The next challenge starts on October 4 and it is now time to register your blog.
The March 2014 student blogging challenge involved:
During the challenge, Sue Wyatt (@tasteach), along with support from Sue Waters and the team atEdublogs, provides weekly challenge tasks to help students and classes building blogging skills and connect globally through their blogs.
The Challenge is open to both class blogs and to individual student bloggers from all over the world and of all ages – blogs don’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate, but your blog must be public.
Check out the following pages to learn more about the Challenge:
There have been over 1300 students in the last few challenges and it isn’t possible for Sue Wyatt to visit them all regularly.
Can you help with this?
You might be a teacher, principal, educational coach, parent, retired teacher or a trainee teacher and would like to get involved with student blogging. You can register as a mentor and help mentor small groups of 10-30 students during the challenge.
What do the students learn about in the challenge?
The school holidays have begun. Although the beginning of spring and the excitement of the AFL finals season gets Victorians motivated, there is plenty more on offer to get involved in during the term break.
Every year, hundreds of students across the nation enter Screen It – The Australian Centre of the Moving Image’s (ACMI’s) epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers. It’s fun and, best of all, it’s free!
Screen It 2015. Entries close this Monday – 5pm (AEST) 21 September.
This two-day program will use the proven process of Design Thinking to help you explore, focus, and act on a number of teaching and learning strategies in order to improve the learning outcomes for Primary students.
Developing strong, student-centred learning around inquiry, even at early ages, is a common driver of primary education. Yet designing powerful learning experiences that harness genuine curiosity and work across the curriculum are just some of the challenges in helping young students become critical and creative learners.
Understanding and applying the processes of Design Thinking is a leading strategic and innovative method for Primary educators to embed enquiry learning into their practice. Using leading research and key examples from Australian Primary school settings, participants will:
understand and apply Design Thinking for inquiry learning
use a range of highly effective thinking skills and tools to refine and inform decision making
explore different uses of technology to support inquiry learning
develop innovative approaches to curriculum design using leadership skills, research and data.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Hamish Curry is based in the Australian branch of NoTosh, working not just with schools, but bringing a renowned expertise to galleries, museums and cultural institutions across Australia and overseas.
Hamish was formerly the Education Manager at the State Library of Victoria where he developed many successful learning programs. He has also been a teacher in the UK and Japan. His experience in designing and managing a Middle Years campus in Melbourne provided him with a wealth of insights on student engagement.
With NoTosh Hamish has helped organise the inaugural Do Lectures Australia to critical acclaim and ran Startup Weekend Education Melbourne. Hamish works with scores of our schools across the country on design thinking, formative assessment and creative leadership strategy.
NoTosh works globally from bases in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Melbourne, Australia.
The eSafety Commission have notified us that they need to change the ‘Secret Security Business’ webinar time previously presented on Global2. We have organised the session to be moved and repeated it to give you and your students the best chance to attend.
The new times are
Wednesday Sept 16th 1:30 – 2:15 pm (Room will open at 12:30) (Term 3)
Thursday October 15th 9:40 -10:25 am (Room opens at 8) NB This is a repeat of the session, not a recording. (Term 4)
If you wish to attend the Wednesday afternoon and you have already enrolled for the sessionyou won’t need to do anything as your invitation link has been moved with the room.
If you wish to attend the session in October you will need to re – register
To register for the Thursday October 15th 9:40 -10:25am, please visit the following link:
The Department of Education and Training (DET), in partnership with the Australian eSafety Commission, is presenting two free cybersafety webinars, for teachers and students respectively, via the Department’s virtual conferencing facility Adobe Connect.
The first session for teachers will be an online introduction to the eSafety Commission and the organisation’s role and resources for schools.
The second session for Year 5-7 students. It will focus on connecting safely with others, managing potential risks online, and include strategies to protect personal information.
These seminars will provide teachers and students with information and advice on cybersafety.
To access and register for the eSafety Commission sessions, register via Adobe Connect.
Session 1 for teachers
Thursday 10th September 2015 at 3:45pm – 4:45pm
An online session for teachers will introduce the role of the newly formed eSafety Commission and the programs and resources they provide for schools.
Session 2 for Year 5-7 students
Wednesday 16th September at 9:30am – 10:30am
Secret Security Business will get the students to consider how they can connect safely with others and manage potential risks online. It will include strategies to protect their own and other people’s personal information.
The paper Classroom ready: Demonstrating the impact on student learning of initial teacher education programs is intended to stimulate discussion about how teacher education programs in Australia can demonstrate their impact on school student learning.
The paper highlights the importance of, and proposes requirements for, evidence of impact to help Australia’s teachers be their best. The paper builds on the strengths of the current national approach to accreditation of initial teacher education programs and the work of states and territories. The paper has been informed by three stimulus papers developed to promote thinking about approaches to accreditation based on evidence of impact.
AITSL is inviting anyone with an interest in initial teacher education to read the paper and respond to the three questions.
Do you have students in the Junior part of your school who are really into LEGO? Do you feel that you need to catch up on the latest LEGO resources for you classroom? Would you like some support in finding out more?
Then this opportunity could be for you!
2015 CS4HS Teacher Training in Junior FIRST® LEGO® League
With support from Google, FIRST® Australia will be holding Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teacher training!
We will be holding one day workshops on Thursday the 24th of September and Friday the 25th of September at Macquarie University. Training will include information on FIRST, Jr. FLL, and the WeDo™ kit. Teachers will then get to try it for themselves before we host a teacher – Junior FIRST® LEGO® expo at the end of the day. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
can send up to two teachers.
is committing to having at least one Jr. FLL team for the 2015/2016 season.
Final round of applications closes on Friday September 11th.
The Digital Learning News Blog may feature outside resources. Teachers are advised of the need to check the terms and conditions, privacy, and age restrictions of digital resources before using them with students. Teachers need to be aware of how and where their students’ information and content is used and shared by the digital technologies they plan to use. Parental consent must be obtained to use a student’s personal information to generate accounts and provide access to online services. Non-identifiable information should be used by students working online.