September 1, 2015
by marcellinus
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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
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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

http://tinyurl.com/phqyvhs

 

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

http://tinyurl.com/ndm4mbz

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

http://tinyurl.com/oddkdbj

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

http://tinyurl.com/ozluaph

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August 30, 2015
by marcellinus
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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
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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, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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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
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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.

Courses

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.

Events

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
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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
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2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference

Register now for the
2015 ATOM Vic. State Conference: New Perspectives!
www.metromagazine.com.au/np/

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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August 12, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum in the Primary School

Implementing the Digital Technologies Curriculum in the Primary School

When: Tuesday 25th August 2015

Time: 5:30pm to 7pm

Cost: free

Presenters:
Laura Barker, Technology and Learning Coordinator K-12, Fintona Girls’ School
Penny Rowe, Senior Project Officer, Digital Learning & STEM Branch, Department of Education and Training.
Mark Richardson, Professional Learning Manager, DLTV

Overview:
In this session you will, find out how you and your school can begin to implement the Digital Technologies curriculum. This curriculum is ready for school use and is available on the ACARA website. It should appear on the AusVELS website later this year.
These session will be divided into three parts.
1. An introduction to the Digi Tech curriculum. What are its components? How can you approach curriculum planning? Where can you start? What needs to be taught stand alone? What can be integrated into existing programs?
2. Case study of how one primary school is approaching the Digi Tech curriculum. Where did it start? What were some “quick wins”? What directions will the school take as it leads to full integration.
3. Resources to teach the Digi Tech curriculum. What resources are readily available on the internet? What is the easiest way to find them? How can use them to make great DigiTech lessons?

Register for this session to get a head start on Digital Technologies implementation in your primary school.

To attend register on the DLTV event page, using the button at the bottom:  https://dltv.vic.edu.au/events/ol333-implementing-digital-technologies-curriculum-primary-school

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September 9, 2014
by rcrellin
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iPads for Learning: online professional learning registration

The Department’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing four iPads for Learning short courses for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learipads3ning. Each short course will contain three sessions, with each one hour session building upon the previous session’s learning. Each course focuses on a different aspect of using iPads:

Two courses, iPads for New Users and Publishing with iPads,  are open now for registration. Short Course 1: iPads for new users     Click here to register for this course      Short Course 2: Publishing with iPads  Click here to register for this course

The short courses will be facilitated by Andrew Del Mastro. Andrew is a member of the Apple Consultant’s Network trained to deliver Apple PD (APD). Scroll down to see how to connect.

Short Course 1: iPads for new users     Click here to register for this course     

 Session One: Introduction to the iPad
 Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014
 Time: 3.45 p.m.
 Content: This session will introduce participants to the basics including; how to navigate your iPad, how to organise Apps, how to download content, and how to setup your iPad in the Settings area. Setting up Mail and Calendars will also be demonstrated as with other tips and tricks to ensure you’re on the way to using your iPad effectively.

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 Session Two: Ready to Start Creating
 Date: Wednesday 15th October 2014
 Time: 3.45 p.m.
This session will look at creating and storing content including how to manage photos, videos, documents and music. Cloud storage and sharing will also be discussed as well as how to use iCloud to back up your device.

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 Session Three: Ready to Start Exploring Content
 Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014
 Time: 3.45 p.m.
This session will explore the rich ecosystem of digital content including how to discover great content including apps, digital teaching resources, online teaching materials and other useful resources.

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 Short Course 2: Publishing with iPads

Click here to register for this course

Session One: Introduction to iBooks Author
Date: Thursday 16th October 2014
Time: 3.45 p.m.
Content: This session will introduce participants to iBooks Author the most powerful digital publishing tool available. The basics will be covered including how to lay out a book, adding text, video and images as well as saving and sharing your work. The session will also contain an introduction to building interactive widgets.
Required: iBooks Author for Mac
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Session Two: iBooks Author: The Next Level
Date: Thursday 23rd October 2014
Time: 3.45 p.m.
Content: This session will delve into tips and tricks and how to supply your end user with an immersive interactive experience. From using hidden pop-ups to creating colour pallets and master pages this session will look at the fundamentals of designing a truly interactive book including all of the interactive widgets contained within iBooks Author as well as the website bookry.com. This session will also include information on how to publish you book to the iTunes Book store.
Required: iBooks Author for Mac
Optional: Free account at bookry.com
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Session Three: iBooks Author: Custom Widgets and iTunes U
Date: Thursday 30th October 2014
Time: 3.45 p.m.
Content: This session will focus on the software iAd Producer and Book Widgets. This software allows users to create custom interactive widgets. iAd Producer allows the user to build widgets from scratch without any coding required while Book Widgets offers a large selection of templates to follow. This session will conclude with an introduction to iTunes U and how it could be used to distribute your iBooks and other content.
Required: iBooks Author for Mac
Optional: iAd Producer and Book Widgets
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These short courses will contain three sessions, with each one hour session building upon the previous session’s learning. All of the courses will be supported with materials accessible via the Department’s iTunes U campus. Each session will require access to the Virtual Conference Centre tool being used for the session; an iPad with the latest iOS installed and some sessions may require additional resources as indicated.

Andrew has designed ongoing Professional Learning programs for Primary and Secondary Schools looking to integrate technology into their teaching and learning practice. With a focus on using new digital tools to produce engaging communications Andrew facilitates a hands on approach to learning. Andrew has also produced multi-touch books for Disney Australia and the AFL Players association.Resources:

Contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Download this information as a PDF  iPads_for_Learning_Short_Courses

 

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