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The 2013 VITTA Annual Conference and Expo

The 2013 VITTA Annual Conference and Expo is set for August again this year and is already aspiring to be the best ever. Provoking Learning with ICT will be a conference designed for all learners, exploring the exciting environments and the opportunities for students and teachers to enhance their learning through technology. Provoking Learning with ICT highlights the innovation, creativity and achievement of teachers and students nationally in and beyond the classroom.

Now is the time to get the staff at your school together and plan your two days at the VITTA 2013 Provoking Learning with ICT conference in August.

Please note the 2013 conference will be a Bring Your Own Device Event and will not have computer labs available. Register Now 

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How to Twitter resources presented by SLAV

The School Library Association Victoria (SLAV) have put together a terrific, simple to follow “How to get started with Twitter” on their Bright ideas blog.

This is a great resource to share with your staff or students to increase their social media knowledge.

Twitter is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with people, share your thoughts or links and build communities of like minded users. Find out how to get started, protect your privacy, create your profile and send tweets.

http://slav.global2.vic.edu.au/guides/twitter-user-guide/twitter-guide-to-getting-started/#.Ufmn2NI3BGY

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Bullying and cyberbullying resources to share with parents

Bullying and Cyberbullying

This module, developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, (clinical psychologist and student wellbeing specialist), has been developed to help parents understand, recognise and manage bullying and cyberbullying behaviours. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/parentmodules.aspx

go to interactives page

 

Ted Ed

TED-Ed is a free educational website for teachers and learners. We are a global and interdisciplinary initiative with a commitment to creating lessons worth sharing. Our approach to education is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas.http://ed.ted.com/ 

Melbourne International Film Festival’s Next Gen program

School bookings for Melbourne International Film Festival’s Next Gen program are now open. Free ATOM study guides, suitable for secondary students, are available for selected films including Touch of the Light (Chang Jung-chi, 2012) and Blackbird (Jason Buxton, 2012).

To book a school group to attend a Next Gen film at MIFF, visit http://www.metromagazine.com.au/nextgen/

 

The Flipped Classroom Model

How can you describe the flipped classroom to colleagues?

The Flipped Classroom Model by MADDrawProductions does just that.There are parts of this I would want to modify for my own understanding but this is a pretty good start. Have a look and see what you think. Love to see some comments about what you would add or change.

What’s in the Gonski report?

Given the holidays are here, it is an ideal time for educators to get their heads around some of the current issues and challenges for Australian education. Many educators have followed this throughout the process but there are others wh may be asking What is the Gonski report? This is article summarises the report and presents some of the challenges in an easy to read format. There is even a quiz at the end if you like to take it.

Commissioned by the Government in 2010 and chaired by businessman David Gonski, the review panel received more than 7,000 submissions, visited 39 schools, and consulted 71 education groups across Australia

It presented its findings to the Government in November 2011, and the Government released that report, along with its initial response, in February 2012.

Since then, the Commonwealth and states have been deliberating over what to do with the recommendations. Full article

Digital Learning News

We are pleased to introduce Digital Learning News – a new blog to keep up to date with all things digital. We want this to be a collaborative space where you can make comments or share what is happening in your classroom.

This month’s blog….

  • Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century – This course, supported by DEECD, is modelled on the previous DEECD program Powerful Learning Practice and is led by practicing teachers. It runs throughout Terms 3 to 4 and provides teachers in Victorian State Schools with a flexible professional development program showcasing how teachers from around the state are adding value to teaching and learning through effective and seamless use of digital technologies in the classroom.
  • EduSTAR tutorials available on FUSE, (did you know that through the new Microsoft Licensing Agreement schools can include the core EduSTAR image on student owned devices?)
  • Introducing events related to digital learning on the Professional Learning Calendar – Post a comment here or on the Digital Learning News blog to alert us to events to promote on the calendar.

iPads in the classroom: worth doing right

Lee Badman writes Tablets in K-12 and higher education should not be technology for technology’s sake.

Simply purchasing slick devices like iPads for the classroom is hardly a recipe for educational success.

The temptation to do so is a symptom of an exciting, and perhaps confusing, time in educational technology. Never have students at all grades been more tech savvy, and never have educators had such an astounding range of technical resources available to them for pedagogical use. Let’s talk about why iPad programs don’t always succeed Full Article

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Warm-heartedness in education

Dalai LamaHad this shared with me this morning

What we do need to do is to find ways to incorporate advice about warm-heartedness into our education system.

A simple message that could make a really powerful discussion point with your students.