Education in Games Summit 2015

As part of International Games Week in the last week of October, Victorian primary and secondary teachers will have the opportunity to listen to some of the leading players in the game development industry. With its growing popularity among young people and the world, the Education in Games Summit 2015 is an ideal opportunity for students to leap into this growing industry.

Presented by Creative Victoria, the Department of Education and Training and ACMI, the summit is a collection of workshops, speeches and panel discussions with industry experts.

Curriculum connections and information to the new Digital Technologies curriculum will support teachers to learning about implementing the curriculum in the classroom.

Attendees can customise their experience and find events that interest them over the all-day event.

The keynote speaker for the summit is Dr Steffen Walz, an Associate Professor at RMIT University and the founder-director of Games & Experimental Entertainment Laboratory, the GEElab. At the GEElab, an international team of researchers scrutinizes the potential (and pitfalls) of play, games and game design elements for non-entertainment purposes.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, October 29
    Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm
    Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
    For: Primary & Secondary Teachers
    Cost: $90 (ex-GST) *Includes access to Day One of PAX Australia

If you’re interested in attending the summit, please register at: Education in Games Summit 2015 – Registrations

To see a full list of the workshops and sessions at the summit, please see: A Gameful World – Program

To promote the event at your school, please print and display: A Gameful World – Education in Games Summit 2015 – Flyer

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Technologies, Gaming for learning

‘Secret Security Business’ webinar for students -October 15th

The Department and eSafety Commission are running a repeat of the successful ‘Secret Security Business’ webinar for years 5-7.

Thursday October 15th 9:40 -10:25 am (Room opens at 8)

NB This is a repeat of the session, not a recording

To register please visit the following link:

To know more about the event, please visit our website:

Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety, Digital technology, Student activities

The Tanderrum – traditional ceremony of the Kulin nation 8 October

A great Koorie event is happening in Melbourne on 8 October 2015. The Tanderrum is a traditional ceremony of the Kulin nation. It is a welcoming festival of song, dance, trading and cultural exchange. This is an essential and vital part of Kulin ritual. Students will find this really engaging. 

On the opening night of the Melbourne Festival, Friday 8 October, the five nations of the Eastern Kulin will come together to open the festival and welcome local and international artists to perform on country. Fusing music, performance and storytelling with cultural traditions that stretch back over 40,000 years TANDERRUM celebrates the proud and living culture of the land’s traditional owners. (source: ). Here are some more links:

As with all activities involving Koorie culture, don’t forget to check the Koorie Cross-Curricular Protocols for Victorian Government Schools to ensure that your activity is respectful to the Traditional Owners of the land. Have fun!

Posted in Class Activities

100 Engineering hands on projects

Thanks to the Home School Scientist for this fabulous list of hands on engineering projects to use in your classroom.

See the full list Gumdrop Structures Engineering Challenge

There are many ideas but mine has to be the Chocolate Assembly Line

90 more Just like this !

Paper Building Blocks

Build A Truss Bridge

Build With Straws and Paper Towel Rolls

Building With Paper Engineering Challenge

Homemade Cardboard Construction Kit

Gumdrop Engineering Challenge

Build A Solar Hot Water Heater

Build A Glow Stick

K’nex Building Set

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Engineering, STEM

Great SAMR video for staff discussion

A Great blog post from Common Sense Graphite introduces the connection between the SAMR model and Blooms Taxonomy and presents a great film for discussion in staff meetings. A quick prompt for deep discussion 

Introduction to the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their instructional practice. You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom. Is it an act of Substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or Redefinition?

To learn more about the connections between SAMR and Bloom’s Taxonomy, see Dr. Puentedura’s blog post, “SAMR and Bloom’s Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle.”

Posted in Digital Learning, Digital Pedagogy, Digital Technologies, Leaders, Pedagogy, Professional Learning

Professional Learning in your PJs – Maths and Science

We know that you are dedicated and on holidays but for those teachers who would like to use the time to participate in some Professional Learning Sessions and are early risers here are a couple on offer comin gout of the states. Register and use the link to join these webinars.

Mathcraft: Combining Minecraft with Math 

for Exponential Learning

Monday, Sep. 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)


Presented by Jim Pike, 5th grade teacher at Albert Einstein Academy of Beverly Hills

Visit Digital Classroom

Next Generation Science in the Garden

Monday, Sep. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)


Presented by Whitney Cohen, Education Director, Life Lab and Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz

Visit Growing School Gardens


Posted in Uncategorized

Global Student Blogging Challenge starts October 4

The Edublogs Global Student Blogging Challenge

sbc2015-17x6216Come get your students blogging and connecting with their peers from around the world!

The Global Student Blogging Challenge is a free project that the Edublogs team runs for 10 weeks. The event has occured twice yearly since 2008.

The next challenge starts on October 4 and it is now time to register your blog.

The March 2014 student blogging challenge involved:

  • 115 classes
  • 1300 students
  • 15 countries
  • 32 mentors

During the challenge, Sue Wyatt (@tasteach), along with support from Sue Waters and the team atEdublogs, provides weekly challenge tasks to help students and classes building blogging skills and connect globally through their blogs.

The Challenge is open to both class blogs and to individual student bloggers from all over the world and of all ages – blogs don’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate, but your blog must be public.

Check out the following pages to learn more about the Challenge:

To Register

There are two ways to register:

To Help

There have been over 1300 students in the last few challenges and it isn’t possible for Sue Wyatt to visit them all regularly.

Can you help with this?

You might be a teacher, principal, educational coach, parent, retired teacher or a trainee teacher and would like to get involved with student blogging. You can register as a mentor and help mentor small groups of 10-30 students during the challenge.

What do the students learn about in the challenge?

  • creating pages and posts
  • creating avatars
  • digital citizenship
  • commenting skills
  • connecting with students globally
  • using tools and embedding on their blog
Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Connected Educator Month

Making students creators with technology – part of new curriculum in Victoria

The new Victorian Curriculum was officially launched this week by the Minister for Education, Minister James Merlino.

AusVELs will be available until the end of 2016, after which point schools will need to teach and  report against the new Victorian Curriculum by the beginning of 2017.  

The new Digital Technologies was also released as a new discipline-based learning area. Digital Technologies curriculum includes visual programming and coding.

Common Sense media have collected and presented a great list of games and tools to assist teachers to teach their students to code. Coding is an important part of the digital technologies curriculum .it encourages kids to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use. Full list of resources 


Posted in Class Activities, Digital Learning, How To

Screen It 2015. Entries close this Monday – 5pm 21 September

Every year, hundreds of students across the nation enter Screen It – The Australian Centre of the Moving Image’s (ACMI’s) screen-it-2015epic 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. It’s fun and, best of all, it’s free!

Screen It 2015. Entries close this Monday – 5pm (AEST) 21 September.

Email with any queries. Go to for instructions



Posted in Class Activities, Creativity, Digital Learning, Digital Stories, Pedagogy, Student activities

ABC Splashes’ Chat with Sally Rippin tomorrow!

Tomorrow at 2pm AEST join the final in the ABC Splash three-part ‘Meet the author’ series: a live-streamed chat with

Sally Rippin Image

Sally Rippin Image

author-illustrator Sally Rippin. You are invited to ask the questions! Start sending them to the ABC  here – They will  pick five sent before 5pm today to ask Sally live during the chat. Then keep asking questions during the conversation tomorrow and they will answer as many as we can! Be watching here.

Find out more

Posted in Class Activities, Literacy, Web conferencing

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