November 15, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Teachers – Free Microsoft Professional Learning for Term 4

Microsoft is again offering a ran­ge of free professional learning in Victoria for Term 4 that may interest you, including:

  • Build a collaborative classroom with Office 365
  • Discover OneNote in the classroom
  • Microsoft STEM Ed Experience
  • Internationalising the curriculum with Skype in the Classroom
  • Accessibility and Inclusivity in the classroom using Microsoft Tools

Find out more and register here: Victorian Professional Learning Workshops

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November 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Microsoft Edumeet

Date: Monday 27 November, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location:Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, 111 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh, VIC 3204

Prepare for a day of learning, inspiration and play

Microsoft Australia will be holding a brand new series of Educational Meets aka “MSEduMeets” across the country, aiming to accommodate a fantastic day of fun while learning, inspiring and playing with like-minded educators.

First up, join one of the Learn sessions run by teachers, for teachers, that will explore Microsoft technologies such as Minecraft, OneNote, Windows, Office 365, Teams for Education, STEM, and/or Skype in the Classroom. During this session you will explore a range of strategies, ideas and tools.

Then prepare for the Ignite sessions where teachers will showcase (in no more than 7 minutes) the work they are doing in their classrooms and schools with Microsoft technologies. You will then have the opportunity to speak to one of those teachers during round-table Q&As.

Wrap it all up in the Play session where you will have a series of challenges to complete.


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November 13, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Regional STEM Conference 2017

Wodonga Senior Secondary College is pleased to host the 3rd annual conference dedicated to supporting regional educators in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

When: 9.00am to 3.30pm, Wednesday December 13th, 2017

Where: Wodonga Senior Secondary College, 80 Brockley Street, Wodonga

Audience: Teachers of Science, Digital Technologies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology and Systems Engineering

What is on offer? High quality professional development and networking focussed on the individual disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics as well as their incorporation into integrated STEM learning from Foundation through to Year 12.

Who should attend? This conference is targeted at teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in regional Australia. As it is hosted in Wodonga the key audience is those in the North East of Victoria and the Southern Riverina of New South Wales.

Cost:  Early bird registration is $50 per person and is open until November 14th. Registrations after this date will be at the full price of $70 per person. This includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Program:  The program features 60 minute workshops, networking, and plenary sessions, including:

  • Primary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
  • Secondary STEM – why is it important at your school, and how can it be assessed? Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA.
  • Digital Technologies: Unpacking the Curriculum. Owen Brasier, Computing Education Specialist, Australian Computing Academy.
  • Using Games, Simulations and Analogue Models to Demonstrate Nanoscopic and Digital Processes. Dr. Dianne Ruka, Senior Education & Training Coordinator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
  • Interactive Notebooks in Maths and Science. Sarah Laidlaw, Wodonga Middle Years College.
  • Getting STEAMD – Bringing Art and design into STEM! Patricia Broom, Principal, Beechworth Secondary College.
  • Supranature – Where STEM meets Montessori. Laureen Barnard, Beechworth Secondary College.
  • Breakout EDU: Utilise the new Breakout Room craze to gamify your classroom. Valerie Ratcliff, Victory Lutheran College Wodonga
  • The importance of failure and creativity in STEM. Michael Rosenbrock, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Putting the S back into STEM/STEAM. Doug Bail, Ciderhouse.
  • Mathematica: Beyond Computation. Rohan Barry and Ian Berryman, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Block-based programming for classroom robotics: Drones, Spheros, Ozobots. Brendan Freeman, Baranduda Primary School.
  • Bringing STEM to the zombie apocalypse. Stephen Alderton and Kate O’Neil, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.
  • Simple Circuits in the Victorian Curriculum. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.
  • Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P-12 College.
  • STEM Beyond the Acronym. Michelle Heintze, Wodonga Senior Secondary College.

Registration:  Register your attendance via the website as soon as possible to secure your place.

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November 3, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Melbourne City Experience – Professional Learning Day for teachers

Monday 13 November, 8.45am – 3.30pm
Arts Centre, Melbourne
To make a booking visit

The Melbourne City Experience project is a collaboration between 30 plus cultural organisations within the Melbourne CBD to offer education programs to school students. The professional learning day is an opportunity for teachers to participate in one of several trails to help them in their planning of a city experience for their students.

Representatives from each of the 30 participating cultural originations will be available throughout the day to provide advice and information about their programs as well as tips and tricks for planning multi-site excursions. Leaders in location-based learning design will present ideas on how to develop rich, authentic learning experiences unique to Melbourne.

Teachers are asked to bring along a smart device to access information about venues and programs. The ‘Fast Five’ session will provide an opportunity to share information about new technology/apps tjhat could be incorporated into a City Experience program. 

This event is usually of particular interest to Year 9 teachers, however teachers from both the primary and secondary sector are welcome.  

The full day program is this year, being hosted by Arts Centre Melbourne on Monday 13 November 2017 from 8.45am – 3.30pm (registration from 8.30 am).

To make a booking visit

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November 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

The 8th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC) – Online

November 13 – 16, 2017


The Global Education Conference Network’s eigth annual world-wide collaboration on globally-connected education will take place around the clock starting Monday, November 13, and continuing through Thursday, November 16.

Please register HERE

The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend, and all events take place online in webinar format. We invite you to join the 25,600 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in dozens of sessions focused on international education topics. Some important conference updates are below:

  • Still Taking Proposals
  • Keynotes + Sessions
  • Thanks to the GEC Sponsors + Partners

GEC are still taking proposals!

The call for proposals is open until November 5th. We encourage all to submit by following the detailed directions listed here. If accepted, you can present in your time zone at a time that is convenient to you!

Keynotes + Sessions include:

  • David Bornstein (Co-Founder & CEO, Solutions Journalism Network)
  • Fabrice Fresse (Member of EvalUE)
  • Michael Furdyk (Co-founder, TakingITGlobal)
  • Terry Godwaldt (Executive Director, The Centre for Global Education)
  • Jean-Luc Moreau (President, EvalUE association)
  • Dana Mortenson (CEO & Co-founder, World Savvy)
  • Lori Roe (Instructional Technology Specialist, Delaware Department of Education)
  • Ariel Tichnor-Wagner (Senior Fellow of Global Competence, ASCD)
  • Erin Towns (Global Educator, Edward Little High School)
  • Dr. Jennifer Williams (Director of Education Strategy, Participate)

Full details of the session titles and presenters for the general sessions are here.

Please register HERE


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November 2, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Introduction to STEAM-based Computer Game Design

November 13, 10am-3pm

DLTV Office, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick


Join DLTV for a special workshop exploring the elements of game design. Aimed at teachers of Years 4-8, this workshop will highlight how game design can relate to the Digital Technologies curriculum and other curriculum areas.

Come along to the workshop to learn about design thinking, systems thinking, and assessment of game design projects in school. Places are limited so don’t miss out.



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November 1, 2017
by rcrellin

2017 Kids’ Conference

Our guest blogger this week is Stephen Spain from the Australian Catholic University

The 2017 Kids’ Conference brings together primary and secondary students from across the world to share their ideas and creativity using new and emerging digital technologies. ACU will once again host the conference in partnership with the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria and the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria on Tuesday 21 November at ACU’s Melbourne campus. The Conference welcomes new event partners this year: The Royal Society of Victoria (RSV), Cultural Infusion and the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) with sessions spanning History, Geography, English and Science.

‘Kids’ teaching teachers’ has been the vision for the conference to highlight the remarkable creativity in our schools, promote ‘student voice’ in learning and enable teachers to facilitate, observe and hear from students applying digital technologies in new ways. The Kids’ Conference 2017 brings together primary and secondary students as presenters, offering them the opportunity to share their creative and innovative projects, and allowing senior teachers, early career teachers, and pre-service teachers the opportunity for professional development.

Founded in 2012 by Stephen Spain from ACU and Dr. Jo Clyne from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria, the conference has grown significantly over the past few years and will include for the first time this year two new disciplines, Science and English. It has also expanded internationally with the inaugural Kids’ Conference Germany held this year.

The State Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell MP will be this year’s guest speaker, with senior representatives from both state and federal government in attendance. Professor Dr. Klaudia Schultheis and Dr. Petra Hiebl from Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Germany will also be attending to present virtual presentations by German primary school students in the history and science sessions.

The Kids’ Conference has been kindly supported by the Australian Catholic University and the Australian Government, Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

For more information on the conference please visit:,_institutes_and_centres/education_and_arts/kids_conference

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October 31, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Come to one of the webinars to find out how to better manage your learning and professional development using the resources and features.

Session information
Wednesday 15th November at 3.45pm to 4.30pm, Adobe Connect Webinar:
To register:

Monday 4th December at 3.45pm to 4.30pm, Adobe Connect Webinar:
To register:

All Victorian government secondary students, all Department teachers and corporate staff have access to this online learning platform that provides anytime, anywhere access to a library of over 209,200 unique videos to develop skills to use software including Office, Adobe, Google, Sibelius, SketchUp, Java, Python, Evernote, WordPress and many more. also provides 5,700 professional learning courses and twelve Learning Paths to support students and teachers to develop their knowledge and skills.

Webinar sessions will cover:

  • 3 tips for success
  • Tips on how to use effectively
  • Keep up to date with technology
  • Build career-boosting business know-how
  • Get immediate, just-in-time answers to questions
  • Mobile access!

The webinars will be hosted on Adobe Connect by Jan Bayliss, who is part of the LinkedIn Customer Success Team. She has supported many Schools, Universities, Corporates, and Government Agencies in their learning growth.

For further information please contact Brooke McNamara:


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October 30, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Stile – Science Education Software for Years 7 and 8

Webinar Session information:

Stile is being provided to Years 7 and 8 students and their Science teachers in Victorian government schools as part of the Secondary School Software Suite. Stile provides over 70 Science units, each containing a mixture of content delivery, formative assessment, summative assessment, experiments, projects, classroom activities, and STEM career profiles.

This webinar will provide teachers with an overview of what Stile is, how it’s interactive and relevant content can be used to better engage students, and why its platform helps support teachers.

These sessions will be presented by Katrina Don Paul and Andrew Nicholls. Together they have over 15 years of Government school teaching experience and ten years working in the digital education sector. They currently work to support the Stile community of Victorian schools.

For further information contact Brooke McNamara:

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October 26, 2017
by Jillian Brown

Term Four – ICT Planning Workshops

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

  • address the learning and teaching goals of the school
  • develop a sustainable ICT plan that meets the needs of the school community
  • ensure 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 (Department credentials required to login).

Flemington: Friday 17th November 2017
Venue: Debney Meadows Primary School
Booking Link: Register here

Blackburn South: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Venue: Aurora School
Booking Link: Register here

Ballarat: Friday 24th November 2017
Venue: Ballarat Regional Office
Booking Link: Register here

Berwick: Wednesday 29th November 2017
Venue: Jean Russell Centre Nossal High School
Booking Link: Register here

Blackburn South: Friday 8th December 2017
Venue: Aurora School
Booking Link: Register here

Flemington: Friday 8th December 2017
Debney Meadows Primary School
Booking Link:
Register here


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