October 19, 2017
by rcrellin
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DigiTech and STEM sessions

The VCAA are offering heaps of DigiTech and STEM sessions for free! If you cant get to a face-to-face one, tune into the online ones which run for a hour, generally after school.

Topics include:

  • Digital Systems Curriculum Unplugged (F-6)
  • Visual Programming Languages in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-6)
  • Digital devices in the Digital Technologies Curriculum (plugged) (F-6)
  • Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
  • Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
  • Teaching to the Data and Information strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Creating Digital Solutions strand (F-10)
  • Teaching to the Digital Systems strand (F-10)
  • Digital Technologies: Evaluation of 2017 and planning for 2018 (F-10)
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Simple circuits in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Drones in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • What do marble runs and mini golf have to do with STEM in the primary years?
  • STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Level 7 – 10)

Find out more and register at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

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June 5, 2017
by rcrellin
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Wycheproof P-12, North to Alaska

Wycheproof P-12 utilises virtual learning tools everyday to enhance and provide for the needs of their students.  Yr 3 & 4 classroom teacher, Miss Amy Cozens has been connecting her students most weeks via the DET Polycom Network to the 4th grade class, at Airport Heights Elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska.

Students have been integrating this program into their English and Integrated Studies classes using oral communication to share happenings in their local area and talk about what it is like to live and go to school in Australia and Alaska. Students have been sharing their favourite sports and activities and have been very interested in the different animals that we have in Australia compared to Alaska. Often the students in Anchorage have to stay inside during recess and lunchtimes as there are Moose in the playground, whereas in Wycheproof we have Kangaroos, Emus and Snakes often in our playground.

After the students in Alaska get back from their summer break, we hope to establish a ‘pen pal’ type program between the students as well. Whether we use more modern technology (e-mails) or more a traditional style is still yet to be determined!

For more opportunities to connect virtually or to request support to connect, contact the Virtual Learning Team, visit http://lv2vl.global2.vic.edu.au/  .

All schools can connect regardless of whether you have a Polycom unit or not, all you need to do is ask for help. Enrich your classroom with Virtual Connections.

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May 25, 2017
by rcrellin
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Richmond Football Club – Dreamtime at the G, virtually

AFL are supporting the Tigers to provide a series of virtual sessions to schools in their ‘Catchment Area’. Recently, 21 schools, 700 students engaged with Alex Rance and Steve Morris prior the Dreamtime at the G game.  Students discussed the importance and relevance of the dreamtime round, reconciliation and equality with Steve and Alex. Students got a glimpse of the “Dreamtime Jumper”.

Thara Brown, Korin Gamadji Institute educator performed an acknowledgement to Country, followed by students from various schools connected.  Mount Beauty  classroom teacher, Sarah Hinde, inspired by the session, created the following reflection task for her Year 7 Humanities students.

 

Richmond Footbal Club is looking at providing more virtual sessions next term. The AFL is supportive and watching closely, hopeful to expand the offerings around various clubs. Special thanks to Richmond West Primary School for the use of their Polycom facilities.

Don’t miss out on virtual learning opportunities.  It is not just for rural schools.

  • Have you been to the Aquarium?
  • Have you visited the Sydney Opera House ?

Visit http://lv2vl.global2.vic.edu.au/ to see more opportunities or contact a Virtual Learning Coach for hands on support.

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May 5, 2017
by rcrellin
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Virtual learning opportunities driving literacy

The Leigh Hobbs “Author Talk” on was shown today on ABCme  – it was very exciting as included as part of the program was footage from a Polycom session with the Sydney Opera House and the following Victorian Schools:

  • Bridgewater-on-Loddon PS
  • Tempy PS
  • Dederang PS
  • Mooroopna PS

The program is available on ABC iview now, but will only remain on iview until 4th June 2017 http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/author-talk-leigh-hobbs/ZW1071A001S00

How can you get involved?

YABBA  is a fantastic virtual program, free for all Victorian Government Primary Schools, so if you haven’t signed up for this project as yet, why not?

You can join in with online sessions with Authors, vote on most popular books. You DO NOT need a Polycom unit to participate and technical support available upon registration.

Our next author session is on 16 May with Sally Rippon. Leigh Hobbs with be talking with students again on 8 August.

Find out more:

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August 31, 2015
by marcellinus
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Classroom of the Future Webinar dates and topics Term 4, 2015

Social media for learning – the Yammer experience

7th October, 4:00-4:40pm

In today’s hyper connected world students are creating deep networks in social media. The potential power of social media in learning is immense but how can schools harness the benefits of social media while still maintaining a safe online environment? Throughout 2015 Charles La Trobe P-12 College has been trialling the Yammer network to provide a safe social learning space for students and teachers. This webinar look at the use of Yammer in the College and the variety of ways it has been used to improve student learning outcomes.

Suitable for all teachers and school leaders interested in using social media for learning.

 

Respond via Eventbrite

http://tinyurl.com/phqyvhs

 

STEM in schools – setting up a maker space and club

21st October, 4:00-4:40pm

The importance of STEM is a growing trend in education. Where can schools start in integrating STEM practices and learning in their curriculum and spaces? The makerspace and maker club are a great entry point for schools looking to establish student centred making and creating. This webinar will share the experience of Charles La Trobe P-12 College in establishing a maker movement. Spaces, equipment, pedagogy and curriculum will be shared in this webinar.

Suitable for all teachers and leaders interested in helping students make and create.

Respond via Eventbrite

http://tinyurl.com/ndm4mbz

Coding in school – where to start? (Targeted at primary schools)

4th November, 4:00-4:40pm

Coding is an excellent way to both engage students deeply in learning and develop their problem solving skills. But where should teachers and students start? This webinar will share the experiences of year 3-6 teachers at Charles La Trobe P-12 College in implementing coding in their classrooms using visual block based applications (Tynker, Scratch and Hopscotch). The presenters will share pedagogy and lessons learned, and participants will learn that anyone can implement coding in their classroom.

This webinar is particularly suited to Primary School teachers.

Respond via Eventbrite

http://tinyurl.com/oddkdbj

Leading digital change in schools – lessons for digital leaders

18th November, 4:00-4:40pm

Leading change is challenging. Leading change in digital learning is more challenging again. Choosing platforms, devices, professional learning, coaching, frameworks, and engaging reluctant teachers – the list goes on and on. In this webinar the lessons learned from the Classroom of the Future project will be shared and discussed.

Suitable for all school leaders and teachers who want to lead the improvement of digital learning.

Respond via Eventbrite

http://tinyurl.com/ozluaph

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August 27, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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Global Collaboration Day, September 17, 2015

Global Collaboration Day 
Join 1,000’s of educators for the very first ‘Global Collaboration Day’ – September 17, 2015.
Full details on website – Global Collaboration Day  use the hashtag #globaled15 globalday

Global Education Conference
The 2015 Global Education Conference will be held November 16-November 19.
All details on the Global Education Conference website.
Applications now open for presentations.
The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

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August 1, 2015
by marcellinus
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Connecting with Korea: The Australia- Korea Foundation

Australia Korea logo.jpgDFAT Australia Korea Foundation Grant Approved for the Global LYNCs Project

Many students in Victorian schools enjoy the opportunity to connect and learn with our neighbours in Asia.  These connections enrich our understandings of cultures and build partnerships to enhance our region.  Digital technologies have enabled us to build the connections win way we could not have imagined before.

The Global LYNCs Project is an established program and has just become a partner with the Australia-Korea Foundation.  The Foundation will support ongoing enhancements to the project including development of a Korean version of the blog, improvements to the blog (we have just added a visitor counter this week), monthly newsletters to participants, feature articles and a Victorian visitation program from Professor Keong Ku the Korean coordinator for the project. Five additional Victorian schools recently joined the project as part of a pilot with the Daegu District Office of Education, Republic of Korea and the SWVR.    A feature of the pilot is development and trial of curriculum units to compliment Korean/Victorian partnerships.

The Distance Education Centre Victoria DET is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-Korea Foundation and is assisting with the administration of the project.   While predominately dealing with Korean partnerships, Global LYNCs also currently involves some other Asian country partnerships. 

If you are interested in working  with an international school using DET’s outstanding schools telecommunications network please visit the blog at: http://globallyncs.global2.vic.edu.au/   or contact Jo Tate tate.joanne.e@edumail.vic.gov.au for advice and assistance.

 

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July 29, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing opens doors to new learning and teaching opportunities beyond the classroom. Victorian students and teachers have access to a flexible suite of virtual learning tools enabling them to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school.

Students and teachers connecting to learn

Virtual conferencing enables you to:

  • deliver subject-specific curriculum to students anywhere in Victoria and beyond
  • interact and authenticate learning by bringing experts and specialists into your classroom without leaving your school
  • stream cultural, scientific and literary events directly to your classroom
  • create your own networks of learners, anywhere around the worldsmall image of booklet shows several students in yellow shirts
  • build intercultural understanding and a sense of global identity

Getting started

Virtual conferencing can be accessed via the internet and allows for participants in multiple locations to interact using audio, video, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, a shared interactive whiteboard, polling or instant messaging. Victorian schools have access to many virtual conferencing tools including:

 Full Details

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October 29, 2014
by Sandy Phillips
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2 Virtual Conferences for students – Cyberbullying and Security

Virtual Cybersmart Online Presentation – Cyberbullying

Date/time:    Thursday 13 November 2014, 10 am – 10.40 am

Audience:           Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vccyberbullying

Once you register you will be sent the details of the event including the link to enter the virtual room.

AND

Virtual Cybersmart Online Presentation – Cyber Security

Date/time: Thursday 4 December 2014, 10 am – 10.40 am.

Audience:   Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

Register here:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vcsecurity

To access the support of your Virtual Coach go to: http://global2.vic.edu.au/?p=3534

Once you register you will be sent the details of the event including the link to enter the virtual room.

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June 11, 2014
by rcrellin
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Too Many Elephants

This week’s guest blogger: Lisa Wilson Harston Primary School

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On 21May in North-Western Victoria we had over 240 students from 14 small rural schools and heaps of elephants reading together via Polycom as part of National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS).

At Harston Primary School, we were about to have our Polycom unit installed and thought NSS would be a great way to start using the unit.   I sent the invitation out to our local cluster as well as other schools close by.

Schools registered with the NSS website and received a pdf of the book and other support resources.  We set up a google doc for contact details and organised which pages each school would read.  On the day each school read a page to the other schools.NNS Stanhope

Many of the schools extended the learning opportunity by having elephant jokes and trivia, as well as making elephant masks as an Art activity. At Harston, our senior classroom, used Google Maps to locate each of the other schools and to calculate the distance between the schools.

The great thing about the Polycom unit was that students could see and hear classes from all the other schools.  We also received support from Virtual Conference Coaches Jo Tate and Gary Schultz who showed us how to use the units and helped run the session on the day.

Feedback from the schools has been very positive. Many of them had not used the Polycom before. Some have indicated that they now have joined or organised small events for the next couple of weeks.  We all want to know what we can come up with next!!

National Simultaneous StoNullawill 1rytime is an annual campaign where a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

 

 

 

Want to find out more about Virtual Conferencing in your school?

Schools who don’t have a polycom can also still do heaps of online activities via Blackboard Collaborate, Lync and Skype. You can also log into polycom meetings via Lync.   NNS polycom

Virtual Conference Coaches are available to support schools to get started all of these.

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