August 31, 2015
by marcellinus

Classroom of the Future Webinar dates and topics Term 4, 2015

Social media for learning – the Yammer experience

7th October, 4:00-4:40pm

In today’s hyper connected world students are creating deep networks in social media. The potential power of social media in learning is immense but how can schools harness the benefits of social media while still maintaining a safe online environment? Throughout 2015 Charles La Trobe P-12 College has been trialling the Yammer network to provide a safe social learning space for students and teachers. This webinar look at the use of Yammer in the College and the variety of ways it has been used to improve student learning outcomes.

Suitable for all teachers and school leaders interested in using social media for learning.


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STEM in schools – setting up a maker space and club

21st October, 4:00-4:40pm

The importance of STEM is a growing trend in education. Where can schools start in integrating STEM practices and learning in their curriculum and spaces? The makerspace and maker club are a great entry point for schools looking to establish student centred making and creating. This webinar will share the experience of Charles La Trobe P-12 College in establishing a maker movement. Spaces, equipment, pedagogy and curriculum will be shared in this webinar.

Suitable for all teachers and leaders interested in helping students make and create.

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Coding in school – where to start? (Targeted at primary schools)

4th November, 4:00-4:40pm

Coding is an excellent way to both engage students deeply in learning and develop their problem solving skills. But where should teachers and students start? This webinar will share the experiences of year 3-6 teachers at Charles La Trobe P-12 College in implementing coding in their classrooms using visual block based applications (Tynker, Scratch and Hopscotch). The presenters will share pedagogy and lessons learned, and participants will learn that anyone can implement coding in their classroom.

This webinar is particularly suited to Primary School teachers.

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Leading digital change in schools – lessons for digital leaders

18th November, 4:00-4:40pm

Leading change is challenging. Leading change in digital learning is more challenging again. Choosing platforms, devices, professional learning, coaching, frameworks, and engaging reluctant teachers – the list goes on and on. In this webinar the lessons learned from the Classroom of the Future project will be shared and discussed.

Suitable for all school leaders and teachers who want to lead the improvement of digital learning.

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August 30, 2015
by marcellinus

Education in Games Summit 2015 – A Gameful World

gamefulAs part of the International Games Weeks being held in Melbourne in October the ‘Education in Games Summit 2015 – A Gameful World.’ will provide Victorian Primary and Secondary teachers with a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading players in the game development industry.

Date: Thursday, October 29

Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm 

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

For: Primary & Secondary Teachers 

Cost: $90 (ex-GST) *Includes access to Day One of PAX Australia 

Summit Registration:

Workshop selections: Please click here to add your workshop selections

Full Program: Program: A Gameful World

Flyer: Education in Games Summit Flyer

The Summit will explore the clear links to learning and teaching in Victorian classrooms and the resources available for teachers to explore.

For further information please contact the Digital Learning Branch

The Summit will provide:

  • A snapshot of the game development industry and a strong focus on the broad range of creative careers open to Victorian students
  • Stories behind successful game developers and their impact here in Victoria and internationally
  • Clear links to STEM and the latest information about the new Digital Technologies curriculum for Primary & Secondary schools, including an overview of the resources and support available to teachers.

Summit Keynote Speaker – Dr Steffen Walz Dr Steffen Walz is an Associate Professor at RMIT University and the founder–director of RMIT’s Games & Experimental Entertainment Laboratory, the GEElab. At the GEElab, an international team of researchers scrutinizes the potential (and pitfalls) of play, games and game design elements for non-entertainment purposes.steffan Steffen is inspiring and teaching the next generation of game-developers and problem solvers. Summit Workshops Workshops will be run by classroom teachers, academics and games industry experts, including from Google, Microsoft, Intel, Unity and the Game Developers Association of Australia. Areas covered will include: Minecraft, Virtual Reality & Kerbal Space Program Coding with Scratch, Unity Games Curriculum, Literacy through Game Book Adventures, Gamification & Creating Games, Microsoft TouchDevelop, Intel Galileo, Games as Text, Curriculum Links and Engaging Students through Games. For further details on the summit workshops follow this link: Education in Games Summit_Workshop Outlines Registration includes access to Day One of PAX Australia – October 30 As part of their Summit ticket participants will also be eligible to attend the first day (Oct 30) of PAX Australia ( held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. PAX is a festival celebrating games culture and it connects the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid fans. The first day of PAX will involve a number of education related panels & speakers from around the world.     Presented by Creative vic amcidet  

August 28, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

2015 ACHPER Conference – Health, Outdoor, Sport & Physical Education

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Victorian Branch invites teachers to join a vibrant ‘community of practice’ by attending this year’s

ACHPER Conference

26-27 November

Monash University, Clayton

Now in it’s 29th year, their premier professional learning event continues to support, enhance and advocate for highest quality Health, Outdoor, Sport and Physical Education for Foundations – Year 12 teachers. Here is just a sample of the sessions provided at the conference which support teachers to integrate digital technologies into their programs.
ICT in Physical Education​​

  • Using iPads/tablets to your advantage
  • Physical Education Apps to reinvigorate your programs
  • ​Technology to increase activity
  • Flipped classrooms – what does this mean?
  • The power of social media as professional learning
    For full details go to the ACHPER conference site

August 27, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Global Collaboration Day, September 17, 2015

Global Collaboration Day 
Join 1,000’s of educators for the very first ‘Global Collaboration Day’ – September 17, 2015.
Full details on website – Global Collaboration Day  use the hashtag #globaled15 globalday

Global Education Conference
The 2015 Global Education Conference will be held November 16-November 19.
All details on the Global Education Conference website.
Applications now open for presentations.
The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

August 27, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership

Bastow delivers innovative and evidence-based leadership development that responds to the ever-evolving needs of teachers, principals, education support and early childhood professionals at every stage of their career journey.

Bastow is a branch within the Department of Education and Training (DET) offering leadership development that is highly relevant and closely aligned with current policies and frameworks.

Please consider the following leadership courses, programs and events for your ongoing professional development.


Professional Practice

Further develop your confidence and capability to implement the Department’s performance and development approach. These highly practical workshops are targeted to Senior Advisors, Principals and Teachers. There are multiple intakes and the workshops are also delivered in regional locations.


Other DET Programs

Victorian Deaf Institute (VDEI) – Professional Learning

For full details visit

August 26, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Flat Connections global projects starting in September

Many online globally collaborative projects for K-12 start again September 2015 to coincide with the beginning of the school year in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Flat Connections Global Projects

Flat Connections projects are designed for success with global collaboration. They are fully supported and managed by global educators who understand the challenges of using technology to connect and collaborate.

READ MORE about ALL projects, age recommendations, workflow and collaboration details on the website. APPLY TODAY!

There is also the  Connect with China Learning Collaborative to check out for schools who wish to connect with China




August 21, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

AEU and TLN professional learning

The Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Teacher Learning Network (TLN) are presenting the following professional learning events for teachers, early childhood educators and pre-service teachers. A number of these events are held online.

Casual Relief Teacher (CRT) Conferences – Behaviour management
These conferences offer full day professional development and an opportunity for networking. The conferences are open to non-members. CRTs can also participate online. Wednesday September 23

Student Teacher Conference
The AEU holds two conferences each year for final-year student teachers. Participants learn about critical issues, hear from education experts and participate in relevant workshops. Friday October 2 2015

Early Childhood Conference
This year’s theme is Early Childhood: We Need to Talk. Keynote speakers Anthony Semann, Catherine Hydon and Andrea Nolan will address the big picture issues facing the sector. Open to non-members Saturday August 22. AEU Abbotsford and online.

Register at

The TLN  Online Training Space 
The TLN provides regular online professional learning opportunities The TLN events calendar presents these events. A sample of these include:

Creating individual education plans for students with special needs Q&A
27 August 2015 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
TLN online training space
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Tuning the brain onto learn
27 November 2014 11:44 AM
TLN online training space
Daniel Cohen
Register at

August 19, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

2015 Heywire Competition is open now

The ABC’s 2015 Heywire Competition is open now and closes on Wednesday September, 16 2015.  Enter now!ABC Heywire Youth Forum  at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 9th February, 2012. Photographer: Mark Graham

The heart of Heywire is an individual telling a personal story.

You must be aged 16-22 on 31 January 2016. You must also live in Australia, but not in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. Check your eligibility here.

If you turn 16 by 31 January 2016 you are eligible.  For full details go to



August 17, 2015
by marcellinus

Surf Coast Secondary share with their professional learning series

3204674SCSC Professional Learning sessions 2015

A new school located in Torquay, Surf Coast Secondary College is a community of life-long learners that are committed to providing ongoing, relevant and timely professional learning for our staff that improves our knowledge and practice in addressing students’ needs.

The professional learning sessions listed below are run by staff members at Surf Coast Secondary College who are exemplary practitioners in the areas of expertise outlined, and who are excited to share their journey and knowledge with colleagues from other educational institutions.

The sessions provide a valuable opportunity to find out more about contemporary learning practices through five different sessions:

  1. What pedagogy really works in a flexible learning space? 
    Wednesday August 26 9am to 3pm
  2. Using iPads to make student thinking transparent
    Thursday September 17 9am to 12pm
  3. Using the Solo Taxonomy to scaffold deep learning in classrooms
    Thursday September 3 9am to 12pm
  4. Learning analytics and how data can be used to inform teaching and build student independence.
    Wednesday September 9 9am to 12pm
  5. Data collection and analysis tools for the contemporary classroom
    Wednesday September 9 1pm – 4pm

Download this form to find out more and register:

SCSC Professional Learning sessions 2015

or visiting

For more information or general inquiries, contact Erin Weightman on 52616633 or

August 14, 2015
by marcellinus

Lost in the Bush 2015

In the Winter of August 1864, three young children were lost in the bush at Nurcoung near Mount Arapiles in Western Victoria. After nine days, the children were found by Aboriginal trackers and a large search party.

LIB_White_Logo3-289j2j6-300x295The story and courage of child Jane to care for her brothers captured the hearts of the Colony and England.  The story became folklore and etched in history via the Fourth Reader for the Victorian Education Department until the 1960’s.

A movie was made in 1973 depicting the story.

Two sessions via videoconferencing (Polycom VC or MS Lync), to discuss the story.   Watch excerpts from the movie intended for question and discussion prompts and involve your students with in-class activities over the nine days the children were lost.

Wednesday Aug 12th – Thursday 20th August

The program is targeted towards upper primary and lower secondary however, any age group welcome.

For more program information, visit:

No charge for participation in this program.

Limited numbers.

To Register –  Click here

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