November 30, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Screen It 2015

ACMI has announced the winning entries of the Screen It 2015 competition. Screen It is The Australian Centre of the Moving Image’s (ACMI’s) epic moving image competition for Primary and Secondary school students. Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers.screenitedit

This year, over 500 entries were received from Primary and Secondary students across the nation, exploring the theme of ‘Change’ through short films using either live action film, animation or videogame.


Congratulations to the following Victorian schools:

Best Overall Primary School Winner: George and his Groaning Mouth; Yarraville West Primary School; Yarraville, VIC



Primary Special Mention: When I Grow Up; Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew, VIC

Primary Videogame Winner: Novo; Doreen Primary School; Doreen, VIC

Secondary Special Mention: Thief; Daniel Phillips; Mount Waverley, VIC

Secondary Live Action Special Mention: Zembla; St Columba’s College; Essendon, VIC

Secondary Videogame Winner: KnightGame; Belmont High School; Highton, VIC


Films are available online for viewing at

November 23, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Hour of Code is coming!

codeIn 2015, Google Australia is partnering to support the national rollout of’s global Hour of Code campaign. The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to show that anyone can learn the basics. The Hour of Code is self paced and requires no experience from teachers and students. All resources are provided for you online.

Whilst the official Hour of Code week is Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13) you can run an Hour of Code anytime, from now until late December. Perfect for an end of school activity or break-up event!

 What to do

1. Ask your Principal to host an Hour of Code event.

2. Register to attend the FREE Hour of Code Online Information Session on 26th November, 2015 , 4:00pm – 5:00pm ACTD  at The information session will provide:

● an overview about the Hour of Code,

● why you should host an Hour of Code,

● what event organisation is involved

● activities for different year levels

● advice & tips from previous Hour of Code hosts,

● and how you can register & get started!

3. Join us to be part of the largest learning event in history. No experience needed from teachers or students.

Start now by going to


November 23, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Keys to Coding

Thanks to Wendy Macpherson, DET for this blog post idea.

Recently I came across this image that highlights ‘10 Reasons to Teach Coding’.

Coding is a great skill to engage students in creating projects such as animations, games, and websites. It is an important skill for students across all year levels to support the development of problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, and helps to prepare students for the digital age.

The argument for coding was also featured in a recent article in The Age, ‘Students tackle programming, but is it only for maths geniuses? that explores learning in programming and coding with vice-president of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria and e-learning teacher Roland Gesthuizen​ from Keysborough College.

The article quotes Gesthuizen: “Programming gets students to think…(It) is a high-level skill that gets them thinking about solving a problem, and there is more than one way to solve a problem. When students are learning maths, they are learning individually, but programming is very social and collaborative.”


In 2017 AusVELS will be replaced by Victorian Curriculum F – 10 (  The new Victorian Curriculum introduces Digital Technologies.  In Digital Technologies, students use computational thinking and information systems to analyse, design and develop digital solutions. The Digital Technologies curriculum recognises coding (programming) as one of the skills to support learning in this area.  An increasing number of resources and professional learning opportunities are also available to support learning in this area.

For support in Coding see:

November 19, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Announcing the launch of the NEW DigiPubs site!


We are pleased to announce the launch of the new DigiPubs site! Created by DET Digital Learning and STEM Branch for Victorian school educators, DigiPubs are digital publications which provide practical advice and resources that can be accessed online on any device through any browser.

The DigiPubs available are the:

    • Digital Deck  – provides access to online versions of the deck and a word template for schools to create their own cards
    • Planning for 1-to-1 Learning  – provides advice on what schools need to consider to make informed decisions about 1-to-1 program implementation, including introducing BYOD.
    • iPads for Learning  – provides practical advice, school stories and resources including information on using apps, iTunes Collections and iBooks.
    • Microsoft in the Classroom  – provides information on implementing a learning program using Microsoft products. This includes the research report Inking Your Thinking: Case studies in innovation with Microsoft Surface which involved three Victorian schools.
    • Deep Learning Competency Framework – the 6 C’s (Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Character and Communication) DigiPubs provides information and resources for unpacking the competency for the classroom, connecting it to the curriculum, learning progressions, assessing and reporting, leading professional learning and ideas to try.
    • AusVELS English, Maths, Science and History – DigiPubs link Department resources available on FUSE and the eduSTAR Catalogue to the curriculum.The site has been established through ongoing consultation with industry partners, schools and education experts to bring together a number of DET Digital Learning and STEM resources in one central location. New DigiPubs are currently under development.

VCAA have a page on the site where teachers can access the VCE Advice for Teachers publications for the following subjects: Computing, Economics and Business, English, Health and Human Development and Mathematics.


To access the site go to:


November 16, 2015
by Jillian Brown

The Everyday Lifesaver App

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has launched a new app that is available to students for learning emergency response, water safety and lifesaving skills. The app uses gamification to make learning water safety, emergency response and CPR more engaging. LSV

The Everyday Lifesaver App is part of a range of strategies employed by LSV and the State Government to address children drowning by increasing their water safety and lifesaving skills. In Victoria, between 2000 and 2013, there were 205 drowning incidents involving children aged 5-14 years; 31 fatal and 174 non-fatal (hospitalisations). Swimming capability is declining in Victoria as evidenced by an estimated 60% of Victorian children leaving primary school unable to swim 50 metres continuously.

‘Everyday Lifesaver’ is accessible online via a variety of tablet devices and PC, which provides teachers and students greater control over how, where and when they learn. LSV will be evaluating the effectiveness of the Everyday Lifesaver App with at least 4000 Year 7 & 8 students from 15 to 20 Victorian schools.

The Everyday Lifesaver App is currently available for all schools to download at no cost in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The App, as well as teacher support resources, can be accessed via


November 12, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Next Level Learning Education Roadshow

Microsoft and Intel are holding their Next Level Learning Education Roadshow. At this free one-day professional learning workshop, you’ll hear from other schools and education experts about how you can transform learning using Microsoft and Intel technology.


For Teachers

  • Engage students in STEM
  • Stimulate higher order thinking with Minecraft
  • Make the most of Office 365 and Windows 10

For IT Professionals

  • Discover and deploy Windows 10
  • Secure and manage BYOD efficiently
  • Harness school data to improve insights

When – 17th November, 2015

Where – National Centre for Synchrotron Science at the Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Rd, Clayton

More information and Registration –

November 9, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Artlink to Archibald – a virtual art experience

Thanks to Jo Tate, DET Virtual Learning Senior Project Officer for this blog post.

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Recently, students from Victorian schools engaged in an exciting virtual event celebrating portraiture in art, Artlink to Archibald, presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Archibald Education Program. The program included a brief history of portraiture, IMG_1655Archibaldan overview of the Archibald Prize exhibition, and a portrait workshop with a professional artist.

625 students from 20 Victorian schools, including schools in remote regions and students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds were given the opportunity to participate in this online event.

Artists and models featured during the course of workshops, enhancing the program. Each workshop provided a historical context and hands on drawing of a live model with a resident artist.  Time was allowed towards the end of each workshop for students to share their art with participating schools, via MSLYNC and Polycom.  

“It was exciting to push the capacity of the technology for such an effective program catering for so many simultaneous end points in schools.   We are currently conducting a formal evaluation to assist future planning”, remarked DET Virtual Learning Coach, Jo Tate who helped to facilitate the program. Capture3Archibald

The Art Gallery of Ballarat began offering virtual events in September 2015.  The success of the first event, Bunjil The Creator led to the inclusion of a virtual component for each exhibition with a school based component.  The Gallery is currently planning an ongoing event based around portraits permanently in their exhibition and another program based around Art as a cultural statement suitable for international sister school partnerships. workshop was supported by Gandel Philanthropy, as part of its support of FACE, the Gallery’s Archibald Education Program.


November 5, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

From next week, DET is offering two free professional learning opportunities, ‘Implementing a 1-to-1 Program in your School’ and ‘International Classroom telecommunications with South Korea: emerging research’ (via Polycom and MSLYNC).

Implementing a 1-to-1 program in your school

These forums are for school leaders, ICT and Curriculum Co-ordinators to provide practical advice and guidance to implement a successful 1-to-1 program. Register for one of these sessions using the Eventbrite links below.Ito1

Topics covered will include:

  • Examples of 1-to-1 models including school owned Bring Your Own Device and co- contribution
  • Information about the Personal Devices – Parent Payments and Access Policy, which can be accessed here
  • Aspects to consider when planning your 1-to-1 program
  • School stories outlining examples of how the 1-to-1 program has been implemented
  • Access to a suite of resources to support your 1-to-1 program, including a 1-to-1 planning guide which can be accessed here
  • Discover DET resources to support 1-to-1 programs.

Dates (all sessions run from 2:30pm to 4:30pm)

Cost: no cost

For more information contact regarding these sessions contact Alistair Bishop on 9637 2193 or by email:


International Classroom telecommunications with South Korea: emerging research

Date: Monday 9th November Time: 3.45 pm – 5 pm via Polycom or MSLYNC (access details below)

‘International Classroom telecommunications with South Korea: emerging research’ presents a great opportunity for Educators to gain a basic introduction to the Republic of South Korea’s education system. You will hear about research being conducted into school partnership links via telecommunications (synchronous and asynchronous) and how such curriculum sharing impacts on cultural and language learning in particular.   Work with the USA and the DET Global LYNC project will also be explored.  Participants will have opportunities to interact and ask questions during this presentation.

Presenter: Professor Keong Ku Ph.D. Keimyung University, South Korea (expertizing in global tele collaborative learning in K-12 class settings).Korean

Who should attend?

  • Teachers & Principals interested in global classrooms and what they offer our students
  • Administrators interested in sister school partnerships using telecommunications
  • Schools wanting to address linking to Asia – Australian Curriculum Standards
  • Anyone interested in understanding more about the Korean education system

Cost: no cost

Register for this presentation at

Connect to this meeting using one of several methods:

  • Connecting from inside the eduSTAR School or CoMET videoconference network
    • Connect using the Polycom videoconferencing unit – Enter the conference number into the unit using the remote control: Videoconference Number: 6117632
    • Connect from your computer using Microsoft Lync: Join the meeting using Microsoft Lync
  • Connecting from outside the eduSTAR School or CoMET videoconference networks
    If your videoconferencing unit supports making IP (H.323) calls, dial conference IP number:
    Using a Polycom unit: or
    Using a non Polycom unit: 6117632203.113.221.202

November 2, 2015
by Jillian Brown

Victorian Education Excellence Awards – Winners Announced!

On Friday 30th October on World Teachers Day in Australia, the winners of the 2015 Victorian Education Excellence Awards were announced at a prestigious presentation ceremony held at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne.

The Victorian Education Excellence Awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals, business managers, support staff, and teams who improve young lives and give Victorian children the skills, courage and curiosity they need to be their best.

Individuals and teams from government schools across Victoria were recognised across nine award categories.


Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education: Sunshine College, Sunshine College Maths Team

Outstanding Secondary Principal Award: Anthony Rodaughan, Kurnai College

Outstanding Primary Principal Award: Leanne Edwards, Bass Valley Primary School

robSpagliaOutstanding Secondary Teacher Award: Robert Sbaglia, Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College (pictured, right)

Outstanding Primary Teacher Award: Sarah Asome, Bentleigh West Primary School

Outstanding Business Manager Award: Fiona Kirby, Old Orchard Primary School

Outstanding Education Support Team Award: Mornington Primary School Education Support Officer (ESO) Team

Outstanding School Advancement Award: Sunshine College, Sunshine College Maths Team

Outstanding Inclusive Education Award: Katandra School, The Katandra Project

Outstanding Koorie Education Award: Northern Bay P-12 College Koorie Education Program (pictured, right)KoorieTeam


For more information on the contributions of these educators, visit

To read more about the Victorian Education Excellence Awards, visit


Finalists’ thoughts about how they are making a difference to Victorian children and the rewards of their role were captured in this short video.

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