Cybersafety webinars for teachers and students from the new Australian eSafety Commission​

The Department of Education and Training (DET), in partnership with the Australian eSafety Commission, is presenting two free cybersafety webinars, for teachers and students respectively, via the Department’s virtual conferencing facility Adobe Connect. Webinar Cybersafety

The first session for teachers will be an online introduction to the eSafety Commission and the organisation’s role and resources for schools.

The second session for Year 5-7 students. It will focus on connecting safely with others, managing potential risks online, and include strategies to protect personal information.

These seminars will provide teachers and students with information and advice on cybersafety.

Actions Required

To access and register for the eSafety Commission sessions, register via Adobe Connect.

Session Dates

Dates for the eSafety Commission webinars are:

  • Session 1 for teachers
    Thursday 10th September 2015 at 3:45pm – 4:45pm
    An online session for teachers will introduce the role of the newly formed eSafety Commission and the programs and resources they provide for schools.
  • Session 2 for Year 5-7 students
    Wednesday 16th September at 9:30am – 10:30am
    Secret Security Business will get the students to consider how they can connect safely with others and manage potential risks online. It will include strategies to protect their own and other people’s personal information.

Further Information

For any queries about this event, please contact Sandy Phillips, Digital Learning and STEM, at or visit the Australian eSafety Comission website at​

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Meet Morris Gleitzman online Thursday 03 Sep 02:00 PM

ABC Splash is partnering with the Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria to let you chat with some of Australia’s finest children’s authors! 

The first author chat in our series of three is with award-winning author Morris Gleitzman on Thursday 3 September at 2pm.

Get your questions ready!

Meet award-winning author Morris Gleitzman! Join us for a live chat with one of Australia’s best known children’s storytellers to ask where he gets his ideas, how he creates a story and anything else you’d like to know about his books and characters, and his creative mind.

Start sending your questions through right now! Five winning questions will be asked LIVE during the conversation. Just hit the ‘Ask Questions’ tab above, enter your display name (not your real name) and hit ‘sign in’, then type your question in the white box and hit ‘Comment’! Full details  

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Teacher Training in Junior FIRST® LEGO® League

Thanks to Marc for sharing this post through the Digital Learning Newsletter.

Do you have students in the Junior part of your school who are really into LEGO?  Do you feel that you need to catch up on the latest LEGO resources for you classroom? Would you like some support in finding out more?

Then this opportunity could be for you!

2015 Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) Teacher Training in Junior FIRST® LEGO® League

With support from Google, FIRST® Australia will be holding Junior FIRST® LEGO® League teacher training!

We will be holding one day workshops on Thursday the 24th of September and Friday the 25th of September at Macquarie University. Training will include information on FIRST, Jr. FLL, and the WeDo™ kit. Teachers will then get to try it for themselves before we host a teacher – Junior FIRST® LEGO® expo at the end of the day. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Each school:

  • can send up to two teachers.
  • is committing to having at least one Jr. FLL team for the 2015/2016 season.

Final round of applications closes on Friday September 11th.

Access Applications Here!


Posted in Challenge, Professional Learning

Global Collaboration Day, September 17, 2015

Global Collaboration Day 
Join 1,000’s of educators for the very first ‘Global Collaboration Day’ – September 17, 2015.
Full details on website – Global Collaboration Day  use the hashtag #globaled15 globalday

Global Education Conference
The 2015 Global Education Conference will be held November 16-November 19.
All details on the Global Education Conference website.
Applications now open for presentations.
The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Technologies, Global Projects, Online Projects

10 critical thinking activities for students

The Global Digital Citizen Foundation has provided these strategies  to support students to be able to take stands on issues that matter to them in non confrontational ways.

The strategies foster critical thinking and can be used as part of any inquiry based learning.

The activities  presented  support social and personal learning and  have real application for online learning as investigation and research online becomes part of  inquiry based learning.

Posted in Challenge, Curriculum, Digital Technologies

“Google it” with style and some new party tricks and advice from Alan November

Many of us have done it, but it is probably is not a great idea to tell your students to “Google it” as the number of results they receive can begoogle astronomical…..and then what???

Teaching your students to use the features on search engines like Google will empower them to focus their search and get better results.

Inspired by the blog I have included some of the short (20 seconds short) videos to check out and share with your students.

Here is a collection of video tutorials  from Google Help featuring some essential Google search tips. Some of these have a US flavour but there are still some handy tips for schools here in Australia.

For a deeper look into search listen to

Alan November – Who Owns the Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. In this video he presents that we have a challenge to ensure that our students aren’t overconfident  with their use of digital technologies. This is a great resource for a staff meeting. 

Posted in Class Activities, How To, Professional Learning

How to minimize digital classroom distractions

The Global Digital Citizen foundation has published some ideas to support teachers to keep students focused when using digital technologies in their classrooms.

My favourite

“The best classroom management tool: Engaging lessons” 

Read the article


Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety, Digital Technologies, How To

World Photo Day

In the excitement of National Science Week last week I missed another exciting event with particular relevance to the digital world – World Photo Day on the 19th August each year.

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.NPD

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ using a process called Heliography.

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day. The world has been invited to share photos here

Teachers and students of photography may find the site useful.

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities

Heywire competition now open

The ABC’s 2015 Heywire Competition is open now and closes on Wednesday September, 16 2015.  Enter now!ABC Heywire Youth Forum  at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 9th February, 2012. Photographer: Mark Graham

The heart of Heywire is an individual telling a personal story.

You must be aged 16-22 on 31 January 2016. You must also live in Australia, but not in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. Check your eligibility here.

If you turn 16 by 31 January 2016 you are eligible.  For full details go to



Posted in Challenge, Digital Learning, Digital Stories, Student activities

British Movietone, ABC archives and a TROVE of historical treasure

Film is wonderful medium to capture moments in history and the mood of the time in which the film was shot. History teachers and anyone teaching social context or change should have a look at the treasure that is the old British Movietone newsreel archive Channel.

It spans the period 1895 – 1986. It is shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky happenings.

It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage.

The very exciting part is that not only is it compiled but  encourages  users to “to share our content with friends and embed onto your own websites and social media forums.” British Movietone newsreel archive Channel on YouTube .

Victorian government schools who wish to open YouTube for their staff and or students will find advice here.

I have listed some others for you to check out some more local historical archives

Australianscreen is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage.

ABC Archive - search for news events or select a date from 2003

Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives you tools to explore and build.Trove is created and maintained by the National Library of Australia


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