February 15, 2018
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Science and Mathematics Specialist Centres

The network of six Victorian Science and Mathematics Specialist Centres engage students and teachers across the state in contemporary, experiential science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM curriculum. The Centres’ programs are available to all Victorian students and their teachers, whether it be an on-site visit to the Centres, or participating in a virtual program, or having Centre staff coming out and visiting schools through the outreach programs. The Centres are for all Victorian students from Prep–12 with priority given to rural/regional and disadvantaged schools.

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/learningdev/vicstem/Pages/centres.aspx

The Centres regularly run professional learning. The following programs are currently available:

Professional Leaning at VSSEC 

Professional Learning at Ecolinc – contact Linda Flynn, Director, flynn.linda.e@edumail.vic.gov.au, to register your interest.

‘Hands on STEM’

Date:                     Thursday 13th March / Wed 14th March

Venue:                 Ecolinc, 17-23 Labilliere St, Bacchus Marsh

Audience:           Primary Teachers

Intent:                  This PD day is for Primary Teachers and will involve a keynote and a range of workshops designed to provide teachers with ‘hands on’ activities that they can take back and implement in their classrooms.  We will also have a couple of primary schools that will showcase good practise examples. The aim of the day is to improve teacher STEM knowledge and practice.http://www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au/pdtraining

 

‘Using Science to teach Maths’. 

Date:                     Wed 23rd May

Venue:                 Ecolinc, 17-23 Labilliere St, Bacchus Marsh

Audience:           Primary & Lower Secondary Teachers.

Intent:                  This day is geared to Primary and lower Secondary Teachers and looks at a cross curricular approach. The day will follow a similar format with a keynote and workshops.  The idea behind this is to use science and scientific concepts to teach mathematics skills.

 

Environment & Sustainability Symposium

Date:                     Monday 18th June

Audience:           Primary & Secondary Teachers

Intent:                  The Symposium will involve a range of high quality experts in the Environment & Sustainability field who will deliver keynotes and workshops. The aim is to broaden knowledge and understanding around key environmental issues that are part of the Victorian Curriculum and VCE.

Find out more…

February 13, 2018
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Exploring STEM Education: Make it so

The Engaging STEM Education seminar series in 2018 explores how STEM education can develop literacies and capabilities in learners.

The first in a series of four seminars begins by drawing on the ‘maker movement’ as a stimulus for considering what STEM initiatives might look and feel like in practice. This panel of educators will explore the influence, history and digital technology connections and how this increasingly popular initiative in schools and education centres might provide opportunities to develop STEM literacies and capabilities in learners.

Attendees will be able to engage with a ‘pop-up’ maker space in the new Learning and Teaching building.

Date:   
Time:   5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Monash University, Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton VIC 3800
Cost:    Free

November 29, 2017
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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. https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-2720418

 

November 1, 2017
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2017 Kids’ Conference

Our guest blogger this week is Stephen Spain from the Australian Catholic University

The 2017 Kids’ Conference brings together primary and secondary students from across the world to share their ideas and creativity using new and emerging digital technologies. ACU will once again host the conference in partnership with the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria and the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria on Tuesday 21 November at ACU’s Melbourne campus. The Conference welcomes new event partners this year: The Royal Society of Victoria (RSV), Cultural Infusion and the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) with sessions spanning History, Geography, English and Science.

‘Kids’ teaching teachers’ has been the vision for the conference to highlight the remarkable creativity in our schools, promote ‘student voice’ in learning and enable teachers to facilitate, observe and hear from students applying digital technologies in new ways. The Kids’ Conference 2017 brings together primary and secondary students as presenters, offering them the opportunity to share their creative and innovative projects, and allowing senior teachers, early career teachers, and pre-service teachers the opportunity for professional development.

Founded in 2012 by Stephen Spain from ACU and Dr. Jo Clyne from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria, the conference has grown significantly over the past few years and will include for the first time this year two new disciplines, Science and English. It has also expanded internationally with the inaugural Kids’ Conference Germany held this year.

The State Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell MP will be this year’s guest speaker, with senior representatives from both state and federal government in attendance. Professor Dr. Klaudia Schultheis and Dr. Petra Hiebl from Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Germany will also be attending to present virtual presentations by German primary school students in the history and science sessions.

The Kids’ Conference has been kindly supported by the Australian Catholic University and the Australian Government, Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

For more information on the conference please visit: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/faculties,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/kids_conference

October 24, 2017
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CSER DigiTech Sessions

Teachers have the opportunity to work with Dr Claudia Szabo a member of the CSER Digital Technologies Team on Monday 20 November at Kensington.

This session will provide an introduction to the Year 7&8 Next Steps Making Apps and the Years 9&10 Explore online courses.   These courses are part of the free CSER professional development Project.
The session offers an opportunity to explore, with guidance, Arduino programming and App development as it is introduced in the MOOC. (Massive Open Online Course) and is suitable for Secondary teachers who are responsible for, or interested in implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum.
Notes:
  • Morning tea and Lunch provided (please specify requirements on the registration form)
  • Please bring along a laptop and sense of adventure!
  • It is very helpful to have a Google Account (Gmail) and to have joined Google+ prior to the session
Claudia Szabo is an Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion) in the Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences in The University of Adelaide and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science. She works in the CSER Group at the University of Adelaide where she leads the development of the Year 7&8 Next Steps Making Apps MOOC and its associated lending library and other resources. She has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, and a PhD in distributed systems from the National University of Singapore. She is the 2017 recipient of the South Australian Science Excellence Award – STEM Educator of the Year. She is passionate about STEM education and in particular about ensuring that these educational opportunities are available to all and that career pathways into STEM and accessible to under-represented groups.

For more information please visit our website : https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/

 

October 19, 2017
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DigiTech and STEM sessions

The VCAA are offering heaps of DigiTech and STEM sessions for free! If you cant get to a face-to-face one, tune into the online ones which run for a hour, generally after school.

Topics include:

  • Digital Systems Curriculum Unplugged (F-6)
  • Visual Programming Languages in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-6)
  • Digital devices in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (plugged) (F-6)
  • Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
  • Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
  • Teaching to the Data and Information strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Creating Digital Solutions strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Digital Systems strand (F-10)
  • Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Simple circuits in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Drones in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • What do marble runs and mini golf have to do with STEM in the primary years?
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Level 7 – 10)

Find out more and register at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

October 10, 2017
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DigiTech Webinars

VCAA Specialitst Teachers are running webinars over Term 4 to supprt the implementaiton of Digital Technologies and STEM – find more here.

Some DigiTech on offer this week:

11 October (Wednesday)      Megan van der Velden (VCAA Specialist Teacher)   3.45pm

Title:   Introduction to the Digital Technologies curriculum (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Introduction to the curriculum
  • Ways of thinking
  • Strands
  • Key terms
  • Levels
  • Overview

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum as a continuum. Content of the session includes discussion around: ways of thinking, strands, key terms, content descriptions, achievement standards, levels and some examples of how to approach the teaching. This session will be suitable for teachers with little or no knowledge of the curriculum.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9987/Digital-Coding-Online—Introduction-to-the-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-F-10


12 October (Thursday)           Sean Irving (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          3.45pm

Title:   Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Digital Technologies (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

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

Abstract:

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.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9988/Digital-Coding-Online-Curriculum-Planning-and-Assessment-for-Digital-Technologies-F10


13 October (Friday)                 Steve Allen (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          11.00am

Title:   Digital Technologies curriculum unplugged (F-6)

Time:   1 hour (11.00 – 12.00 noon)

Outline:         

  • Exploration of the curriculum
  • Unplugged activities
  • Teaching without devices
  • Resources
  • Approaches to teaching

Abstract:

This online session will be for teachers of the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-6 exploring the curriculum with limited access to digital devices. Teachers will learn about powerful and proven techniques to reinforce the understanding and thinking that underpins the curriculum. This session will be suitable for all F-6 teachers.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9989/Digital-Coding-Online-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-unplugged-F6

September 19, 2017
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DigiTech and STEM Professional Learning

Book in now for a Digital Coding or STEM professional leanring session with VCAA specialist teachers. There are over 50 sessions sceduled in locations all over Victoria. You can also request your own network session, find out more at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

Digital Coding

Online sessions – Primary Thursday 21 Sept, 9am-10am Book Now
 Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-10) Mildura. Thursday 12 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum F-6
Sunbury Monday, 9 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Narre Warren Tuesday, 10 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Healesville Thursday, 12 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Dandenong Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Balwyn Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Echuca Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wodonga Monday, 16 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Monday, 16 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Warragul Tuesday, 17 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Thursday, 19 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Benalla Monday, 23 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Frankston Monday, 30 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Friday, 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Doncaster Friday, 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Planning and Assessment in the Digital Technologies Curriculum F-6
Manningham Tuesday 19 September 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
CBD Thursday 21 September 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Swan Hill Thursday 2 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Werribee Thursday 9 November 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Heidelberg Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bundoora Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Malvern Thursday 16 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Glen Waverley Thursday 23 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Moe Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mornington Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Essendon Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Horsham Thursday 30 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Thomastown Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Laverton Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Pakenham Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mildura Thursday 7 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
Dandenong Thursday 12 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Epping Friday 13 October  9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Rosanna Wednesday 18 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Geelong Thursday 19 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Benalla Wednesday 25 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Frankston Friday 27 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
Wodonga Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Rosanna Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Moe Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mulgrave Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ringwood Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

STEM

Introduction to STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 for primary teachers
Box Hill Friday 22 September, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Torquay Monday, 16 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Thursday, 19 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wycheproof P-12 Tuesday, 24 October, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ballarat Thursday, 26 October¸ 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Werribee Thursday, 2 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Exploring STEM through the Victorian Curriculum F-6
Essendon Thursday, 21 September, 9.00am-3.30pm Book Now
Craigieburn Thursday, 9 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Hamilton Monday, 13 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Frankston Thursday, 16 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Berwick Thursday, 23 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Mildura Friday, 1 December, 9.00am-3.30pm Book Now

 

Introduction to STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
Benalla Wednesday, 11 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bendigo Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Wednesday, 18 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wodonga Wednesday, 18 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Thursday, 19 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Ballarat Thursday, 26 October,9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Malvern Friday, 27 October, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Shepparton Wednesday, 1 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Warrandyte Thursday, 2 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ringwood Friday, 3 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Exploring STEM through the Victorian Curriculum F-10
Gippsland Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Whittlesea Monday 13 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Doncaster Wednesday 15 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Mornington Wednesday 22 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bundoora Wednesday 22 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 24 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Craigieburn Wednesday 29 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mildura Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Monday 4 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Heidelberg Friday 8 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

September 8, 2017
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Digitech Start-Ups

The $1.5 million Digitech Start-Ups Initiative supports the development of STEM skills by providing 150 Victorian government secondary schools with teacher-based professional learning and once off funding of $10,000, to plan and purchase resources to support the implementation of the Digital Technologies Curriculum in their school.

The Initiative encourages schools to foster entrepreneurial and emerging ideas which evolve into innovative products, processes or services, supported by design and computational thinking –   a core component of the Digital Technologies Curriculum.

Find out more

Applications close 29 September 2017 (extended)

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