July 30, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

The Adobe Creative Cloud for schools

With the growing interest in developing creativity amongst our students, teachers are looking for digital solutions to embed within their curriculum planning. As BYOT (Bring Your Own Technologies) and Cloud based platforms become increasingly popular across Victorian schools, it is important as a teacher to model digital literacies across all curriculum areas. Finding the right resource or software to meet student needs has always been a priority for teachers.


In the coming months the Digital Learning Branch in partnership with Adobe Education is providing great opportunities for teachers and students to explore the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of resources.

If you are using mobile devices in your classroom already jump in and try Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate. These free apps will give your students the freedom to create dynamic, beautiful multimedia presentations and webpages to share their learning.

You can find some great examples at the Adobe Education Exchange or better still upload your students work in FUSE and share their stories.

 Teacher workshops – What is possible with Adobe Creative Cloud?

Monday August 10: Two sessions 1.30 – 3.30 and 4.30 pm – 6.30pm

REGISTER FREE: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-is-possible-with-adobe-creative-cloud-tickets-17946525541

 Join Adobe as they share the possibilities of Adobe Creative Cloud in the classroom. Victorian teachers are seeing their students creativity come to life with the latest offering from Adobe Creative Cloud.

The Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is the most up to date versions of what was the Adobe Creative Suite plus lots more. The most recent of Adobe’s industry standard web design, print, audio and video applications are available to download via CC as well as new applications like Adobe Muse and Edge Animate for great HTML website and animation without the need for coding skills.

This workshop will provide an overview of what is included in the Adobe CC and how educators & students around the world are working the CC applications to enhance the way they communicate.

To make the most of this workshop, download the trial version of Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and Adobe Muse.

More information about Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found via:



July 29, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing opens doors to new learning and teaching opportunities beyond the classroom. Victorian students and teachers have access to a flexible suite of virtual learning tools enabling them to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school.

Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing enables you to:

  • deliver subject-specific curriculum to students anywhere in Victoria and beyond
  • interact and authenticate learning by bringing experts and specialists into your classroom without leaving your school
  • stream cultural, scientific and literary events directly to your classroom
  • create your own networks of learners, anywhere around the worldsmall image of booklet shows several students in yellow shirts
  • build intercultural understanding and a sense of global identity

Getting started

Virtual conferencing can be accessed via the internet and allows for participants in multiple locations to interact using audio, video, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, a shared interactive whiteboard, polling or instant messaging. Victorian schools have access to many virtual conferencing tools including:

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July 21, 2015
by Jillian Brown

18 ways to use a single iPad in the music classroom

Thanks to Sandy Phillips, Digital Learning and STEM for the original post on ’18 Ways to use a single iPad in the music classroom, posted  in Global2 on 26th June, 2015

One of my favourite videos showcasing Digital Technologies in Victorian Schools is the video on ‘iPad Orchestra’, which can be downloaded on FUSE at http://tinyurl.com/ojnu9yn or viewed here. This video is a gem and showcases possibilities for music education when the use of real instruments may be limited, or simply be further explored through the use of ICT.MusicEducation

Recently I saw this post and it was a great reminder of the possibilities of ICT in supporting the curriculum.

Even if you have only one iPad there are still lots of ways you can use it with your students, especially if you can plug it into a data projector and speakers. Midnight Music have presented 18 practical ideas for teachers. Go to the link for the full list of ideas. Many of these ideas are also great for students to drive themselves or to work in small groups.
1. Practice note names Use an app like Staff Wars, Flashnote Derby or Noteworks – which all work in a similar way – to teach students notes of the staff. To ensure your whole class is involved, you can make note identification into a game: Connect your iPad to the data projector, open the app, and start the note identification game. As notes appear on the screen, students can write down the note names on a piece of paper. You can secretly identify the note correctly, leaving it as late as possible so students have the maximum time to come up with an answer. You’ll also need to make a note of the correct answers as you go! At the end, students can correct their answers. This would work well as a team game.
2. Practice sight-reading rhythms With your iPad connected to the data projector, start up one of the levels in the Rhythm Cat app (or something similar). The rhythm that appears on the screen can be played by the class as a group – using body percussion or classroom instruments. Students (or the teacher) can tap the rhythm on the screen of the iPad.
3. The funky metronome Set up a drum pattern in GarageBand (use the Smartdrums to generate a quick rhythm), Drumjam or DM1 in a style of your choosing. Use the drum pattern to accompany class ensemble arrangements, or scales in band/orchestra/choir rehearsal. Much more interesting than a plain old metronome!
Check out the full 18 ideas 

July 16, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Term 3 workshops announced – Learning and Teaching with Digital Technologies, Tools and Resources

Term 3 workshops have been announced for our popular ‘Learning and Teaching with Digital Technologies, Tools and Resources workshops.

This is a great opportunity to harness blogging, digital content in FUSE, interactive web 2.0 tools, coding and programming and more to support student learning!


Who should attend? These workshops are designed for classroom teachers, ICT leaders, teams and school leaders

Bring: BYO laptop or tablet

Cost: No cost, these workshops are free for school teachers and leaders

Registration is compulsory, please register here now http://bit.ly/1TH33ci

July 14, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Register NOW for Code Club professional learning – 24th July

Code Club Australia is the network of volunteers and educators getting kids coding! Through a grant from the Telstra Foundation, Code Club is offering FREE professional development to primary school teachers from government, catholic and private schools, keen on getting their students involved in Code Club. The workshop will focus on Scratch, available on all Victorian Government school computers as part of the EduSTAR image. Participants will learn the fundamentals of Scratch and develop an understanding of how to lead a school based code club.

Places are being offered on a first come, first served basis for first workshop offer on Friday 24th July. Be quick! The first teacher to register per school honoured, others are waitlisted.

All teachers required to provide a letter of nomination from their principal to attend.

All teachers must appoint an alternate delegate to attend in the case of unexpected absence. Further workshops will be offered if there is a strong interest in Victoria so please make sure you register for the waiting list if the initial places are full.



1) Register NOW at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/melbourne-vic-code-club-teacher-training-scratch-1-2-tickets-17687222960

2) Nominate an alternate should your circumstances change (please name them in your principal’s letter)

3) Obtain a letter of nomination from your principal naming you as the attendee**



What will be covered on the day?

9:30 Morning tea and arrival, introductions

10:00 Demystifying Coding in the Classroom

10:30 Scratch: Getting Started with Code Club curriculum

11:30 Teaching vs Facilitating Collaborative Learning: what makes Code Club different

12:00-1:00 Break for lunch (on your own, lunch is not catered at this event)

1:10 Scratch II: Bringing Scratch into the classroom today

1:45 Code Club advocacy and TeachMeet

2:00 Code Club project II: Exploring Scratch with Peers

3:00 Register for materials and final questions


Want to learn more? Check out: Code Club Australia. Check out the active network of Code Clubs in Australia!

For more information contact Kelly Tagalan, Nation Programme Manager, m: +61 (0)458544825.

** Principal nomination letter shall include the following: School letterhead complete with postal address, your name as nominated teacher attending, and name of elected alternate should you become unavailable.


July 13, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Artists in Schools funding program available for schools

Thanks to Sandy Phillips for this post, originally posted in Global2 on 17th June, 2015

Information Sessions for teachers and artists about the Artists in Schools funding program are being held in June and July across Victoria. The Department of Education and Training Artists in Schools funding program provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Schools engage an artist for approximately 20 days to work with students and teachers from any curriculum area on a creative project. These projects may be in any art form and need to support learning across the curriculum.

Information sessions are being held across Victoria and online, via Blackboard Collaborate, on the following dates.  Schools must book as places are limited.
·        Online 1:  Tuesday 14 July 2015  (4:00-5:00pm)
·        Online 2:  Wednesday 15 July 2015   (4:00-5:00pm)
·        Healesville: Friday 17 July 2015  (4:30-6:30pm)
·        Online 3:  Tuesday  21 July 2015  (4:00-5:00pm)
·        Melbourne:  Wednesday 22 July 2015 (5:30 – 7:30pm)
·        Benalla: Friday  24 July 2015 (4:30 – 6:30pm)

Book here – http://www.creative.vic.gov.au/AIS

Applications for the Artists in Schools funding program are due Tuesday 8 September 2015 for projects starting after 10 April in 2016.

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