March 16, 2018
by rcrellin

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence – Facebook Live

Facebook has been a  partner for many years in the National Day of Action against bulling and violence. This year they wanted to have a conversation about what parents can do to help their children have a safe and successful experience online. Facebook Live brought together a panel of journalist & mum Jessica Rowe, tech investor & dad Daniel Petre and headspace clinician Vikki Ryall.

National Day of Action against Bullying – A conversation for parents

Join a live discussion with Jessica Rowe, Daniel Petre and Vikki Ryall from headspace about what parents can do to help their children have a safe and successful experience online. Hosted by Mia Garlick, Director of Policy, Facebook Australia & NZ as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence for 2018.#TakeaStandTogether #BullyingNoWay #NDA2018

Posted by Facebook on Thursday, 15 March 2018

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March 9, 2018
by rcrellin

Tech Fest 2018

Tech Fest is a series of interactive programs held across the state from 19 March to 8 April, delivered collaboratively by the Victorian Government’s 10 Tech Schools.

Celebrating all things, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), Tech Fest will give students, teachers and families the opportunity to discover more about their local Tech School, while getting first-hand experience of the innovative programs they deliver.


  • Monash Tech School – The Future of Work Panel
  • Banyule Nillumbik Tech School and Whittlesea Tech School – Public Art Project: Interactive Art Installation
  • Wyndham Tech School – Design Challenge
  • National Gallery of Victoria – Launch of Tech Fest


  • Yarra Ranges Tech School – Open Day for Partner Schools
  • Geelong Tech School – Geelong Tech School Thinktank


  • Ballarat Tech School – Techy Brekky


  • Casey Tech School – STEAM
  • Maker-challenges @ Casey Kids Carnival


  • Banyule Nillumbik Tech School and Whittlesea Tech School – Public art project: The Urban Projection Project
  • Banyule Nillumbik Tech School and Whittlesea Tech School – Public art project: The Science of Music


  • Bendigo Tech School – Tech Futures Day
  • Bendigo Tech School – Exhibition of Tech School Design Competition entries and winners


  • Geelong Tech School – STEM in Sport
  • Gippsland Tech School – Addressing Australia’s Recycling Crisis
  • Bendigo Tech School – Social Robotics Workshop for Teachers


  • Ballarat Tech School – Tech Hang

March 7, 2018
by rcrellin

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Virtual Classroom

Imagine a future free from cyber bullying

These sessions ask students to imagine a school, in the near future where students use technology without fear of bullying and harassment – a place where students feel empowered to solve online bullying issues together and where teachers and students work together to ensure safe online spaces for all.

This presentation deliverd by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner will assist students to:

  1. Identify how the actions of bystanders, friends and family can prevent and/or stop online bullying and harassment.
  2. Propose strategies for managing the changing nature of relationships including dealing with cyber bullying and building online friendships.
  3. Propose ways to share information about local services young people can access for help with cyber-bullying issues.

The session will run on Adobe Connect for approximately 40mins. The session will be capped at 150 connections. A reminder with the room link will be sent in the morning of your session.

Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students

Dates and Times

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Test Adobe: You can test your Adobe Connect connection at any time at the DET test room.
Find out more and register

March 6, 2018
by Jillian Brown

SOLO Taxonomy – Additional training announced in Mt Waverley

An additional ‘SOLO Taxonomy in the Classroom’ workshop has been announced for Mt Waverley on Monday 19th March!

Where: Mt Waverley Primary School
When: Monday 19th March, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Register NOW

The SOLO Taxonomy in the Classroom’ workshop will be facilitated by Pam Hook. Pam is one of the leading advocates for the SOLO taxonomy and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

SOLO Taxonomy in the Classroom aims to provide schools with further tools, ideas and practical strategies to help teachers plan and implement the SOLO taxonomy in their classrooms..

The SOLO Taxomomy (Biggs & Collis 1982) has provided a valuable vehicle to identify and support deep learning opportunities in many NPDL schools. It has shown the relationship between surface and deep learning and the importance of scaffolding learning for both.

** it is expected attendees to this workshop will have previously attended the SOLO Taxonomy in the Classroom workshop or have a good understanding of SOLO and its application to learning and teaching

March 1, 2018
by rcrellin

Teaching Coding and Physical Computing with Gary Stager

Learn how a project-approach to computer programming, robotics, and physical computing can serve a diverse student population while developing your own skills. This workshop will explore powerful ideas from computer science and engineering that may be employed in the solving of problems across the curriculum. A review of software and hardware options will be explored in addition to two focused programming and robotics activities. Participants will also have experience with the BBC Micro:bit and other low-cost “microcontroller development boards” offering great potential for learning through making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.”

This session is aimed at upper primary and secondary teachers in Victorian government schools.

Dates and Venue:

Gary S. Stager, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant, and author who has spent the past 35 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self-expression. He is an expert at helping educators prepare students for an uncertain future by supercharging learner-centered traditions with modern materials and technology. No stranger to Australia, Gary led PD in the world’s first laptop schools, earned a doctorate in science & mathematics education at The University of Melbourne, and has worked at government and independent schools across the nation since 1990. Gary has taught preschool through doctoral students, studied in Reggio Emilia, and was part of a project that won a Grammy Award.

When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary’s doctoral dissertation and documented Papert’s most-recent institutional research project.

He is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers supporter whose latest book is Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, has been called “the bible of the maker movement in schools.” Gary has worked across Australia for the past 27 years. You may read more at

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