June 23, 2015
by Jillian Brown

2015 Victorian CANstruction – Your school can make a difference!

Canstruction1Schools are invited to participate in the 2015 Victorian CANstruction project, a unique philanthropic, artistic, engineering project supported by GASCO. This project enables teams of up to 10 students the opportunity to learn more about Maths and Science principles which are then applied to an artistically engineered design. Student teams from Primary (Grade 5-6) and Secondary Schools (Grade 7-10) work with teachers and mentors from the school community to turn full cans of food into amazing works of art.

This high level thinking project provides student teams with a real life opportunity to predict, theorise, plan, design, argue, prioritise, create, construct, prove, justify and evaluate. It also promotes student philanthropy and a better understanding of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2015.Canstruction3

School communities are encouraged to help teams to collect at least 500 cans per build. CANstruction designs are first built at your school so that your community can participate in and enjoy the experience and then these designs are rebuilt at Bayswater West Primary School on Wednesday 14th October 2015 on BUILD OFF DAY.

All food that is collected and used in the project will be donated to Foodbank our charitable partner, to support individuals and families in need. Canstruction

Visit CANstruction International website to get canspiration. 

Key Dates:

  • Registration closing date: Friday, 17th July
  • Build off day @ Bayswater West PS Wednesday 14th October

Visit http://www.baywestps.vic.edu.au/special-projects/canstruction/ to register and for more details.


Key contacts:

Peter deWacht, Naomi Bausch or Bec Williams

Bayswater West Primary School

Phyllis Street, Bayswater

Ph: (03) 9729 3394

email: bayswater.west.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au





June 18, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Introducing Adobe Connect!

adobe-connect-9-mnemonic-logoThere are changes happening in the Department’s web conferencing space. From 1st July 2015, Adobe Connect will be the new contracted provider of web conferencing services for DET.

This is exciting news for DET schools. Adobe Connect is designed for teaching and learning and has a shutterstock_253572094number of unique features that will enhance the Department’s web conferences, particularly for its access via mobile devices. Other great features include:

  • Customisable rooms – layouts can be configured and customised to suit the purpose of sessions. Rooms can remain open for recurring meetings and ongoing classes, and breakout rooms are available.
  • Collaboration tools – Adobe Connect offers screen sharing and remote access ability. Tools such as whiteboard annotation; Q and A, Voting and Polling and Chat are also available.
  • Rich media content – document files, video and images are supported in Adobe Connect.
  • Recording functionality – sessions can be edited to put in bookmarks/chapters; interactive elements such as links remain live; and shared files are available online and are exportable.

What do I need to do?

A DET Mail advising all schools of this change will be sent first week of Term 3. Free online training sessions will also be made available.

If you have a web conference scheduled in Blackboard Collaborate after 30 June 2015, please contact the Digital Learning Branch: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au.  We will work with you to recreate these sessions in Adobe Connect.

If you have recordings in Blackboard Collaborate that you would like to keep, please download them as MP3 or MP4 files before 30 June 2015.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

June 1, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Professional Learning in Digital Learning



DET Digital Learning Branch offers a range of professional learning opportunities for teachers and School Leaders. Take a look at what we have coming up:

PEERCOACHINGPeer Coaching Course             

Peer Coaching is a professional learning opportunity offered to ICT and curriculum school leaders to assist in building capacity in leveraging digital technologies for learning. The course is offered as a three-day workshop program, hosted in different regions of the state. More information: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/newsevents/schoolbull/Pages/Peer-Coaching-for-ICT-school-leaders.aspx

Peer Coaching is based on supporting leaders to build capacity at the point of need for teachers. It establishes protocols to enable deep conversations around how pedagogy and digital technologies enhance, accelerate and redefine learning opportunities for students.


IPADS FOR LEARNINGiPads for Learning – online professional learning

The Department of Education and Training’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing iPads for Learning Online Professional Learning sessions, facilitated through Polycom and MS Lync. These sessions are for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learning. They will be supported with materials accessible via the Department’s iTunes U Campus. The sessions include:


21CLD21st Century Learning Design                             

21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) course, is a professional learning opportunity offered to teachers. It helps to develop a shared understanding of important 21st century skills, and learning opportunities that encourage their development in students. The course is offered in a one-day program. More information: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/newsevents/schoolbull/Pages/Professional-Learning-Opportunity-21st-Century-Learning-Design-Workshops.aspx


ICTPlanningSchool ICT Planning                   

The School ICT Planning Process will assist schools to plan for the effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve learning, teaching and administration. These full-day workshops focus on developing a school ICT Plan that will address the school’s learning and teaching goals. More information: http://diglearning.global2.vic.edu.au/2015/06/01/ict-planning-for-school-leaders-june-workshops/

June 1, 2015
by Jillian Brown

ICT Planning for School Leaders – June workshops announced!

Further dates are scheduled for the popular ICT Planning for School Leaders workshops. These full-day workshops walk school leadership teams 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
  • ensures a coherent team approach to ICT planning involving school leaders, ICT Coordinators, curriculum coordinators and technical support staff.

ICT Planning Tool

The workshop steps participants through the DET Online ICT Planning Tool that enables the school to produce a customised ICT Plan bringing together SIPS data, the school learning and teaching goals and budgetary considerations.

Principals, Learning Technologies Coordinators and Specialist technicians can access the tool using the link: http://www.edustar.vic.edu.au/sips/ (Department credentials required to login)

Jo Blannin Presenting to Audience

Who Should Attend?

This is a workshop for school leaders. It may involve ICT or Curriculum Coordinators or classroom teachers involved in their schools ICT planning. Whilst a school technician may accompany a school leader, the school technician should not attend as their schools only representative.

June Workshops

NOTE: All Workshop Registration links can also be found at: http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?5N5WL5.

Demand for these workshops is high and places are limited. If you are unable to register for a specific event, please notify maggs.peter.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

 For Further Information Contact:

Peter Maggs, Senior Project Officer
DET – Digital Learning Branch

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