December 16, 2015
by Jillian Brown

School holiday activities for students

The Victorian school holidays will begin for many on 21 December. Here are a range of activities students might want to check out over the holiday period.

The list has been created by the Victorian State Government and features events from all over Victoria.

December 14, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Global Lyncs 2016

Interested in building Global Citizenship Skills in an authentic way through telecommunications? The Global LYNCS Project is seeking new Victorian schools in 2016 to engage with partner schools in Korea.

The Global Lyncs (Linking Youth through NET Communications)  project explores the potential of free technologies supporting communications between schools in Victoria & Daegu, South Korea. It explores: globalLYNCS

  • Teachers working with teachers
  • Base language for the exchanges is English (but we hope you will learn some Korean too!)
  • Shared support with resources and technology
  • Bi-lingual project blogs & Newsletters (Korean & English)
  • Cross curricular content focus
  • Regular engaging telecommunications between classrooms
  • Building strong, sustainable partnerships.

Global LYNCs provides authentic learning opportunities for schools and promotes global citizenship through engaging students in multicultural curriculum based activities. Students are provided with opportunities to gain a sense of Australia’s and Korea’s role in the global community.

If your school is interested in more information or joining please contact Jo Tate

For more information, visit

December 14, 2015
by Jillian Brown

SketchUp Pro now available in the eduSTAR software catalogue

sketchupWe are excited to announce that SketchUp Pro is now available to Victorian government schools.  SketchUp (free version) has been a widely used CAD application across both primary and secondary DET schools for many years.

SketchUp Pro is a commercial software used by architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers.  It can assist with the earliest stages of design to the end of construction. Programming, diagramming, design development, detailing, and documentation.

The benefits of Sketch Up free include interaction with Google Maps and the ability to sample models from the free online repository. Sketch up Pro offers even more benefits, including:

  • layouts and options to convert your drawings to 2D presentations
  • importing and exporting to/from 2D and 3D CAD applications, which are limited by SketchUp free
  • additional functionality such as hydraulics and smart scaling
  • the inclusion of a wide range of industry standard 3D printing solutions, and more.


To access SketchUp Pro, you can either:

* NB – students must be registered through the eduPass system by their school’s technician to enable access to SketchUp Pro.





December 10, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Call for Volunteers: ePotential Survey – the Digital Learning Survey 2016

Volunteers are needed for testing of the updated version of the ePotential Survey – the Digital Learning Survey 2016.

The ePotential ICT Capabilities Survey supports teachers to measure their confidence and capability to incorporate digital technologies into their learning and teaching. The ePotential survey is based around a continuum of teacher ICT capabilities that assesses teacher capability within this framework.

The current ePotential survey has provided participating teachers and schools with yearly data since it was introduced in 2007. This year will be the last time that teachers will be able to answer this version of the survey to collect comparison data. Teachers and schools will still be able to access this comparison data after the survey has closed.

The Digital Learning and STEM Branch have been working on a new version of the ePotential survey. The current survey questions have been updated to align with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Australian Professional Teacher Standards, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Teaching in the Digital Age and the new Digital Technologies curriculum.

To assist in applying weightings to the updated survey we require as many teachers as possible to test the updated survey questions. Your responses from the test survey will provide valuable information that will assist in streamlining the final survey questions (and hopefully make the survey shorter!).

To access the test survey:

  • Go to ePotential:
  • Click on the Take Survey Now link in the Survey window
  • Click on the My Surveys tab
  • To test the Digital Learning Survey 2016 click on Respond
  • Complete the survey!

The survey will take about 20 minutes.

The test version of the survey is open now and will close at 6 p.m. on 18 December 2015.

Please note the whole site will be getting a makeover to improve format and functionality.

The updated ePotential Survey – the Digital Learning Survey 2016 will be available for schools to take at the beginning of Term 1, 2016. The updated survey will be mapped to a new continuum framework with links to updated resources.

If you would like to provide additional feedback on the updated survey, please send it to:

 The Digital Learning and STEM Branch really appreciate your time and effort in undertaking the testing of the survey.

December 9, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Adobe Education Professional Learning in 2016

adobeVictorian schools are invited to engage with Adobe Education in 2016.

Adobe has an extensive education active use program for Victorian educators which includes a wide range of online and face to face options:

– Adobe Days
- Specific online engagements

– Thought leadership events (Conferences/seminars)

– Adobe Education Community events

- Adobe Education Exchange Professional Learning events

Adobe is the global leader in creativity software with over 100 products and services being used by teachers and students across the globe to enhance creativity in education.

Adobe Days are student and or teacher workshops with expert Adobe educators or trainers. They occur either as an excursion to an Adobe office or an incursion where the Adobe educator/trainer visits your school.

Adobe online engagements range from published events and course on the Adobe Education Exchange to specific webinars usually managed via Adobe Connect.

Book a FREE workshop or event via:

timkitchenDr Tim Kitchen (Adobe Education Specialist, APAC) has over 20 years experience as an educator in primary, secondary and tertiary education before starting at Adobe in 2013. He is a highly sort after presenter and education thought leader, regularly speaking at national and international education events. His Adobe passions include video production and online communication.

Brian Chau (Adobe Solution Consultant) has been with Adobe since Macromedia days. brianchauBrian regularly runs workshops and presentations for Adobe across Asia Pacific for education, commercial and government customers. His passions include web development, mobile app development, image manipulation and animation.

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