Virtual Learning Opportunities for Victorian Classrooms

Virtual classroom events provide short easy to access activities for the classroom delivered by professionals from all over Australia. The tools include Zoom, Polycom Unit, ipad or simply an internet connection

Just find a session that is of interest and book in. Your Virtual Learning Coaches can help you along the way.

Some upcoming sessions include:

Thursday, 23 February 3:40pm
Course A. Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training for Beginners

Friday, 24 February – 14:15
ACMI – The Art of Storyboarding – Brendan Tolley

Tuesday, 28 February – 15:40
Course A. Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training for Beginners

Wednesday, 1 March – 14:00
Breaking the Cycle South Pole  #1
14:00 Cosmic Engine – CAASTRO in the Classroom

Thursday, 2 March
14:00 Digital Author Talk with Leigh Hobbs (Horrible Harriet) – Sydney Opera House
15:45 What’s on in Barwon
19:00 Google Transforming Learning with G Suite and Chromebooks

Thursday, 9 March 14:30
Zoos Victoria – Fighting Extinction –
16:00 Zoos Victoria – Fighting Extinction

Tuesday, 14 March 13:30
Lets Talk Recognition – Geelong Art Gallery
14:00 Gravity and Orbits – CAASTRO in the Classroom

Wednesday, 15 March – 15:45
How and why FUSE

Thursday, 23 March 14:30

Sea Life Aquarium – Meet the Locals 17:00
Google A whole school approach to integrating Chromebooks

Monday, 27 March
11:00 Places and Spaces of Sydney Opera House (F-2)
12:15 Places and Spaces of Sydney Opera House (3-6)
14:00 Places and Spaces of Sydney Opera House (3-6)

Tuesday, 28 March 11:30
Waves In The Sky – CAASTRO in the Classroom

Wednesday, 29 March 11:00
Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point : Guwayni Walama

12:15 Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point : Guwayni Walama

14:00 Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point : Guwayni Walama

Thursday, 20 April 15:40

Course B. Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training for Beginners (repeat)

Further information

Further information is available from the Department’s Learning and Teaching Branch, by emailing

For more opportunities, see: Digital learning calendar

Posted in Uncategorized

Invent to Learn PD for teachers – Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager

Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, authors of Invent to Learn, Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom will be in Melbourne for a series of hands-on workshops. Teachers are invited to register for the sessions.

Posted in Uncategorized

ABC Splash School Hacks for Parents – join in live!

Schools are asked to invite interested parents to the the new new 4-week ABC Splash’s live series, with expert advice to help support what kids are doing at school.  

12pm on Wed 8 March – Sarah Moran, CEO of Girl Geek Academy, on why it’s so important to encourage girls’ interest in tech.

Parents can in at the Splash Facebook page. Your live questions guide the 20-minute chat!

Posted in Cybersafety

ICT Planning Workshops – Term One 2017

These full-day workshops walk school leaders through the process of developing a long-term school ICT Plan that:


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

The ICT Planning tool can be accessed via (Department credentials required to login).

This workshop is designed for school teams of Principals, Learning Technologies Coordinators and Specialist technicians. It is recommended that 2-3 staff attend from each school, and that one attendee is the Specialist Technician*.

Benefits of attending an ICT Planning Workshop?

View this short video where school leaders who attended ICT Planning Workshops last year talk about the benefits of the workshop and the online ICT Planning Tool:

To see workshop times see the Digital Learning News

Posted in Digital Technologies, Digital technology

STEM Capabilities for the 21st Century

Quantum Victoria is hosting a series of six FREE ‘Women in STEM’ state wide events. These events are open to ALL Year 9 – 12 students and their teachers. Each event will feature a prominent female leader delivering the keynote across one of the five themes: 

  • Coding and Arduinos
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
  • Advanced Materials
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • Cyber Security

Keynote Speakers include: Dr Leonine Walsh, former Lead Scientist of Victoria, Professor Bronwyn Fox, Director, Factory of the Future, Swinburne University of Technology and Rosie Hiscock, Director of the Science Gallery Melbourne, University of Melbourne.

The dates for each event are:

  • Monday 27th March
  • Monday 29th May
  • Tuesday 30th May
  • Monday 5th June
  • Monday 14th August
  • Tuesday 15th August

Places are strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment. For bookings contact Anna at:

Thanks to Jill Brown for this copy.

Posted in Challenge, Digital Tech Curriculum, Maker

Virtual Learning Coaches to support Vic Govt teachers

On Tuesday (despite only going back to school for a few days) 227 teachers had their first ever go at doing a webinar with their students for Safer Internet Day. With close to 13,000 students in Victorian Schools alone, the sessions were well received and the teachers involved should be congratulated. The sessions we co-host with the eSafety Commission happen twice a term.

Having virtual sessions coming to your classroom can be an amazing opportunity for your students and we are here to help you make it happen.

DET has the Fab4 Virtual learning Coaches who can help you Gary, Schultz (Butch), Jenny Ashby, Stephen Elford and Alistair Bishop. To check out their sessions and get their details go to their Global2 Learners’ Voice to Virtual Learning 





Posted in Curriculum, Digital Learning, Web Conferencing

Victorian school access to full Wolfram suite

The Department of Education and Training has entered into a three-year agreement for the provision of a proprietary suite of Wolfram products across all Victorian secondary schools. The licence covers school devices, teacher devices and student bring your own devices (BYOD).

The Wolfram suite of products is internationally recognised as powerful learning tools across STEM. It has applications in the areas of computation, problem modelling, coding and more. It also enables the creation of resources and assessment.

Professional Learning

Victorian Teacher – Wolfram Hands-On Start Mentor Training

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early.

This hands-on course will provide teachers who are new to the Wolfram Language the basics for using the Wolfram tool suite within their classrooms. At the completion of this seminar attendees will be recognised as skilled Wolfram technology users. This training is suitable for teachers in all STEM areas.

  • Wednesday 1 March – John Monash Science School, Clayton
  • Thursday 2 March – Kensington Town Hall
  • Friday 3 March –  La Trobe University, Bendigo

Check it all out at

Posted in Curriculum, Mathematics

Safer Internet Day webinars – all welcome

Hi to you all, hope you had a great break,

As you know Safer Internet Day is a global event held annually to promote the safe and responsible use of digital technologies, for children and young people.

The theme for 2017 is Be the change: Unite for a better internet.

It always happens early February which is usually a mad rush for us all but every year it amazes me the effort you all put in to getting your kids organised for the day.

But we have a couple of events we invite you and your students to attend.
Primary Schools

The Department, in partnership with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission is delivering two free online seminars on Tuesday 7 February 2017 for primary students in Years 4, 5 and 6. Both sessions will take place in the Department’s Virtual Conference Centre (VCC).

  • Session one – 9:20am to 10:10am
  • Session two – 2:00pm to 2:50pm

To register for the webinars, see:

Registration for the webinars closes on Monday 6 February at 12pm. Resources provided on the Global2 site will be available throughout 2017.

Posted in Digital Learning, Digital technology, Student activities

Global2 email issues for Edumail users

Some Victorian Government Teachers have been experiencing issues setting up a new Global2 blog.
Teachers may not be receiving a confirmation email with their temporary password in their Edumail inbox.

Note** this is not affecting student email accounts or Catholic teacher accounts.

We are working to resolve this, but in the meantime teachers who wish to set up a new blog should send the following to

Email address
Preferred username, and
Blog Title

Posted in Uncategorized

Facebook event for Safer Internet Day

Safety in the age of disappearing media

The Department is working with Facebook and Instagram who are hosting a #girltakeover safety workshop working with the children’s charity Plan International Australia, the anti-bullying group Sticks ‘n Stones and the New Zealand safety organisation NetSafe across Australia and New Zealand.

The focus of the session will be on Safety in the age of disappearing media.
We are seeking 40 female secondary students to participate in a half day session held at Facebook & Instagram’s new Melbourne office on Safer Internet Day Tuesday 7th February, 2017 .

Support would be provided by Facebook to help with the cost of attendance.e.g bus train etc.
We are able to offer 40 positions for the day. (Plus a teacher for each pair).

Nominate your students here 

So what is the day about?

Increasingly across social platforms — whether it’s SnapChat or new product features on Facebook and Instagram — there is the option to share content that disappears. This may give rise to a false sense of security and safety. Many existing safety education campaigns are focused on the safety strategy, tools and tips in relation to permanent media.

Students would be required to consider the issues and possible messages and policy changes that would be required to support all students to be safe and responsible users in such online spaces.

Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety, Cybersmart

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