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Script writing workshop for students

Digital technologies can present new and exciting opportunities for students. The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) are presenting a series of three script writing workshops for primary and early secondary students delivered via video conferencing (ZOOM) directly into classrooms across Victoria.

Workshop 1: Friday 7 August, 2pm – 2.45pm AEST
Workshop 2: Friday 14 August, 2pm – 2.45pm  AEST
Workshop 3: Friday 28 August, 2pm – 2.45pm AEST

Participants are required to attend all three workshops.

Over the three sessions students will develop their skills as a sketch comedy script writer, gain access to one of Australia’s most prominent comedy script writers and use the innovative digital script writing tool, Sketch-O-Matic, to record their ideas.

Workshops are open to class groups aged 11-13 years and will provide students with opportunities to connect with other students from around Australia while honing their skills as the entertainment writers of the future.

This event is a partnership between ACTF and ACMI  and is supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. To ensure greater accessibility, the price of the Workshop Package has been subsidised. Each class booking of three workshop will receive You’re Skitting Me Series 1 & 2 DVDs PLUS class access to the Sketch-O-Matic.

Per class (up to 30 students): $ 50

Online. Connection via free web browsing software Zoom

Contact Sarah Jones at ACTF today to secure your class’ booking. Email: or Phone: 03 9200 5522

Click here for more info.

iPads for Learning Online Professional Learning Program

The Department’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing eight iPads for Learning Online Professional Learning sessions in

Term 2.

These sessions are for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learning with sessions including:ipads for learning

All sessions will be available via the department’s Polycom and MS Lync services.

Recording of the sessions will be made available to non government schools who contact

Participants can select any number of sessions to attend.

Using the ed.ted web resource

Most of you will know TED talks, but did you know there is a fantastic tool for teachers to support them to create their own digital lessons?. It allows you to take an online resource and building your own teaching and learning around them for your students. has a fantastic set of tools that any teacher can use, build a resource for their students and share.

It is described in this video as Flipped learning – Not sure if that is quite the term I would use, as I believe that is more to a Flipped classroom than just creating an online lesson. Nevertheless it presents a great way to support a flipped classroom. Check out this video created by EmergingEdTech

Update to Teacher Challenge

For teachers who would to really like to get their heads around blogging and its potential for their students Edublogs is running its first Teacher Blogging Challenge of 2015! The closing date for having the activities emailed to you have closed however you are still able to participate at your own pace go to:
Whether you are new to blogging, or want a refresher on all of the features that blogging can offer, come join us for our four week crash-course as we guide you through the process of blogging with students.

We’ll cover:

  • Setting up class and student blogs
  • Teaching quality comments and posts
  • Working with widgets
  • Images, copyright, and creative commons
  • Connecting with other classes
  • Tons more!

What do you tell children about living in an unsafe world?

THE Martin Place siege has received near blanket coverage in the media, prompting many parents and teachers to ask what is conversation

appropriate for children to see, and what children should be told about the situation. Sandy Rae, Psychologist presented some ideas on Channel 9’s Today program yesterday. The ideas she presented were similar to Justin Coulson a parenting researcher and author’s article in the Sydney Daily Telegraph.


Student email in Victorian Government schools

I was asked today how to create student email accounts for Global2 from a teacher in a Victorian site. I supplied the following advice and ask if you could share it widely as it also applied to filtering in Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) schools.

At your school, you have your DEECD internet provider iiNET (formally Netspace).

Whoever manages that service  at your school, possibly the school technician, the ICT coordinator or the Principal has the ability to logon online to create email accounts for any or all of students in your school.

They can even use a file from CASES to generate them quickly. Once you find who has the access password etc… you will be guided through. You can contact and they will assist you but it really is pretty easy.

One of the Urban Myths of DEECD school internet  is that DEECD manages school internet including the internet filtering.

It is provided and paid for by DEECD but each school is able to manage who sees what at their school. Many schools have set up different access for teachers and students.

The DEECD Reference for schools from the website provides a process which includes your staff evaluating the site for its educational value when allowing access to your students and establishing agreed behaviours particularly with any social media sites included.



iPads for Learning online professional learning short courses

The Department’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing a number of iPads for Learning online professional learning short courses for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learning.

There will be four short courses, each focusing on a different aspect of using iPads:


  • iPads for new users
  • Publishing with iPads
  • iPads for creating, finding and sharing content
  • iPad: Workflows

These short courses will contain three sessions, with each one hour session building upon the previous session’s learning. All of the courses will be supported with materials accessible via the Department’s iTunes U campus.

For Full details go to

Download this information as a PDF iPads_for_Learning_Short_Courses

Connected Educator Month sessions for producing iBooks using iBooks Author(iBA)

link to apple websiteHere is a great professional learning opportunity for all of the Mac users out there or those who are thinking of exploring one.

It is especially relevant for teachers in schools with one to one iPad programs.

During Connected Educator Month (CEM), Andrew Del Mastro will deliver 3 sessions to support teachers wanting to create quality resources for their students. These 3 x 1 hour sessions, run via Blackboard Collaborate will focus on producing iBooks using iBooks Author(iBA).

Participants will have to have an Apple Computer with iBooks Author (iBA) installed if they intend to work through the session.

An iTunes U course will also be created to compliment the course which will be best accessed via an iPad.

These sessions will take place on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of October and will commence at 4pm Melbourne time. Make sure you get these in your calendar. To see evolving CEM events go to Connected Educator Month.  All CEM sessions are free.

Join CEM for great professional learning including the educational team at National Geographic

The Connected Educator Month (CEM) community is open and waiting for you to join



Once you join a world of Professional Learning awaits you.

By joining the community you can register, organise and attend amazing global sessions and events.

One such event is hosted by the Educational Team at National Geographic

Join them to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects.

In this interactive hangout, staff from iEARN and PenPal Schools will share tips for getting started. You’ll also hear accounts from #teachers about how they’ve used global collaborative projects with their students.



The power of student digital portfolios

Matt Renwick  presents some compelling ideas about Why digital portfolios are important for students …. He begins

With the spreading use of computers and mobile technology in schools, going digital with student portfolios has become more popular. Simply put, digital portfolios are online collections of student work. They allow us to archive, curate and analyse samples of student learning from both the past and the present and keep that data — literally — at the tip of our finger.

Students and teachers can use digital tools to document current understandings, make revisions as thinking changes, share student products both locally and globally and celebrate successes with peers and parents. Although this practice is only one part of a balanced assessment system, there are many benefits that learners, both student and teacher, can gain for developing digital portfolios. Read the full article The power of digital student portfolios

Some reasons:
Become a
digital citizen

Use technology with purpose

Find a global audience

Redefine student data

Improve instructional decision-making

Become students of our own practice

Develop personal learning networks

Global2 users are reminded that all blogs can be exported to Edublogs and WordPress when a student relocates or leaves your school. This can make the portfolio have real life impact. Teachers are reminded to let parents know about their intention to do so and where the blog is being relocated with the URL.