June 11, 2019
by creidy

Screen It

Now in its 16th year, ACMI’s Screen It is the largest national moving image competition for students from Foundation to Year 12. Free to enter, Screen It draws together filmmaking, animation and game making, and taps ACMI’s creative industry connections.

Entries open Monday 24 June 2019 (and won’t close until Wednesday 25 September 2019).

New in 2019 – Best Inclusive Team Entry Award

As part of a focus on finding inclusive ways to support and harness the talents of all students, Screen It has introduced a new category in 2019: Best Inclusive Team Entry. The Education team will be hosting a live videoconference on Friday 31 May at 1.45pm to introduce the award and to provide practical advice on how to support learners with cognitive, sensory, physical and social emotional differences to participate in Screen It.

Get involved

Sign up for key Screen It updates and announcements here

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May 23, 2019
by creidy

Young Women Creating Impact

Are you interested in careers using digital technologies and screens? Building enterprise and leadership skills? Join this free ACMI videoconference for secondary school students and their teachers at 11.00am on Monday 27 May 2019.

Find out how you can make a difference, create opportunities and have impact in a world dominated by digital technologies and screens. Hear from Gemma Pepper, a young woman building the enterprise and leadership skills needed to confidently make choices and decisions about the future, along with women leaders who support the social entrepreneurship and learning of young people. Facilitated by ACMI, this interactive videoconference will inspire and encourage young school-age women to see the value of engaging in the Tech School Student Start up Accelerator Program. Join the panel for 30 – 40 minutes of discussion including plenty of time for students to ask questions and share their own ideas.

Gemma Pepper is co-founder of Audioplay and an alumni of ACMI Xcel, ACMI’s business accelerator designed for scaling creative tech start-ups. Since completing the accelerator in 2018, Gemma’s start-up Audioplay has won the PAUSE Festival Creative Business Cup, taken part in the United States’ famous SXSW festival and helped discuss the importance of play at the invite-only LEGO Idea Conference in Copenhagen. Gemma works across diverse creative projects; including theatre, festivals, new media, policy/program development and community cultural development. Gemma is an experienced producer and creative producer having previously worked as Producer for Stalker, Marrugeku,  Big Dance (Australia) 2014 for Sydney Dance Company and Creative Producer of the Enlighten festival in Canberra 2011-2014. Most recently Gemma has been Executive Producer for Erth (Sydney, 2014-16) and continues to produce the works of Side Pony Productions (Perth).

To register for the videoconference, send an email booking request to education@acmi.net.au  ACMI will provide a confirmation email that will include details about who to contact if you have questions.

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May 10, 2019
by creidy

Virtual excursions direct to your classroom

Ecolinc is now offering exciting video conferenced events for schools. Browse STEM Linc to discover adventures, including:
Wednesday 15 May  Great Barrier Reef Live Dive
Tuesday 18 June Under the Sea with Questacon
Thursday 25 July Under the Sea with Questacon

Full details, including links to DET tutorials on using your school’s new Cisco virtual conferencing equipment, are available here

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May 7, 2019
by creidy

Join the Digital Schools Network

Cisco is seeking 15 schools to form part of its Digital Schools Network. These schools will form part of an international group of schools connected through Webex technology.

The network – which includes members from India, Singapre and Japan – will provide student cultural experiences. Member schools will also be able to access free virtual classes run by universities, where students can learn about cyber security, entrepreneurial skills and STEM.

Teachers from member schools will be provided with professional learning and access to a bank of virtual excursions aligned to the DET curriculum. Teachers can also participate in professional Digital Badging program, with credentials provided by the Centre for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

Cisco will run Education Through Leadership programs thoughout the year for network members.

A mixture of regional and metro schools will be selected. The 15 selected schools will be will be provided with additional Webex training to help them navigate the team space.

Expressions of Interest close Friday 17 May 2019.

Contact edustar.projects@edumail.vic.gov.au for more information.


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May 3, 2019
by creidy

Don’t miss Lynda.com professional learning

On Wednesday 8 May and Tuesday 28 May, Lynda.com will hold professional development sessions in Critical and Creative Thinking and the Digital Technologies Curriculum, designed to help educators harness the program’s newest features.

Lynda.com, from Linkedin, is an internationally reputed online learning resource, featuring video courses taught by experts across software, design and business skills – and it’s available to teachers and secondary students free through the Department.

The program’s newest features include curriculum-aligned playlists and individual school administration rights, which boost Lynda.com’s effectiveness as both a teacher professional development and a student learning tool.

Professional development

Wednesday 8 May
Use Lynda.com to support Critical and Creative Thinking

Tuesday 28  May
Use Lynda.com to support teaching the Digital Technologies Curriculum

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April 30, 2019
by creidy

This Thursday: free digital literacy event

Teachers interested in enhancing digital literacy in the classroom can book now to attend Adobe’s Inject Creativity into the Curriculum Roadshow event this Thursday 2 May 2019, hosted by Camberwell Girls Grammar.

Similar events will be held on Thursday 13 June 2019 in Geelong, and Thursday 15 August 2019 in Research.

These workshops will demonstrate practical ways to inject creativity in many areas of the Foundation to Year 12 curriculum and area ideal for teachers of English, humanities subjects, IT, media and digital art, among others.

Register now

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March 14, 2019
by creidy

VCE Collaboration Fund

​Funding is available for schools across Victoria to form partnerships that broaden their current VCE subject offerings for rural and regional students.

Round one applications are now open and close on Friday 29 March 2019. Successful school partnerships will be notified in April 2019.

An additional round is scheduled to open later in 2019, with further rounds scheduled in 2020 and 2021 (dates to be confirmed).

Who can apply?

Funding is available to support partnerships between schools from all sectors where at least one school is a government school in a regional or rural area.

New and existing inter-school partnerships are eligible to submit an expression of interest (EOI) provided they demonstrate a capacity to expand VCE subject choice and improve quality beyond the current arrangements.

Funding will be provided to each VCE partnership for up to one year, noting that partnerships are expected to be sustainable beyond the funding period.

Applications from schools involved in more than one partnership will be considered on merit.

 Find out more


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February 28, 2019
by creidy

First Day Teaching Toolkit and Q&A Webinar

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s (ACTF) First Day Teaching Toolkit explores themes relevant to the Year 6/7 transition, including values, identity, resilience, friendships, and inclusivity.

First Day (2017) follows main character Hannah as she finishes primary school and begins her secondary schooling. Hannah experiences all the excitement and fear associated with this transition, but her first day of high school is even more significant: it’s the first day she will wear a girl’s uniform to school and go by her chosen name, rather than the boy’s name she was given at birth.

The film is part of the ACTF’s International Day or the Girl Collection of short-films released earlier this year.

First Day Q&A Webinar

Upper primary and secondary students (years 5-9) are invited to participate in a live First Day Q&A Webinar with First Day director Julie Kalceff and movie lead Evie MacDonald, who plays Hannah.

The webinar will be held on Thursday 28 March from 12.00pm – 12.45pm.

There is no cost to participate, but places will be limited. Register now.

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February 8, 2019
by creidy

Curious about workshopping with The Conversation?

Why do spiders have hairy legs? Do sharks sneeze? Is there anything hotter than the sun? The team behind The Conversation’s Curious Kids has the answers to these and many more weird and wonderful questions.

The Conversation is an Australian news and perspectives website. Via its hugely popular Curious Kids section, The Conversation encourages inquisitive children to ask the questions they’ve always wondered about. From biology research fellows to associate professors, experts then provide insightful answers in simple and engaging language.

Workshop your curiosity

Victorian Government Grade 5 teachers are encouraged to submit their  class’ best science-related question to digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au by 15 February for the chance to participate in a live Curious Kids workshop at your school.

Selected classes will be visited by Curious Kids Editor Sunanda Creagh and an academic expert, on Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 March.

The expert will share their insights with students, explaining how they found the answer to the questions they received. Sunanda will share with students an entertaining conversation about journalism and following your curiosity.

Not a Grade 5 teacher but still curious?

All students encouraged to submit their questions to the Curious Kids team, and an expert in the field might publish an answer. Questions can be emailed to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au

You can even submit your own class question. No question is too serious or too silly for Curious Kids.

While not all questions can be answered, you can keep an eye on whether yours has by subscribing to The Conversation’s daily news

The Conversation as a teaching resource

As a teaching resource, Curious Kids is an entertaining, evidence-based tool that helps engage students and encourage a love of learning.

Explore many more weird and wonderful questions, including why we dream and why English has so many spelling rules via FUSE Curious Kids

More broadly, The Conversation features articles written by academics with deep subject expertise that are evidence-based and/or informed by genuine insight.

As a strategic partner of The Conversation, the Victorian Department of Education provides Victorian Curriculum-mapped access to the site’s content. Teachers can even pitch their own story ideas at The Conversation for teachers

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February 5, 2019
by creidy

Safer Internet Day kicks off at Clifton Hill Primary School

Clifton Hill Primary School today hosted the Australian launch of Safer Internet Day 2019, with students pledging their commitment to the 4Rs – respect, resilience, responsibility and reasoning – by placing a symbolic handprint on a mural reflecting these values.

Principal of Clifton Hill Primary School, Megan Smith, said the school is proud of the way students and teachers model the 4Rs every day in school life.

“Today, Safer Internet Day, is a reminder to us that we should be modelling these values online, not just in the real world,” she explained.

The school’s Year 6 students also heard from Julie Inman-Grant, Australian eSafety Commissioner, and the world’s first e-safety commissioner. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is responsible for Safer Internet Day in Australia.

“The 4Rs for the digital age are increasingly important as technology becomes ingrained in your everyday lives,” Julie told the students.

“We want the Internet to be a safer, kinder place. As grade 6s you have a responsibility to model these behaviours and help teach younger kids how to use the Internet safely.”

A young polar explorer’s experiences online

Jade Hameister, polar explorer, Year 11 Melbourne student and Safer Internet Day Ambassador, spoke of her personal experiences online.

At just 17, and with the North Pole, Greenland Crossing and South Pole solo expeditions under her belt, Jade has a large online profile.

“I’ve received some nasty comments on social media,” she said. “This got worse as my online profile grew.”

These comments included a sexist campaign by online bullies repeatedly telling her to ‘make me a sandwich’ in attempt to belittle her achievements.

This disrespect, Jade said, only built her resilience and her sense of responsibility to help improve the online confidence of other young people.

“I want to see the Internet and social media used as a way to make a better world,” she explained. “I want to see a shift in focus to what we can do rather than what we look like.”

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is running Safer Internet Day events and activities over the next few days. Resources to help schools embrace safety online are also available. Visit Safer Internet Day

Your Digital Power in the DET virtual classroom

The Department today hosted a Safer Internet Day Your Digital Power virtual classroom session focused on creating positive online communities. More than 2,500 students from primary schools across the state participated.

A second virtual classroom will be held on Thursday 7 February.

Register your year 4 to 6 classes at Your Digital Power

Bouncing Back from Online Bullying in the DET virtual classroom

On March 20 and 21 the Department, in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, will host a presentation for years 4 to 6 focused on strategies for building digital resilience.

Register at Bouncing Back from Online Bullying

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