STEAMpunk conference DATTA

The Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA) VicDATTA
invites teachers to their STEAMpunk Conference 13 & 14 May

STEAMpunk is for primary & secondary teachers.

It will explore best practice in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics, and take an in-depth look at the new F-10 Design and Technologies curriculum.

For more information REGISTER NOW at

Posted in Curriculum, Digital Technologies, Digital technology, Pedagogy, Professional Learning, STEM

ANZAC Day ideas from Splash

Every ANZAC Day my old principal used to read the students Simpson and his donkey over the loud speaker. I remember the senior kids knowing it off by heart. Its a lovely story but for those who want to mix it up Annabel Astbury from ABC Splash has presented some great resources for you to check out.

1918mccraesbABC Splash ANZAC Topic Page

We’ve curated a selection of clips from the Splash Library and from across the ABC all mapped to the Australian Curriculum, including these clips on The Last Post and The meaning of ANZAC Day.

Gallipoli – The First Day: Interactive documentary site

Get your students to immerse themselves in the first day landings at Gallipoli in 1914. An extensive resource that explores Australian and Turkish perspectives on the ‘day that shaped a nation’.

Australian War Memorial Education Resources

A great collection of practical activities and primary resources for use in the classroom as well as this collection of resources exploring multiculturalism in the AIF.

M is for Mates: Animals in Wartime

Poppies is pegged on the wall bearing the World War I dead soldiers' names, at the Australian War Memorial in the northern French city of Villers-Bretonneux, on April 25, 2012 as part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day ceremony. Anzac Day commemorations are held each year on April 25 to mark the anniversary of the ill-fated landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in World War I. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Did you know animals could be awarded a medal for bravery in war? Ideal for younger students learning about different aspects of war, this publication by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs takes a different, often uplifting, take on life on the frontline.

Andrew Denton’s Brothers In Arms

This clip invites older students to contemplate the many different ways the past is remembered and commemorated. An excellent introduction to the way documentary can contribute to the historical record.

Posted in Class Activities, Curriculum, History

Heywire ABC writing competition

If you’re aged 16-22, and live outside the big cities, enter your story in the Heywire competition and be part of Haysomething big. Entries close 16 September 2016. Stories can take a variety of forms.

Here is the link to previous winning stories. Take the time to read and be inspired. There are also some tips for a great entry everyone should check out.


Posted in Challenge, Class Activities

‘Technology, Design and the Moving Image’ Education Week 2016

To celebrate Education Week, Australian Centre of the Moving Image ACMI and Australian Teachers of Media ATOM invite you to find out more about the design and production of games, animations and live-action films.

There are two programs suitable for secondary students:

Each program will begin with a talk mapping digital and design technology solutions for making moving image productions. You will then see these ideas take shape in a screening of outstanding student-made productions from Screen It and the ATOM Awards.ATOM

These programs are free but bookings are essential.

Click here to register for the EAL Program.

Click here to register for the Secondary Program


Posted in animation, Curriculum, Digital Learning, Digital Literacy, Digital Stories, Student activities

Let’s Draw

Meet Graeme, illustrator Ben Wood and children’s author Deborah Abela, with a live studio and online audience.

This 30 minute inspiration presents working writer/ illustrators discussing their work. ABC splash presented this live event in 2014.  When asked why he  became an author?  Graeme Base’s response “Nobody said I couldn’t”.

Posted in Class Activities

Google science fair

Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals or teams from 13 to 18 years old.
#howcanwe make the world better with science?

Entries close 8th May 2016


Posted in Uncategorized

Global2 upgrade this weekend

Global2 will be undergoing a “grease and oil change” this weekendshutterstock_305539004.

We have chosen the timing of this upgrade to coincide with Victorian school holidays in order to minimise disruption for our users.  

The upgrade will begin Friday April 1 at 10 pm and be completed by Sunday April 3 10 pm 

During this time Global2 blogs will be view only, meaning that you will be able to view blogs but not login or change any of the content on a blog. 

We thank you for your understanding and wish you a great weekend.

Regards from the Global2 team 


Posted in Notice to users

Safe and happy Easter – Fun things to do

Wishing all Global2 bloggers a happy and safe Easter.zz holidays

Check out these two sites for things you can do over the school holidays in and around Victoria

Weekend Notes   and  Thats Melbourne


Here are some ideas to try at home Easter


Here are some activities to check out on your computer or device about other celebrations Celebrations

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Resources

Don’t miss ‘Little Lunch’ Cast Q & A, this Wednesday 23rd March

Don’t miss this FREE webinar opportunity

This Wednesday, 23rd March from 12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEDT)

Register NOW!!!

littlelunchtrailerLittle Lunch is a comedy series where every episode takes place during that highly anticipated school day break – morning snack time! It is centred around that 15 minutes when teachers are not close by, it’s just you and your friends, and school yard politics, rumours, competitions, mysteries, and fun. It’s all too short, but tomorrow there is always another ‘Little Lunch’ and another story to be re-told.

This Wednesday, 23rd March, students from primary schools across Australia will have a unique opportunity to be part of a live Q&A webinar with cast members of the popular ABC3 TV series, Little Lunch.

Primary students will be able to ask questions to the cast members and hear about the behind the scenes stories. This event is open to Years 3-6 primary class groups from throughout Australia.

Places will be limited in the webinar, so check the details below to register. The webinar is presented by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Little Lunch Cast Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, 23rd March

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (AEDT)

Year Levels: Years 3-6

Cost: Free

Registration Link:

Further Details:


Thank You Jill Brown for the post

Tap into more great Little Lunch resources

Australian Children’s Television Foundation have now released a number of resources to support the use of Little Lunch as a teaching resource.

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Technologies, Online Projects, Online Resources, Student activities

Don’t miss our Mini Maker Faire – tomorrow and Saturday!

Don’t miss our two Maker events being offered this Friday and Saturday, guaranteed to excite and engage:

  • Friday 18th March 2016 10.00am -2.00pm : Mini Maker Education Day.
    Register NOW!
  • Saturday 19th March 10.00am – 4.30pm: Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @KIOSC (Community Event). Register NOW!


The Mini Maker Education Day @KIOSC  is an exciting day for students, and provides an opportunity to explore a number of ‘Making’ activities in workshops run by fellow students, teachers and community members. Students will have the opportunity to show what they have made, share what they have learned and learn new skills.

Register for the Mini Maker Education Day @ KIOSC now!

The Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @KIOSC: This event is open to the community. The Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made, to share what they have learned and learn new skills. Students will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Maker Faire.

The Mini Maker Faire is of interest to primary, secondary and tertiary education students and teachers as well as a wide range of employers, manufacturers and community members. It promotes the importance of active hands-on learning across all ages.

Making is a global movement for all ages and backgrounds and skill levels that supports STEM and engages participants in complex problem solving, tinkering and inventing using new and old technologies.

The Maker events will be held at KIOSC is a purpose-built high‑tech education and vocational training facility in Wantirna.

Register for the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire @ KIOSC now!

For more information, please visit

Thanks Jill Brown for the Post

Posted in How To, STEM

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