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

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Pedagogy, How To

Learning design collaborative project call for schools

The Australasian ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’ ( cluster is a group of schools in Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand.

The cluster has developed a project to engage students from across the globe in authentic action research, which you can be part of.

The purpose of the project is to get students and teachers examining their learning environments and taking action to make them better places to learn and work in.

Students in classes around the world will be guided through a 4 week Collaborative Inquiry Cycle where they measure light and sound levels in their classrooms, collect data about their learning spaces, research some ways to improve their learning environments, put their ideas into action and then report back on their findings. This project is based loosely on the work of Dr Stephen Heppell and his Learnometer project

Students will be encouraged to collect audio, video and photographic evidence about their classrooms and share it via a Google Doc and a Google Slide show. (Please ensure that your permission forms are up to date and allow for sharing of images on the internet)

The students will be encouraged to find, use and share digital tools that support their investigation, such as decibel readers and lux meters.
Teachers can participate in weekly webinars and be guided through the 4 week Inquiry Cycle

Date  / Time Session Title and Description Weblink
Week 111th March 3.45pm (Melbourne)I know this date has passed. But view the recorded sessionGo to the recording Project Overview/ AssessFind out about how students in classrooms around the world can work together to influence the quality of their learning environments. Find out how your students can use digital tools to assess aspects of their learning environment and share their findings. Go to the recording
Week 218th March3.45pm (Melbourne) DesignFind out how you can support your students to look at the results of their investigation and using the latest research, design a change to their learning environment that will improve the effect of light or sound.
Week 325th March3.45pm (Melbourne) ImplementFind out how to help your students get busy and make the changes to the learning environments within schools.
Week 415th April3.45pm (Melbourne) Reflect, Measure, Evaluate, ShareThis week’s webinar helps teachers to bring together all the work that has been undertaken and examine the difference it has made within their schools.
TBC Learning Environments Wrap-up PartyThis week’s informal webinar gives teachers a chance to celebrate their work on the Global Challenge and to give us feedback on what worked and what we can do better next time TBC

It could involve one classroom with a handful of students or many classrooms across the school.  The most important part is to be involved as the key learning for teachers and students in this project with be through joining in the process with other schools.
The project kicks off on Wednesday 11th March with a webinar at 3.45pm Australia Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Join us to find out more about the project and how you can get involved. The link to a recording of the webinar  will be tweeted out using #npdl and #globalchallenge hashtags

It will be a great way for you and your students to not only find out more about your own learning environments, but also to share and learn with others across the globe.

Project resources can be downloaded from this link

Please contact Marc Blanks or Wendy Macpherson if you have any questions.

Posted in Challenge, Digital technology, Uncategorized

Teaching the geography of food

Seth Dixon is a Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College and writer who recently published and article for National Geographic Education. In that article he presented his ten favourite resources including articles and videos about  food and the geography of food production and distribution scarecrow1

Here is that article featuring resources for teachers to use in any discussion around food and some of the current global issues. For the article go here

Posted in Geography, Health Education

Planning for 1-to-1 Learning

Implementing and sustaining a 1-to-1 program for students in a school presents both challenges and opportunities. The Sustaining a 1-to-1 Program in a School provides advice on what schools need to consider to make informed decisions about 1-to-1 program implementation by:

  • presenting the options available to ensure students have access to digital technologies;
  • demonstrating the learning and teaching benefits that 1-to-1 has for students, parents and the school community;
  • outlining the key elements to consider when planning, implementing and sustaining your school’s 1-to-1 program; and
  • sharing practices from schools across Victoria.

Planning for 1-to-1 Learning is a digital publication that provides practical advice and resources that can be accessed online on any device through any browser.Planning for 1-to-1 Learning small image of 1 to 1 learning booklet shows girl facing a laptop

For more information, see: Planning for 1-to-1 Learning DigiPub

For more resources, see the Planning for 1-to-1 showcase.

For more information, please contact:

Posted in Uncategorized

Web Conferencing for schools

Do you have a sister school or an expert you want to invite to speak to your students? or work with your staff? You dont have to get into a bus, car (or plane sadly!) You could use Vitural Conferencing.

Virtual conferencing can be accessed via the internet and allows for participants in multiple locations to interact using audio, video, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, a shared interactive whiteboard, polling or instant messaging. Victorian schools have access to many virtual conferencing tools including:


For more information, see: Virtual Conferencing

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Technologies, Web conferencing

Almost 3.5M subscribers asapSCIENCE

Science concepts, ideas and questions and the capacity to get involved – every science enthusiasts’ dream.

I can’t stop singing the Periodic Table song (6.7M of us cant be wrong!) but I am not doing it as well as a 4 year old who has submitted their video to meet the challenge. This is just one video from and extensive collection produced by the asapSCIENCE team in Canada.

The videos look at the science behind everyday questions and are really pitched at students wondering about the world. You may have seen the What colour is the dress? question doing the social media rounds. The asapSCIENCE team have produced a video explaining the science behind it all.

Great resource for Science classrooms and homework options for teachers.

Join YouTube and subscribe to

Victorian Government Schools who wish to provide YouTube Access can view this advice on the DET site 

Many schools have opened access to YouTube for their teachers and some have opened it for students. Outlining expected behaviors when using social media sites is part of educating student to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies.


Posted in Challenge, Science

Full Tilt Ahead assessment infographic

Created by Full Tilt Ahead would love to add “How are students going to show what to do with what they know?” (Bit of a mouthful!)

I scooped this from Dennis T O’Conner and thought it was really worth discussing at a staff meeting along with any discussion around assessment or digital learning. On idea I would like to add under the evaluation of understanding (And hoping to detect misunderstanding) would be the use of digital technologies to create a digital story – almost instructional text around concepts and where relevant concepts.  Using screen capturing software or apps like Explain Everything or Show Me and activity could be “create understanding”

Posted in Assessment, Creativity, Digital Literacy, Digital Pedagogy, Digital technology, Pedagogy, Professional Learning, Uncategorized

iTunes U K-12 for schools

iTunes U for schools

One of the device choices for schools undertaking a 1-to-1 program is an iPad, using a variety of apps and the potential of bulk purchasing iBooks for students.

One of the challenges for educators has been to connect the content and the learning.

Courses developed through the Apple Course Manager are one way to do this.

Some examples of Courses include:

Antarctica – Years 5/6 – Croydon Hills PS

Year 8 Science – Energy- Ringwood SC
Year 7 English – Albert Park College

Globally, schools are presenting and sharing their courses on iTunes U K-12 (part of the iTunes Store)

Here are some great Australian examples iTunes U Australian Curriculum collection

There are many teachers who have created courses who are not making them public and are sharing them directly via a link with their students.

This is possible but there are limitations around course numbers (max 12) or the amount of people you can share your courses with (50 people).

These limitations can be removed if teachers become affiliated with an iTunes U Campus. They can still keep their content behind the scenes but they will be able to share the link more broadly.

There are two ways that teachers can be affiliated.

A school can set up and manage their own iTunes U Campus on the iTunes U public site as these schools have done

John Monash Science School

Keilor Views PS

Wonga Park PS

Victorian Government schools can affiliate themselves through the

Department’s iTunes U Campus 

To affiliate your account, send your Apple ID to your institution’s (DET’s)  iTunes U Public Site Manager administrator and request that the administrator add you as a contributor to the site at

Teachers must:

  • use their school email address eg Edumail to create their Apple ID for the courses that they develop for their students. This will allow us to identify you as teachers for the campus and It also keeps a teacher’s professional content separate from their personal content. (Always a good idea)

For further help go to

Posted in Class Activities, Digital Technologies, iPads

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!
Posted in Blogs, Challenge, Digital Technologies, Global2, How To, New technologies, Professional Learning, Web 2.0

Ensuring that you are using images you have permission to use and presenting the attribution of those images appropriately is a challenge for all bloggers.

CompfightCompfight is a new function in Global2. The plugin allows you to search Creative Commons images on Flickr from directly inside your dashboard and add the images to posts with attribution.

Lots of educators like using Compfight as it makes it faster to find images which have been made available by their creators. It is really important to have the conversation with your students that the technology is supporting them to do the right thing by automatically acknowledging the copyright owner. These owners have used Creative Commons licences to allow all of us to enjoy and use their images. Attribution is what they have asked in return. A pretty fair deal really.

We have attempted to keep the search as safe as possible with some clever tech work by the Edublogs team. Blocking certain words from search helps but it is always important to quality assure the images yourself as sometimes the internet can let you down. The message that there is nothing like your own common sense.

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Posted in Blogs, Cybersafety, Digital Technologies, Global2

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