March 31, 2017
by Jillian Brown

eSafety Commission’s Teacher Essentials PD Program

The eSafety Commission’s Teacher Essentials PD Program delivers professional development through 3 x 50 minute webinars.
The three topics currently presented are:

  • Building Digital Intelligence
  • Teachers, technology and the law
  • Navigating the eSafety website

New sessions will be added regularly throughout the year.

The course would comply with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Professional Practice Standard 4.5

Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically Incorporate strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching. Victorian teachers can use this PD for the Victorian Institute of Teaching accreditation. 

All teachers, and related staff, who complete the program will receive an infographic containing key learnings and a certificate. Choose a time that suits you and  Register here 

March 30, 2017
by Jillian Brown

A guide to programming languages for coding in class

This article first appeared in on 16 February, 2017.

The Victorian Digital Technologies curriculum enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving.

As a teacher, how do you choose which programming language is right for you and your students? This article discusses which programming languages are suitable for each band of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and for extra-curricular computing activities….

To access the full article, visit

March 28, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Understanding Digital Technologies teaching in Australia

Adelaide Uni is conducting a survey of secondary school Digital Technologies teachers across Australia to identify areas where and how improvements could be made, for instance in resourcing, curriculum, industry involvement, or diversity in the classroom.

The survey is completely anonymous and follows The University of Adelaide human research ethics guidelines and policies. Completing this survey will only take between 10 and 17 minutes. Please follow the link:

March 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Global LYNCs (Linking Youth through Net Communications )

globallyncs2016Global LYNCS is a project that explores the potential of free technologies supporting communications between schools in Victoria & Daegu, South Korea.

 The Global LYNCS project is currently recruiting Victorian schools to partner with Korean schools.

For information, please see Global Lyncs flyer BELOW, or visit the Global Lyncs blog at

For expressions of interest, please email:


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March 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Adobe ‘Have a Voice’ – EOI extended until Friday 28th April

Adobe and Department of Education, Learning and Teaching Branch are pleased to announce the EOI date for Adobe ‘Have a Voice’ has been extended until Friday 28th April.

Groups of students are invited to create a video story (maximum of two minutes), animation (maximum of one minute) a website/web page or poster about a topic or issue that is important to the group of students (minimum of two per group) using at least one Adobe product.

The Showcase

Schools can enter a maximum of five entries for the official end of year Showcase, however they can have as many groups create a project as they like. Each school will need to determine which groups will represent the school.

Selected entries will also be promoted on the DET FUSE site and by Adobe Education publications.

Click here to access the online expression of interest form.

The Expression of Interest form must be submitted by no later than close of business on Friday 28th April, 2017.


Stay informed about future Adobe in Education professional learning opportunities for teachers in Australasia via:

Join the Australasian Adobe Professional Learning Group on EdEx to say in touch with Adobe in Education

Check past Adobe in Education active use activities via and CreateEdu TV

March 24, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Visit a school exploring ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’

You are invited to attend a ‘school visit’ to a school exploring New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) is a global partnership aiming to implement deep learning goals across whole education systems that are enabled by new pedagogies and accelerated by technology.

Global education stakeholders and their business partners work together to address a key education challenge: How can we mobilise and foster new pedagogies for deep learning in schools and leverage the power of digital technologies?

Through the partnership, students from 10 countries across the globe are engaged in deeper level learning and developing the skills to be lifelong learners, creative, connected and collaborative problem solvers who can successfully participate and innovate in our increasingly interconnected world. More…

Please register from the links below.

Canterbury Primary School: Wednesday 29th March 10.00-11.00  

Visit the Canterbury Comic Con and see how students have been inspired by comics and superheroes and what we can learn from them

The CPS Comic Con (Convention) will be a chance for students to display their work in classrooms, to run activities and to of course explore the idea of being a superhero.

Torquay College & Surf Coast Secondary College: Monday 24th April

Torquay College (P-6) 9.00 – 11.45 am with morning tea

Torquay College uses a contemporary inquiry-based learning approach to engage students. Come and see inquiry learning in action in Torquay College’s rich learning environments that include a purpose built Environment Centre with aviary and wetlands, a student managed cafe, an edible garden and chicken house

Surf Coast Secondary College 12-3pm with light lunch

Come and learn about how the College uses technology to create a high level of differentiation for their students. You will also see the flexible learning spaces that the staff and students utilise to enable targeted teaching and flexible groupings to occur in their Middle Years FUSE program.

Clayton North Primary School: Tuesday 2nd May 9.15-11.30am

Join us to explore how Clayton North PS provides a dynamic learning environment that develops future, courageous leaders of a sustainable and global society.

The school boasts a sustainable garden and maker space and a student run FMK cafe on site.

March 23, 2017
by Jillian Brown

2017 Screen IT

Screen It is a national moving image competition that inspires young people of school age to create a game, live action film or animation. It is presented by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), and features categories for primary, middle, and senior school students.

Screen It challenges young people to make discoveries about their world as they explore and communicate ideas around a key theme. ACMI is proud to present Screen It as an opportunity for school age people to become thoughtful and purposeful creators of screen-based content.

The 2017 theme for ‘Screen It’ is Time.

When considering this theme students can delve into a variety of topics across a range of disciplines to inform their projects. They could consider how mass and gravity affect the passing of time, investigate black holes or light years, discover how early film relied on timing to work effectively, explore moments in history that have brought about change, and be inspired by artists, writers and filmmakers – it’s up to them how they interpret the theme and go about shaping their findings and ideas into a creative production.

ACMI aims to support young people to build high levels of both traditional literacy along with screen and digital literacy skills around significant content,  and encourage diverse and innovative ways to interpret, explore and communicate ideas surrounding the topic.

For more information on Screen It, visit the Screen It website, where teachers and educators can sign up to join free Screen It video conferences and start exploring this year’s theme immediately with ACMI’s poster and other learning resources.

If you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the team at


ACMI FREE Video conferences events

Screen It Videoconferences
Screen It is a national moving image competition that inspires young people of school age to create a game, live action film or animation. It challenges young people to make discoveries about their world as they explore and communicate ideas around the key theme, Time.

If you want to get the jump on your Screen It entry, join ACMI’s Screen It videoconference program. They run for 45 minutes, are fun and interactive and totally free.

Info and registration here:

Meet the Makers Videoconferences
Do you know about ACMI’s Meet the Makers videoconference series? MTM is a series of videoconferences designed for the classroom. Industry professionals, guided by ACMI Educators, take students through their creative process. They talk about their careers, their work and provide tips to help inspire students with their own creations. Plus, being a live videoconference, students can ask questions and, what’s more, it’s free.

You can find out more and register here:


March 22, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Repeat “National day of action against bullying ” webinar by popular demand

Due to popular demand we are repeating the highly successful webinar from the National Day of Action to prevent Bullying.
Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
Date: Weds 29 March  2.15- 2.55 pm
We will let the students know where they can chat on the day.

Presented by Greg Gebhart and Sandy Phillips
The presentation will assist students to:
• identify when upsetting and annoying behaviour becomes cyberbullying
• recognise the emotions that appear when they or a friend is having a bad online experience
• deal with cyberbullying and seek support when it is serious
• remember to always use respectful chat online

Schools who weren’t able to attend the session can register here.

I will send registered teachers a link to get into the session (as a teacher) on the 28th March or if you register after that the night before the webinar, early in the day of the 30th March

March 21, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Virtual Learning Opportunities


DET Virtual Learning team are pleased to present the first edition of ‘Virtual Learning Opportunities’ newsletter.

Other Virtual Learning Opportunities can also be found at

To subscribe to this newsletter, please email

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March 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Coding the Future in 2017

Thanks to Bec Spink from ‘Code the Future’ for this blogpost

Will we see you at the next meetup?

2017 is the Year of Digital Technologies in schools right across the country, where coding in the Australian Curriculum comes to life. You can read more about how coding in the curriculum has taken a turning point in education communities this year here.

Come along to this meetup to find out what this curriculum means for schools, what’s involved and how Code the Future is successfully placing volunteer coding mentors in schools to work with teachers and students.

Hear from teachers and volunteers involved in Code the Future projects and find out how easy it is to get started and help #codethefuture in 2017!

This meetup is for both interested volunteers and teachers. Food and drinks will be provided.

We can’t wait to see you there. RSVP here. Bec, Will and the extended Code the Future Team

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