May 19, 2016
by Jillian Brown

STEM web conference – Thursday 26th May 2016


The Convergence Science Network (@ConverSci) & John Monash Science School (@JohnMonash) are excited to launch the Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) on Thursday 26th of May with the first of six interactive web conferences for 2016. These conferences will be of interest to secondary school students and teachers studying STEM subjects.

Inspire – STEM Stories

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Thursday May 26, 2016

REGISTER via Eventbrite

Dr Harris Eyre MBBS (Hons.), Fulbright (UCLA; ’14)

Harris Eyre is a medical doctor with interest in neuroscience entrepreneurship. He is currently a Fellow in Medical Management at Melbourne Health, and Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of CNSDose (@cnsdose), a depression technology start-up. Harris has recently returned from his Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA.

Harris Eyre’s keynote presentation will begin with an introduction to the concept of ‘Convergence Science’ and why it is critical to future innovation. Harris will tell his story of how he became a medical doctor, research scientist and entrepreneur. His presentation aims to illustrate the need for convergence science and encourage students to study STEM subjects today and in the years ahead.

Conference attendees will be invited to ask Harris questions via the virtual classroom environment.



May 19, 2016
by Sandy Phillips

‘Making’ session for your students with Schuyler St Leger today

‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM AEST – 1:00:00 PM AEST    Schuyler St Leger

A 14-year-old with a passion for taking things apart and rebuilding them
will present his own seminar during Education Week.
Schuyler St Leger from Arizona, USA has become an international advocate
for the art of making thanks to his innate curiosity in everything
technology, from electronics to software and robotics.
‘My love for making started when I learned to knit,’ Schuyler said.
‘It just took off from there. I loved the idea of being able to build
something from nothing.’
It didn’t take long before Schuyler had completely immersed himself in a
world of technology and creating. At the age of just 11 years old, Schuyler
was delivering presentations on how 3D-printing worked and even
presenting its potential to students of all ages across the United States. As Education Week kicks off this week in Australia, Schuyler has partnered with tech giant Intel, and will deliver a virtual presentation to Victorian
students across the state called, ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger. Alongside similarly talented young Victorians makers, Schuyler’s presentation will look at he got his start in the field, what he likes to make and how other kids can get involved.
‘Don’t be afraid to take things apart, break them and learn how they work,’
Schuyler said. ‘That’s what fascinated me with making and technology, being able to see
how something works and to put it back together and even improve on it.’
Education Week will run until 21 May and is a great opportunity for staff and students to learn new skills and to investigate the immense world of educational opportunities available as part of the STEM curriculum.
Schuyler’s presentation will run this coming Thursday, 19 May at 11.00am using Adobe Connect. Interested staff and students are encouraged to register for the webinar, see: ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
For more events running this week, see:
Education Week
• DigiPubs

May 10, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Education Week: 15-21 May 2016

Get involved, be intrigued and inspired by technology during Education Week from 15-21 May 2016.

Celebrate technology during Education Week and get your staff, students and local community involved in some of these fun-filled activities. Participation can be as simple as a coding with iPads to the design and production of games, animations and live-action films. For more activities from our partner organisations see Calendar for Free Activities​.

This year’s technology theme will see hundreds of schools and early years services participate in the week, from 15-21 May 2016, through open days, exhibitions, themed class activities and other special events.

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May 5, 2016
by Jillian Brown

‘Technology, Design and the Moving Image’

Education Week 2016

There are two programs suitable for secondary students:

Each program will begin with a talk mapping digital and design technology solutions for making moving image productions. You will then see these ideas take shape in a screening of outstanding student-made productions from Screen It and the ATOM Awards.ATOM

These programs are free but bookings are essential.

Click here to register for the EAL Program.

Click here to register for the Secondary Program


May 2, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Outreach Virtual Classroom

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is working with education departments and the Independent and Catholic education sectors across Australia to offer a range of Virtual Classrooms. Using the latest developments in online shared learning, Virtual Classrooms allow an Outreach trainer to reach many schools, even in remote areas.

Presentations are usually about 30–40 minutes in length, allow student participation under teacher guidance and include recommended complementary resources.

Upper primary: CyberbullyingCyberbulling montage

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

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.

Upper primary: Being a good bystanderBe a good bystander

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

The presentation will assist students to:

  • consider the impact of their actions when posting photos and comments
  • be ‘good’ bystanders if they witness cyberbullying
  • discuss appropriate actions when being a good bystander.

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

Upper primary: Making good choices onlineWoman standing by a laptop computer

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

The presentation will assist students to:

  • think before spreading content that may upset others
  • consider the best choice of action
  • use the TEC – Think, Evaluate, Choose tool to achieve the best outcome for everyone
  • to discuss choices with a trusted adult

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



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