January 21, 2016
by Sandy Phillips

Blogging with your students course for teachers

Would you like to learn more about blogging with students?  The Edublogs team is running a free course on blogging with students.

Global2 is the Department of Education and Training blogging platform which is hosted on CampusPress by the Edublogs team.  All step by step instructions in the series are with Edublogs and CampusPress users in mind.


Whether you are new to blogging, or want a refresher on all of the features that blogging can offer, come join the four week crash-course and the Edublogs team will guide you through the process of blogging with students.

The course covers:

  • Setting up class and student blogs
  • Teaching quality comments and posts
  • Working with widgets
  • Images, copyright, and creative commons
  • Connecting with other classes
  • Tons more! including mobile apps

How Does It Work?

The Edublogs Teacher Challenge is completely free of charge.

Each Teacher Challenge session lasts for 30 days, with 2-3 tasks per week that will be sent to you via email. The first challenge is sent when you signup.

When you finish the Teacher Challenge, you receive a badge to proudly display on your blog and a certificate of completion which you can use towards your professional development hours.

Thanks to Sue Waters for the post and the course.

Enrol For Free Now! 

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September 2, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Classroom ready: Demonstrating the impact on student learning of initial teacher education programs

The paper Classroom ready: Demonstrating the impact on student learning of initial teacher education programs is intended to stimulate discussion about how teacher education programs in Australia can demonstrate their impact on school student learning.

The paper highlights the importance of, and proposes requirements for, evidence of impact to help Australia’s teachers be their best. The paper builds on the strengths of the current national approach to accreditation of initial teacher education programs and the work of states and territories. The paper has been informed by three stimulus papers developed to promote thinking about approaches to accreditation based on evidence of impact.

Your feedback

AITSL is inviting anyone with an interest in initial teacher education to read the paper and respond to the three questions.

  1. Which of the proposed components of evidence of impact would convince you about the quality of initial teacher education programs?
  2. What components of evidence of impact should be mandatory, and which should be optional?
  3. What evidence of impact could initial teacher education providers feasibly collect?

Have your say

Submissions will close on: 11 September 2015 at 5:00pm AEST

AITSL will provide a summary of submissions on the AITSL website. Submissions will contribute to our ongoing work in the Strengthened accreditation of initial teacher education programs.*


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September 1, 2015
by marcellinus

Teacher Training in Junior FIRST® LEGO® League

Do you have students in the Junior part of your school who are really into LEGO? Do you feel that you need to catch up on the latest LEGO resources for you classroom? Would you like some support in finding out more?

Then this opportunity could be for you!

2015 CS4HS Teacher Training in Junior FIRST® LEGO® League

With support from Google, FIRST® Australia will be holding Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teacher training!

We will be holding one day workshops on Thursday the 24th of September and Friday the 25th of September at Macquarie University. Training will include information on FIRST, Jr. FLL, and the WeDo™ kit. Teachers will then get to try it for themselves before we host a teacher – Junior FIRST® LEGO® expo at the end of the day. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Each school:

  • can send up to two teachers.
  • is committing to having at least one Jr. FLL team for the 2015/2016 season.

Final round of applications closes on Friday September 11th.

Access Applications Here!

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August 31, 2015
by marcellinus

Classroom of the Future Webinar dates and topics Term 4, 2015

Social media for learning – the Yammer experience

7th October, 4:00-4:40pm

In today’s hyper connected world students are creating deep networks in social media. The potential power of social media in learning is immense but how can schools harness the benefits of social media while still maintaining a safe online environment? Throughout 2015 Charles La Trobe P-12 College has been trialling the Yammer network to provide a safe social learning space for students and teachers. This webinar look at the use of Yammer in the College and the variety of ways it has been used to improve student learning outcomes.

Suitable for all teachers and school leaders interested in using social media for learning.


Respond via Eventbrite



STEM in schools – setting up a maker space and club

21st October, 4:00-4:40pm

The importance of STEM is a growing trend in education. Where can schools start in integrating STEM practices and learning in their curriculum and spaces? The makerspace and maker club are a great entry point for schools looking to establish student centred making and creating. This webinar will share the experience of Charles La Trobe P-12 College in establishing a maker movement. Spaces, equipment, pedagogy and curriculum will be shared in this webinar.

Suitable for all teachers and leaders interested in helping students make and create.

Respond via Eventbrite


Coding in school – where to start? (Targeted at primary schools)

4th November, 4:00-4:40pm

Coding is an excellent way to both engage students deeply in learning and develop their problem solving skills. But where should teachers and students start? This webinar will share the experiences of year 3-6 teachers at Charles La Trobe P-12 College in implementing coding in their classrooms using visual block based applications (Tynker, Scratch and Hopscotch). The presenters will share pedagogy and lessons learned, and participants will learn that anyone can implement coding in their classroom.

This webinar is particularly suited to Primary School teachers.

Respond via Eventbrite


Leading digital change in schools – lessons for digital leaders

18th November, 4:00-4:40pm

Leading change is challenging. Leading change in digital learning is more challenging again. Choosing platforms, devices, professional learning, coaching, frameworks, and engaging reluctant teachers – the list goes on and on. In this webinar the lessons learned from the Classroom of the Future project will be shared and discussed.

Suitable for all school leaders and teachers who want to lead the improvement of digital learning.

Respond via Eventbrite


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August 30, 2015
by marcellinus

Education in Games Summit 2015 – A Gameful World

gamefulAs part of the International Games Weeks being held in Melbourne in October the ‘Education in Games Summit 2015 – A Gameful World.’ will provide Victorian Primary and Secondary teachers with a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading players in the game development industry.

Date: Thursday, October 29

Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm 

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

For: Primary & Secondary Teachers 

Cost: $90 (ex-GST) *Includes access to Day One of PAX Australia 

Summit Registration: http://bit.ly/1K0bFCt

Workshop selections: Please click here to add your workshop selections

Full Program: Program: A Gameful World

Flyer: Education in Games Summit Flyer

The Summit will explore the clear links to learning and teaching in Victorian classrooms and the resources available for teachers to explore.

For further information please contact the Digital Learning Branch digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

The Summit will provide:

  • A snapshot of the game development industry and a strong focus on the broad range of creative careers open to Victorian students
  • Stories behind successful game developers and their impact here in Victoria and internationally
  • Clear links to STEM and the latest information about the new Digital Technologies curriculum for Primary & Secondary schools, including an overview of the resources and support available to teachers.

Summit Keynote Speaker – Dr Steffen Walz Dr Steffen Walz is an Associate Professor at RMIT University and the founder–director of RMIT’s Games & Experimental Entertainment Laboratory, the GEElab. At the GEElab, an international team of researchers scrutinizes the potential (and pitfalls) of play, games and game design elements for non-entertainment purposes.steffan Steffen is inspiring and teaching the next generation of game-developers and problem solvers. Summit Workshops Workshops will be run by classroom teachers, academics and games industry experts, including from Google, Microsoft, Intel, Unity and the Game Developers Association of Australia. Areas covered will include: Minecraft, Virtual Reality & Kerbal Space Program Coding with Scratch, Unity Games Curriculum, Literacy through Game Book Adventures, Gamification & Creating Games, Microsoft TouchDevelop, Intel Galileo, Games as Text, Curriculum Links and Engaging Students through Games. For further details on the summit workshops follow this link: Education in Games Summit_Workshop Outlines Registration includes access to Day One of PAX Australia – October 30 As part of their Summit ticket participants will also be eligible to attend the first day (Oct 30) of PAX Australia (www.paxaustralia.com.au) held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. PAX is a festival celebrating games culture and it connects the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid fans. The first day of PAX will involve a number of education related panels & speakers from around the world.     Presented by Creative vic amcidet  

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August 28, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

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, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Global Collaboration Day, September 17, 2015

Global Collaboration Day 
Join 1,000’s of educators for the very first ‘Global Collaboration Day’ – September 17, 2015.
Full details on website – Global Collaboration Day  use the hashtag #globaled15 globalday

Global Education Conference
The 2015 Global Education Conference will be held November 16-November 19.
All details on the Global Education Conference website.
Applications now open for presentations.
The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

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August 27, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership

Bastow delivers innovative and evidence-based leadership development that responds to the ever-evolving needs of teachers, principals, education support and early childhood professionals at every stage of their career journey.

Bastow is a branch within the Department of Education and Training (DET) offering leadership development that is highly relevant and closely aligned with current policies and frameworks.

Please consider the following leadership courses, programs and events for your ongoing professional development.


Professional Practice

Further develop your confidence and capability to implement the Department’s performance and development approach. These highly practical workshops are targeted to Senior Advisors, Principals and Teachers. There are multiple intakes and the workshops are also delivered in regional locations.


Other DET Programs

Victorian Deaf Institute (VDEI) – Professional Learning

For full details visit www.bastow.vic.edu.au

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August 21, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

AEU and TLN professional learning

The Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Teacher Learning Network (TLN) are presenting the following professional learning events for teachers, early childhood educators and pre-service teachers. A number of these events are held online.

Casual Relief Teacher (CRT) Conferences – Behaviour management
These conferences offer full day professional development and an opportunity for networking. The conferences are open to non-members. CRTs can also participate online. Wednesday September 23

Student Teacher Conference
The AEU holds two conferences each year for final-year student teachers. Participants learn about critical issues, hear from education experts and participate in relevant workshops. Friday October 2 2015

Early Childhood Conference
This year’s theme is Early Childhood: We Need to Talk. Keynote speakers Anthony Semann, Catherine Hydon and Andrea Nolan will address the big picture issues facing the sector. Open to non-members Saturday August 22. AEU Abbotsford and online.

Register at www.aeuvic.asn.au/calendar

The TLN  Online Training Space 
The TLN provides regular online professional learning opportunities The TLN events calendar presents these events. A sample of these include:

Creating individual education plans for students with special needs Q&A
27 August 2015 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
TLN online training space
Register at www.tln.org.au

Tuning the brain onto learn
27 November 2014 11:44 AM
TLN online training space
Daniel Cohen
Register at www.tln.org.au

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August 13, 2015
by Sandy Phillips

2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference

Register now for the
2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference: New Perspectives!

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August, 2015
Graduate House, University of Melbourne

The 2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference, New Perspectives, is all about new perspectives in the classroom and in the media. They will be looking at fresh ways to approach Media teaching across VCE, middle/lower secondary and primary levels, with lots of new ideas and inspiration to keep you going for the next twelve months

and beyond. They will also be hearing from experienced industry professionals on a range of interesting and exciting topics. You’re bound to leave this  valuable two days of learning with a whole new perspective!


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