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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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March 7, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Adobe ‘Have a Voice’

Adobe and Department of Education, Learning and Teaching Branch are pleased to announce Adobe Have a Voice.

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 Thursday 30th March, 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 7, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Outreach Virtual Classroom ‘Respectful chat, I can do that!’

Session: 17/03/2017 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

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

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and answers.

The presentation will be a guided experience for classrooms with complementary resources aligned to the theme. Other related resources are available from our website.

After the presentation, teachers are encouraged to complete a brief survey.

Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/icando

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March 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Dance Academy Movie Webinar

For Upper Primary & Secondary Students

With Alicia Banit & Joanna Werner

Monday, March 20

On March 20 students from schools throughout Australia will have a unique opportunity to be part of a live Q&A webinar with Dance Academy movie cast member Alicia Banit (Kat Karamakov) and Joanna Werner (Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator of the Dance Academy TV series and movie) before the film’s release on April 6 in cinemas Australia-wide.

Students will be able to ask questions to Alicia and Joanna about acting, dancing, producing and the behind the scenes stories of the movie and the TV series. This event is open to Years 5-12 students.

Places will be limited in the webinar, so check the details below to register.

Dance Academy Movie Cast & Producer Webinar Details
Monday, March 20
11.00am – 12.00pm (AEDT)
Years 5 – 12 (upper primary and secondary students)
Email to register: Lily.Pavlovic@actf.com.au

 

  Alicia Banit is both an actress and dancer best known for her role as Kat Karamakov in the television series Dance Academy.

Alicia’s first acting appearance was in the Australian film Dead Letter Office, playing a younger version of the main character Alice. In 2006, she had a two episode minor role in the Network Ten soap opera Neighbours as Madison Sullivan.

In 2007 she was cast in Chris Lilley’s television series Summer Heights High as Kaitlyn for the duration of the first season.

In 2008 Alicia appeared in Rush as Gemma Rose Parker. In 2009 she was Leah in season one of the Australian drama series Tangle. In late 2009 Alicia was cast as one of the main characters Katrina Karamakov in the television series Dance Academy.

 

Joanna Werner is a three time Emmy Nominated, AFI, AACTA and multi Logie award winning producer.

Joanna is the Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator of the acclaimed teen drama series Dance Academy which was the first production for her company Werner Film Productions. Dance Academy first screened in 2010 in Australia and has gone on to be a global success screening in over 160 countries around the world.

In 2015 she was the Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator on the teen series Ready For This, a co-venture between Werner Film Productions and Blackfella Films.

Joanna recently produced Dance Academy – the feature film following on from the Dance Academy series.

 

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February 27, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Virtual Learning Opportunities for Victorian Classrooms

Virtual classroom events provide easy to access activities for the classroom, delivered by professionals from all over Australia. The tools include Zoom, Polycom Unit, ipad or simply an internet connection

Just find a session that is of interest and book in. Your Virtual Learning Coaches can help you along the way.

Upcoming sessions include:

Thursday, 23 February
3:40pm Course A. Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training for Beginners

Friday, 24 February
14:15 
ACMI – The Art of Storyboarding – Brendan Tolley

Tuesday, 28 February
15:40 Course A. Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training for Beginners

Wednesday, 1 March
14:00 Breaking the Cycle South Pole  #1
14:00 Cosmic Engine – CAASTRO in the Classroom

Thursday, 2 March
14:00 Digital Author Talk with Leigh Hobbs (Horrible Harriet) – Sydney Opera House
15:45 What’s on in Barwon
19:00 Google Transforming Learning with G Suite and Chromebooks

Thursday, 9 March
14:30 Zoos Victoria – Fighting Extinction
16:00 Zoos Victoria – Fighting Extinction

Tuesday, 14 March
13:30 Lets Talk Recognition – Geelong Art Gallery
14:00 Gravity and Orbits – CAASTRO in the Classroom

Wednesday, 15 March
15:45 How and why FUSE

Thursday, 23 March
14:30 Sea Life Aquarium – Meet the Locals
17:00 Google A whole school approach to integrating Chromebooks

Monday, 27 March
11:00 Places and Spaces of Sydney Opera House (F-2)
12:15 Places and Spaces of Sydney Opera House (3-6)
14:00 Places and Spaces of Sydney Opera House (3-6)

Tuesday, 28 March
11:30 Waves In The Sky – CAASTRO in the Classroom

Wednesday, 29 March
11:00 Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point : Guwayni Walama
12:15 Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point : Guwayni Walama
14:00 Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point : Guwayni Walama

Thursday, 20 April
15:40 Course B. Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training for Beginners (repeat)

Further information

Further information is available from the Department’s Learning and Teaching Branch, by emailing digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more opportunities, see: Virtual Learning Calendar

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February 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Professional Learning opportunities, 2017

DET Learning and Teaching Branch are pleased to announce opportunities for Victorian government schools to engage in FREE* professional learning events with local and international educators.

Register now! Spaces are limited and priority will be given to educators from Victorian government schools.

SOLO Taxonomy Workshops

A full day face-to-face workshop that aims to provide schools with further tools, ideas and practical strategies to help teachers plan and implement the SOLO taxonomy in their classrooms.

For more information about the course, see: SOLO Taxonomy Workshops

Invent to Learn – Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager

Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, authors of Invent to Learn, Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom will be in Melbourne for a series of hands-on workshops.

Virtual Learning Opportunities (classroom events)

Virtual classroom events provide short easy to access activities for the classroom delivered by professionals from all over Australia.

  • Cosmic Engine – CAASTRO in the Classroom
  • Gravity and Orbits – CAASTRO in the Classroom
  • Digital Author Talk with Leigh Hobbs, Sydney Opera House
  • Let’s Talk Recognition – Geelong Art Gallery
  • Places and Spaces of the Sydney Opera House
  • Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point: Guwayni Walama
  • Sydney Story Telling Workshop: Horrible Harriet
  • Staging Stories – Digital Workshop
  • VET Course – Entertainment Industry Training

For more information or to access any of these events, see: Virtual Learning Opportunities classroom event calendar

 

Term One 2017 – ICT Planning Workshops**

These full-day workshops walk school leaders through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan. The ICT Planning tool can be accessed via https://www.edustar.vic.edu.au/SIPS (Department credentials required to login).

sipsTOOLCroydon: 3rd March 2017
Venue: Melba College-Junior Campus https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-3rd-ict-planning-workshop-croydon-tickets-31901378883

Moe: 10th March 2017
Venue: Moe Regional Office https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-10th-ict-planning-workshop-moe-regional-office-tickets-31901095034

Ballarat: 14th March 2017
Venue: Ballarat Regional Office https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-14th-ict-planning-workshop-ballarat-tickets-31901229436

Shepparton: 16th March 2017
Venue: McGuire College https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-16th-ict-planning-workshop-shepparton-tickets-31901958617

Warrnambool: 17th March 2017
Venue: Trade Training Centre (Brauer College) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-17th-ict-planning-workshop-warrnambool-tickets-31905114055

Bendigo: 21st March 2017
Venue: Bendigo Regional Office https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-21st-2017-ict-planning-workshop-bendigo-tickets-31901586504

Corio: 24th March 2017
Venue: Trade Training Centre (Northern Bay College Goldsworthy Road Campus) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-24th-ict-planning-workshop-corio-tickets-31901825218

Frankston: 27th March 2017
Venue: Neville Rohan Centre, Mt Erin Secondary College https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-27th-ict-planning-workshop-neville-rohan-centre-mt-erin-secondary-college-frankston-tickets-31900637666

Flemington: 31st March 2017
Venue: Debney Meadows Primary School https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-31st-ict-planning-workshop-flemington-tickets-31903189298

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for school teams of Principals, Learning Technologies Coordinators and Specialist technicians from government schools only. It is recommended that 2-3 staff attend from each school, and that one attendee is the Specialist Technician*.

Benefits of attending an ICT Planning Workshop?

View this short video where school leaders who attended ICT Planning Workshops last year talk about the benefits of the workshop and the online ICT Planning Tool: http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?XH7FW9

*Please note that the Specialist Technician may need a visitation schedule alteration and will require to log the hours against your school’s allocation. If there are any queries or concerns regarding this please contact your Service Delivery Manager.

** This PL opportunity is open to government schools only and requires login to edustar.


Further information

Further information is available from the Learning and Teaching Branch, Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division, by emailing digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more opportunities, see: Digital learning calendar

*Participants will be charged for catering for SOLO taxonomy workshops

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February 16, 2017
by rcrellin
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Discover Office 365 in the Classroom

Discover Office 365 in the Classroom

  • Learn about Office 365 for schools and uncover how it works on any device
  • Explore the possibilities for teacher and student collaboration & productivity
  • Explore the power of OneNote for learning Discover how to get started at you school

Through this hands on workshop, attendees will be immersed in the DET Office 365 platform and accessing their OneDrive to experience real time collaboration with Word, PowerPoint & Excel. A focus on the ultimate collaborative digital notebook, OneNote, for students and how to create Class Notebooks. You will explore the new Learning Tools feature in Office designed to support learning with reading and comprehension, discover formative assessment tools such as quizzes and surveys with Microsoft Forms and how to easily get started with Flipping & Blending your classroom with Sway and Office Mix.

What to bring: A fully charged laptop, TO Number & EduMail Password.

All sessions run from 9:30 – 3:30

6 March – Microsoft Office, South Bank 

14 March – Silverton Primary School 

23 March – Mansfield Secondary College

28 April – Frankston High School

15 May – Microsoft Office, South Bank

22 May – Geelong (venue TBC)

 

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February 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Women in STEM

STEM Capabilities for the 21st Century

Quantum Victoria is hosting a series of six FREE ‘Women in STEM’ state wide events. These events are open to ALL Year 9 – 12 students and their teachers. Each event will feature a prominent female leader delivering the keynote across one of the five themes:

  • Coding and Arduinos
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Advanced Materials
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • Cyber Security

Keynote Speakers include: Dr Leonine Walsh, former Lead Scientist of Victoria, Professor Bronwyn Fox, Director, Factory of the Future, Swinburne University of Technology and Rosie Hiscock, Director of the Science Gallery Melbourne, University of Melbourne.

The dates for each event are:

  • Monday 27th March
  • Monday 29th May
  • Tuesday 30th May
  • Monday 5th June
  • Monday 14th August
  • Tuesday 15th August

Places are strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment. For bookings contact Anna at: admin@quantumvictoria.vic.edu.au

Click here for the program outline or see below.

 

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February 10, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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ICT Planning Workshops – Term One 2017

These full-day workshops walk school leaders through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan that:sipsTOOL

  • addresses the learning and teaching goals of the school
  • develops a sustainable ICT plan that meets the needs of the school community
  • ensures a coherent team approach to ICT planning involving school leaders, ICT  co-ordinators, curriculum co-ordinators and technical support staff.

The ICT Planning tool can be accessed via https://www.edustar.vic.edu.au/SIPS (Department credentials required to login).

Term One 2017 – ICT Planning Workshops

Flemington: 24th February 2017
Venue: Debney Meadows Primary School https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/february-24th-ict-planning-workshop-flemington-tickets-31900639672

Croydon: 3rd March 2017
Venue: Melba College-Junior Campus https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-3rd-ict-planning-workshop-croydon-tickets-31901378883

Moe: 10th March 2017
Venue: Moe Regional Office https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-10th-ict-planning-workshop-moe-regional-office-tickets-31901095034

Ballarat: 14th March 2017
Venue: Ballarat Regional Office https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-14th-ict-planning-workshop-ballarat-tickets-31901229436

Shepparton: 16th March 2017
Venue: McGuire College https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-16th-ict-planning-workshop-shepparton-tickets-31901958617

Warrnambool: 17th March 2017
Venue: Trade Training Centre (Brauer College) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-17th-ict-planning-workshop-warrnambool-tickets-31905114055

Bendigo: 21st March 2017
Venue: Bendigo Regional Office https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-21st-2017-ict-planning-workshop-bendigo-tickets-31901586504

Corio: 24th March 2017
Venue: Trade Training Centre (Northern Bay College Goldsworthy Road Campus) https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-24th-ict-planning-workshop-corio-tickets-31901825218

Frankston: 27th March 2017
Venue: Neville Rohan Centre, Mt Erin Secondary College https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-27th-ict-planning-workshop-neville-rohan-centre-mt-erin-secondary-college-frankston-tickets-31900637666

Flemington: 31st March 2017
Venue: Debney Meadows Primary School https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/march-31st-ict-planning-workshop-flemington-tickets-31903189298

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for school teams of Principals, Learning Technologies Coordinators and Specialist technicians. It is recommended that 2-3 staff attend from each school, and that one attendee is the Specialist Technician*.

Benefits of attending an ICT Planning Workshop?

View this short video where school leaders who attended ICT Planning Workshops last year talk about the benefits of the workshop and the online ICT Planning Tool: http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?XH7FW9

*Please note that the Specialist Technician may need a visitation schedule alteration and will require to log the hours against your school’s allocation. If there are any queries or concerns regarding this please contact your Service Delivery Manager.

 

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February 3, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy

This article was originally published in Quartz on 06/01/2017

In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country’s communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0%, according to “Growing Up Digital”, a report released Jan. 5 (pdf) by the UK Children’s Commissioner.

“Are you sure this is necessary? There are like, 100 pages,” said one 13-year-old who was asked to read Instagram’s terms of service. (Actually 17 pages, with 5,000 words, but still plenty.)

For the report, Jenny Afia, a privacy law expert at Schillings, a UK-based law firm, rewrote Instagram’s terms of service in child-friendly language.

To access the full article, visit https://qz.com/878790/a-lawyer-rewrote-instagrams-terms-of-service-for-kids-now-you-can-understand-all-of-the-private-data-you-and-your-teen-are-giving-up-to-social-media/

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