The Department’s Virtual Conference Centre is providing four iPads for Learning short courses for teachers and leaders who are using iPads in their teaching and learning. Each short course will contain three sessions, with each one hour session building upon the previous session’s learning.
Each course focuses on a different aspect of using iPads:
- iPads for new users
- Publishing with iPads
- iPads for creating, finding and sharing content
- iPad: Workflows
Two courses, iPads for New Users and Publishing with iPads, will be held in October 2014 and are open now for registration. Find out more……
Connected Educator month needs you! This global event is designed for educators to share ideas and collaborate.
Each day of October will bring a new and interesting opportunity to personalise your own professional learning and or support others
Sign up to host a session and or keep your eye out as pledged events roll out at
Some ideas for sessions include…..
Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) over the past two years. In the past, CEM was largely a US-centric event. This October, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and others will host celebrations with a full slate of locally-based events & activities.
Victoria DEECD has joined as an organising partner and throughout October 2014, Connected Educator Month #ceoz14 invites all educators to connect!
Whether you are able to host an event or participate this is a great opportunity to collaborate using a variety of tools and strategies. Events are starting to roll in and we invite you to join and build the momentum of this exciting educational project.
The local http://connectededucator.vic.edu.au/ allows you to register as a connected educator, host or join sessions and links directly into the universal calendar.
Talk to your leadership about using scheduling the CEM events across your school modelling personalized professional learning and purposeful use of technologies and collaboration tools.
The CEM events are an excellent way of gaining accreditation for the minimum 20 hours of standards referenced professional development activities required to maintain teacher registration through the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and/or an interstate equivalent. (You may not even have to get out of your “Jarmies”)
This is anywhere any time learning in action but it can only succeed with your participation.
Over the next two months Global2 will spotlight the upcoming Connected Educator Month events.
With a number of schools exploring a variety of online tools to support their students’ teaching and learning, a great opportunity awaits as the EdTechTeam presents their Melbourne Summit featuring Google for Education
Teachers, why not celebrate Book Week 2014 by setting up your own class Book Club on the State Library of Victoria’s Inside a Dog
Just register and then invite your students, all of the technology is there for you free and supported by the fabulous library of Victoria.
It takes a few minutes to set up as many teachers have done before.You can make your discussion private, for just your class, combine classes across your school and/or open it for others to join.
It’s a great tool to use if you have an international sister school.
Whilst Book Week 2014 is the ideal time to get started Book Clubs are available all year around and are open to all teachers and students. Here is a great example of how books and technology can work together to achieve great learning for students.
Have you ever come face to face with a real robot? Transformers, Star Wars droids, Dr Who daleks and cybermen. What robots can you think of? See amazing real robots in action and imagine what robots will do in the future.
Questions are open now – this is your show – so ask the ABC team anything you want to know about robots!
When the event goes live the host and quests will be talking about the topic and answering questions live. Get your questions on the blog. All details
Over 350 primary schools across Victoria have already registered, for the Gallipoli Oaks Project.
The Quercus Calliprinos (Palestine Oak) saplings are now being grown at various nurseries and Burnley Horticultural College for planting by Victorian primary students at their schools as part of celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the landing at ANZAC Cove on April 25, 1915.
The project enables students to learn about Australia’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign, the significance of remembrance trees and the importance of greening communities.
The aim is for primary schools and their local Return Soldiers’ League members (RSL’s) to plant their trees and/or hold a commemorative ceremony on ANZAC Day 2015 across Victoria.
The digital education kit was launched at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Featured here is the Digital e-book of The Gallipoli Oaks Story: How the trees came to grow here. I have inserted it in Issuu an online service that converts PDFs into ebooks. Yes there are ads so read it in full screen with your students.
Throughout the month of August ABC Science is asking for help with transcribing weather observations from old ships’ log books. We are taking a crowd-sourcing approach to reduce this workload and asking regular folk, students, schools and members of the public, to get involved and help the scientists with their research work.
This crowd-sourcing approach is called ‘citizen science’ – it’s about using the power of the people to increase the breadth of science by gathering or processing information important to a scientific project. Weather Detective is an online citizen science project that is helping scientists at the University of Southern Queensland with their research.
Getting your class involved
Weather Detective is suitable for students from upper primary school onwards. You can enter your class as a school group – you just need an adult to register for Weather Detective, and you also need parental approval to participate.
Once you have this, just sign up and register as a school group with an email address and a password. Students will use these to login and participate. Any number of students can take part at once and, while they work individually, their work will count towards a collective score.
FUSE and the secret login is not a new book in the Harry Potter series but something that crops up time and time again. FUSE is the DEECD search engine for teachers and students that is open and available for all to use. There is however a login feature for Victorian Government teachers which allows you to upload, store Package and share your own content or the content you find in FUSE. Give it a go! Its a great place to store videos as it produces an embed code for Global2 and other web 2.0 technologies.