October 7, 2019
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Digitech Conference 2019 – A Student Showcase

The Digitech Conference will be held on Friday 8 November at Carrum Primary School. This Conference is designed as an interactive “kids teaching kids” program for students and teachers. Each school can send 1-2 teachers and between 4-8 students.

At Digitech 2019, students and teachers will:

  • be inspired by Student Keynote Addresses on App & Game Development
  •  experience ‘hands on’ action in a variety of workshops conducted by students, showcasing great Digitech activities. Workshop sessions include: Drone Programming, Swift Playgrounds, Ozobots, Scratch Gaming, Microbit action, Game Maker, Airblock, VEX Robots, Mindstorms EV3 programming, Sphero Chariot Races, Derby Track vehicle construction, Augmented Reality Workshops, Minecraft in Education – City X Project, App Lab – App Making, Animation Making in Animation Desk, 3D Designing in Sketch Up, Green Screen, Podcasting ‘How To’, Internet Radio Broadcasting, Makerspace Arcade and many more!
  • access teacher PD hosted by Apple on ‘Coding & App Dev on iPads’ and ‘VR & AR in the Classroom’.

There are two student competitions (with prizes!):

  •  ‘Robots Alive’: Program a robot to dance in a 1.5m x 1.5m space for 1 minute
  •  ‘Design A Game’: Code a playable game using SCRATCH, Minecraft or any other game code builder.

Digitech Conference 2019 is a FREE event for schools, developed by the Northern Peninsula Digital Technology Teacher & Student Network.

Find out more

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August 28, 2018
by rcrellin
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VR Water Safety Education

Life Saving Victoria is using virtual reality (VR) technology to educate the community about water safety.  Find are a range of great educational VR Tours (a series of 360o images), each complemented by engaging curriculum aligned teaching resources for Levels 3&4, 5&6, 7&8.

http://www.lsv.com.au/vr/

Lifesaving Volunteers to the Rescue

This tour follows Hayden, one of Life Saving Victoria’s volunteer lifesavers and rescue swimmers for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, during a rescue mission. The tour shows Hayden in various locations throughout the rescue; from the helicopter base, to the helicopter in mid-rescue. Through this tour we showcase the valuable contribution that volunteers make to society.

Life on the Murray River

This tour describes life on the Murray River; The Murray River is a rich part of the Australian landscape. Throughout history, the Murray River has been a source of food, trade and life sustaining biodiversity. Flowing for more than 2,500 km through three states, it also has its dangers. The Murray River is Australia’s number one drowning blackspot. Understanding and respecting the river is crucial for its survival and ours.

Everyday Lifesavers – Responding to an Emergency

Anybody can be an Everyday Lifesaver; An Everyday Lifesaver is someone who has the knowledge and skills to help someone in an emergency. This tour covers the DRSABCD emergency response action plan and basic first aid. Having this knowledge is one way you can become an Everyday Lifesaver, while also being aware of potentially dangerous situations to prevent injuries and accidents.

http://www.lsv.com.au/vr/

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July 6, 2018
by rcrellin
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Using Google Apps in your classroom

Schools can provide students and staff with access to Google Apps for Education online services at no cost through the Department. Professional learning sessions for Term 3 have been announced to help you get the most out of the software.

‘Getting Started’ Workshops

A full day workshop is available to support school leaders and teachers just starting out, as well as those who have been driving their own learning with G Suite. Participants are introduced to the key apps in the suite, presenting a school focused approach in their use for administration, learning and teaching. The workshop will provide tips and tricks, while discussing a holistic set up for different learning environments and settings.

Sessions dates and locations

  • 8 August – Castlemaine
  • 15 August – Flemington
  • 23 August – Corio
  • 18 September – Flemington

 

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May 24, 2018
by rcrellin
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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.

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May 3, 2018
by rcrellin
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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

 

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September 6, 2017
by rcrellin
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21CLD and ICT Peer Coaching

Microsoft are offering the following accredited professional learning for Victorian government school teachers.

ICT Peer Coaching

  • 16-17 October – Southbank
  • No cost for Vic government school teachers

ICT Peer Coaching is an internationally recognised Microsoft course that accredits participants with a Microsoft and Peer Ed ICT Peer Coaching certification to support teachers within their school with the integration of ICT into their teaching practice. Through this two day workshop, teachers and leaders will explore the Peer Coaching methodologies and protocols that can be applied across all teaching and learning areas. Participants will spend time exploring technical pedagogy frameworks and equipped with resources to successfully implement a coaching program back at school.

Find out more and register

21st Century Learning Design

  • 24-25 October – Southbank
  • No cost for Vic government school teachers

Discover the research based framework ‘21st Century Learning Design’ supporting teachers globally to easily and evaluate their lesson design with strategies that are proven to develop skills such as collaboration, skilled communication, self-regulation and knowledge construction in our students.  Through this 2 x day Face-to-Face workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of 21CLD, apply their new knowledge and work to redesign a lesson or activity to implement back at school.

Find out more and register

Presenter

Trent Ray, Microsoft Learning Consultant Trent Ray has worked as both a Primary and Secondary School teacher, whilst specialising in technology for learning. As a Curriculum Innovation Leader and Technology Ambassador, Trent’s background in Peer Coaching and 21st Century Learning Design has seen him travel the nation to supports schools, leaders and teachers when planning to integrate technology into the classroom.

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November 11, 2016
by rcrellin
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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

This is a great blog post from Dr Stephen Wolfram about his experience working with film makers on the set of the movie Arrival.  The script involves communicating with aliens in binary, analysing alien handwriting and using physics formulas to understand an interstellar spacecraft.

The interesting aspect of the article is how they worked through the issues as they would in real life using current tools such as Mathematica. A great resource for Digital Technologies.

 

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Read the full blog post here.

To find out more about Mathematica see http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/wolfram/home

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January 21, 2016
by Sandy Phillips
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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.

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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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July 30, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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The Adobe Creative Cloud for schools

With the growing interest in developing creativity amongst our students, teachers are looking for digital solutions to embed within their curriculum planning. As BYOT (Bring Your Own Technologies) and Cloud based platforms become increasingly popular across Victorian schools, it is important as a teacher to model digital literacies across all curriculum areas. Finding the right resource or software to meet student needs has always been a priority for teachers.

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In the coming months the Digital Learning Branch in partnership with Adobe Education is providing great opportunities for teachers and students to explore the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of resources.

If you are using mobile devices in your classroom already jump in and try Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate. These free apps will give your students the freedom to create dynamic, beautiful multimedia presentations and webpages to share their learning.

You can find some great examples at the Adobe Education Exchange or better still upload your students work in FUSE and share their stories.

 Teacher workshops – What is possible with Adobe Creative Cloud?

Monday August 10: Two sessions 1.30 – 3.30 and 4.30 pm – 6.30pm

REGISTER FREE: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-is-possible-with-adobe-creative-cloud-tickets-17946525541

 Join Adobe as they share the possibilities of Adobe Creative Cloud in the classroom. Victorian teachers are seeing their students creativity come to life with the latest offering from Adobe Creative Cloud.

The Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is the most up to date versions of what was the Adobe Creative Suite plus lots more. The most recent of Adobe’s industry standard web design, print, audio and video applications are available to download via CC as well as new applications like Adobe Muse and Edge Animate for great HTML website and animation without the need for coding skills.

This workshop will provide an overview of what is included in the Adobe CC and how educators & students around the world are working the CC applications to enhance the way they communicate.

To make the most of this workshop, download the trial version of Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 and Adobe Muse.

More information about Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found via:

http://www.adobe.com/au/creativecloud.html

 

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July 29, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing opens doors to new learning and teaching opportunities beyond the classroom. Victorian students and teachers have access to a flexible suite of virtual learning tools enabling them to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school.

Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing enables you to:

  • deliver subject-specific curriculum to students anywhere in Victoria and beyond
  • interact and authenticate learning by bringing experts and specialists into your classroom without leaving your school
  • stream cultural, scientific and literary events directly to your classroom
  • create your own networks of learners, anywhere around the worldsmall image of booklet shows several students in yellow shirts
  • build intercultural understanding and a sense of global identity

Getting started

Virtual conferencing can be accessed via the internet and allows for participants in multiple locations to interact using audio, video, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, a shared interactive whiteboard, polling or instant messaging. Victorian schools have access to many virtual conferencing tools including:

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