Habits of mind idea for students

Bena Kallick, Arthur L. Costa’s 16 Habits of Mind, has inspired a great site crafted by Nigel Coutts. HOM

The site describes the Habits of Mind and  presents films which model the attitudes and behaviours

Why not get your students to create their own. I must say the model for Persistence made me smile: Karate Kid’s Wax on Wax off video. Guess how old I am???

Use the film to get students to describe how they recognise  the qualities. It could could really get them thinking  about them before they reflect about themselves. Check out http://www.rediquest.com/

The activity can be done without breaching copyright law by embedding the videos and images. (No copy is being made) Students could also create their own images which they could use. They could also select their own Creative Commons licence. Another way to teach about digital copyright.

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Curriculum, Online Projects, Student activities, Thinking

Little Lunch wins the Prix Jeunesse International Award for Best Fiction Program

Little Lunch has won the Prix Jeunesse International Award for Best Fiction Program for 7-10 year olds in Munich.

It was also a win endorsed by child viewers. Little Lunch was the only show in its category to be one of the top three shows for both adult and child voters, becoming the runner up in the Children’s Jury Prize.

“It is hard to describe how difficult and rare it is to win a prize at Prix Jeunesse,” explains Australian Children’s Television Foundation CEO Jenny Buckland.

The Little Lunch children’s TV series (which was filmed at St Kilda Primary School) has conquered the world! The cast of the show were all 10-11 year-old Victorian students.


Make Your Very Own Episode of ‘Little Lunch’

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, News

Calling all Years 10, 11 and 12 students: Emerging media artists wanted for ACMI Hothouse intensive program

Hothouse is a week-long intensive program for Victorian students in Years 10, 11 and 12, aimed at nurturing creativity and moving image skills.

Each year, ten students are selected and dropped into a fast-paced studio to gain hands-on production experience, contacts in the industry and career inspiration.

Date :27 June 2016 to 1 July 2016

Cost: free for selected participants. The program develops vital skills for the creative industries, from idea development, scripting, and design, to creating and editing the visual and audio components.

Applications close on Friday 27 May, 2016, 5pm AEST

Support for those living outside of Metropolitan Melbourne is also available. Full details

Posted in Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital Technologies, Digital technology, Student activities, Video

Convergence Science webinar for students and teachers: What is it and why is it the future?

This webinar will be of interest to secondary school students and teachers studying STEM subjects. download

This first conference will be presented by Harris Eyre. More information and registration.

The Convergence Science Network (@ConverSci) & John Monash Science School(@JohnMonash) are excited to launch the Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) on Thursday 26th of May with the first of six interactive web conferences for 2016.

Posted in Curriculum, Pedagogy, Web Conferencing

Digital Portfolios: Moving Beyond the Glorified Scrapbook

For the first time, we were equipped with the tools to create digital portfolios with learning evidence in the form of descriptive feedback, images, audio and video. Many teachers and students are using a Global2 blog as their digital portfolio.shutterstock_224361196

This article was previously published in Teaching and Learning with Heart.  Kelli Vogstad @KelliVogstad and Antonio Vendramin @Vendram1n  from British Columbia present their journey of inquiry into communicating student learning.

They began by asking…

  • What does exemplary communicating regarding student learning look like?
  • Do our current tools and strategies adequately communicate the rich learning taking place in our classrooms?
  • Do parents have the information they need to be the supporters of student learning that we want them to be?
  • Do we hear the voice of students?        Read the full article 
Posted in How To, Learning Styles, Pedagogy, Professional Learning

Invitation today at 11 for students -The art of making

‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM AEST – 1:00:00 PM AEST    Schuyler St Leger

A 14-year-old with a passion for taking things apart and rebuilding them
will present his own seminar during Education Week.
Schuyler St Leger from Arizona, USA has become an international advocate
for the art of making thanks to his innate curiosity in everything
technology, from electronics to software and robotics.
‘My love for making started when I learned to knit,’ Schuyler said.
‘It just took off from there. I loved the idea of being able to build
something from nothing.’
It didn’t take long before Schuyler had completely immersed himself in a
world of technology and creating. At the age of just 11 years old, Schuyler
was delivering presentations on how 3D-printing worked and even
presenting its potential to students of all ages across the United States. As Education Week kicks off this week in Australia, Schuyler has partnered with tech giant Intel, and will deliver a virtual presentation to Victorian
students across the state called, ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger. Alongside similarly talented young Victorians makers, Schuyler’s presentation will look at he got his start in the field, what he likes to make and how other kids can get involved.
‘Don’t be afraid to take things apart, break them and learn how they work,’
Schuyler said. ‘That’s what fascinated me with making and technology, being able to see
how something works and to put it back together and even improve on it.’
Education Week will run until 21 May and is a great opportunity for staff and students to learn new skills and to investigate the immense world of educational opportunities available as part of the STEM curriculum.
Schuyler’s presentation will run this coming Thursday, 19 May at 11.00am using Adobe Connect. Interested staff and students are encouraged to register for the webinar, see: ‘Making’ with Schuyler St Leger
For more events running this week, see:
Education Week
• DigiPubs

Posted in Class Activities

Education Week activities

Next week 15-21 May 2016,  is the official celebration of all of the great things that happen in Victorian schools ….Education Week.

This year’s technology theme will see hundreds of schools sharing their great work through open days, exhibitions, themed class activities and other special events. Here are some activities for students and /or teachers and school leaders.

For more information on these events and the opportunity to subscribe to ongoing Professional Learning activities See: The Digital Learning News

For more activities from our partner organisations see Calendar for Free Activities​.

Posted in Class Activities, Education week, Leaders, Professional Learning

Cybersafety webinars for students

All schools are invited to join our webinars around being safe and responsible users of digital technologies. We will be hosting the eSafety Commission team for the following sessions. Audience: Years 4, 5 and 6 students. Click and register here.

Outreach Virtual Classroom: ‘Being a Good Bystander’

The presentation will assist students to:
o consider the impact of their actions when posting photos and comments

o be ‘good’ bystanders if they witness cyberbullying

o discuss appropriate actions when being a good bystander

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and discussions.

Session One: Monday 16 May 2016 10.00 am – 10.40 am (Room opens at 8 am for setup and testing)
Register here

Session Two: Monday 16 May 2016 2-2.40pm (Room opens at 1 pm for setup and testing)
Register here

Outreach Virtual Classroom ‘Making good choices online ’ 

The presentation will assist students to:
o think before spreading content that may upset others
o consider the best choice of action
o use the TEC – Think, Evaluate, Choose tool to achieve the best outcome for everyone
o to discuss choices with a trusted adult

With the help of classroom teachers, the presentation will feature interactive questions and discussions.
Outreach Virtual Classroom ‘Being a good bystander’

Session 1: Thursday 16 June 2016   11-11.40 am (Room opens at 8am for setup and testing) Register here for ‘Good Choices’ session one

Session 2: Thursday 16 June 2016  (Room opens at 1pm for setup and testing)

Register here for ‘Good Choices’ session two

Posted in Class Activities, Cybersafety

STEAMpunk conference DATTA

The Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA) VicDATTA
invites teachers to their STEAMpunk Conference 13 & 14 May

STEAMpunk is for primary & secondary teachers.

It will explore best practice in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics, and take an in-depth look at the new F-10 Design and Technologies curriculum.

For more information REGISTER NOW at www.datta.vic.edu.au

Posted in Curriculum, Digital Technologies, Digital technology, Pedagogy, Professional Learning, STEM

ANZAC Day ideas from Splash

Every ANZAC Day my old principal used to read the students Simpson and his donkey over the loud speaker. I remember the senior kids knowing it off by heart. Its a lovely story but for those who want to mix it up Annabel Astbury from ABC Splash has presented some great resources for you to check out.

1918mccraesbABC Splash ANZAC Topic Page

We’ve curated a selection of clips from the Splash Library and from across the ABC all mapped to the Australian Curriculum, including these clips on The Last Post and The meaning of ANZAC Day.

Gallipoli – The First Day: Interactive documentary site

Get your students to immerse themselves in the first day landings at Gallipoli in 1914. An extensive resource that explores Australian and Turkish perspectives on the ‘day that shaped a nation’.

Australian War Memorial Education Resources

A great collection of practical activities and primary resources for use in the classroom as well as this collection of resources exploring multiculturalism in the AIF.

M is for Mates: Animals in Wartime

Poppies is pegged on the wall bearing the World War I dead soldiers' names, at the Australian War Memorial in the northern French city of Villers-Bretonneux, on April 25, 2012 as part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day ceremony. Anzac Day commemorations are held each year on April 25 to mark the anniversary of the ill-fated landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in World War I. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Did you know animals could be awarded a medal for bravery in war? Ideal for younger students learning about different aspects of war, this publication by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs takes a different, often uplifting, take on life on the frontline.

Andrew Denton’s Brothers In Arms

This clip invites older students to contemplate the many different ways the past is remembered and commemorated. An excellent introduction to the way documentary can contribute to the historical record.

Posted in Class Activities, Curriculum, History

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