October 10, 2017
by rcrellin
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DigiTech Webinars

VCAA Specialitst Teachers are running webinars over Term 4 to supprt the implementaiton of Digital Technologies and STEM – find more here.

Some DigiTech on offer this week:

11 October (Wednesday)      Megan van der Velden (VCAA Specialist Teacher)   3.45pm

Title:   Introduction to the Digital Technologies curriculum (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Introduction to the curriculum
  • Ways of thinking
  • Strands
  • Key terms
  • Levels
  • Overview

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum as a continuum. Content of the session includes discussion around: ways of thinking, strands, key terms, content descriptions, achievement standards, levels and some examples of how to approach the teaching. This session will be suitable for teachers with little or no knowledge of the curriculum.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9987/Digital-Coding-Online—Introduction-to-the-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-F-10


12 October (Thursday)           Sean Irving (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          3.45pm

Title:   Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Digital Technologies (F-10)

Time:   1 hour (3.45 – 4.45pm)

Outline:         

  • Brief overview of the curriculum
  • Discussion of scope and sequence
  • Mapping the curriculum
  • Suggested activities
  • Cross-curricular connections

Abstract:

This webinar will introduce participants to planning for the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-10. They will become familiar with the curriculum and scope and sequence. Content of the session will include: examples of how the curriculum will be mapped, discussion of sample activities and units as well as potential connections across the curriculum. This session will be suitable for teachers with a basic knowledge of the curriculum. Curriculum leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9988/Digital-Coding-Online-Curriculum-Planning-and-Assessment-for-Digital-Technologies-F10


13 October (Friday)                 Steve Allen (VCAA Specialist Teacher)          11.00am

Title:   Digital Technologies curriculum unplugged (F-6)

Time:   1 hour (11.00 – 12.00 noon)

Outline:         

  • Exploration of the curriculum
  • Unplugged activities
  • Teaching without devices
  • Resources
  • Approaches to teaching

Abstract:

This online session will be for teachers of the Digital Technologies curriculum from F-6 exploring the curriculum with limited access to digital devices. Teachers will learn about powerful and proven techniques to reinforce the understanding and thinking that underpins the curriculum. This session will be suitable for all F-6 teachers.

Link: https://reg.eventgate.com.au/Event/9989/Digital-Coding-Online-Digital-Technologies-curriculum-unplugged-F6

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September 21, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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#MissMakesCode Teacher & Teacher Librarian Training

After the success of Gary Stager’s recent visit to MEC, we are proud to be hosting another Digital Technologies PD.

#MissMakesCode Teacher & Teacher Librarian Training
Thursday October 19th  at Maryborough Education Centre (term 4, week 2)

#MissMakesCode is being run by the Girl Geek Academy and is targeted at Early Primary Years’ Teachers wanting to inspire young girls to use Digital Technologies.

Purchase tickets for $59 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/missmakescode-teacher-librarian-training-maryborough-tickets-37912381955  

This fun and engaging event will feature:

  • explicit teaching activities for visible thinking, problem solving
  • GUI design so that young girls are able to.
  • utilising iPad Apps to teach and hone skills
  • understanding algorithms and coding structures of sequence, selection and iteration (loops)
  • techniques for testing and debugging
  • encouraging girls to work in a variety of computational ways to solve problems and create apps/games via coding
  • catering for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea

 

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September 20, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Term 3/4 School Holidays – NAO Workshops for Students!

Swinburne University will be holding a NAO workshop for students over the Term 3/4 school holidays.  NAO robotics course is designed to introduce students to programming and enable them to work closely with these robots. Students will be introduced to motion and sonar sensors, voice recognition and sound and vision tracking through hands-on practical activities which will bring the NAO robots to life. 

What is NAO?

NAO is a little character with a unique combination of hardware and software: it consists of sensors, motors and software driven by a dedicated operating system. NAO gets its magic from its programming and animation.

The workshop will be run over 3 days (9-3pm) on the 4,5,6 October at Swinburne.

For further information and registrations please visit https://www.trybooking.com/313921

These workshops will be available to students from Years 6 -Year 9 and will be limited to 10 students per workshop.

The cost per workshop is $300.

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September 19, 2017
by rcrellin
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DigiTech and STEM Professional Learning

Book in now for a Digital Coding or STEM professional leanring session with VCAA specialist teachers. There are over 50 sessions sceduled in locations all over Victoria. You can also request your own network session, find out more at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/viccurriculum/viccur-proflearn-specialists.aspx

Digital Coding

Online sessions – Primary Thursday 21 Sept, 9am-10am Book Now
 Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum (F-10) Mildura. Thursday 12 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum F-6
Sunbury Monday, 9 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Narre Warren Tuesday, 10 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Healesville Thursday, 12 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Dandenong Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Balwyn Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Echuca Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wodonga Monday, 16 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Monday, 16 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Warragul Tuesday, 17 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Thursday, 19 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Benalla Monday, 23 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Frankston Monday, 30 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Friday, 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Doncaster Friday, 3 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Planning and Assessment in the Digital Technologies Curriculum F-6
Manningham Tuesday 19 September 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
CBD Thursday 21 September 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Swan Hill Thursday 2 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Werribee Thursday 9 November 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Heidelberg Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bundoora Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Malvern Thursday 16 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Glen Waverley Thursday 23 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Moe Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mornington Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Essendon Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Horsham Thursday 30 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Thomastown Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Laverton Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Pakenham Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mildura Thursday 7 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Introduction to the Digital Technologies Curriculum 7-10
Dandenong Thursday 12 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Epping Friday 13 October  9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Rosanna Wednesday 18 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Geelong Thursday 19 October 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Benalla Wednesday 25 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Frankston Friday 27 October 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Planning and assessment in the Digital Technologies curriculum (7-10)
Wodonga Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Rosanna Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Moe Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mulgrave Friday 24 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ringwood Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

STEM

Introduction to STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 for primary teachers
Box Hill Friday 22 September, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Torquay Monday, 16 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Thursday, 19 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wycheproof P-12 Tuesday, 24 October, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ballarat Thursday, 26 October¸ 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Werribee Thursday, 2 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Exploring STEM through the Victorian Curriculum F-6
Essendon Thursday, 21 September, 9.00am-3.30pm Book Now
Craigieburn Thursday, 9 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Hamilton Monday, 13 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Frankston Thursday, 16 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Berwick Thursday, 23 November, 9.00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3.30pm Book Now
Mildura Friday, 1 December, 9.00am-3.30pm Book Now

 

Introduction to STEM in the Victorian Curriculum F-10
Benalla Wednesday, 11 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bendigo Friday, 13 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Wednesday, 18 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Wodonga Wednesday, 18 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Melbourne CBD Thursday, 19 October, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Ballarat Thursday, 26 October,9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Malvern Friday, 27 October, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Shepparton Wednesday, 1 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Warrandyte Thursday, 2 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Ringwood Friday, 3 November, 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

Exploring STEM through the Victorian Curriculum F-10
Gippsland Friday 10 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Whittlesea Monday 13 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Doncaster Wednesday 15 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Mornington Wednesday 22 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Bundoora Wednesday 22 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Footscray Friday 24 November 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm Book Now
Craigieburn Wednesday 29 November 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Mildura Friday 1 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Coburg Monday 4 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now
Heidelberg Friday 8 December 9:00am-3:30pm Book Now

 

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September 18, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Bringing STEM into the classroom


Whether you’re interested in implementing STEM, STEAM, Makers Space or Digital Technologies, the Student Makers Conference provides you and your students an opportunity to be upskilled by Dallas Brooks CPS students.

Come an join us to answer some of questions including ‘How does technology best link back to the curriculum?’ and make an informed decision on what is possible in your school.

For more information and to reserve your tickets click here

Date: October 19th 2017 (week 3, term 4)

Location: Dallas Brooks Community Primary School, Google map link  

 

Last year, over 120 students attended with 100% positive feedback, recommending the conference for other students.

Click the links to watch some of the videos from Student Makers Conference 2016:

Dallas Brooks CPS YouTube video

Microsoft YouTube video

DBCPS Student Maker Conference 2016

 

Reserve your tickets now

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September 15, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Victorian Games and Apps Challenge

Submissions close on Wednesday, October 11 2017 

What is the problem, issue or challenge you want to take on? Could you create a game? How is your game or app going to increase awareness, provide strategies,
create empathy or make things better? 
Who is your audience? Can you pitch your idea?

Choose one of these three Design Brief Templates to give to your students (Word, PowerPoint or OneNote)  http://gac.global2.vic.edu.au/create/ It takes them through the whole process and is what they need to pull all of their work, inspiration and ideas together and submit as their final product. They will be judged on all of the work they put into the Design Brief, not just the final product.

Finalists of the Challenge will be showcased on October 27 during the

Education in Games Summit as part of  Melbourne Games Week.

Submissions close on Wednesday, October 11 2017

What is the problem, issue or challenge you want to take on? Could you create a game? How is your game or app going to increase awareness, provide strategies,
create empathy or make things better?
Who is your audience? Can you pitch your idea?

Finalists of the Challenge will be showcased on October 27 during the

Education in Games Summit as part of  Melbourne Games Week.

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September 14, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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What’s the difference between ICT Capability and Digital Technologies?

Check out this infographic describing the differences between ICT Capability and Digital Technology. Download the A3 PDF here or view below.

Other resources that may help to clarify this are:

Blog : Here’s a blog article that discusses the differences between ICT Capabilities and the Digital Technologies.

Video: Vist http://www.digitaltechnologieshub.edu.au/teachers/australian-curriculum/ict-vs-digital-technologies to view the video on Digital Technologies skills vs ICT skills covers: What is the place of ICT skills in the curriculum? How does the Digital Technologies curriculum embody a shift in thinking about digital skills?

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September 12, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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Everybody Dance NAO competition

Everybody Dance Nao is a competition designed to give students access to the latest robotics software and technology. Join experts from The Brainary to learn the coding language behind an advanced humanoid robot Nao, and then join with your students as they teach Nao to dance.

Register your students below. Entries close 27 September and final dances will be submitted by 27 October. Winning teams will be invited to the Robotica Festival at Scienceworks on November 12.

You can also explore a short training video to get started.

Everybody Dance Nao – Team Registrations

Everybody Dance Nao is a competition that enables students to learn about advanced humanoid robots and have some fun. Teams of three students work together to program a 45 second dance routine for a Nao robot.

The team from The Brainary will be there to help teachers and students along the way. Schools can register up to three teams (of three students each).

Registrations close September 27th, and then teachers will be contacted with more details. Final dances must be uploaded for judging by October 27th.

Ten teams will be selected to come to the Everybody Dance Nao finale, which will be held at Scienceworks as part of the Robotica Festival on Sunday November 12. Teachers, students and parents will gain free entry to the festival as part of the dance off.

Registrations close September 22nd.

Register Here

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September 12, 2017
by Jillian Brown
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STEM X

CSIRO in partnership with the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and Questacon run a week long, teacher professional learning residential academy called STEM X. 

Applications for the 2018 STEM X Academy will close on 14 September. If you have been looking for STEM professional development that will transform your teaching by improving your capacity to engage your students in science and STEM and help you create your own STEM resources then look no further.  

STEM X plays a pivotal role in drawing on the current national research effort, and assists teachers in placing the Australian science curriculum in the context of students’ lives, experiences and aspirations.  Participants will undertake work with CSIRO and Questacon on a hands-on STEM pedagogy-based program designed to provide practical resources and ideas to take back to the classroom and share with colleagues. They will meet with scientists, learn about their research and develop a suite of activities to use with students. 

Seventy places are available to primary and secondary teachers of science. The five day program will be held in Canberra from 7-12 January 2018. Successful applicants will be asked to make a one-off contribution of $485 towards costs. This contribution will cover flights to and from Canberra and the participant’s closest capital city, as well as accommodation, meals, transport and venue entry fees associated with the program. Scholarships are also available to offset all costs. 

For further information and to apply go to http://asta.edu.au/programs/stemx 

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