Acceptable use agreement templates for schools

Schools who are sending out Acceptable use agreements (AUAs) are reminded that there are templates for them to localise available on the department’s website. Acceptable Use Agreements and Consent

Advice sheets


These agreement are templates. Schools can add and/or delete information where necessary to make them relevant to their school environment. It is recommended that teachers work through the behaviours described in the agreement  with their students and send a copy home for students to share and discuss with their parents.

These templates must be accurate, communicated and reviewed regularly and feature information to assist parents to support their child’s internet use at home.

School-based behaviour management policies that reference acceptable use agreements and programs or activities that address safe and responsible online behaviours are more likely to be well received and adhered to if students have been included in their development. Student voice and action is highly valuable as they have the knowledge of how it is being used both appropriately and inappropriately and the related consequences for its misuse.

Student Engagement Policies that have considered online behaviours and responsibilities could achieve the same outcome as the AUA itself.

It is understood that students’ signing of these agreements is a way of raising awareness and is not legally binding on those students.


Did you know you have access to 1000′s of licenced digital resources? – login to FUSE

All of the digital resources licenced for the Ultranet are now all living in FUSE. FUSE Login

Victorian government teachers just need to login to FUSE with their Edumail numbers to access them. They are easily shared with students via link, resource ID or you can physically download them and share them across your network.

Did you know you can do some online PD at home through the State Library?

State Library Victoria – PLN Plus (You don’t have to be a librarian)

Get ready for a new experience in professional learning. PLN Plus is an online course based on the principles of collaborative and networked learning. Together and in independent project teams, we’ll look at practical and conceptual approaches to:

  • creating communities online
  • shifting school cultures
  • changing practice in the digital world
  • the future of learning.

We’ll look beyond all the shiny new tools to concepts and questions such as:

  • What does it take to be an effective learner?
  • What roles does technology play?
  • How can we challenge ourselves and others to learn and collaborate?

This short course is designed for school library teams and educators who are active in Personal Learning Networks or have completed one of our VicPLN courses previously.

It will involve four units with tasks completed online in groups and individually, with an onsite professional development follow-up event (streamed online and recorded for those who can’t attend in person). You can participate as an individual or as part of a school team.

PLN Plus course dates

The next PLN Plus course starts on 10 March 2014.

PLN Plus course costs

$85 per person, or $75 per person for a team of 6 or more or SLAV members (includes GST).

To enrol in this course, you can book online or download and return the booking form at the bottom of this page.

Bookings close on 3 March 2014.

More information

For more information phone  03 8664 7099 or email

Did you know you have free access to web conference technology and coaches?

VCC imageOn Safer internet day we used the Virtual Conference Centre (VCC) to connect students and teachers from across the state. More than 70% of participants were there for the first time ever!!! Great work teachers of Victoria.

I do want to just let you know that as Victorian teachers you are able to use the Virtual Conference Centre (VCC) for free (we have paid for the service) at any time.

You will need to register but it is a great tool to use with your students to talk to anyone any time (And record the session for posterity and or assessment)

Better still we have the Fab Four! – No not Ringo etc but 4 Fab coaches to lead you through the technology.

Virtual Conference Centre coaches 2014

Virtual Conference Centre (VCC) coaches are available to assist teachers and students to prepare for a virtual conference. They can assist with setting up hardware and software, and can share ideas for connecting with others. VCC coaches are Victorian teachers who are released from their classroom duties to facilitate online coaching with those who are new to web conferencing. Coaching occurs online via discussion forums, email and web conferences, by phone or by site visits.

Building a better internet together

Schools across Victoria came together for the annual web conference for Safer Internet Day 11th February (put it in your calendar for next year).

More than 18,000 Victorian students came together online to share ideas and commitment to Building a Better Internet Together.

Hosted by the digital learning team, Greg Gebhart from ACMA presented the interactive presentation.

Students chatted and shared their knowledge and ideas with each other during the session and continued throughout the day to use the online resources located in FUSE and the Global2 Blog

The fact that this global event occurs at the start of our school year is a great opportunity for our schools to establish  our schools’ policies, programs and protocols for the year ahead.

school online checklist  has been prepared for  schools to prepare safe, responsible and smart digital learning policies and programs.

Safer Internet Day

Safer internet day logo Safer Internet Day’s theme for 2014 is Building a Better Internet Together. It is celebrated on Tuesday 11th February. In 2013, over 100 countries, 16,000 schools and 10 million people participated in the day. Whilst Victorian schools work to make everyday a safer internet day, Australia is fortunate that this annual event coincides with our “Back to School” programs. This page presents primary & secondary teaching and learning activities.

It is a great opportunity to get your schools’ policies, programs and protocols ready for the year ahead. A school checklist  for schools to prepare safe, responsible and smart digital learning policies and programs is linked

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) in partnership with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is offering a free online presentation, for students in years 4, 5 and 6.

The presentation will take place in the Department’s Virtual Conference Centre (VCC) on Tuesday 11 February 2014 from 9.30am – 10.30am.

Registrations have closed. Instructions for the day are located 

Top ten social media competencies for teachers


Considering the TPACK Model, there has been discussion around what sorts of technical knowledge teachers should have to facilitate contemporary learning.

No one has ever suggested that teachers should undertake IT degrees or learn to cut code, as they are educators not IT specialists.

This info graphic developed by Med Kharbach, based on Doug Johnson’s post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers captures some key competencies really well. Well worth discussing with staff at your school.

I do just want to add that true to the TPACK Model, the application of these competencies has to be connected to teachers content or curriculum knowledge (Not just blogging about blogging) and must be considered and delivered with an understanding of how that teacher knows their students learn best (pedagogy).



















100 science lectures for the flipped classroom

science flipped classroom

Terry Heick Director of Curriculum, TeachThought has put together 100  Science Lectures For The Flipped Classroom

Each one of those 100 leads to a treasure including number 21


    More than just a lecture, MacArthur Fellow and Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky offers an entire free course consisting of 26 video talks about the physical science behind why humans act the way they do.









Using Scoop it across the curriculum

Here is an example of a teacher from Western Australia, Maree Whiteley using Scoop it across the curriculum.

It’s looking like a glamorous Hotlist with some resources for primary teachers

Please share any others you see in comments.


Scoop it – A great curation tool


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