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March 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Global LYNCs (Linking Youth through Net Communications )

globallyncs2016Global LYNCS is a project that explores the potential of free technologies supporting communications between schools in Victoria & Daegu, South Korea.

 The Global LYNCS project is currently recruiting Victorian schools to partner with Korean schools.

For information, please see Global Lyncs flyer BELOW, or visit the Global Lyncs blog at http://globallyncs.global2.vic.edu.au/

For expressions of interest, please email: mclean.scarlett.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

 

 

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March 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Adobe ‘Have a Voice’ – EOI extended until 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: http://bit.ly/adobeEDU-events

Join the Australasian Adobe Professional Learning Group on EdEx to say in touch with Adobe in Education https://edex.adobe.com/group/apac-pl/

Check past Adobe in Education active use activities via http://timkitchen.net/ and CreateEdu TV http://bit.ly/CreateEduTV

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March 24, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Visit a school exploring ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’

You are invited to attend a ‘school visit’ to a school exploring New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) is a global partnership aiming to implement deep learning goals across whole education systems that are enabled by new pedagogies and accelerated by technology.

Global education stakeholders and their business partners work together to address a key education challenge: How can we mobilise and foster new pedagogies for deep learning in schools and leverage the power of digital technologies?

Through the partnership, students from 10 countries across the globe are engaged in deeper level learning and developing the skills to be lifelong learners, creative, connected and collaborative problem solvers who can successfully participate and innovate in our increasingly interconnected world. More…

Please register from the links below.

Canterbury Primary School: Wednesday 29th March 10.00-11.00  

Visit the Canterbury Comic Con and see how students have been inspired by comics and superheroes and what we can learn from them

The CPS Comic Con (Convention) will be a chance for students to display their work in classrooms, to run activities and to of course explore the idea of being a superhero.

Torquay College & Surf Coast Secondary College: Monday 24th April

Torquay College (P-6) 9.00 – 11.45 am with morning tea

Torquay College uses a contemporary inquiry-based learning approach to engage students. Come and see inquiry learning in action in Torquay College’s rich learning environments that include a purpose built Environment Centre with aviary and wetlands, a student managed cafe, an edible garden and chicken house

Surf Coast Secondary College 12-3pm with light lunch

Come and learn about how the College uses technology to create a high level of differentiation for their students. You will also see the flexible learning spaces that the staff and students utilise to enable targeted teaching and flexible groupings to occur in their Middle Years FUSE program.

Clayton North Primary School: Tuesday 2nd May 9.15-11.30am

Join us to explore how Clayton North PS provides a dynamic learning environment that develops future, courageous leaders of a sustainable and global society.

The school boasts a sustainable garden and maker space and a student run FMK cafe on site.

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March 23, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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2017 Screen IT

Screen It is a national moving image competition that inspires young people of school age to create a game, live action film or animation. It is presented by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), and features categories for primary, middle, and senior school students.

Screen It challenges young people to make discoveries about their world as they explore and communicate ideas around a key theme. ACMI is proud to present Screen It as an opportunity for school age people to become thoughtful and purposeful creators of screen-based content.

The 2017 theme for ‘Screen It’ is Time.

When considering this theme students can delve into a variety of topics across a range of disciplines to inform their projects. They could consider how mass and gravity affect the passing of time, investigate black holes or light years, discover how early film relied on timing to work effectively, explore moments in history that have brought about change, and be inspired by artists, writers and filmmakers – it’s up to them how they interpret the theme and go about shaping their findings and ideas into a creative production.

ACMI aims to support young people to build high levels of both traditional literacy along with screen and digital literacy skills around significant content,  and encourage diverse and innovative ways to interpret, explore and communicate ideas surrounding the topic.

For more information on Screen It, visit the Screen It website, where teachers and educators can sign up to join free Screen It video conferences and start exploring this year’s theme immediately with ACMI’s poster and other learning resources.

If you’ve any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the team at screenit@acmi.net.au

 

ACMI FREE Video conferences events

Screen It Videoconferences
Screen It is a national moving image competition that inspires young people of school age to create a game, live action film or animation. It challenges young people to make discoveries about their world as they explore and communicate ideas around the key theme, Time.

If you want to get the jump on your Screen It entry, join ACMI’s Screen It videoconference program. They run for 45 minutes, are fun and interactive and totally free.

Info and registration here: https://www.acmi.net.au/events/screen-it-videoconference-series/

Meet the Makers Videoconferences
Do you know about ACMI’s Meet the Makers videoconference series? MTM is a series of videoconferences designed for the classroom. Industry professionals, guided by ACMI Educators, take students through their creative process. They talk about their careers, their work and provide tips to help inspire students with their own creations. Plus, being a live videoconference, students can ask questions and, what’s more, it’s free.

You can find out more and register here: https://www.acmi.net.au/events/meet-makers/

 

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March 22, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Repeat “National day of action against bullying ” webinar by popular demand

Due to popular demand we are repeating the highly successful webinar from the National Day of Action to prevent Bullying.
Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.
Date: Weds 29 March  2.15- 2.55 pm
We will let the students know where they can chat on the day.

Presented by Greg Gebhart and Sandy Phillips
The presentation will assist students to:
• identify when upsetting and annoying behaviour becomes cyberbullying
• recognise the emotions that appear when they or a friend is having a bad online experience
• deal with cyberbullying and seek support when it is serious
• remember to always use respectful chat online

Schools who weren’t able to attend the session can register here.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/noway2

I will send registered teachers a link to get into the session (as a teacher) on the 28th March or if you register after that the night before the webinar, early in the day of the 30th March
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March 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Coding the Future in 2017

Thanks to Bec Spink from ‘Code the Future’ for this blogpost

Will we see you at the next meetup?

2017 is the Year of Digital Technologies in schools right across the country, where coding in the Australian Curriculum comes to life. You can read more about how coding in the curriculum has taken a turning point in education communities this year here.

Come along to this meetup to find out what this curriculum means for schools, what’s involved and how Code the Future is successfully placing volunteer coding mentors in schools to work with teachers and students.

Hear from teachers and volunteers involved in Code the Future projects and find out how easy it is to get started and help #codethefuture in 2017!

This meetup is for both interested volunteers and teachers. Food and drinks will be provided.

We can’t wait to see you there. RSVP here. Bec, Will and the extended Code the Future Team

 

 

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March 17, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Media Release: $4m to put students’ STEM learning into action

SENATOR THE HON ARTHUR SINODINOS AO
MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE
SENATOR FOR NSW

16 March 2017

$4m to put students’ STEM learning into action

The Australian Government will invest $4 million over the next four years to help Australian school students put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning into action.

The Maker Projects initiative opened today for grant applications from eligible Australian schools and community organisations to help set up dedicated maker spaces that offer students hands-on experience in practical aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as STEM engagement activities.

Around 75 per cent of the jobs of the future will require qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. So it’s never been more important to properly equip Australia’s schools to encourage our young people to engage with a range of technologies as creators as well as consumers.

The initiative will offer grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 to cover the costs of tools, equipment, software and consumables needed to establish maker spaces that encourage experimentation and tinkering in a supervised and accessible environment.

It will also support community organisations with grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to expand existing STEM engagement activities and link young people with local experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and industries.

The Maker Projects initiative is part of the four-year, $29.8 million Inspiring Australia science engagement programme encouraging community participation in science and technology as outlined in the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

It builds on existing successful school and community-based ‘maker’ activities, like local Maker Faires, Coderdojo coding clubs, and the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative. These activities allow young people to design and build in the real and digital world, make movies and stop-motion animation and learn the art of creating.

These activities will expand Australian students’ horizons beyond the school curriculum towards the everyday experiences of engineers, scientists and innovators, giving them the skills they need for critical 21st Century jobs.

Maker Projects grants will be allocated to eligible applicants on a ‘first in’ basis until the annual allocation is exhausted. To apply or for more information, visit www.business.gov.au/mp

Media Contact: Nat Openshaw, 0409 049 128

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March 16, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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World Storytelling Day – 20th March 2017

Thanks to ACTF for this blogpost

A global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, World Storytelling Day encourages people to share stories and inspiration, and to learn from each other. With this year’s theme of ‘Transformation’, the MY:24 App is an ideal digital tool for students to share their own stories with.

The MY:24 App encourages young people to reflect critically on their own experiences, and to share a transformative day of their lives as a visual text. It was inspired by the factual TV series MY:24 – a collection of stories from young people recounting the 24 hours which changed their lives forever.

The app allows students to create a mini-documentary through the use of basic templates and the in-built capabilities of an Apple iOS device. By following the prompts, users create a three-minute film that includes: a ‘diary cam’ introduction; an image montage with voiceover; a video re-enactment with filters; an interview with a family member or friend; and film credits.

The MY:24 App relates to a wide range of learning areas and in the Australian Curriculum, including English, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Media Arts. It encourages self-reflection through the exploration of students’ own culture and identity, and creating and publishing a digital text develops their ICT capability.

Relevant content descriptions for English (Literacy strand) include:

  • Year 5 – Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elements. (ACELY1700)
  • Year 6 – Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required to create texts. (ACELY1717)
  • Year 7 – Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts. (ACELY1728)
  • Year 8 – Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate. (ACELY1736)

For further ideas on using MY:24 in your classroom, download the freely available MY:24 Study Guide for English.

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March 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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#girltakeover

Thanks to Vesna Sholz Talbot and Caitlin Bain at Hawkesdale P-12 College for this week’s blog post

The #girltakeover event focusing on safety in the age of instant content was held in Melbourne at the Facebook/Instagram office on Safer Internet Day, 7th February, 2017.

The event included year 9/10 girls from various schools, some from metropolitan Melbourne and others from further away. Facebook/Instagram, in partnership with the Department of Education sponsored the event. Project Rockit and Sticks’n Stones created a variety of tasks for everyone to participate in such as discussions about areas of cyber safety, games that encouraged social interaction and fun activities.

Our highlight was getting involved in specific discussions with other students from different schools. One of the main topics of our discussion were adults on social media and what role they play as parents. We rewrote Internet Safety Rules that were originally written by an adult, were put in a positive way and in the students’ own language, knowing that teenagers would now take greater notice compared to the negatives tone used previously.

Other highlights included:

  • feeling valued as girls and students, and being encouraged to share our opinions on some of our favourite social media outlets
  • the rainbow cupcakes and doughnuts for morning tea (complete with social media icons)
  • the amazing view from the building (15th storey)
  • the safe and open environment.
  • meeting and interacting with other people
  • the very energetic hosts who were highly involved

 

Our main take away from the day is that when talking about the safety of deletable media, it does not have to be negative, boring and unappearling to teenagers. In fact it can appeal to teens, in a fun way that doesn’t seem like a punishment.

We have the power to be the change!

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