ABC Heywire is calling for stories by Year 10, 11 and 12 students

ABC Heywire is calling for stories by Year 10, 11 and 12 students from regional Australia. Stories can be in text, video, audio or photo format. 

30+ winners will get their story on the ABC and win a trip to the Heywire Summit. Entries close 16 Sept 2014.

For details go to

Top 100 tools for learning

This annual list compiled by Jane Hart from the votes of learning professionals worldwide. Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 –  the results of the 7th Annual Learning Tools Survey – compiled from the votes of 500+ learning professionals in 48 countries and published on 27 September 2013 See more

The 2014 List will be revealed on Monday 22 September 2014. Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 (8th Annual Survey) is now open

Instant Rockstar

Arts Centre Melbourne presents presents

Instant Rockstar

Kids get to be the rockstar and director in this fun and easy music video workshop.

Create a song using lots of cool music samples and then use the track to make a great music video.

Bully stoppers grants program round three 2014

Applications for the grants program closes at 5pm on Friday, 18 July 2014

What is the Bully Stoppers Grants Program?

On 12 April 2011, the Premier announced the Victorian Government’s Stamp Out Bullying campaign to ensure that action is taken to make schools safer and protect students from any form of bullying.

To support this campaign, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) presented all Victorian schools with the opportunity to obtain grants to implement strategies or programs that endeavoured to prevent and respond to bullying (both face-to-face and online) in their school community. The grants were released over two rounds in 2013.

Following the success of the 2013 grants, a third round is available and open for application.

Round 3 of the grants will support projects that focus on:
Upskilling bystanders through increasing students’ skills and ability to take action and respond  if they are being bullied or witnessing bullying happening to others and/or Cyberbullying. Please find Full details and application template

The students’ guide to google search

Taryn Degnan from Commonsense Media suggests that: Google

“Every kid knows how to Google, but do they know how to Google well? A wealth of built-in — but sometimes hidden — features can help kids find the information they need much more efficiently than their usual shot-in-the-dark searches. A little Google technique can open up a world of trusted facts, homework boosters, and cool tricks to impress their friends (or their parents)”.

This article shows students how to use the Google calendar, dictionary, safe search, YouTube safe mode and many other search tools in Google.

Augmented reality in the classroom

In 2013 the Horizon.K12 Advisory Board voted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top ten trends and challenges that they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K-12 education over the next five years. Augmented Reality was identified at that time as Long-term horizon: four to five years technology

This video presents Charles Cooper and Jill using it through the app Aurasma with their students.  This link presents a number of applications

The K-12 Edition of the Horizon Report 2014

The K-12 Edition of the Horizon Report explores the key trends accelerating educational technology adoption in schools, the significant challenges impeding it, and emerging technologies poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Download the full report and/or watch the video to see the 2014 version of this insightful report.
It presents more than influential technologies the report explores and presents possible pedagogical and social changes for schools and learners in short, mid-term and long-range predictions.
A resource worth a staff meeting viewing and discussion.

Registrations for the Artists in Schools information sessions are now open!

The Artists in Schools program creates the opportunity for practicing professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Artists may work in any art form. The funding available to schools for projects in 2015 is $10,000 for projects commencing after 13 April 2015.


In My Day
An absolute gem, this little animation produced by Natimuk Primary school students and animator Dave Jones in 2004, captures a different world as the town’s older citizens tell what life was like when they were at school back in 1934. The images drawn by the students are simply wonderful. After you have watched this, check out In My Day The Inside Story, to see how it was made and the impact it had on the town.
In My Day was funded through the Artists in Schools program.

Come along to an Information Session to – find out about the new online process to apply for funding,  meet teachers and artists interested in getting involved in the program and see how projects can support learning across the Victorian Curriculum.

Session Dates 

Online sessions -  Fri 18 July, Wed 23 July (4-5pm)

Preston – Wed 16 July (6-8pm)

Bendigo – Tue 22 July (5-7pm)

Bookings essential as places are limited – Register here –

For further information about Arts Victoria funding go to

What does it mean to be a digitally competent teacher?

What does being a ‘digitally competent’ teacher mean? Does it mean using laptops, smartphones, or tablets in your classroom? Does it mean finding new and interesting ways to use those devices along with apps and web tools?  What level of expertise with technology constitutes ‘competent’? Or does the concept encompass more than that?   asked on

The list is great but I would add at the top …. knowing how any technology can make LEARNING  better…. perhaps implied?

I would add it to make the intentions clear for without it it could be concluded that this is technology for the sake of technology…. TPACK without the “C” or at worse the “P”.

Here is the list what do you think?

  • You can integrate digital skills into daily life. If you can shop online, you can teach online.
  • You have a balanced attitude. Digital isn’t everything. You’re a teacher, not a techie.
  • You’re open to using and trying new stuff. You can find digital tools, so can your kids. What matters is if they work.
  • You’re a digital communicator. You can use email and social media with ease. You know the difference between things like a tweet and a DM.
  • You know how to do a digital assessment. You’re a sound judge of the quality of information, apps, and tools.
  • You understand and respect privacy. You treat personal data with the respect it deserves.
  • You’re a digital citizen. You know how to behave online appropriately, legally, and in socially responsible ways. And you’ll pass it on to your pupils.

Just like in real life, being well-rounded is important when you’re addressing technology use. Having the ability to say, use an laptop isn’t really enough. The handy infographic below explores what it means to be a digitally competent teacher. Do you think that anything is missing from this list? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

9 ways to use mobile phones in the classroom

Originally created by 10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic it appears that the Google SMS service has now closed.

Some nice ideas here
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