July 25, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Secondary School Software Suite

The Department is currently updating its eduSTAR Secondary School Software Suite to provide Victorian government secondary schools with comprehensive, up-to-date digital tools and software to support the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum and achievement of Education State targets.

From the start of Term 3, 2017 Victorian government secondary school teachers and students in Years 7 to 12 will have access to the following software.

Adobe Creative Cloud Apps and Design and Web K-12 Collection

Secondary Schools who have opted-in to access the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps and Design and Web K-12 Collection can now deploy this software to their school and student-owned devices. If your school did not opt in – it’s not too late, please contact Brooke McNamara: mcnamara.brooke.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

The Department has licensed this software for secondary schools from the start of Term 3, 2017 until the end of March 2019. (Use of the software after this time will require a new Agreement.)


This software can be used to support the implementation of the Victorian Curriculum, VET and VCE. It can be used across a range of Learning Areas for the creation of documents, animations, audio, videos and websites. In addition, this software has specific relevance to learning and teaching of The Arts, Technologies and Critical and Creative Thinking. 


Instructions have been provided to all school’s Specialist Technicians on how to deploy this software to school-owned and student BYO devices through the eduSTAR Software Catalogue: www.edustar.vic.edu.au/software

New versions of the eduSTAR Secondary School Software image (v7.1) will be issued over Term 3 and will contain Acrobat Pro and Photoshop by default.

Due to the size of the software, the other titles have been split into packages for download.

The full list of the software packages are provided on the following pages.


Adobe for Education DigiPub provides an overview of each software title, ideas on how it can be used in learning and teaching and links to resources including user guides and tutorials. Go to: http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/program/adobe-in-education/home

Adobe Education Exchange provides free online professional learning courses, teaching materials and access to Adobe’s online community of creative educators. Go to: https://edex.adobe.com/

Professional learning sessions will be held in each region during Term 3. To register your interest in attending these sessions email: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Contact Digital Learning at: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au



System requirements: Win 7, 8 or 10 and Mac OSX 10.10 or later.


System requirements: Win 7, 8 or 10 and Mac OSX 10.10 or later


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July 24, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Steve Morrill – Cyber Teacher Australia Tour

LifeJourney, the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) and Day of STEM partners are delighted to announce Steve Morrill, a leading US educator in Cyber Science, is coming to Australia for the first time to facilitate a series of professional learning opportunities for Australian teachers.

Steve is in Victoria at the following FREE events.  Register now

July 26: Online Webinar
Steve Morrill, Cyber Science and Technology educator
Why Cyber is STEM Digital Technologies Hub
4:30pm to 5:30pm
To register:https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/500500275962816770

July 27: Quantum Victoria and La Trobe University
Steve Morrill Cyber Science and Technology educator Masterclass
Why Cyber is STEM
1:30pm to 4:30pm
To register: admin@quantumvictoria.vic.edu.au

July 28: Principals Breakfast at La Trobe University CBD
Free Presentation and Breakfast
Level 3, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
7:30am to 9:30am
To register: F.Kelleher@latrobe.edu.au

August 3 : Deakin University Downtown
2 Collins Square, 727 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Steve Morrill Cyber Science and Technology educator Masterclass Cyber Science is Cool
To register: http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/events/cyber-master-class

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July 24, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Microsoft FREE Professional Learning

Get more out of your Microsoft tools with this free Professional Learning:

  • Build a collaborative classroom with Office 365
  • Discover OneNote in the classroom
  • Internationalising the curriculum with Skype
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity in the classroom

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/microsoft-and-det-digital-learning-14372009735

9:00am Wed 2nd Aug: Discover OneNote in the Classroom

9:00am Fri 4th Aug: Build a Collaborative Classroom Using Office 365

9:00am Fri 25th Aug: Discover Office 265 – Mirboo North

9:00am Tues 29th Aug: Building a Collaborative Classroom Using Office 365

9:00am Wed 6th Sept: Discover OneNote in the Classroom

9:00am Tues 26th Sept: Building a Collaborative Classroom Using Office 365 (school holidays)

9:00am Wed 27th Sept: Internationalising  the Curriculum with Skype in the classroom (school holidays)

9:00am Wed 4th Oct: Discover OneNote in the Classroom (school holidays)

9:00am Fri 6th Oct: Accessibility and Inclusivity in the Classroom using Microsoft Tools (school holidays)

For more dates visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/microsoft-and-det-digital-learning-14372009735

Virtual Events

Troy will run two sessions are part of our snapshots series.

  • 3 August – Digital Storytelling on any device with Sway: Sway makes it quick and easy for teachers and students to create and share their unique digital stories. The brilliance of Sway is in its simplicity and ease of use. Add your content, and Sway will bring it to life with interactive content. By the end of this session you will be able to create your own Sway presentations and teach your students to do the same.
  • 31 August – Internationalising the curriculum with Skype in the classroom: Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. This session shows you exciting ways to bring the world into your classroom: Virtual Field Trips, Skype Lessons, Skype Collaboration, Mystery Skype and Guest Speakers.
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July 21, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Creative Learning Partnerships 2018


INFORMATION SESSIONS: Free Information Sessions For Creative Professionals And Teachers

Creative Learning Partnerships provides the opportunity for Victorian primary and secondary schools to partner with a creative professional or arts and cultural organisation. It involves school communities in creative partnership projects while providing students, teachers and creative professionals with diverse and challenging learning experiences.  The program generates innovative ways to engage students across the curriculum from Foundation to Year 10.

See flyer for dates and locations.



New Program to bring Creativity to the classrom and beyond

The Andrews Labor Government is giving classrooms across Victoria access to the state’s leading creative practitioners, injecting creativity right across the curriculum.
Creative Learning Partnerships is a new program that will provide more opportunities for Victorian schools to tap into the strength of the state’s creative industries.

The program is an expansion of the Artists in Schools program, which saw Victorian artists work with students on projects ranging from theatre and dance performances to public sculpture projects.

Download the Media Release, below.

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July 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown


Snapshots are short online sessions covering a range of topics to help you use ICT across the curriculum.
Join us every second Thursday in Terms 3 & 4 at 3:45 – 4:15pm.
Facilitated by the DET Virtual Learning Team.

  • 20 JulyShare and embed videos with FUSE and Global2
  • 3 AugustDigital Storytelling on any device with Sway
  • 17 AugustGlobal2, setting up and using student blogs
  • 31 AugustInternationalising the curriculum with Skype in the classroom
  • 14 SeptemberGoogle Apps for Education

More information: http://diglearning.global2.vic.edu.au/draft-professional-learning/snapshots/


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July 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Register NOW for DigiCon

27 & 28 July 2017

Melbourne – Australian Catholic University

Register now for DigiCon, the annual Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria’s (DLTV) professional conference that celebrates and highlights the coming together of enthusiastic, passionate and inspiring educators to build a community of digital learning and teaching where delegates learn from each other.

Designed by teachers for teachers the two day conference has speakers sharing about STEM, Digital Technologies Curriculum, emerging technologies and plenty more.

Register Now      View the Full Schedule here.

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July 17, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Technology & Gadget Expo: STEM Education Precinct

When: 19-20 August 2017
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Register Now! http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/promo/7gjvxs

This action packed 2 day program will provide authentic learning opportunities, interactive workshops and exciting exhibits for children and parents to engage with inspiring industry professionals and education leaders.

Experts will be providing demonstrations with giveaways, interviewing champions of sport, industry, and entertainment and running hands on STEM based activities to build STEM curiosity, problem solving skills and resilience.
The STEM Education Precinct will provide the opportunity for parents and students to purchase the latest products, tools and resources in the marketplace.

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June 30, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Digital Literacy School Grants

Round 2 of the Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG) initiative is now open. Digital Literacy School Grants is an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.Logo

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Grants of amounts greater than $50,000 may also be made where a project has demonstrated capacity to reach regional, national or sectoral scalabilities such as projects involving clusters of schools and/or peak bodies/professional associations.
Grant proposals must:

  • Focus on school−based activities or programs that support school leaders and teachers to understand and implement the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies on a whole of school basis, and/or
  • Engage students with the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.

Further information about the grants and the round 2 application process, as well as the successful projects funded in round 1, is available at the Department’s website<http://www.education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg>. The second funding round closes at 12 noon (Canberra time) on Friday 11 August 2017.

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June 23, 2017
by rcrellin

Professional Learning with Conrad Wolfram

What skills do young people need in the era of computers and automation?

Conrad Wolfram physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of the Wolfram Group of companies. The Conrad WolframWolfram Group is driving innovation across data science, modelling and maths through technology and solutions. This includes the highly regarded Wolfram Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha Pro,  SystemModeler and Wolfram Programming Lab – available to all Victorian Secondary Schools.

Conrad is also widely known for his thought leadership in reforming education using modern technology. He founded computerbasedmath.org to fundamentally rethink and rebuild the mainstream maths education curriculum, introduce computational thinking and combine with coding how computers can be assumed. The resulting major change is now a worldwide force in re-engineering STEM.

Conrad Wolfram is visiting as a guest of the Department of Education and Training through Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.

Conrad Wolfram Virtual Classroom Session
This is a unique opportunity for your teachers and students to hear directly from Conrad online.
9:00am – 10:00am Friday 21 July
Link:  https://connect.vic.edu.au/wolfram/ to connect on the day, or register your interest to receive a reminder email.

Horizon: Maths Matters – Advancing Maths Education for the Future
Join Conrad Wolfram for a panel discussion on how we can ensure mathematics education is relevant and meaningful. Polycom option available.
Horizon_ConradWolfram – more information
Wednesday 19 July, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Disrupting Maths in our Schools
Conrad will challenge thinking about how we deliver mathematics in Victoria’s schools with the aim of disrupting preconceived notions of maths content and delivery.
19 July – Secondary
20 July – Primary


More Wolfram Mathematica Professional Learning

Wolfram Mathematica for statistics and data analysis

Learn how Wolfram Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha Pro can support the teaching of statistics and data analysis in this one day session with Craig Bauling from Wolfram Research. This workshop is suitable for Victorian Secondary Teachers who have a basic understanding of Mathematica.

When: Monday 24 July, 9:30 – 3:30
Location: John Monash Science School
Register Now

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