May 24, 2018
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Meeting Additional Learning Needs in Your Classroom Using Technology

Windows 10 offers a range of functions to help students independently manage their own learning including:

  • Ability to edit text directly from a photograph or pdf.
  • Take photos of a whiteboard or other object to save as a word doc and edit.
  • An immersive reader that allow students to alter text to make it larger, change the background and spacing, identify nouns, verbs and adjectives.
  • Text to speech function in a range of languages, including an option for an Australian accent.
  • Easy to use speech to text function.
  • Scaled back internet browser (Edge) that removes distractions and allows students to annotate on the screen.
  • An increased range of options through Microsoft editor.

Microsoft are running a free professional learning session on 28 June for teachers to get hands on with some of these tools. At this session teachers will:

  • see how Windows 10 and Office 365 can transform their students’ educational experience and personalise learning
  • experience Learning Tools watch it improve reading comprehension
  • learn how students can demonstrate their understanding using inputs other than keyboarding and text and be equipped with productivity and collaborative tools, and skills they will use throughout their lives
  • navigate these tools and tailor them to their students’ individual learning needs.
“As a teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with additional learning needs an environment that is personalised, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible… With Windows 10 and Office 365, I have been able to find and use many of the accommodations that I have been looking for making consumption of materials, content creation, collaboration and organisation possible for students using the same technology and tools as their peers.” – Robin Lowell, Special Education, Science and Mathematics teacher.

Further Reading

Register for the free professional learning session.

May 22, 2018
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Regional STEM Education Conference 2018

 

The fourth annual Regional STEM Conference will be held in Wodonga on Monday June 25.

Early bird registrations now open

Register by the end of May to secure the early bird registration price of $50 inc GST

Presenters include:

  • Maria James, Curriculum Manager – Science, VCAA
  • Michelle Rayner, The Patch Primary School
  • Jackie Bondell, OzGrav
  • Jenny Ashby, Department of Education
  • Pauline Rogers, Essential Assessment
  • Dr Seamus Delaney, School of Education, Deakin University

Primary focused sessions include:

  • Rocketing into numbers and words
  • Level up story telling across the curriculum
  • Essential Assessment masterclass
  • STEM in the outdoors
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Approaches to Integrated STEM – Mission to Mars
  • STEM learning through robotics and CAD

Secondary focused sessions include:

  • Introduction to the Wolfram Suite for STEM
  • Implementing the revised VCAL Numeracy curriculum
  • Taking it to the field – collecting primary GIS data in a digital age
  • The language of science: do you have the energy?
  • Developing scientific literacy – turning science articles into assessment tasks
  • The logbook & scientific poster in VCE sciences
  • Immersive science: using virtual reality and interactive apps to introduce space science

A more detailed preview is on the website with the full program to follow.

There are still some spaces in the program for sessions. If you would like to offer a session, or know someone else that might, please get in touch by reply email as soon as possible.

Other upcoming events

  • North East Region Design & Technologies Group Meet Up, May 31, 4pm
  • GIS for Schools, June 13, 2018 8:30am

More information is available via our website.

May 11, 2018
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Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge Awards 2018

 

Details
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Federation Square, Melbourne
Wednesday, May 30, 2018,
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This is a FREE event.
REGISTER AT: https://goo.gl/2kS2zt

Event Info
http://dayofstem.org/cyber-victoria/cyber-victoria-awards-may-30th/

Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge
http://www.dayofstem.com.au/cybervic.html

More information:
http://philipdalidakis.com.au/pdw/cyber-skills-for-every-victorian-classroom/
http://philipdalidakis.com.au/pdw/melbourne-well-on-its-way-to-being-cyber-ready/
 

May 3, 2018
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Personal Local Global Conference

Creative Problem Solving Conference

Friday 18th May, Harvester Technical College Sunshine

Great sessions for primary and secondary teachers with a focus on applied STEM learning, design thinking and practical upskilling in new technologies, including

  • Creative Digital Solutions ro Real World Engineering Problems
  • Solving Personal, Local & Global Problems in VCE PD&T
  • Teaching Coding, Electronics & Wearable Technologies
  • Unpicking Initiative – STEM in Textiles
  • Developing Practical D&T Sessions for Primary
  • The Benefits of Lasers in Education
  • Balloon Jousting – Rapid Prototyping Robots in the Classroom
  • Introduction to 3D Printing & Tinkercad
  • Leading STEM
  • Eco-printing our way to a More Sustainable Future

Find out more

 

 

May 3, 2018
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Script Writing for Students

Over three sessions, students will develop their skills as a sketch comedy script writer, hear from a guest script writer, and use the Sketch-O-Matic website to record their ideas.

Workshops are open to upper primary class groups and will provide students with opportunities to connect with other students from around Australia while honing their skills as the entertainment writers of the future.

Find out more: https://actf.com.au/education-calendar/event/script-writing-june

 

 

Dates

  • Friday 1 July
  • Friday 8 July
  • Friday 15 July

https://actf.com.au/education-calendar/event/script-writing-june

 

May 1, 2018
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C3DIS Data Science Conference

C3DIS aims to build a national community of practice of scientists, researchers, and computing, data and information management specialists from publicly funded Australian research organisations.

Teacher and Student Engagement

Teacher Integrated STEM & Data Science Workshop

Date: Tuesday 29 May 2018

Time: Workshop: 09:30am – 4:30pm

STEM Data Visualisation Competition for Year 10-12 Students

Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Find out more and register

Data Intensive Science: From Astronomy to Zoology

An evening with four notable scientists exploring how science has changed: from empirical, to theoretical, to modern day computational and data exploration techniques. Each change has lead us to an increased understanding of the world around us, and has driven the development and use of revolutionary technologies.

Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Find out more and register

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