ACMI -Screen It 2015 video conference series

The Australia Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) are presenting a Screen It 2015 Videoconference Series

This free,  video conference series allows students and teachers to discover what makes a winning Screen It entry.

The sessions are being repeated (for those of you who have already registered):

  1. Exploring the 2015 Screen It Theme – Change  – Thu Apr 23rd 1:30pm 
  2. Live Action Film Making  – Thu Apr 30th 1:30pm 
  3. Creating Animation  – Fri May 15th 1:30pm 
  4. Game Making  – Fri June 5th 1:30pm 
  5. Screen It Entry Process  – Mon Aug 17th 1:30pm 

Entry categories for Primary and Secondary students include Animated Film, Live Action Film and Video Game.

To find out more about Screen It and to subscribe for updates visit

Posted in Challenge, Class Activities, Curriculum, Digital Learning, Digital Literacy, Digital Stories, Digital technology

iPads for Learning Online Professional Learning Program

The Department’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing eight iPads for Learning Online Professional Learning sessions in

Term 2.

These sessions are for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learning with sessions including:ipads for learning

All sessions will be available via the department’s Polycom and MS Lync services.

Recording of the sessions will be made available to non government schools who contact

Participants can select any number of sessions to attend.

Posted in Challenge, Digital Pedagogy, Digital Technologies, How To, New technologies, Pedagogy, Professional Learning

How to build a fictional world – Kate Messner an Ed.Ted resource

During the week I presented as a resource for teachers. Here I have selected a great resource - How to build a fictional worldfictional world created by Kate Messner.

It is a high quality resource that within the context of ed.ted, 462 teachers have taken and created a lesson out of it – personalising its application for their students.

The resource itself asks:

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes.

Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.

This is one resource available in the The Writer’s Workshop a section of and a valuable resource in any English classroom.


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Harmony Day 21st March – Recipes for Harmony

Harmony Day (21 March) celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Recipes for Harmony brings the world to children, introducing them to amazing people, cultures and foods in an interactive and educational way.

The online resource features recipes, cultural profiles and personal stories from every-day and high profile Australians such as AFL player Bachar Haloui and Masterchef contestant Alice Zaslavsky.

A helpful teacher’s resource provides example lesson plans, work sheets, ice breaker and other classroom activities.

Register your event for Harmony Day and a Taste of Harmony for free products and online resources, to help your class celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity.

Recipes for Harmony was developed by Cultural Infusion for the Department of Social Services and theScanlon Foundation.




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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:

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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

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