan how they could be used to provide differentiated learning activities for students
  • Develop basic hands-on skills and confidence in using a variety of DEECD software, tools, apps and online resources such as FUSE, Global2 (blogging) and video-conferencing
  • Address any issues participants may have with using digital technologies at their school
  • Provide participants with resources and exemplars that can be used back in the classroom.

On-going support provided after the workshop?

  • The eduSTAR Project Officer running the workshop will be happy to follow-up and support participants and their schools following the workshop
  • Follow-up support could include school visits, online support, technical support and general advice where required.

Who should attend?

  • Classroom teachers
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • ICT coordinators

No prior experience with learning technologies is assumed.

What are the expectations of participants?

  •  Participate in the workshop and provide feedback so we can support your needs.
  • Provide further feedback after the workshop so we can evaluate the impact and support your school.


To register for a workshop, or to view additional workshops in each Region as they are added, head to the following FUSE link: https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?SRXM9G

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