August 18, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Dr Gary Stager presenting the Australian Education Leadership Breakfast Sessions

…for Australia’s premier school leaders

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 at 7:30 am – 10:00 am AEST

Treetops Room, Melbourne Museum

US expert Dr. Gary Stager (Ph.D.) has spent the past 35 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self expression.

Using the latest research, he will discuss how Australia’s school leaders can prepare students for an uncertain future by supercharging learner-centred traditions with modern materials and technology.

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August 17, 2017
by Jillian Brown

The DigiTech Curriculum for students with diverse learning needs

9:40 AM – 3:00 PM, 4 Sep 2017
Coder Academy, Level 13, 120 Swanston Street

This workshop is for mainstream and special educators who have students working at a primary academic level. This workshop will explore the requirements and challenges of implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum for students with learning difficulties. Clark Burt of Ashwood School will unpack the curriculum and demonstrate how teachers can adapt it to their contexts. Then he will demonstrate examples of incorporating ICT and games into lessons for diverse classrooms.

Matthew Harrison of Waratah SDS will explore the 21st Century Skills framework developed to address modern workforce needs, with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges for students with disabilities. He will lead a practical workshop on how to develop these skills in inclusive spaces using digital tools such as robotics, collaborative games and social media.

Educators looking to address the VIT requirement relating to learners with a disability should attend.  This workshop addresses the AITSL standards relating to differentiation (1.5) and strategies to support full participation of students with disability (1.6).

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August 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown

6 Books for Teaching Visual Literacy to Secondary Students

What do you look for when selecting print texts for your high school students to teach them about visual literacy? Appropriate themes, complexity of ideas, rich and beautiful illustrations, evidence of depth and layers of meaning, a variety of text type. These selected books meet each of those requirements with the added bonus of all being by Australian authors and illustrators. More…

August 3, 2017
by Jillian Brown

ACMI ‘Screen It’ entries now open!

Click here to enter via ACMI’s online form.

To be in the running for the great prizes create a live action film, animation or video game in response to the theme of ‘Time’.

Check out the excellent resources and class video-chat sessions to help with your entries.

When you win, your work is exhibited online in the Australian Mediatheque, on big screens around Australia and ACMI’s newly-designed Screen It space in the Screen Worlds exhibition.

Entries due: Monday 25 September 2017

Videoconferences are back

Ready to hand in your Screen It masterpiece? Or perhaps you are still working on it but have a burning question. Now that we are at the pointy end of the competition, it’s time to get back in touch and make sure you have all the information you need to enter.

How to enter Screen It is a 45 minute session where you get to ask anything about how to enter, as well as any questions about your entry.

How to enter Screen It videoconferences are on the following days:

Aug 10 1:30pm

Aug 17 10am

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August 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Feature Outreach Virtual Classroom ‘Keeping safe in the game’ for National Child Protection Week

Tues 5 Sept 2017, 2-2.40pm        
Thurs 7 Sept 9.30-10.10am
Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
Trainer: Greg Gebhart

The presentation supports National Child Protection Week as it will assist students to:

  • identify ways that strangers may try to seek personal information online
  • use safe strategies when gaming to avoid cyberbullying or unwanted contact
  • recognise the implications of in-app purchases
  • seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying or feel unsafe when gaming.The presentation will be a guided experience for classrooms with complementary resources aligned to the theme. Other related resources are available from our website.



  • After the presentation, teachers are encouraged to complete a brief feedback survey.
  • With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and discussions.
  • Virtual Classrooms have now been presented to over 110,000 students and teachers as an increasingly popular part of the Office’s Outreach program.
  • Other Virtual Classroom topics on offer include:
    ‘Cyberbullying’, ‘Making good choices online’, ‘Communicating online’, ‘Secret security business’, ‘The internet and the law’

Connect with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner             @eSafetyOffice

Media enquiries:   1800 880 176

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August 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Professional Learning: Resources for exploring the digital technologies curriculum

When: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM, 15 Aug 2017
Sale College, Guthridge Campus, 279-295 Guthridge Parade, Sale
Cost: FREE

The Digital Technologies Hub is an incredibly useful free resource for supporting teaching and learning. The Hub features lesson ideas, resources, activities and explorations of many aspects of the Digital Technologies curriculum.

In this free session for teachers of F-10 you will be taken through the resources available and see how they can be used in practical ways in the classroom. You will be guided through some activities and challenges by STEM educator John Pearce, and get the chance to use some great  digital technologies and coding tools. There will even be some robots.

This event will be run after school from 4.30pm-6.30pm. The venue is to Sale College, Guthridge Campus, 279-295 Guthridge Parade, Sale

Light refreshments will also be provided.

Presenter information: 

Having spent more than thirty years teaching in primary schools John Pearce now tutors at Deakin University.
John’s ongoing interest in both science and the use of ICT across the curriculum has seen him present at local, national and international conferences. Lately he has become interested in digital curriculum including coding and Makerspaces.


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