August 15, 2019
by creidy

TWO DET-FUNDED PLACES – Developing Gifted Potential Professional Learning THIS SATURDAY

Program overview

This exciting program focuses on psychological aspects in the development of gifted and talented children and adolescents. The program examines talent development of individuals in a range of talent domains, theories of optimal human development and the interplay of the individual’s abilities and creativity.

Specific issues of focus are the social and emotional development of the gifted, counselling gifted and talented students, underachieving gifted students, as well as gender and giftedness.

Aims of the program

To gain knowledge and understanding of the psychological (social and emotional) needs of gifted and talented individuals, as social-emotional development is integral to understanding the emergence of giftedness.

To gain knowledge and understanding of talent development and creativity.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for secondary and primary teachers, and school leaders with an interest in gifted education. Teachers,psychologists or school leaders who already work in selective high schools, or in programs with giftedhigh ability students, will find the program particularly relevant.

Participants will develop an understanding of:

• The social and emotional needs of gifted students as well as strategies to support their individual developmental needs.

• Awareness of the nature of creativity and strategies for developing creativity.

• The development of specific talent domains in individuals.

• The basic issues related to counselling the underachieving gifted student.

• Theories of intelligence and personality underpinning creativity and student performance.

• Gender and giftedness.

Delivery dates

Sat 17 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

Sun 18 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 4 pm

Sat 31 Aug. 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

Sat 14 Sept. 2019: 10 am – 4 pm


Monash University, Faculty of Education, Clayton campus.


To register for the program, please complete your application form online


Teacher scholarships for DET teachers are available to cover the program fee, which is $2,083.33 (GST inclusive).

This fee includes program materials, assessment, and morning and afternoon tea.

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August 13, 2019
by creidy

Screen It Ambassadors announced

Angourie Rice (Spiderman: Homecoming, The Nice Guys), Kamil Ellis (Nowhere Boys, Cleverman) and Lisy Kane (co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, pictured) are joining ACMI’s Screen It program as ambassadors for the second year in a row.

They are joined this year by Brad Hennessey, a Screen It 2017 winner for his game An Aspie Life. Brad’s game is all about autism spectrum disorder during teen years. It has won critical acclaim and three national awards. Brad is now undertaking a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments at Queensland University of Technology.

Screen It entries close Wednesday 25 September.

For further tips and tricks, check out ACMI’s handy Screen It online resource here.

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August 10, 2019
by rcrellin

We want to hear from you

Have your say on how you and your colleagues use the Department’s digital education resources. The Department wants feedback from teachers about how you use digital educational resources for teaching and learning.  Your feedback will form part of a research and evaluation project that will help the Department provide better and more relevant resources for schools.

We want to know how teachers:

  • use digital content
  • locate digital content
  • determine the relevance and quality of digital content
  • deliver resources to students and judge whether they have been effective or not
  • access and use online professional learning.

We are collecting information via and online survey and a virtual focus group.

A teacher survey (approx. 10 minutes)

Teacher focus group – held online, Wednesday 4 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (CRT available) contact to express interest.

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July 22, 2019
by creidy

The Digital Innovation Festival is heading Back to School

During the Victorian Government’s Digital Innovation Festival (DIF), schools can register to have a STEM/Digital Innovator come to their school and speak to their students.

This is an opportunity to highlight career paths, demonstrate some of the exciting and surprising applications of technology, and breakdown stereotypes of ICT.

The DIF is a unique initiative to develop, demonstrate and promote technology innovation across every sector of the economy and society.

The Back to School program is a new addition to the festival, introduced to encourage students, parents and teachers to engage with technology innovation and build awareness of the many career opportunities associated with technology. The program brings DIF to your school community and overcomes the logistics of school excursions to the festival.

How to get involved

First, register your interest in the DIF Back to School program

Second, select your preferred option for program participation:

  1. Nominate alumni to come back to school – invite an ex-student to return to the classroom and speak about their ICT/Digital technology career and pathway.
  2. Let DIF source you a speaker to suit your curriculum – note your topics of interest such as cyber security, software development, artificial intelligence etc. and DIF will match you with a relevant speaker.
  3. Host an iAwards finalist – the prestigious iAwards program is the centrepiece of the Digital Innovation Festival and brings technology innovators from across Australia to Melbourne for the National iAwards ceremony. DIF can arrange a finalist to come and share their story, project and path to success.

Register for the Back to School program at

For more information, contact the Digital Learning Team via

For more information on the DIF, visit

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June 24, 2019
by creidy

Register for ICT Planning Workshops in Term 3

Register now for ICT Planning Workshops in Term 3. These workshops provide guidance on the use of the DET Online ICT Planning Tool, which is designed to assist schools in producing a customised ICT Plan that brings together SIPS data, school curriculum goals and budgetary considerations.

The ICT Planning Workshops are targeted at school leaders involved in ICT planning, including: Principals and/or Assistant Principals, Business Managers, eLearning, ICT or LT Managers or Coordinators, Specialist and/or Local Technicians and Leading or Classroom Teachers. DET recommends that two to three attendees from each school attend the workshop and that one attendee is a Specialist Technician to help with technical details.

View this short video where school leaders talk about the benefits of the ICT Planning Workshops  and the online ICT Planning Tool.

ICT Planning Workshop

Designed for first-time attendees, or those needing to refresh their understanding of the tool and the supporting resources, this full-day workshop walks school leaders through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan that:

  • addresses the learning and teaching goals of the school
  • is sustainable and meets the needs of the school community
  • ensures a coherent team approach that involves school leaders, ICT coordinators, curriculum coordinators and technical support staff.

Next Steps Workshop

Designed for those who have previously attended an ICT Planning Workshop and are confident using the ICT Planning Tool, this  full-day workshop is for leaders keen to take the next steps in understanding the ICT planning and management cycle to keep momentum growing in their school.  This workshop will cover:

  • review of current ICT plan – what went right, what went wrong
  • key personnel roles and responsibilities
  • Change Management concepts
  • writing proposals and effective communication.

Book now

ICT Planning Workshop Date Booking Link
Blackburn 30 July 2019 Blackburn
Flemington 6 August 2019 Flemington
Bendigo 9 August 2019 Bendigo
Ferntree Gully 13 August 2019 Ferntree Gully
Berwick 16 August 2019 Berwick
Shepparton 20 August 2019 Shepparton
Moe 28 August 2019 Moe


Next Steps Workshop Date Booking Link
Blackburn 23 August 2019 Blackburn


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June 14, 2019
by creidy

iPad in the Primary Classroom

Primary leaders and teachers are invited to attend Apple’s iPad in the Primary Classroom professional development session next Tuesday 18 June 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The sesson will explore using iPads to create interactive, purposeful and engaging experiences for your learners.

This program of events is intended for leaders and educators responsible for years 3-6 in their school. Apple invites you to register three participants from your school:

• A member of your leadership team

• Two teachers of years 3-6

Register now

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June 11, 2019
by creidy

Screen It

Now in its 16th year, ACMI’s Screen It is the largest national moving image competition for students from Foundation to Year 12. Free to enter, Screen It draws together filmmaking, animation and game making, and taps ACMI’s creative industry connections.

Entries open Monday 24 June 2019 (and won’t close until Wednesday 25 September 2019).

New in 2019 – Best Inclusive Team Entry Award

As part of a focus on finding inclusive ways to support and harness the talents of all students, Screen It has introduced a new category in 2019: Best Inclusive Team Entry. The Education team will be hosting a live videoconference on Friday 31 May at 1.45pm to introduce the award and to provide practical advice on how to support learners with cognitive, sensory, physical and social emotional differences to participate in Screen It.

Get involved

Sign up for key Screen It updates and announcements here

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May 23, 2019
by creidy

Young Women Creating Impact

Are you interested in careers using digital technologies and screens? Building enterprise and leadership skills? Join this free ACMI videoconference for secondary school students and their teachers at 11.00am on Monday 27 May 2019.

Find out how you can make a difference, create opportunities and have impact in a world dominated by digital technologies and screens. Hear from Gemma Pepper, a young woman building the enterprise and leadership skills needed to confidently make choices and decisions about the future, along with women leaders who support the social entrepreneurship and learning of young people. Facilitated by ACMI, this interactive videoconference will inspire and encourage young school-age women to see the value of engaging in the Tech School Student Start up Accelerator Program. Join the panel for 30 – 40 minutes of discussion including plenty of time for students to ask questions and share their own ideas.

Gemma Pepper is co-founder of Audioplay and an alumni of ACMI Xcel, ACMI’s business accelerator designed for scaling creative tech start-ups. Since completing the accelerator in 2018, Gemma’s start-up Audioplay has won the PAUSE Festival Creative Business Cup, taken part in the United States’ famous SXSW festival and helped discuss the importance of play at the invite-only LEGO Idea Conference in Copenhagen. Gemma works across diverse creative projects; including theatre, festivals, new media, policy/program development and community cultural development. Gemma is an experienced producer and creative producer having previously worked as Producer for Stalker, Marrugeku,  Big Dance (Australia) 2014 for Sydney Dance Company and Creative Producer of the Enlighten festival in Canberra 2011-2014. Most recently Gemma has been Executive Producer for Erth (Sydney, 2014-16) and continues to produce the works of Side Pony Productions (Perth).

To register for the videoconference, send an email booking request to  ACMI will provide a confirmation email that will include details about who to contact if you have questions.

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May 10, 2019
by creidy

Virtual excursions direct to your classroom

Ecolinc is now offering exciting video conferenced events for schools. Browse STEM Linc to discover adventures, including:
Wednesday 15 May  Great Barrier Reef Live Dive
Tuesday 18 June Under the Sea with Questacon
Thursday 25 July Under the Sea with Questacon

Full details, including links to DET tutorials on using your school’s new Cisco virtual conferencing equipment, are available here

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May 7, 2019
by creidy

Join the Digital Schools Network

Cisco is seeking 15 schools to form part of its Digital Schools Network. These schools will form part of an international group of schools connected through Webex technology.

The network – which includes members from India, Singapre and Japan – will provide student cultural experiences. Member schools will also be able to access free virtual classes run by universities, where students can learn about cyber security, entrepreneurial skills and STEM.

Teachers from member schools will be provided with professional learning and access to a bank of virtual excursions aligned to the DET curriculum. Teachers can also participate in professional Digital Badging program, with credentials provided by the Centre for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

Cisco will run Education Through Leadership programs thoughout the year for network members.

A mixture of regional and metro schools will be selected. The 15 selected schools will be will be provided with additional Webex training to help them navigate the team space.

Expressions of Interest close Friday 17 May 2019.

Contact for more information.


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