LIVE webinar series will look at ABC Splash Today @ 4

scootle webinarScootle LIVE will be presenting an interactive web conferencing series for Community members to share, connect and reflect on ways your community works for you. The next session in the Scootle LIVE webinar series will look at ABC Splash (, and is taking place Wednesday 23 April. Running times:  NSWACTVICTAS, QLD -4:00pmWA -2:00pm NT, SA -3:30pm

The link to access the session is:

Participants can access the session via Mac, PC or mobile device. For a full list of system requirements please refer to this link: Mobile device access is provided via the adobe connect applications click to download via app store for Apple device or Google play for Android device
Participants who have not attended an Adobe Connect webinar before should run the following diagnostic check to ensure you have what is required to access a Connect Room:

The room will be open to join 15 minutes before starting time. Please note that the webinar will be recorded and published in Scootle Community and on Education Services Australia’s Youtube Channel. Participant details and chat will not be included in published recordings.

More Details: Louise Bowe  T +61 3 9207 9664 |

One Team, One Goal – Celebrating Diversity

Victoria is a great multicultural success story. Together with our indigenous community we have citizens from more than 200 countries speaking web-part promo260 languages other than English and following 135 faiths.

Our diversity is one of our strengths. It is important that we celebrate diversity within our schools and broader community.

If there’s one thing that unites Victorians, it’s football. Football brings people from all backgrounds and from all corners of the state together to barrack for their teams.

That’s why the AFL and the Victorian Government are coming together to launch One Team, One Goal – Celebrating Diversity.

Submit your entry and Read More

The competition runs for nine weeks, with entries closing on Friday 23 May at 11.59pm.


Hot issue for education – Student Privacy

Growing public concern about student-data privacy is prompting fresh scrutiny of the ways technology vendors handle children’s educational information—and opening the gates for a flood of new questions and worries from advocates and school officials. Take prominent ed-tech players Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson. Each already has access to the information of tens of millions of U.S. schoolchildren. Read the full article by Benjamin Herold


  • TeachMeets are meetings/un-conferences where teachers share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching with technology.
  • All participants are encouraged to be ready to volunteer an idea, a tool or a website that they have delivered in their classroom.
  • Any teacher can host a TeachMeet, and choose a theme relevant to their practice – participants then offer to present an idea that is related to the theme
  • Many spaces can hold a TeachMeet – pubs, libraries, schools.. They have even had one at a zoo!
  • Alternatively they can discuss a product that they believe enhances their classroom practice.
  • All teachers are encouraged to attend and learn.
  • The idea behind TeachMeets is hearing stories about learning, from teachers (and sometimes students as well!)
  • This is a chance for teachers from all types of schools to network and to hear ideas from each other.
  • A key element of a good TeachMeet is offering a variety of short, sharp presentations rather than longwinded keynotes.
  • Check out the Calendar of events

Party tricks in PowerPoint

Two handy features in PowerPoint 2010 are the trim video feature, enabling users to edit a video on the ly an feature from images, which performs a basic image edit.

Here is a FUSE package with why and how you could use these features. The package also features instructions to use the EDUSTAR suite

A reminder to Victorian Government teachers that you can login to FUSE to store and share your own resources and videos and make your own packages.

Flipped Classroom live in the classroom

Peter Smythe listens to his students and actually changed his way of teaching. This is a great video hosted by AITSL which shows a secondary maths teacher working a flipped classroom model

The ”flipped classroom” method was introduced to Gungahlin College students in Canberra last year. Feedback surveys suggest his students stop, pause, fast-forward, rewind and repeat his lectures several times – some even watch them backwards. A number of students have worked through the lectures together via online chat networks and many separate themselves into groups in class according to ability level.

Mr Smythe admitted the method separated his class, with some students surging ahead while others fell slightly behind. But he was confident it was a beneficial style for all his students.

”There will always be students who hit a barrier in your lessons but the problem with traditional teaching is that we can’t always wait for them to get over that barrier, so we just surge ahead,” he said. ”By giving these students time to get over that hurdle – which they can do by pausing and revisiting the clip – research has shown they can get over that hurdle, excel and catch up.

”At the end of the day, that is what our job is all about.”
Read more:

See the Gungahlin College Youtube Channel for maths videos

ABC Splash – Let’s Draw with Graeme Base live event

ABC Splash are running a fabulous event Let’s Draw with Graeme Base live event. Draw pictures and let your imagination run wild with picture storybook illustration!

We investigate how to create unbelievable characters to tell a convincing story with Graeme Base, one of Australia’s best-loved illustrators. Victorian Government teachers are able to access all of the

Animalia: Primary Teaching Resource videos and activities at (Edumail login required)

The event is live Thursday 2nd June at 2pm and all you need to do is register.

Ranking of countries in education – how does it work?

Schools often hear about how Australian schools are ranked internationally and contrary to popular belief they are not ranked on NAPLAN data.


The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluates education systems worldwide by testing at random students with their own tests.

If you are interested in looking at some of those tests, the 15 year old maths and problem solving tests are available online.

The advice is to use Firefox

For those of you who want to dig deeper PISA-2012-results-volume-V

Cybersafety – Chatterbox for parents and research report released

Chatterbox is essentially an online chat program for parents, where they can learn about Cybersafety, pre-submit questions, share stories and advice. Chatterbox can be downloaded and accessed at home or on a mobile device. Each episode starts with a video followed by an audio discussion featuring targeted steps for parents to take action and/or start online safety conversations with their children. New Chatterbox episodes will be released though out the year. Schools should promote this initiative for parents.

ACMA’s new Cybersmart research report ‘Connected Parents in the cybersafety age’ was also released.  This report provides an analysis of parents’ needs with regard to cybersafety education and focuses on patterns of internet use, identified concerns and information needs of the main caregivers of children and young people aged 8 to 17.


New Bully Stopper classroom resources

Classroom Resources

Links to downloadable classroom activities, videos, interactive learning modules and quiz, advice sheets and other useful resources to use in the classroom.