June 5, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Accessible & Inclusive Curriculum Design

Microsoft are offering this FREE professional learning day that focuses on transforming students’ educational experience and personalising their learning.

Register at: https://aka.ms/inclusive-classrooms

Date: Monday 19 June 2017

Time: 9:00am 3:30pm

Location: Microsoft Melbourne Offices Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

Cost: Free

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact a-trwall@microsoft.com

You will explore ways to improve focus using Windows 10 and Office 2016. You will see how the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote and Word Online can improve reading comprehension. You will learn how students can demonstrate their understanding using inputs other than keyboarding and text and equip them with productivity and collaborative tools, and skills they will use throughout their lives.

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June 1, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Research launch pad for teachers


The State Library of Victoria’s Research Launch Pad for teachers is a free online, self-paced module which takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. It is designed to assist teachers in structuring research tasks in the classroom.

The module guides teachers through the research process offering strategies to explicitly teach students how to define their task, locate information, select resources, organise their notes, present ideas and evaluate their work.

Teachers will find a wealth of classroom resources which can be revisited even after the module has been completed.

The State Library of Victoria’s education team have included lots of short videos to demonstrate how to approach different tasks. Although this PD was designed to complement the Research Launch Pad program for year 7 students, any teacher or teacher Librarian is eligible to apply for free registration.

Both the student program and Teacher Professional learning module have been made possible through a generous philanthropic donation.

Being able to track who completes the teacher modules enables the State Library team to understand the reach of this resource and through completion of a short survey, understand potential  impact on student learning. To request a unique log in password please register at https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/live-learn/courses-librarians-teachers/research-launch-pad-teachers

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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 – http://bit.ly/ben-melb17 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: http://bit.ly/adobeEDU-events

If you haven’t already, please join the Australasian Adobe Professional Learning Group on EdEx to stay 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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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
Contact: info@all-learning.org.au

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: education@actf.com.au

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: Lily.Pavlovic@actf.com.au

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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 https://csermildurajun72017.eventbrite.com.au

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 https://cserscienceworksjune13.eventbrite.com.au

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 https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-2521550


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