February 29, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Cyberbullying Webinar: Tuesday 1st March

Following positive feedback from Safer Internet Day, we are hosting 2 more webinars presented by the eSafety Commission this term.

All teachers and Students are welcome.

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
Tuesday 1st March,  2:00pm – 2:40pm  (room opens at 12:30 for setup)
Register here

The presentation will assist students to:

  • identify ways to manage and prevent cyberbullying behaviour
  • seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying
  • be ‘good’ bystanders if they witness cyberbullying
  • recognise bullying online
  • deal with cyberbullying behaviour.

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and answers.

A heads up about !!!
Communicating online
Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
18th March, 10:00am – 10:45 am
Registration link to follow. (It will be shared when the room is available )

The presentation will assist students to:

  • understand why online messages can be easily misunderstood
  • recognise that messages can be hurtful even when this may not be the intent
  • understand that non-verbal behaviours help us receive messages more than volume, pitch or words
  • consider when teasing crosses the line and becomes harmful and hurtful
  • identify appropriate responses to someone communicating inappropriately.

February 25, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Computer Science First


If you are seeking activities for students to engage in coding this year, CS First is a free program from Google to help you do this.

Empowering students to create with technology through free computer science clubs

CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science (CS) enrichment materials that target and engage a diverse student population.

Program Overview

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers.

Theme-Based Clubs

Each CS First club is based on a real-world theme and offers about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are targeted at students in 4th – 8th grades (or between the ages of 9 – 14) and are free and easy to use.

CS First materials:

All Training and Materials Provided — No Experience Needed

No computer science experience is necessary to host or volunteer. CS First provides all the training and materials you need to successfully run and lead a CS First club. All training and materials are free and available online.

  • are completely free and available online
  • are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
  • can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
  • involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests

CS First Goals

  • Increase confidence when using computers
  • Instil courage to try new things
  • Grow perseverance when tackling difficult problems
  • Provide a sense of belonging in technology for under represented students
  • Demonstrate the impact that CS has in careers and communities

Why Computer Science?

Computer science is…A 21st Century Skill

  • a theory and practice that allows you to program a computer to do what you want it to
  • a tool that helps you tell a story or make something happen with technology
  • a discipline that emphasizes persistence in problem solving — a skill that is applicable across disciplines, driving job growth and innovation across all sectors of the workforce
  • a skill that teaches students how to use computers to create, not just consume

Computer science is not…

  • learning how to type
  • learning to use word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software
  • learning how to build or repair computers
  • playing video games

Ready to find out more or get started?

All the information you need to get started is available here.

February 23, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Last chance to register for Adobe Software Offer for Victorian Government Schools

The Department of Education & Training has entered into an agreement  with Adobe for Victorian Government Schools to purchase a select range of adobe software. If a school chooses to opt-in to the program then licencing is subscription based, with payments per year for a 3 year term. 

There are two base collections of applications available to participating schools.

You may choose between:

Design and Web K-12 Collection or CCE for Education Desktop Apps Design and Web K-12 Collection CCE for Education Desktop Apps

DETVIC Flyer for Prices on Adobe Products Offer

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February 23, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Implementing a 1-to-1 program in your school

Register now for ‘Implementing a 1-to-1 program in your school’, hosted by DET’s Digital Learning Branch.1TO12

Presenter, Bruce Dixon, from ‘Anywhere Anytime Learning Foundation’ (AALF) has 25 years experience in assisting schools to better manage 1-to-1 personal technology deployments.

These practical sessions for School Leaders, Digital Technologies and Curriculum Leaders will provide schools with practical advice to implement an effective 1-to-1 learning environment.

Topics will include:

  • How to plan and develop a successful 1-to-1 culture in your school
  • Explore ways in which 1-to-1 makes it possible to impact the learning opportunities for students
  • Understand the benefits of 1-to-1 and address both strategic issues that are critical to your school’s success
  • Access a suite of resources to support the 1-to-1 program in your school

Important dates

All workshops will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Participants are asked to bring a laptop.

For more information, contact: bishop.alistair.p@edumail.vic.gov.au

February 22, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Meet Leigh Hobbs

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Leigh Hobbs!

kleigh hobbsABC Splash has partnered with the Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria to livestream an interview with Leigh Hobbs at 2pm on Thursday 25th February, 2016.

Questions are open now for the live chat with Leigh Hobbs. Visit http://tinyurl.com/zraydzu to submit your questions and for more information.

February 18, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Wolfram Mathematica

Wwolframolfram Mathematica is a premium general purpose mathematical software package with a broad range of algorithmic functionality, including geographical (two and three-dimensions), numerical, symbolic, financial and statistical. The interface and range of applications makes it ideal for use in the Years 7 – 10 Curriculum, as well as in the senior secondary curriculum.

Secondary Schools have access to Wolfram Mathematica through the eduSTAR Software Catalogue: https://www.edustar.vic.edu.au/Catalogue/Pages/Wolfram-Mathematica-v9-0-1.aspx

To access the new password to activate the current licence contact digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

February 18, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Junior Engineers – fun computer programming for children

Junior Engineers offers computer programming courses for Primary and Secondary school students.

These courses enable students to develop computer programs using real software programming languages, covering topics such as:
• digital technologies
• commands and variables of elementary programming
• text-based and graphical input/output
• advanced programming techniques
• logic, algorithms and more.

Most classes run as an after-school or lunchtime extra-curricular activity.
For more information and registration, please visit http://www.jnrengineers.com, or contact Eric Jansen: 0419 154 917 or eric.jansen@jnrengineers.com


February 15, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Little Lunch Cast Q&A Webinar for Primary Schools

Wednesday, March 23 from 12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEDT)

littlelunchtrailerLittle Lunch is a comedy series where every episode takes place during that highly anticipated school day break – morning snack time! It is centred around that 15 minutes when teachers are not close by, it’s just you and your friends, and school yard politics, rumours, competitions, mysteries, and fun. It’s all too short, but tomorrow there is always another ‘Little Lunch’ and another story to be re-told.

On March 23 students from primary schools across Australia will have a unique opportunity to be part of a live Q&A webinar with cast members of the popular ABC3 TV series, Little Lunch.

Primary students will be able to ask questions to the cast members and hear about the behind the scenes stories. This event is open to Years 3-6 primary class groups from throughout Australia.

Places will be limited in the webinar, so check the details below to register. The webinar is presented by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Little Lunch Cast Webinar Details

Date:                                     Wednesday, March 23

Time:                                     12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEDT)

Year Levels:                        Years 3-6

Cost:                                      Free

Registration Link:             http://actf.com.au/education-calendar/event/little-lunch-webinar

Further Details:                 sarah.jones@actf.com.au



Tap into more great Little Lunch resources

Australian Children’s Television Foundation have now released a number of resources to support the use of Little Lunch as a teaching resource.


February 11, 2016
by Jillian Brown

5 Ways to integrate Office 365 into your classroom

Webinar: February Today| 8pm-9:15pm AEDST 365_1

Discover Office 365 and its ability to transform the teaching and learning in your classroom. Hear from Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors Megan Townes, Matt Jorgensen and Trent Ray who will share five ideas for getting started and set for success with Office 365 in 2016. Discover how Excel Surveys can be used to design exit tickets and pretests, get to know your students with video tools and quizzes in Office Mix, explore how students can collaborate in real time using Word Online, strategies for students to stay organized with Outlook Calendar and Tasks, and using Sway for group projects and class newsletters.


Sign up at aka.ms/feb11webinar | Connect via Skype Online





February 11, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Maker Events 2016 – Save the Date!

Don’t miss our two Maker events are being offered in 2016 guaranteed to excite and engage students:MakerFaire

  • Friday 18th March 2016 10.00am -2.00pm : Mini Maker Education Day.
    Register NOW!
  • Saturday 19th March 10.00am – 4.30pm: Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @KIOSC (Community Event). Register NOW!


The Mini Maker Education Day @KIOSC  is an exciting day for students, and provides an opportunity to explore a number of ‘Making’ activities in workshops run by fellow students, teachers and community members. Students will have the opportunity to show what they have made, share what they have learned and learn new skills.

Register for the Mini Maker Education Day @ KIOSC now!


The Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @KIOSC: This event is open to the community. The Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made, to share what they have learned and learn new skills. Students will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Maker Faire.

The Mini Maker Faire is of interest to primary, secondary and tertiary education students and teachers as well as a wide range of employers, manufacturers and community members. It promotes the importance of active hands-on learning across all ages.

Making is a global movement for all ages and backgrounds and skill levels that supports STEM and engages participants in complex problem solving, tinkering and inventing using new and old technologies.

The Maker events will be held at KIOSC is a purpose-built high‑tech education and vocational training facility in Wantirna.

Register for the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @ KIOSC now!

For more information, please visit http://www.melbournemakers.com/

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