November 29, 2017
by rcrellin

A delightful way to teach coding

Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In this talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

Linda will be in Melbourne for a free workshop on December 8. She will explore the links between creativity and coding, and show how her fabulous Hello Ruby books can be used in the classroom. There may even be a chance to get your books signed!
Book now for this free event, co hosted by DLTV and the UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.


November 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Inclusion Online Professional Learning

Inclusion Online
is an online learning portal that offers a suite of comprehensive and free professional learning courses for teachers and educational personnel in Victorian government schools.

The courses focus on the understanding, assessment and classroom support of students with disabilities and additional needs.

Courses available in 2018:

  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Understanding Hearing Loss
  • Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading
  • Inclusion of Students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs


Contact the Online Professional Learning Coordinator for your region for further information:

North-Western Victoria Region Kellie Blair (03) 9488 9468
South-Western Victoria Region Jacqui Nicholson (03) 5225 1028
North-Eastern Victoria Region Pauline Cavalot (03) 8392 9332
South-Eastern Victoria Region Emma Wray (03) 8765 5624

November 16, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Digital Technologies Webinars Next Week



Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Digital Technologies (F-10)
Megan van der Velden (VCAA Specialist Teacher)    

When: Wednesday 22 November, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm
nline- via Adobe Connect

  • Brief overview of the curriculum
  • Discussion of scope and sequence
  • Mapping the curriculum
  • Suggested activities
  • Cross-curricular connections

This webinar will introduce participants to planning for the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum and scope and sequence. Content of the session will include: examples of how the curriculum will be mapped, discussion of sample activities and units as well as potential connections across the curriculum. This session will be suitable for teachers with a basic knowledge of the curriculum. Curriculum leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.


Visual programming languages in the Digital Technologies curriculum (F-6)
Sean Irving (VCAA Specialist Teacher)   

When: Thursday 23 November, 11.00am – 12.00noon
nline- via Adobe Connect

  • Overview of Creating Digital Solutions strand
  • Algorithms
  • Programming environment
  • Software applications and Resources
  • Approaches to teaching

This online session will be for teachers of the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-6 exploring visual programming languages for the first time. Algorithms and the programming environments of various software applications and resources will be discussed. This session will be suitable for all F-6 teachers.


Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
Darrel Branson and Richard Fox (VCAA Specialist Teachers)

When: Thursday 23 Nov, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
nline- via Adobe Connect

  • Brief overview of 2017 implementation of Digital Technologies
  • Planning for curriculum delivery
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • Mapping the curriculum

This webinar to look at what the Specialist Teachers have seen and learned this year as well as planning for Digital Technologies in 2018. Content of the session will include: examples of how the curriculum can be mapped, methods of delivery, discussion of plans and units as well as potential connections across the curriculum. This session will be suitable for teachers with a basic knowledge of the curriculum and teachers who are implementing Digital Technologies in 2018. Curriculum leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.


November 15, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Teachers – Free Microsoft Professional Learning for Term 4

Microsoft is again offering a ran­ge of free professional learning in Victoria for Term 4 that may interest you, including:

  • Build a collaborative classroom with Office 365
  • Discover OneNote in the classroom
  • Microsoft STEM Ed Experience
  • Internationalising the curriculum with Skype in the Classroom
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity in the classroom using Microsoft Tools

Find out more and register here: Victorian Professional Learning Workshops

November 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Microsoft Edumeet

Date: Monday 27 November, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location:Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, 111 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh, VIC 3204

Prepare for a day of learning, inspiration and play

Microsoft Australia will be holding a brand new series of Educational Meets aka “MSEduMeets” across the country, aiming to accommodate a fantastic day of fun while learning, inspiring and playing with like-minded educators.

First up, join one of the Learn sessions run by teachers, for teachers, that will explore Microsoft technologies such as Minecraft, OneNote, Windows, Office 365, Teams for Education, STEM, and/or Skype in the Classroom. During this session you will explore a range of strategies, ideas and tools.

Then prepare for the Ignite sessions where teachers will showcase (in no more than 7 minutes) the work they are doing in their classrooms and schools with Microsoft technologies. You will then have the opportunity to speak to one of those teachers during round-table Q&As.

Wrap it all up in the Play session where you will have a series of challenges to complete.


November 13, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Regional STEM Conference 2017

Wodonga Senior Secondary College is pleased to host the 3rd annual conference dedicated to supporting regional educators in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

When: 9.00am to 3.30pm, Wednesday December 13th, 2017

Where: Wodonga Senior Secondary College, 80 Brockley Street, Wodonga

Audience: Teachers of Science, Digital Technologies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology and Systems Engineering

What is on offer? High quality professional development and networking focussed on the individual disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics as well as their incorporation into integrated STEM learning from Foundation through to Year 12.

Who should attend? This conference is targeted at teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in regional Australia. As it is hosted in Wodonga the key audience is those in the North East of Victoria and the Southern Riverina of New South Wales.

Cost:  Early bird registration is $50 per person and is open until November 14th. Registrations after this date will be at the full price of $70 per person. This includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Program:  The program features 60 minute workshops, networking, and plenary sessions, including:

  • Primary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
  • Secondary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
  • Digital Technologies: Unpacking the Curriculum. Owen Brasier, Computing Education Specialist, Australian Computing Academy.
  • Using Games, Simulations and Analogue Models to Demonstrate Nanoscopic and Digital Processes. Dr. Dianne Ruka, Senior Education & Training Coordinator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
  • Interactive Notebooks in Maths and Science. Sarah Laidlaw, Wodonga Middle Years College.
  • Getting STEAMD – Bringing Art and design into STEM! Patricia Broom, Principal, Beechworth Secondary College.
  • Supranature – Where STEM meets Montessori. Laureen Barnard, Beechworth Secondary College.
  • Breakout EDU: Utilise the new Breakout Room craze to gamify your classroom. Valerie Ratcliff, Victory Lutheran College Wodonga
  • The importance of failure and creativity in STEM. Michael Rosenbrock, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Putting the S back into STEM/STEAM. Doug Bail, Ciderhouse.
  • Mathematica: Beyond Computation. Rohan Barry and Ian Berryman, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Block-based programming for classroom robotics: Drones, Spheros, Ozobots. Brendan Freeman, Baranduda Primary School.
  • Bringing STEM to the zombie apocalypse. Stephen Alderton and Kate O’Neil, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Simple Circuits in the Victorian Curriculum. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.
  • Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.
  • STEM Beyond the Acronym. Michelle Heintze, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.

Registration:  Register your attendance via the website as soon as possible to secure your place.

November 3, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Melbourne City Experience – Professional Learning Day for teachers

Monday 13 November, 8.45am – 3.30pm
Arts Centre, Melbourne
To make a booking visit

The Melbourne City Experience project is a collaboration between 30 plus cultural organisations within the Melbourne CBD to offer education programs to school students. The professional learning day is an opportunity for teachers to participate in one of several trails to help them in their planning of a city experience for their students.

Representatives from each of the 30 participating cultural originations will be available throughout the day to provide advice and information about their programs as well as tips and tricks for planning multi-site excursions. Leaders in location-based learning design will present ideas on how to develop rich, authentic learning experiences unique to Melbourne.

Teachers are asked to bring along a smart device to access information about venues and programs. The ‘Fast Five’ session will provide an opportunity to share information about new technology/apps tjhat could be incorporated into a City Experience program. 

This event is usually of particular interest to Year 9 teachers, however teachers from both the primary and secondary sector are welcome.  

The full day program is this year, being hosted by Arts Centre Melbourne on Monday 13 November 2017 from 8.45am – 3.30pm (registration from 8.30 am).

To make a booking visit

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November 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

The 8th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC) – Online

November 13 – 16, 2017


The Global Education Conference Network’s eigth annual world-wide collaboration on globally-connected education will take place around the clock starting Monday, November 13, and continuing through Thursday, November 16.

Please register HERE

The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend, and all events take place online in webinar format. We invite you to join the 25,600 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in dozens of sessions focused on international education topics. Some important conference updates are below:

  • Still Taking Proposals
  • Keynotes + Sessions
  • Thanks to the GEC Sponsors + Partners

GEC are still taking proposals!

The call for proposals is open until November 5th. We encourage all to submit by following the detailed directions listed here. If accepted, you can present in your time zone at a time that is convenient to you!

Keynotes + Sessions include:

  • David Bornstein (Co-Founder & CEO, Solutions Journalism Network)
  • Fabrice Fresse (Member of EvalUE)
  • Michael Furdyk (Co-founder, TakingITGlobal)
  • Terry Godwaldt (Executive Director, The Centre for Global Education)
  • Jean-Luc Moreau (President, EvalUE association)
  • Dana Mortenson (CEO & Co-founder, World Savvy)
  • Lori Roe (Instructional Technology Specialist, Delaware Department of Education)
  • Ariel Tichnor-Wagner (Senior Fellow of Global Competence, ASCD)
  • Erin Towns (Global Educator, Edward Little High School)
  • Dr. Jennifer Williams (Director of Education Strategy, Participate)

Full details of the session titles and presenters for the general sessions are here.

Please register HERE


November 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Introduction to STEAM-based Computer Game Design

November 13, 10am-3pm

DLTV Office, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick


Join DLTV for a special workshop exploring the elements of game design. Aimed at teachers of Years 4-8, this workshop will highlight how game design can relate to the Digital Technologies curriculum and other curriculum areas.

Come along to the workshop to learn about design thinking, systems thinking, and assessment of game design projects in school. Places are limited so don’t miss out.



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