Bullying and cyberbullying module for teachers

Bullying and Cyberbullying Module for teachers. Start the module.

Just a reminder for  teachers that this interactive resource is available for staff to investigate bullying and cyberbullying and support their response.



Posted in Cybersafety

Blackboard Collaborate and MacBooks

Our Virtual Conference Coaches have had a few calls from technicians who are having trouble getting Blackboard Collaborate to work whilst in VicSmart Network on Teacher MacBooks.
If you experience this problem the document below, thanks to Gary Schultz, should help.

Posted in Uncategorized

ABC Splash – 90 second news challenge for students

ABC Splash are running their 90 second news challenge for students. For full details
Students are asked to:
splash newsDecide on your story using the theme: ‘What do we need to know about your community in 90 seconds’
Use your mobile phone or digital camera. Plan what you are going to say in your ‘piece to camera’ and remember, be natural!
Think about including an interview and make sure you have written permission for the interviewee to appear in your report.

Decide and plan what shots you need to cover the story. Plan the shoot day itself to make sure you can get everything you need. Remember to be safe at all times.
After you’ve filmed, edited and are happy with the result – just click ‘enter now’ and upload your video.

Entries open: 8 May Entries close: 10 June
Our team of ABC journalists will pick the best reports to feature in July on ABC online platforms.

Two resources to help you are http://generator.acmi.net.au/ and http://15secondplace.acmi.net.au/


Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Digital Learning, Digital Stories, Video

Timeline tool for your blog

Dipity is a simple to use timeline tool for both you and your students to use to organise the sequence of events or dates of any topic you are working with.  http://www.dipity.com/

You get 3 for free and of course you could upgrade. Some ideas include a history timeline or the sequence of events in a novel eg http://www.dipity.com/dicksonk/British-Invasions-Timeline/ 

The tool allow you to choose who can see it and who can contribute, making it a great collaboration tool to get a shared understanding of any topic. Once created they can be embedded into your blog.

Posted in Class Activities, Online Resources

Museum Victoria Learning Lab

Explore the teacher resources offered by Museum Victoria’s Learning Lab. It includes Science and History for early learners and History and History Skills for senior students. All resources are based on the Australian Curriculum.

Museum Learning Lab

Posted in Mathematics, Science

Aiming High: A strategy for gifted and talented children and young people

A new strategy has been launched to support Victoria’s gifted and talented children and young people to reach their potential.Aiming High

Aiming High: A strategy for gifted and talented children and young people, 2014–19 outlines 18 actions to assist children and young people with outstanding potential or ability in one or more areas.

The 18 actions address four key areas:
  • engaging families and the community
  • extending and supporting the gifted and talented
  • resources and capacity-building for early childhood professionals, teachers and leaders
  • building the evidence base and evaluating programs.

Find out more

Posted in Curriculum, Pedagogy


“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.“ Mark Zuckerberg -Founder, Facebook

Are you interested in coding with your students?  code.org/learn has free tutorials and resources for students and teachers.

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Posted in Class Activities, Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital Technologies

Victorian Education Excellence Awards

Winners for the 2014 Victorian Education Excellence Awards have been announced

The Victorian Education Excellence Awards showcase the outstanding contributions made by teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff in Victorian government schools.

Find out more

Posted in Curriculum, Professional Learning, Research, Wellbeing

Educating Modern Learners

Join Will Richardson in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities presented as we raise modern learners.

This presentation will look at the scope and scale of these shifts, clarify the roadblocks schools face, and offer specific starting points for parents to engage in a truly “different” conversation of how best to prepare their children for a change-filled, more uncertain world in the future.

Wednesday 4 June, 5:30pm at Bastow

Educating Modern Learners-WRichardson

Posted in Curriculum, Professional Learning, Research

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

This DEECD endorsed course runs from 4 June to 29 October 2014 and provides Victorian teachers with a flexible professional development program showcasing the ways in which
teachers from around the state are adding value to teaching and learning through effective and seamless use of ICT in the classroom. The program will provide practical examples of how primary and secondary teachers are enhancing their curriculum delivery and student learning through authentic and effective use of ICT, virtual communities and Web 2.0 tools. The opening session will feature a keynote address and workshop from Will Richardson, an internationally recognised educator, writer and thinker on the intersection of social media and education.

The course assumes that participants will have basic ICT skills, but is targeted at those wanting to enhance their knowledge, skills and curriculum delivery. It will be relevant to:

  • Primary teachers
  • Secondary teachers up to year 10
  • Specialists, Leading Teachers, Assistant Principals and Principals

More information

Posted in Curriculum, Digital Technologies, Professional Learning

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