August 13, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference

Register now for the
2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference: New Perspectives!
www.metromagazine.com.au/np/

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August, 2015
Graduate House, University of Melbourne

The 2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference, New Perspectives, is all about new perspectives in the classroom and in the media. They will be looking at fresh ways to approach Media teaching across VCE, middle/lower secondary and primary levels, with lots of new ideas and inspiration to keep you going for the next twelve months

and beyond. They will also be hearing from experienced industry professionals on a range of interesting and exciting topics. You’re bound to leave this  valuable two days of learning with a whole new perspective!

 

August 12, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum in the Primary School

Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum in the Primary School

When: Tuesday 25th August 2015

Time: 5:30pm to 7pm

Cost: free

Presenters:
Laura Barker, Technology and Learning Coordinator K-12, Fintona Girls’ School
Penny Rowe, Senior Project Officer, Digital Learning & STEM Branch, Department of Education and Training.
Mark Richardson, Professional Learning Manager, DLTV

Overview:
In this session you will, find out how you and your school can begin to implement the Digital Technologies curriculum. This curriculum is ready for school use and is available on the ACARA website. It should appear on the AusVELS website later this year.
These session will be divided into three parts.
1. An introduction to the Digi Tech curriculum. What are its components? How can you approach curriculum planning? Where can you start? What needs to be taught stand alone? What can be integrated into existing programs?
2. Case study of how one primary school is approaching the Digi Tech curriculum. Where did it start? What were some “quick wins”? What directions will the school take as it leads to full integration.
3. Resources to teach the Digi Tech curriculum. What resources are readily available on the internet? What is the easiest way to find them? How can use them to make great DigiTech lessons?

Register for this session to get a head start on Digital Technologies implementation in your primary school.

To attend register on the DLTV event page, using the button at the bottom:  https://dltv.vic.edu.au/events/ol333-implementing-digital-technologies-curriculum-primary-school

August 11, 2015
by marcellinus
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Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum in the Primary School

technology-662833_640The Upcoming Digital Technologies curriculum is an exciting and challenging prospect.  It identifies key skills and concepts that learners will develop throughout their time at school from the foundation level up.  Many teachers will be learning this alongside their students.  Below is a professional learning opportunity that is designed to give teachers a head start and provide valuable information and resources in implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum in schools and the classroom.

Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum in the Primary School

When: Tuesday 25th August 2015

Time: 5:30pm to 7pm

Cost: free

Presenters:

  • Laura Barker, Technology and Learning Coordinator K-12, Fintona Girls’ School
  • 
Penny Rowe, Senior Project Officer, Digital Learning & STEM Branch, Department of Education and Training.
  • 
Mark Richardson, Professional Learning Manager, DLTV

Overview:
 In this session you will, find out how you and your school can begin to implement the Digital Technologies curriculum. This curriculum is ready for school use and is available on the ACARA website. It should appear on the AusVELS website later this year.

The session will be divided into three parts.

  1. An introduction to the Digi Tech curriculum. What are its components? How can you approach curriculum planning? Where can you start? What needs to be taught stand alone? What can be integrated into existing programs?
  2. A case study of how one primary school is approaching the Digi Tech curriculum. Where did it start? What were some “quick wins”? What directions will the school take as it leads to full integration.
  3. Resources to teach the Digi Tech curriculum. What resources are readily available on the internet? What is the easiest way to find them? How can use them to make great DigiTech lessons?

Register for this session to get a head start on Digital Technologies implementation in your primary school.

To attend register on the DLTV event page, using the link below:  https://dltv.vic.edu.au/events/ol333-implementing-digital-technologies-curriculum-primary-school

August 7, 2015
by marcellinus
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Bring iTunes U to your classroom with these PD sessions

Creating courses in iTunes U online sessions

Victorian educators have the opportunity to discover how iTunes U Course Manager is the best tool to embed Apps, books and videos into your existing teaching resources, streamlining your teaching workflow and transforming student learning. This free online session will be facilitated through the Department’s Adobe Connect web conferencing facility.

The session will be available on three dates (content will be the same for all sessions).

Dates for the Creating courses in iTunes U online sessions are:

o   Session 1: Wednesday 19 August 2015, 3:45pm – 4:30pm

o   Session 2: Wednesday 26 August 2015, 3:45pm – 4:30pm

o   Session 3: Tuesday 1 September 2015, 3:45pm – 4:30pm

To register for a Creating courses in iTunes U online session, register via the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/creating-courses-in-itunes-u-tickets-18029217876

August 7, 2015
by marcellinus
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What is possible with Adobe Creative Cloud?

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?

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

CCloudREGISTER 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:

http://www.adobe.com/au/creativecloud.html

 

Also don’t forget that the online Adobe Connect workshops are  still open to participate in!

Have a look at this blog post for further information: http://diglearning.global2.vic.edu.au/2015/08/01/joining-adobe-connect-online-sessions/

 

August 6, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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Screen It 2015 open for students

Entries are now open for Screen It 2015. Run by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Screen It is Australia’s largest moving image competition for primary and secondary school students. Create a live-action film, animation or video game in response to the theme of ‘Change’ to go into the running to win some fabulous prizes.

Run by ACMI Education, Screen It is specifically designed to foster rich educational outcomes and expression through the moving image by providing live videoconferences throughout the year, as well as the online gateway and downloadable resource kit. Entrants can work in groups, classes or on their own to produce their entry. Online submission is easy and entry to Screen It is free.

Entries are judged by a panel of industry experts – including Paper Planes director Robert Connolly – and the winning entrants will receive prizes from Sony, Canon, Crumpler and Madman. Finalists also have the opportunity to attend the Screen It Awards Ceremony, hosted by Good Game’s Bajo and Hex, on Friday 13 November in Melbourne.

With the opportunity to have your work seen by industry professionals and win some really awesome prizes, now’s the time to get your entries in to be a part of Australia’s largest moving image competition.

Click here for more information or to enter!

Entries close 5pm, Monday 21 September.

August 5, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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National Science Week 15th–23 August

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.  It  kicks off  the 15th–23 August and schools are invited to run and promote their own events or join the events available on the website http://www.scienceweek.net.au/

Great work  to these schools who have organised local events and are promoting them on the National register:

Light Fantatsic
Laburnum Primary School

Dissections
Upwey High School

Exploring Light
Sussex Heights Primary School & Nara Pre-School

Glengala Science Expo
Glengala Primary School

Steamday 2015
St Albans Heights Primary School

Transition to Science
Wheelers Hill Secondary College

Science Expo
Hillsmeade Primary School 

Let us know if your school is running something special, particularly if it involves innovative use of digital technologies.

August 1, 2015
by marcellinus
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Connecting with Korea: The Australia- Korea Foundation

Australia Korea logo.jpgDFAT Australia Korea Foundation Grant Approved for the Global LYNCs Project

Many students in Victorian schools enjoy the opportunity to connect and learn with our neighbours in Asia.  These connections enrich our understandings of cultures and build partnerships to enhance our region.  Digital technologies have enabled us to build the connections win way we could not have imagined before.

The Global LYNCs Project is an established program and has just become a partner with the Australia-Korea Foundation.  The Foundation will support ongoing enhancements to the project including development of a Korean version of the blog, improvements to the blog (we have just added a visitor counter this week), monthly newsletters to participants, feature articles and a Victorian visitation program from Professor Keong Ku the Korean coordinator for the project. Five additional Victorian schools recently joined the project as part of a pilot with the Daegu District Office of Education, Republic of Korea and the SWVR.    A feature of the pilot is development and trial of curriculum units to compliment Korean/Victorian partnerships.

The Distance Education Centre Victoria DET is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-Korea Foundation and is assisting with the administration of the project.   While predominately dealing with Korean partnerships, Global LYNCs also currently involves some other Asian country partnerships. 

If you are interested in working  with an international school using DET’s outstanding schools telecommunications network please visit the blog at: http://globallyncs.global2.vic.edu.au/   or contact Jo Tate tate.joanne.e@edumail.vic.gov.au for advice and assistance.

 

August 1, 2015
by marcellinus
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Joining Adobe Connect Online Sessions

DET has recently migrated to Adobe Connect as a provider for virtual conferencing.  This platform offers many new features that provide new ways in which to connect.

Interest in Adobe Connect has been overwhelmingly positive and Brooke from the Digital Learning and STEM branch team has been investigating ways in which to best support uptake.

Below is a message from Brooke for those interested in joining the Adobe Connect Sessions or may have missed a place due to the incredible interest in bookings.

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in the Adobe Connect Online Sessions. My apologies that signing up for these sessions has been quite difficult! These sessions have been very popular and were booked out within the first day of the registration being opened. So while this has been bit of a logistical nightmare it really is a great problem to have and has forced us to make some adjustments to the program.

Beginner level

After attending and receiving feedback on the first session I have realised that the level of this course is beginner. It is a great introduction for people new to web conferencing and would like a thorough introduction to Adobe Connect. If you are at this level and would like to attend these sessions please indicate the course you would like to attend:

Course 2

Session 1: Monday 17 August

Session 2: Monday 4 August

Course 3:

Session 1: Wednesday 19 August

Session 2: Wednesday 26 August

Only 10 participants can attend these courses (those already registered get preference).

2 more of these courses will be run in the next couple of months so if these dates don’t suit let me know if you would like to be on the waiting list and I’ll contact you when we have the new dates confirmed.

Advanced level

These sessions are targeted for experienced users of Adobe Connect or the previous Blackboard Collaborate (BBC) platform.  Content will be directed at understanding the structure and functionality of AC and how this may be better utilised to produce more effective online synchronous meetings or sessions. These sessions are not intended for first time users however there is no restriction on participation. There will be a recording to be viewed prior to the session to outline lower order procedures including the similarities between AC and BBC to allow for higher order discussion and questions during the session.  Input will be encouraged and welcomed from participants who have used the platform and have strategies or identified issues to share.

Session times:

1.      Tuesday 11th August – 3:45pm

2.      Tuesday 18th August – 3:45pm

3.      Thursday 20th August – 3:45pm

4.      Tuesday 25th August – 3:45pm

Duration: Sessions will not extend past 5:00pm

There is no limit to participant numbers for these sessions but let me know which one you would like to attend so I can register your interest and send you the information for the session.

Sessions will facilitated by Gary Schultz – Digital Learning and STEM Branch – DET.

Please let me know by reply email which sessions you would like to attend, preferably by the end of next Wednesday 5th August so I can make sure everyone has the chance to attend training. Also if you are not interested in any of these sessions please let me know and I’ll stop emailing you about them.

Thanks again for your interest in Adobe Connect and patience.

Cheers,
Brooke

mcnamara.brooke.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Brooke McNamara | Senior Project Officer | Digital Learning and STEM Branch
Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division
Department of Education and Training

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