May 12, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Special event on Creativity in Education

Adobe Education, Winthrop & Computelec invite you to meet Ben Forta, Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives.

When:  6 June
Time:   3pm to 5pm
Venue: TBC (we will confirm the venue with you by the 26th May 2017)
Cost: FREE

RSVP: 5PM, 19 May

Ben is Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives. He is a best-selling author, with over 750,000 books in print based on coding, an educator, blogger, public speaker and internationally regarded super geek. This event will go through some of the results of a recent international study on the importance of enhancing creativity when teaching Generation Z.

Register interest via – and please share this with your colleagues and wider networks.

Stay informed and share about future Adobe in Education professional learning opportunities for teachers in Australasia via:

If you haven’t already, please join the Australasian Adobe Professional Learning Group on EdEx to stay in touch with Adobe in Education

Check past Adobe in Education active use activities via and CreateEdu TV

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May 10, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Australian Learning Lecture presents Charles Fadel

The New Success will be the subject of the second lecture on 11 May 2017 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre.  Charles Fadel from the Center for Curriculum Design will deliver the lecture, which will consider what skills we need to succeed in the 21st Century.

Charles Fadel is best known as the pioneer of the idea of 21st Century Skills.  He is the Founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign and Chairs the Education Committee advising the OECD.

Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Australia, will introduce the Lecture and discuss why the New Success matters for the economic and social wellbeing of Australia.

When: Thursday 11th May6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $20 – Adults; $10 concession/groups

Bookings are open.


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May 9, 2017
by Jillian Brown

ACTF webinar – Meet Jeffrey Walker

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation is presenting Jeffrey Walker in a Webinar for upper primary and secondary students

Date: Thursday, 15th June

Times: 11.30am – 12.30pm (AEST)

Year Levels: Years 5 – 12 (upper primary and secondary students)

Email to Register:

How do you go from playing Bronson in Round the Twist to directing Neighbours when you’re only 20, before moving on to direct Dance Academy, Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys, Jack Irish, and Modern Family in the USA? This webinar will provide Years 5-12 students with the opportunity to ask Jeffrey about his amazing career and how he went from being a child actor to a successful international television and film director. Read more…

There is no cost involved for schools to participate, but numbers in the webinar will be limited.

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May 4, 2017
by Jillian Brown

NGV Code: Put Your Smile on Your Dial :)

Using Scratch, this activity gives you the steps to code a clock that reflects the current time of your location with the hour, minute and second hands.

And then the fun part – every hour the clock face will change to something of your choosing for a short time before returning back to normal. This could be your face, an emoji, your cat…anything!

In the example provided, an emoji and a very happy child has been selected for the clock faces.

This program uses a range of coding techniques in Scratch including show and hide, sprites and costumes, and control and operator blocks.

What will you come up with? Share your creations with National Gallery of Victoria on Twitter:@NGVEducation



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May 1, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Virtual Learning Opportunity: Comedy Scriptwriting Workshops

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will run two series of comedy scriptwriting workshops this year. Open to schools Australia-wide and pitched at Year 5 and 6 students, each series of three workshops is generously supported by Department of Education and Training.

Conducted via Zoom video conference software, ACMI education staff will introduce students to the sketch comedy genre and walk them through the scriptwriting process. Students will collaborate with others from around the country, and will be guided in using the Sketch-o-Matic website – a digital sketch comedy writing tool inspired by the You’re Skitting Me television series.

The video conference sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30pm – 2:15pm AEST on the following dates:

  • Series 1 – June 6, 13 and 20.
  • Series 2 – August 1, 8 and 15.

This virtual learning opportunity links to content in a number of Australian Curriculum learning areas, including:

Digital Technologies

Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols. (ACTDIP022)

  • Developing a set of ‘rules’ about appropriate conduct, language and content when communicating online, and using these rules as a basis for resolving ethical dilemmas.
  • Using a range of communication tools to share ideas and information, for example participating in collaborative online environments.


Rehearse and perform devised and scripted drama that develops narrative, drives dramatic tension, and uses dramatic symbol, performance styles and design elements to share community and cultural stories and engage an audience. (ACADRM037)

  • Using available software and applications to plan for playbuilding and to create scripts.

For enquiries and registrations, please contact ACTF Education Coordinator Lily Pavlovic:

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April 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Discover the Digital Technologies Curriculum

Exploring the Digital Technologies Curriculum – Mildura

Wed. 7 June 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm AEST

Henderson College, 807 Cowra Ave Mildura

Discover CSER OnLine courses (MOOC’s), explore Digital Technologies curriculum content, work through some example activities and explain the other resources offered by CSER to support teachers to develop skills and knowledge in this area.

To register

Unpacking the Digital Technologies Curriculum

Tue. 13 June 2017, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm 



Visit Scienceworks and find out about the new range of Digital Technologies programs now available to teachers. This is provided free-of-charge by the University of Adelaide, Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group

To register, visit

Kickstart your Digital Technologies learning

Tues 4th July 2017, 9:15am – 3:15pm

DLTV, 61 Blyth St Brunswick

DLTV are happy to collaborate with University of Adelaide, Digital Technologies Project (CSER) to present a free workshop day to begin to unpack the Digital Technologies Curriculum.

Learn how the Digital Technologies curriculum can be integrated into your classroom practice, explore plugged and unplugged activities that expose the key concepts and thinking styles. Learn how to get further help from an online course and community designed to share resources and support.

To register, visit


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April 25, 2017
by Jillian Brown

NGV Digital Creatives

What has code got to do with art?

Artists excel at finding innovative ways to use available materials and tools. Traditional materials – like paint, stone, clay and film – all have unique properties and processes to which the artist adds their own stamp to express ideas. Coding is a tool of the digital age. Like traditional art tools it has its own and characteristics and can be used to understand, to communicate and to create new things. The language of code is a language of logic, mathematics, problem solving and computational thinking, but also a language that invites creativity in its application.

In NGV’s Art/Code/Create workshops students learn the basics of Scratch – a free visual programming language – through projects inspired by works of art from the NGV Collection.

For details, download the Digital Creatives brochure.


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April 24, 2017
by Jillian Brown

ePotential Digital Learning Survey

Did you know ePotential has been redeveloped to facilitate self-assessment of a teacher’s current capability to incorporate digital technologies into their teaching and learning?

ePotential supports teachers to develop their confidence and capability to incorporate digital technologies into their practice.

The ePotential resource includes:

  • online surveys – teaching, non-teaching and special settings
  • a continuum
  • links to practical, teacher generated resources, aligned to the continuum

The redeveloped ePotential: Digital Learning Survey questions have been informed by the:

  • previous ePotential Survey questions and Continuum
  • AITSL Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Victorian Curriculum: Technologies and ICT General Capability and
  • UNESCO ICT Competency Standards for Teachers.

The respondent’s answers will place them on a phase along the ePotential Continuum for each key area depending on their level of integration of digital technologies into their teaching and learning.

Access ePotential Survey here

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April 21, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Apple Technical Webcast Series 

The new Technical Webcast Series provides regular updates on relevant and topical Apple technical and deployment guidance that you can watch in the comfort of your own workplace or home.

The topic for April and May is What’s New for Education: Enabling the Classroom

This autumn brings exciting updates for education. The entire platform has been updated with macOS 10.12.4, iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, 

During this webcast you will walk through exciting new features for education including the new features available in Classroom 2.0, zero-touch Apple TV deployment, and new management features available with mobile device management (MDM). 

You can register for an upcoming webcast here –

Once you have registered, you will be provided with details for connecting to the webcast. Please note, all webcasts take place in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time.

The Technical Webcast Series is your regular touch point for Apple deployment updates.

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April 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Adobe ‘Have a Voice’ – EOI closes Friday 28th April

Adobe and Department of Education, Learning and Teaching Branch are pleased to announce the EOI date for Adobe ‘Have a Voice’ has been extended until Friday 28th April.

Groups of students are invited to create a video story (maximum of two minutes), animation (maximum of one minute) a website/web page or poster about a topic or issue that is important to the group of students (minimum of two per group) using at least one Adobe product.

The Showcase

Schools can enter a maximum of five entries for the official end of year Showcase, however they can have as many groups create a project as they like. Each school will need to determine which groups will represent the school.

Selected entries will also be promoted on the DET FUSE site and by Adobe Education publications.

Click here to access the online expression of interest form.

The Expression of Interest form must be submitted by no later than close of business on Friday 28th April, 2017.

Stay informed about future Adobe in Education professional learning opportunities for teachers in Australasia via:

Join the Australasian Adobe Professional Learning Group on EdEx to say in touch with Adobe in Education

Check past Adobe in Education active use activities via and CreateEdu TV

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