September 23, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge register now

The Edublogs Global Student Blogging Challenge

sbc2015-17x6216Come get your students blogging and connecting with their peers from around the world!

The Global Student Blogging Challenge is a free project that the Edublogs team runs for 10 weeks. The event has occured twice yearly since 2008.

The next challenge starts on October 4 and it is now time to register your blog.

The March 2014 student blogging challenge involved:

  • 115 classes
  • 1300 students
  • 15 countries
  • 32 mentors

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:

To Register

There are two ways to register:

To Help

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?

  • creating pages and posts
  • creating avatars
  • digital citizenship
  • commenting skills
  • connecting with students globally
  • using tools and embedding on their blog

September 21, 2015
by marcellinus

Plenty to do during the school holidays in Victoria!

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.

Have a look at this comprehensive list of activities on offer for the next two weeks.

There are metro and regional activities on offer including, arts, craft, nature, sporting, performances and more.

To find out what is on offer in the City of Melbourne during the term break follow this link:

We think that the Code Club activity at the Library at the Docks looks like a lot of fun!

or even making your own action figure could be a highlight.

Take the time to have a look at what’s on offer, you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised!


September 17, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

“Screen It” 2015. Entries close this Monday 21 September

Every year, hundreds of students across the nation enter Screen It – The Australian Centre of the Moving Image’s (ACMI’s) screen-it-2015epic 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.

Email with any queries. Go to for instructions



September 14, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Atom awards finalists announced

Congratulations to all of the students, and their teachers who have made the finals at this years Atom awards. Some amazing films on a variety of topics. Check them out lend a hand

This film makes a great teaching resource in both its art and form, but also its subject matter.

Titled Bullying – Lend a hand it has been beautifully created by the students at the Sydney Distance Education High School

Bullying – Lend a Hand from The ATOM Awards on Vimeo.

September 11, 2015
by marcellinus


download (1)This event is a unique opportunity for teachers in Central Victoria to access high quality professional learning through Bastow without having to travel to the city.

About this event

Please note this Workshop runs across two days at two venues:

Day 1: Tuesday 13 October 2015

Venue: All Seasons Bendigo: 171-183 McIvor Road, Bendigo

Day 2: Monday 16 November 2015

Venue: Bendigo Regional Office: 7-15 McLaren Street, Bendigo

Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

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.


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.

Register: Heredownload (1)

September 10, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Session time change for ‘Secret Security Business’ webinar for students

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 session you 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:

To know more about the event, please visit our website:

Many teachers have asked if we can repeat the very successful session Online Introduction to the eSafety Commission.
We will organise this and notify schools. 

I look forward to seeing you in the session.

September 3, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Cybersafety sessions for students and teachers register here

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. Webinar Cybersafety

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.

Actions Required

To access and register for the eSafety Commission sessions, register via Adobe Connect.

Session Dates

Dates for the eSafety Commission webinars are:

  • 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.

Further Information

For any queries about this event, please contact Sandy Phillips, Digital Learning and STEM, at or visit the Australian eSafety Comission website at​

September 2, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Classroom ready: Demonstrating the impact on student learning of initial teacher education programs

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.

Your feedback

AITSL is inviting anyone with an interest in initial teacher education to read the paper and respond to the three questions.

  1. Which of the proposed components of evidence of impact would convince you about the quality of initial teacher education programs?
  2. What components of evidence of impact should be mandatory, and which should be optional?
  3. What evidence of impact could initial teacher education providers feasibly collect?

Have your say

Submissions will close on: 11 September 2015 at 5:00pm AEST

AITSL will provide a summary of submissions on the AITSL website. Submissions will contribute to our ongoing work in the Strengthened accreditation of initial teacher education programs.*


September 1, 2015
by marcellinus

Teacher Training in Junior FIRST® LEGO® League

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.

Each school:

  • 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.

Access Applications Here!

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