THE 2012 ATOM AWARDS PRIMARY, MIDDLE & SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
The announcement of the 2012 ATOM Awards schools winners took place on Wednesday evening at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, Melbourne.
Eight categories were presented, recognising the best productions from
our newest generation of filmmakers – spanning primary, middle and senior secondary school levels – with comedian Kate McLennan acting as master of ceremonies.
The official awards ceremony was followed by a special screening of a selection of the winning films, giving students a unique opportunity to see their creations on the silver screen. To see all films got to http://atomawards.org/school/
Skoodle is the new incarnation of Superclubs Plus. It is a protected social network where children experience first-hand how to keep themselves safe online. It gives young children the guided experience, the confidence, the skills and the knowledge to better protect themselves online.
Skoodle is a social network where children learn in a safe community of 6-14 year olds.
Teachers use Skoodle in the classroom to teach digital literacy, introducing students to essential web skills in a fun learning environment.
Children can also explore independently, taking part in a range of educational activities, games and projects.
Skoodle provides children with what is often their first experience of a social network, giving them essential skills and behaviours to navigate their online lives. http://www.skoodle.com/d/
Music Songwriting with Katie Noonan – Secondary Classes
16 November 2012, 10am – 1pm
THIS IS A VICTORIA, (AUSTRALIA) EXCLUSIVE EVENT
After the huge success of the first “Anatomy of Music” (NSW) secondary workshop in NSW, Musica Viva are thrilled to announce a second event with Katie live from ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Federation Square, Melbourne. With the help of an experienced music educator, Katie will give students a unique insight into the song writing process.
The workshop will also be available to regional Victorian schools via selective video conference ‘HUBS’. These HUBS include:
* WARRAGUL (Warragul Regional College)
* BALLARAT (to be advised)
* BENDIGO (Bendigo South East Secondary College)
* HORSHAM ( Tentative Horsham College)
* SHEPPARTON (Shepparton High School)
* SURF COAST (Surf Coast Secondary College)
Equipped with the latest Polycom technology, a finely-tuned piano and an experienced music educator (not to mention her immaculate voice), Katie Noonan will give your students an invaluable insight into the song writing process.
In a unique learning experience, she’ll sing, tinkle the ivories and use samples of ARIA award-winning recordings to guide students through a tailored workbook.
Anatomy of Music is a brand new series of composition workshops allowing secondary music students all over VIC the opportunity to work with Australia’s leading composers and songwriters via live performance and interactive video conferencing.
At this busy time of year, how about re-charging your batteries by engaging in some stimulating professional learning? Can’t decide what to do? Here’s where ACMI Education can help you out.
We have designed a program to build knowledge and skills and give you a chance to try out new ideas with like-minded colleagues.
We invite you to join us for a screen literacy smorgasbord of professional learning opportunities and a preview of what ACMI has in store for 2013.
Please book quickly, as we anticipate keen interest in this program. For those who are unable to participate this year, register your interest in a similar program at the start of Term 1 next year.
SCREEN LITERACY SMORGASBORD
ACMI TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY
WHEN? Tuesday 27 November 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
WHO? Primary and secondary teachers of all year levels
WHAT? Practical ideas, workshops and talks
HOW MUCH? $110 per person, including morning tea, lunch and resource material, or $95 for teams of two or more
SELECT SESSIONS FROM THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM Film as Text: Using Short Films in the Middle Years Classroom Backyard Filmmaking: Simple, cheap effects for making a B-Grade Sci-Fi Film Moving Image in the Primary Classroom App Making – Creating interactive storybook and motion comic apps Games in the Classroom An Introduction to Screen Literacy Creating Machinima using MovieStorm An Introduction to Cyber Ethics Special film screenings Guest speakers: Industry professionals suggest ways to inspire students to follow their creative dreams.
The ACMI Education Team will be supported by guest speakers including: Nick Verso (www.nicholasverso.com), 2010 Tropfest finalist, currently working on a feature film project funded by Screen Australia. Millipede, an app, game and web development company, whose recent projects include the Randling game for the ABC, Bullistic, a free game downloaded over 200,000 times. Millipede also have a successful background in educational app development with Before the Storm, Mathstronaut and 1-2-3 Sheep. Katherine Tonkin, a successful Australian actress (Macbeth, 2006, City Homicide,The Histrionic 2012, Malthouse and STC), inspires students to explore the possibilities provided by acting and drama.
FULL DAY ANIMATION WORKSHOP
OTHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMS IN NOVEMBER 2012
Thursday 29 November 2012: VCE Teacher Program: Exploring Issues of Belonging and Identity http://www.acmi.net.au/ed_skin.aspx
Thursday 29 November – Friday 30 November 2012; My Story Digital Story Program for Teachers http://www.acmi.net.au/ed_dst_classroom.aspx
To make an enquiry or to book a place, email Susan Bye email@example.com
Common Sense Media have launched their new Scope and Sequence tool to support teachers using digital technologies and teaching about their safety. These cross-curriculular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic.
See Scope and Sequence
RALEIGH — It will soon be illegal for a student to bully a teacher online in North Carolina, under an expansion of the state’s cyberbullying law that goes into effect Dec. 1 and may be the first of its kind in the country.
The School Violence Prevention Act of 2012 will make it a misdemeanor for students to post something online “with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee.” It builds on a similar law passed in 2009 that criminalized online bullying of a student or a student’s parent or guardian.
Legislators say the law is necessary to keep up with the rise of students on social media. Read more here:
With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.
The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preloaded alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs. Full Article
Food for thought : What a contrast? kids can’t spell because of technology vs Texting helps improve spelling
Here are two interesting articles for you to check out. Both are written by By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Telegraph UK
Spellcheck generation ‘failing to write simple words’
Children are struggling to write “simple and everyday words” because of an increasing reliance on spellcheckers, according to research. Full article
Text messaging ‘improves children’s spelling skills’
Mobile phone text messaging can boost children’s spelling skills, according to new research
The use of “textisms” can improve literacy among pupils by giving them extra exposure to word composition outside the school day, it was claimed.
The conclusions come despite fears that the use of abbreviations such as “CU L8R”, “Gr8” and “innit” can undermine children’s reading and writing.
Critics have suggested that text messaging can blur the boundaries between colloquialisms and standard English, with some teachers claiming that slang is now creeping into children’s school work. Full article
Facebook Launches Prevent Bullying Page
The social network gathered together resources on the topic, including:
- A support dashboard where users can follow up on problem posts.
- A video outlining use of new tools from Facebook, including social resolution tools.
- Another video sharing successful stories from communities who are taking on the issue of bullying head-on.
- Links encouraging users to take the “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” pledge.
Tom Kenyon – 09.10.2012
The other day a very talented and committed member of my team suddenly looked very worried and asked me:
‘What if we’re wrong?’
‘What do you mean?’ I replied.
‘What if we’re wrong about digital technology and education? What if it doesn’t make any difference? There’s no evidence from previous trials that technology makes any difference to attainment. What if we’re wasting money?’ Full article