August 28, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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2015 ACHPER Conference – Health, Outdoor, Sport & Physical Education

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Victorian Branch invites teachers to join a vibrant ‘community of practice’ by attending this year’s

ACHPER Conference

26-27 November

Monash University, Clayton

Now in it’s 29th year, their premier professional learning event continues to support, enhance and advocate for highest quality Health, Outdoor, Sport and Physical Education for Foundations – Year 12 teachers. Here is just a sample of the sessions provided at the conference which support teachers to integrate digital technologies into their programs.
ICT in Physical Education​​

  • Using iPads/tablets to your advantage
  • Physical Education Apps to reinvigorate your programs
  • ​Technology to increase activity
  • Flipped classrooms – what does this mean?
  • The power of social media as professional learning
    For full details go to the ACHPER conference site
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August 27, 2014
by rcrellin
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What is computational thinking?

Computational thinking is a problem-solving method that is applied to create solutions that can be implemented using digital technologies. It involves integrating strategies, such as organising data logically, breaking down problems into parts, interpreting patterns and models and designing and implementing algorithms.

Computational thinking is used when specifying and implementing algorithmic solutions to problems in Digital Technologies. For a computer to be able to process data through a series of logical and ordered steps, students must be able to take an abstract idea and break it down into defined, simple tasks that produce an outcome. This may include analysing trends in data, responding to user input under certain preconditions or predicting the outcome of a simulation (from australiancurriculum.edu.au).

Here are some DLTV resources to help you:

Algorithms: an algorithm is a description of the steps and decidsion required to solve a problem

 Algorithms

Digital Technologies – Algorithms In Plain English from Digital Learning & Teaching Vic on Vimeo.

Decomposition: to separate a complex problem into parts to allow a problem to be more easily understood.

  Decomposition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Technologies – Decompose In Plain English from Digital Learning & Teaching Vic on Vimeo.

Source: Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria

 

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July 29, 2014
by rcrellin
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ICT: It’s Everywhere

Last week I was invited to attend the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (CCLLEN) ICT forum for Year 9 students at Kyabram P-12 College. This interactive even featured young ICT professionals, higher education and industry representatives providing real insights into ICT studies and careers. Technology in areas ranging from games, robotics, applications and what drives a computer, were featured in a fun and interactive way.Kyabram ICT Day3

Students participated in a series of hands-on workshops and found out about qualifications, skills and interests that are vital to succeed in many aspects of the ICT sector including:

  • Robotics from La Trobe University
  • Game Making from GOTAFE
  • Software and app development La Trobe University
  • Computer repairs and maintenance from Advance Computing, KyabramKyabram ICT Day1
  • Multimedia cartooning from Splatoon Cartoons, Beechworth

The event was in good hands with a year 10 student being MC for the day; and students enjoyed the Q&A panel featuring three young people working in ICT industry.

The event was a great example of schools connecting with local industry and educator providers. It also showcased how engaged students are listening to other young people.

For more information contact CCLLEN: http://www.ccllen.com.au/contact-us.html

Local newspaper story: ICT 2014 Ky Free Press

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July 16, 2014
by rcrellin
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National ICT Careers Week

2014 NICTCW logo banner

Each year during National ICT Careers Week, organisations and groups across Australia present an activity or event to encourage young people to consider studying ICT after their schooling and to consider a career in ICT.

What is happening in Victoria?

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Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria are hosting the Digital Learning Showcase.

WHO:   Prep – Year 12 students

WHEN:  9am – 1pm Thursday, 24 July 2014

WHERE: Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

Bookings are essential – register via the DLTV website

View full program

ICT: IT’S EVERYWHERE

A free, intereactive event for Year 9 students.

Features young ICT professionals, higher education and industry representatives providing real insights into ICT studies and careers. Technology in areas ranging from drones, games, robotics, applications, what drives a computer, graphic design and the dairy industry will be featured in a fun and interactive way. Students will participate in a series of hands-on workshops and learn about qualifications, skills and interests that are vital to succeed in this booming global sector.

Details: Kyabram P-12 College,  Wednesday 23 July 9:00am – 3:10pm

ICT its everywhere Student flyer

More Information on ICT Careers

Video from Youth Central, which has a great interactive page: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs/ict 

National ICT Careers Week Key messages:

  • ICT is about working with people, solving problems, finding solutions and making a difference to peoples’ lives
  • ICT is a truly global career – your work in ICT can take you around the world
  • ICT offers cool jobs, earning awesome money with a great lifestyle
  • ICT creates opportunities for entertainment

National ICT Careers Week marketing material including messages for parents and students.

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June 26, 2014
by rcrellin
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Invent to Learn

Our guest blogger this week: Wendy Macpherson, Digital Learning Branch

Last week teachers from 30 DEECD schools participated in a day of hard fun and problem solving at Invent to Learn workshops across Victoria led by DrMakey Makey. Gary Stager. 

The workshops began with the case for project-based learning, making, tinkering, and engineering. Participants looked at examples of children engaged in complex problem solving with new game-changing technologies and then explored the breakthroughs in science education, and the global maker movement that are combining to create rich learning experiences.

Participants had a chance to take on the role of learner and tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can be used with students. At the end of each workshop teachers shared how their experiences and learnings could be applied back in their schools.

The team from Warrnambool College decided they would like to expose all staff to the ideas of making, tinkering and engineering by setting up a ‘Maker Corner’ in their staffroom where staff could play and experiment with new materials

As a starting point, the team from Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College are exploring how they can create a new hands-on technology subject that combines digital, materials and food technologies with science, engineering and mathematics. This will be the starting point as they explore how constructionist principles and an explicit focus on thinking can be applied to other subjects.

Silverton Primary School teachers resolved to take another look at Scratch (a programming language for students available on the EduStar image) and see how they could use it to program Lego constructions to respond to commands.

All teachers had fun with:

  • Soft Circuits, using conductive thread, sewable coin battery holders and felt to create wearable electronics projects.
  • Interactive Greeting cards using conductive paints
  • Makey Makeys which allow students to connect anything in the real world to computer software that respnds to keyboard input
  • Arduinos which allow student to build electronics projects using an arduino, breadboard, jumper wires, LEDs etc
  • Probot, a small robotic car that can be programmed to move and draw.
  • Turtle Art a computer drawing program inspired by Logo programming language

To helScratch  Legop you bring the new Digital Technologies curriculum to life explore these and many more ideas on the Invent to Learn Website  especially the Invent to Learn / Stuff page. Gary Stager will be returning to Victoria in August. Please contact Wendy Macpherson for further information <macpherson.wendy.w@edumail.vic.gov.au>

Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez co authored the new book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.invent to learn

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