Coding apps and websites to support digital technologies curriculum

Looking at the inclusion of Digital Technologies into the Victorian curriculum - AusVELS , it is worth having a look at some of the learning outcomes across the years and looking at some resources. Some of this if going to be new for some teachers
It focuses on developing skills in computational thinking and an awareness of personal experiences using digital systems.

  • By the end of Year 2, students will have had opportunities to create a range of digital solutions through guided play and integrated learning, such as using robotic toys to navigate a map or recording science data with software applications.
  • 3-4 Students define simple problems, design and implement digital solutions using algorithms that involve decision-making and user input.
  • Students define problems in terms of data and functional requirements and design solutions by developing algorithms to address the problems. They incorporate decision-making, repetition and user interface design into their designs and implement their digital solutions, including a visual program.

Resources to support classrooms have been gathered together by Common Sense Media

These include an oldie but a goodie  is Scratch with a whole community now built to support sharing and collaboration.

Scratch Overview from ScratchEd on Vimeo.


With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is free.


TeachMeet Melbourne 29 November

The next Teachmeet event is being held at

Scienceworks Museum, Spotswood, Melbourne

November 29th, 2014, 10.00am-12.30pm

Hosted by Trish Christies, Michael De Zilva and Cameron Hocking

This event will include the chance to visit the exhibitions at Scienceworks, including the recently opened Think Ahead exhibition. You’ll also be treated to a very special show in our Lightning Room.

Please note: The Lightning Room show will start at 10.00am.
Presentations will begin at 11.00am in the Energy Lab.

Teachmeets rely on participants voluntarily sharing.
Presentations can be about any material you want to share, class management, learning styles, teaching methods, tech tools, cool websites, global collaborations etc.

For all Teachmeet Melbourne information

Put this one in your calendar for next year TeachMeet Melbourne: 2:00pm-4:00pm, 7th February

Advancing reconciliation in early childhood education and care’ symposium

Early Childhood Australia will be hosting a national symposium at the Stamford Grand Adelaide, 8–9 May 2015 to explore reconciliation within the early childhood education and care sector.

This will be a unique opportunity for leaders (organisational, operational and pedagogical) within the sector to; explore the nature of reconciliation in the early childhood context; understand how educators can implement good practice in their daily interactions with children and families; and contribute to the broader discussion about how we all actively demonstrate our appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Full Information

Australian Regional Learning Impact Awards Competition

Whilst this looks like it is all technology “company” focused it is actual also for schools who have done great stuff improving learning because of the work they have done with their use of Technologies. Can you tell me some? Can you nominate some? Please stand up and take a bow if it is your school – Nominate yourself

In order to provide an opportunity for more organizations to participate in the IMS GLC Learning Impact Awards 2014, we are conducting a regional finalists competition in Australia.

The Australian Regional LIA Competition will culminate at the Idea13 Conference in Melbourne Australia, the 12-13 November 2013. Nominations will be accepted until 10 November 2013

Process for Competing in the Australian Regional Learning Impact Competition:
1 ) Submit your entries for the Australian Regional Competition by 10 November 2013. Only entries from the Australia will be accepted for the Regional Competition.

2) Finalists will be notified and invited to present their product/service.

3) Winners of Regional Finalist Competition of the IMS GLC Learning Impact Awards will automatically be a finalist in the IMS GLC Learning Impact 2014 Awards and Recognition Program and will be invited to participate in the LIA Showcase at Learning Impact 2014 in San Diego, California

Find out more about the Learning Impact Awards and Recognition Program

Unlocking the Potential -A digital learning strategy

Victoria has released it’s digital learning strategy.DLSlogo

Unlocking the Potential – A digital learning strategy for Victorian education and early childhood development settings sets out three interconnected strategic themes – learning, technology and change and a set of actions to implement.

Technology alone will not improve learning, but the effective and purposeful use of digital technologies can add value, providing opportunities to redefine learning. A targeted and sustained focus is needed to ensure digital technologies are fully embedded in practice, used appropriately, and to greatest effect.

2 Virtual Conference events

You and your students are invited to 2 Virtual Conference events. Please register separately for each and feel free to share this will your colleagues.  

All you need is the internet, speaker and mic and for a full class, a big screen to project.

Cybersmart Online Presentation – Cyberbullying
Date/time:    Thursday 13 November 2014, 10 am – 10.40 am
Audience:   Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

Register here:

Once you register you will be sent the details of the event including the link to enter the virtual room.


Virtual Cybersmart Online Presentation – Cyber Security
Date/time: Thursday 4 December 2014, 10 am – 10.40 am.
Audience:   Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

Register here:

To access the support of your Virtual Coach go to:

Once you register you will be sent the details of the event including the link to enter the virtual room.

Cybersmart Virtual Classroom – Security Online

This Virtual Conference is hosted by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD Victoria)

All schools are welcome

 Date/time: Thursday 4 December 2014, 10 am – 10.40 am.

Audience:      Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

To register you and your students for the event go to :

Once you register you will be sent the details of the event including the link to enter the virtual room.

To participate in the event you need to just have internet, speakers and a microphone.

To share with the class you may wish to present the session on a screen or interactive whiteboard.

If this is your first Blackboard Collaborate Conference we advise you to contact your Virtual Conference Coach who is available to assist teachers and students to prepare for a virtual conference. They can assist with setting up hardware and software, and can share ideas for connecting with others. Coaching occurs online via discussion forums, email and web conferences, by phone or by site visits.

Anne Mirtschin – Twitter @murcha

Sally Walsh – Twitter @salwal55

Ben Gallagher – Twitter @Ben_Mr_G

Ian Narracott – Twitter @macnarra

  • The presentation will:
    • Help students identify what cyber security is and why it is important
    • Allow students to understand where personal information is stored online
    • Encourage students to think before they place personal information online
    • Encourage students to check settings to secure information as safely and privately as possible
    • Understand how personal information may be seen or accessed by people and organisations
    • Support safe use and control of strong passwords
    • Encourage students to seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying, unwanted contact or hacking
    • Encourage students to be ‘good’ bystanders.
    • Help students recognise and deal with scams online.
  • With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and answers.
  • Post presentation activities;
    there are numerous resources available through with the following aligning with the cyber security theme.

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Cybersmart is a national program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to cybersafety.