September 13, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Taking Small BYTES

smallbytesTaking Small BYTES was launched by the Minister for Children and Families on Tuesday 6th September.  The resource supports early literacy and STEM learning (see below).

This resource can be viewed at

The resource is downloadable to any tablet/desktop/mobile device and contains 460 learning experiences matched to VEYLDF.



Young Victorian children will have better access to technology to support their education and build important skills and knowledge thanks to an investment by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today launched the Small Bytes card deck, which helps early childhood educators use technology to enhance children’s learning opportunities.

Small Bytes – comprised of 100 cards – features 370 tips for educators about how technology can be used as part of a play-based learning program.

Ideas include how to get kids exploring with a digital microscope, going on a virtual tour to the other side of the world, and how to connect with a favourite author.

The cards build children’s literacy and numeracy, and support the development of important broader skills such as curiosity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

Today’s launch was part of the Labor Government’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Plan, launched at Science Works with Minister for Education James Merlino.

Small Bytes align with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, which underpins the work of Victoria’s early years sector, outlining the knowledge and skills that lead children to become confident, engaged life-long learners.

Used in the right way, digital technologies enable learning by providing access to quality online resources and experts, connecting families with their children’s learning, improving assessment, feedback and reporting and bridging the educational divide for kids with additional needs.

All government-funded kindergarten programs will be receiving hard copy sets of the cards. The cards will also be available to all Victorian early childhood education and care services and parents as an electronic book at: Taking Small BYTES –


September 13, 2016
by Jillian Brown

BRIDGE School Partnerships – Apply NOW!

Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE)aef

The Australia–Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project connects Australian teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts across Asia.

BRIDGE is a teacher professional learning program that builds teachers’ Asia capability through school partnerships to:

  • develop intercultural understanding
  • improve Asian language skills (if applicable)
  • enhance information communication technology (ICT) skills
  • establish sustainable school partnerships and a community of learners.

Applications are now open to apply for  ASEAN, Indonesia and India BRIDGE School Partnership programs.

These three programs are heavily subsidised (with the Indonesian program completely subsidised).

Applications close:

  • India – 22 September
  • ASEAN (Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) – 14 October
  • Indonesian – 14 October

For further information, visit or contact

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September 12, 2016
by Jillian Brown

Touch Develop and Hour of Code

Thanks to Sandy Phillips for this blog post


Touch Develop is one of the tools featured in the Victorian Schools and Apps Challenge.

Touch Develop is an easy-to-use program which caters to a wide skill range, including those with no prior coding experience. With a large network of tutorials, Touch Develop can get you started on games and apps in no time. Touch Develop works on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac or Linux.

The tutorials in the studio lead students through the tools and each tutorial allows them to receive a certificate of completion in the Hour of Code

It requires students to log in to their own online “Studio”. It is one of the tools students can use to participate in the Victorian Schools’ Games and Apps Challenge.

Trent Ray – Touch Develop

Here is a recording of Trent Ray’s introduction to Touch Develop.

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