April 25, 2016
by Jillian Brown

FabLearn Australia 2016: Regional and Remote Schools Offer

Lauriston Girls’ School is once again holding its fablearn conference in 2016. The conference will run over two days, and includes workshops, an educator panel and keynotes from industry leaders. Click here to view the conference program.fablearn3

Take Advantage of the Regional Offer

Thanks to a funding grant from Boeing Australia, Lauriston is able to offer a number of FabLearn Bursaries. This means that teachers from rural or remote schools across Victoria can come free of charge and, in some smaller schools, Lauriston will also pay the cost for a casual relief teacher replacement on the Friday (20 May).

How To Apply

To secure one of these free places for yourself, simply send a letter explaining how you fit the following criteria:

  1. Work in a rural or remote school in Victoria
  2. Have an interest in embedding innovative STEAM activities in the classroom
  3. Have an interest in design, technology and making

Send your completed letter to Nick Thornton, Director of The Lauriston Institute thorntonni@lauriston.vic.edu.au or call 03 9864 7611


April 21, 2016
by Jillian Brown

‘Most Likely to Succeed’ – film screenings and panel

MLTS2Join fellow educators and community members in a special screening of the edu-documentary ‘Most Likely to Succeed’, followed by post film discussion, as we consider the question:MLTS quote

How do we best prepare our students for their future?

This inspirational film explores the possibilities of education when we provide opportunities for students to have strong student agency over their learning.

‘Most Likely to Succeed’ looks at how one school has adopted a fresh approach to educating their students with great results.

It explores the possibilities of how learning environments, building on passion and expertise, giving students a voice and leveraging partnerships with parents and school community, can have a positive impact on student learning.

This award winning film reaffirms some of the great things we are doing in our schools, and raises questions about what else can be done to provide our students with the best education.

Please note: This film contains one word of profanity, so it not suitable for primary school aged children.

When Tuesday 10th May, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Templestowe College, Lower Templestowe
Register   http://www.eventbrite.com/e/most-likely-to-succeed-film-screening-templestowe-tickets-24586005404?aff=affiliate1

: Monday 16th May, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Bookings can made via Capital Box Office on: 5434 6100 or at www.gotix.com.au


When Tuesday 24th May, 4:30pm – 6:45pm
Where: Templestowe College, Lower Templestowe
(facilitated table discussion after the screening)
Register  http://events.myedapp.com/mltstc/

WhenTuesday 7th June, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Bastow, North Melbourne
Register https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/most-likely-to-succeed-film-screening-north-melbourne-bastow-institute-of-educational-leadership-tickets-24643005894

April 18, 2016
by Jillian Brown

2016 Quantum Victoria PrintACar Challenge

Registrations are now open to ALL Victorian students for the 2016 PrintACar Challenge.  Entries close on Friday 22nd April.printacar

This event is FREE and schools are encouraged to nominate up to TWO teams comprising of four students each.

Schools can book into the ‘Preparing for the PrintACar 3D Printing Challenge Program’ which is full day an onsite program at Quantum Victoria, subject to availability.

Below is the Field guide outlining the guidelines and the criteria in which the teams will be judged on http://www.quantumvictoria.vic.edu.au/Programs/PrintACar/2016/PrintACar2016FieldGuide.pdf

All registered teams will compete on Qualifying day, Thursday 18th August 2016 to earn a place in the PrintACar final to be held at the University of Melbourne during the 3D Printing Showcase in October (date to be confirmed).

Teachers can also register for the ‘STEM in Context through 3D Printing & CAD’ professional learning at Quantum Victoria on Friday 6th May. There is a limited number of fully subsidised places for DET teachers.

Please contact Anna to register your student teams, for the ‘PrintACar Student Program’ or for the professional learning by email admin@quantumvictoria.vic.edu.au or for further enquiries contact by phone: 92231460.




April 14, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Geelong Gallery ─ a virtual learning event

1.30pm to 3.00 pm, Wednesday 20 April 2016
geelongGalleryAs part of the exhibition ‘Land of the Golden Fleece—Arthur Streeton in the Western District’, Geelong Gallery’s Learn program is offering an exciting opportunity for students to participate in an online live workshop exploring the Australian landscape through the eyes of one Australia’s foremost artists.

Students will experiment with composition, line and colour to create pictorial depth and light in landscape imagery using the techniques of collage.

Limited places are available and priority will be given to schools in remote regions and schools who have students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Landscape workshop – Looking at Light
AusVELS level 8─the Arts
Details of the event:

  • Overview by the Gallery Educator of Land of the Golden Fleece – Arthur Streeton in the Western District exhibitionArthur Streeton_Land of the Golden Fleece_1926_NGA_approved trim_screen res
  • A hands-on collage workshop exploring the Australian landscapeAStreeton

All Schools can apply to participate in this virtual event and can use either MSLYNC (Victorian teachers have this on their laptops for projection during the event) or Polycom (if available).

Dial in number details will be forwarded on confirmation of registration. If you need help with using either MSLYNC or Polycom please contact Gary Schultz, Virtual Learning Project Officer – Teaching and
Learning Branch at schultz.gary.r@edumail.vic.gov.au

Bookings essential please contact:
Elishia Furet
Educator—Land of the Golden Fleece exhibition
T 03 5229 3645


April 13, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Encouraging students to explore career pathways in STEM

The Department of Education and Training (the Department) is partnering with key educational organisations to offer a one-day ‘STEM education and Careers’ professional learning opportunity, designed for careers practitioners and teachers of STEM disciplines. This workshop will support schools to give students the education that industries will need, and the skills that employers will expect them to have. stem2

Participants will:

  • learn about how the Department is supporting STEM education and careers education
  • learn about programs that may assist in the delivery of STEM related subjects and careers education
  • use collaboration tools to explore, share and plan for school-wide programs in STEM and careers education
  • provide feedback for future STEM and careers education online support for schools.

Ideally, two participants (a career practitioner and teacher of STEM discipline) per school will participate and plan for enriched student learning programs.


The STEM education and Careers workshop will be held 9:00am – 3:00pm, Friday 22 April 2016 at Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne.



To register – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/stem-education-and-careers-workshop-tickets-24273805606

April 11, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Making Futures at the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire

This article first appeared in DET News Bulletin: 24 March 2016

In rural South-west Victoria, Year 5 students from Woolsthorpe Primary School saw an opportunity to connect with their future careers during the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire at Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC).makingfutures

A maker faire is a technology and innovation showcase, designed to feature those on the forefront of exploring new technologies in education.

Demand for technology-related skills is increasing rapidly in Victoria and events like these are integral to connecting students with the jobs of the future and exposing them to new hobbies and passions.

Principal Simon Perry and his school have been participants in the global partnership, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, which has prepared these students to design and prepare their own technology workshop at the Maker Faire.

‘Our students were exposed to all manner of digital technologies, from robots and drones to coding during classes,’ said Simon.

‘This exposure drove our students’ learning — it drove their questions and their inspiration.’

Woolsthorpe students showcased their new skills and investigations into coding, robotics and other digital technology at the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire to crowds of hundreds of other students and adults.

‘The Maker Faire was a great way to engage our students and offered us the impetus to delve deeper with our making and to tie these skills and creations in to our learning process in the classroom,’ said Simon.

The presentation from Woolsthorpe primary school stood alongside the creations of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists and other students.

‘Designing and presenting a workshop for other students and adults was an astounding opportunity for our school and has given us connections with schools and opportunities all across Victoria,’ Simon said.

For more information about exploring digital learning in the curriculum and making, see:

April 11, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Virtual Conferencing Professional Learning Sessions

Virtual conferencing opens doors to new learning and teaching opportunities beyond the classroom. Victorian students and teachers have access to a flexible suite of virtual learning tools enabling them to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school.adobeconnect

polycomThis term we are offering FREE online training sessions on the virtual conferencing tools Adobe Connect and Polycom. Register NOW to avoid disappointment.

Introduction to Adobe Connect professional learning sessions:

  • Thursday 28 April 2016 at 3.45pm to 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 3.45pm to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 3.45pm to 5.00pm
  • Click here to register

Introduction to Polycom professional learning sessions:

To find out more contact Gary Schultz, Virtual Learning Project Officer, at schultz.gary.r@edumail.vic.gov.au


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