Virtual Learning Coaches to support Vic Govt teachers

On Tuesday (despite only going back to school for a few days) 227 teachers had their first ever go at doing a webinar with their students for Safer Internet Day. With close to 13,000 students in Victorian Schools alone, the sessions were well received and the teachers involved should be congratulated. The sessions we co-host with the eSafety Commission happen twice a term.

Having virtual sessions coming to your classroom can be an amazing opportunity for your students and we are here to help you make it happen.

DET has the Fab4 Virtual learning Coaches who can help you Gary, Schultz (Butch), Jenny Ashby, Stephen Elford and Alistair Bishop. To check out their sessions and get their details go to their Global2 Learners’ Voice to Virtual Learning 





Posted in Curriculum, Digital Learning, Web Conferencing

Victorian school access to full Wolfram suite

The Department of Education and Training has entered into a three-year agreement for the provision of a proprietary suite of Wolfram products across all Victorian secondary schools. The licence covers school devices, teacher devices and student bring your own devices (BYOD).

The Wolfram suite of products is internationally recognised as powerful learning tools across STEM. It has applications in the areas of computation, problem modelling, coding and more. It also enables the creation of resources and assessment.

Professional Learning

Victorian Teacher – Wolfram Hands-On Start Mentor Training

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early.

This hands-on course will provide teachers who are new to the Wolfram Language the basics for using the Wolfram tool suite within their classrooms. At the completion of this seminar attendees will be recognised as skilled Wolfram technology users. This training is suitable for teachers in all STEM areas.

  • Wednesday 1 March – John Monash Science School, Clayton
  • Thursday 2 March – Kensington Town Hall
  • Friday 3 March –  La Trobe University, Bendigo

Check it all out at

Posted in Curriculum, Mathematics

Safer Internet Day webinars – all welcome

Hi to you all, hope you had a great break,

As you know Safer Internet Day is a global event held annually to promote the safe and responsible use of digital technologies, for children and young people.

The theme for 2017 is Be the change: Unite for a better internet.

It always happens early February which is usually a mad rush for us all but every year it amazes me the effort you all put in to getting your kids organised for the day.

But we have a couple of events we invite you and your students to attend.
Primary Schools

The Department, in partnership with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission is delivering two free online seminars on Tuesday 7 February 2017 for primary students in Years 4, 5 and 6. Both sessions will take place in the Department’s Virtual Conference Centre (VCC).

  • Session one – 9:20am to 10:10am
  • Session two – 2:00pm to 2:50pm

To register for the webinars, see:

Registration for the webinars closes on Monday 6 February at 12pm. Resources provided on the Global2 site will be available throughout 2017.

Posted in Digital Learning, Digital technology, Student activities

Global2 email issues for Edumail users

Some Victorian Government Teachers have been experiencing issues setting up a new Global2 blog.
Teachers may not be receiving a confirmation email with their temporary password in their Edumail inbox.

Note** this is not affecting student email accounts or Catholic teacher accounts.

We are working to resolve this, but in the meantime teachers who wish to set up a new blog should send the following to

Email address
Preferred username, and
Blog Title

Posted in Uncategorized

Facebook event for Safer Internet Day

Safety in the age of disappearing media

The Department is working with Facebook and Instagram who are hosting a #girltakeover safety workshop working with the children’s charity Plan International Australia, the anti-bullying group Sticks ‘n Stones and the New Zealand safety organisation NetSafe across Australia and New Zealand.

The focus of the session will be on Safety in the age of disappearing media.
We are seeking 40 female secondary students to participate in a half day session held at Facebook & Instagram’s new Melbourne office on Safer Internet Day Tuesday 7th February, 2017 .

Support would be provided by Facebook to help with the cost of attendance.e.g bus train etc.
We are able to offer 40 positions for the day. (Plus a teacher for each pair).

Nominate your students here 

So what is the day about?

Increasingly across social platforms — whether it’s SnapChat or new product features on Facebook and Instagram — there is the option to share content that disappears. This may give rise to a false sense of security and safety. Many existing safety education campaigns are focused on the safety strategy, tools and tips in relation to permanent media.

Students would be required to consider the issues and possible messages and policy changes that would be required to support all students to be safe and responsible users in such online spaces.

Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety, Cybersmart

Hour of Code this week

The Department and Splash, are supporting Code Club Australia to challenge you to build a game using Scratch.

Scratch is an intuitive tool to help children from 8 to 16 years old learn to code. Scratch helps students think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively – and what’s more it’s fun!

This challenge is hosted by Code Club Australia. There are fantastic support resources on ABC Splash.

Code Club Australia is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led, after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

Code Club Australia also provides curriculum and training for teachers.

The challenge uses Scratch to build the game. Scratch is designed especially for 6 to 16 year olds, but is used by people of all ages. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

get involved: @ABCSplash here 


Posted in Challenge, Digital Learning, Gaming for learning, Programming

Learn about FUSE

This session on Monday 5th December will fuse-imageprovide an overview of the new FUSE (

Learn how to search, save and leverage FUSE for your learning and teaching program. This session starts at 3.45pm and is hosted by Sandy Phillips from the Learning and Teaching Branch! All welcome! sign up here


Posted in Digital Resources

Secret Security Business – eSafety webinars for students

You are invited to the  ‘Secret Security Business’ Virtual Classroom

The DET and the eSafety Commission are inviting teachers to register their upper primary classes for a session titled: Secret Security Business
Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students.

We are running two sessions on Tuesday 29 November 2016 Select your preferred time and select the link to register. 

The presentation will assist students to:

* be aware of some of the latest scams
* report a scam, unwanted contact and cybercrime
* think before they place their own and other’s personal information online
* check settings to secure information as safely and privately as possible
* use and control strong passwords.

No special equipment is required just an internet connected computer with a screen/ interactive whiteboard and or data projector.

Students will be encouraged to use a Todaysmeet back channel which will be set up on the day.

Session One

When: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 09:15 AM – 10:00 AM

To register for session 1 go to

Session Two
When: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM

To register for session 2 go to




Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety, Cybersmart, Digital Literacy, Wellbeing

Minecraft: Education Edition Workshop

Teachers are invited to attend a Minecraft: Education Edition Workshop

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: The Peninsular School, Mt Eliza

Overview: Trent Ray (Microsoft Teacher Ambassador) and Dean Pearman (Director of Learning Technologies & Innovation at The Peninsula School, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert) will be showcasing learning opportunities in the newly released Minecraft: Education Edition.

Posted in Gaming for learning, How To, Professional Learning

Make your Blog look Fab- use Divi!

Divi is one of the templates in Global2. It allows you to achieve the look and feel of a contemporary website. It is contained as an option in Global2.divi (No need to pay etc.) Just choose it as your template.

Within Global2 it comes with some templates that allow you to set the structure and design that yo are after.
Here is the link to the original developers of Divi to explain how it works and where to go to for help.

Hee are 2 different sites that have used Divi and the Divi -builder in Global2. This is an important skill set for senior students to utilize and it allows them to work with the tools of professional Web Designers.

Posted in Arts, Class Activities, Digital Technologies, Global2, How To

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