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Events 2014

Free online course - Digital Technologies: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area  
18 March 2014Australian Curriculum - Digital Technologies Workshop (NOTE: this session is organised by AIST)
20 February 2014 Robotics in Education Workshop followed by 
Extreme EV3 Hack Party

Events 2013

9-15 December 2013 Hour of Code (Computer Science Education Week)
Thu 28 November 2013 EV3 Robotics Workshops  Cradle Coast  (sponsored by Google Australia)
Tue 26 November 2013 EV3 Robotics Workshops  Launceston   (sponsored by Google Australia)
Tue 26 November 2013 Improve Formative Assessment Tool (Launceston)
Mon 25 November 2013 Improve Formative Assessment Tool (Burnie)
Wed 20 November 2013 EV3 Robotics Workshops  Hobart   (sponsored by Google Australia)
Mon 26 October 2013 ACCELN Webinar - "ACCE Study Tours - Learning Unleashes your mind"
Thursday 31 October, 2013 Raspberry Pi  Professional Learning Day
Mon 17 October, 2013 ACCELN Webinar - "Space Radio Pioneer"
Mon 10 October 2013 ACCELN Webinar - "Unleash Kids"
Mon 3 October 2013 ACCELN Webinar - "More than meets a search"
Mon 16 September 2013 ACCELN Webinar - "Standing Together"
Mon 9 September 2013 ACCELN Webinar -"Dig Your Own Learning"
Mon 2 September  2013 ACCELN Webinar - "Students as Digital Leaders"
Tue 27th August, 2013 Raspberry Pi Workshop (Hobart)
Wed 21st August, 2013 Raspberry Pi Workshop (Devonport)
Wed 14th August, 2013 Raspberry Pi Workshop (Launceston)
Monday July 22 2013 Australian Curriculum Technologies professional learniing day
Friday 14 June 2013 3D Printer Demonstration - Wynyard
Thursday 13 June 2013 Webinar - teaching the 5 Ps of Digital Ethics
Thursday 23May  2013 Google in Education Workshop hosted by The Hutchins School and The Collegiate Institute.
NOTE: this is not a TASITE event but is of relevance to members.
Friday 17 May 2013 3D Printer Demonstration - Hobart
Tuesday 30 April 2013 Scratch Workshop
Wednesday April 17 2013 ACARA Technologies Curriculum - consultation and feedback for Digital Technologies strand and subject F-10
Monday April 16 2013 Primary teachers and Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies: ACCE_LN Google Hangout
Thursday March 14 2013  TASITE AGM
Tues March 12 2013 Apple Learning Tour

Events 2012

Thursday 18 October 2012 BYOD strategies
Thurs 11 October 2012 TeachMeet - free software
Thursday May 3- Sat May 5 2012 iPad/Iphone programming course (provided by ACS Tasmania and SecretLab)
NOTE - one school student has been funded by TASITE to attend this course
Thursday 17 May 2012 TASITE AGM 2012 (5:30pm)
Thursday 17 May 2012 TeachMeet session (6:00pm)

Events 2011

Wednesday May 18 TASITE Annual General Meeting
July 15-17 AADES conference
Wednesday  Aug  17 eBooks for Teaching and Learning: A shared perspective.
Wednesday Oct 5 Scootle (Hobart)
Wednesday Oct 12 Scootle  (Launceston)
Wednesday  Oct 12 Scootle  (Smithton)
Tuesday Oct 18 Scootle  (King Island)
Wednesday Oct 26 Scootle  (Burnie)
Thursday Oct 27 Scootle  (Devonport)
Thursday 24th November Calculus in Primary Schools (Launceston)

Events 2010 

Thursday Feb 18  Stop Motion Animation
Thursday Feb 25 Video for Beginners
Thursday Mar 4  Mobile Devices to Connect the Classroom to Home
Wednesday Mar 10  Google SketchUp for beginners – Maths focus
Wednesday Mar 17  Google SketchUp for beginners – Designing in 3D
Thursday Apr 15
and Apr 22 
Scratch
Wednesday May 5  Google Docs & other collaboration tools
Thursday May 20 and May 27  GameMaker
Wednesday 28 April Annual General Meeting
 [invitation] [nomination form]
Monday 19th April 2010 (Launceston)
Thursday 13th May  (Hobart)
eExaminations
Thursday 20th May (Launceston) World Education Forum Tasmania
NOTE: this is not a TASITE event but may be of interest to members
10/11/12 May (Hobart) iPhone programming course  (ACS event, discount for TASITE members)
16 July ICT Education Walk: Sponsor-ed websites - Ogilivie High School's experiences
Wed 11 August  2010 Comparisons, Confluence and Clouds: the ACCE Study Tour and ISTE 2010 Conference
Wed 25 August  2010 Introducing ThinkQuest

Digital Technologies: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area  - free online course aimed at Primary teachers

Venue: online as a MOOC at https://csdigitaltech.appspot.com
Date:  24th March (commences)
Time: flexible
Cost: free
Intended Audience: Primary teachers and others interested in implementing the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies curriculum.

This course will explain the fundamentals of digital technology and computational thinking specifically addressing learning objectives of the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum (Foundation-6). Come learn about how digital technology can be integrated into your classroom, exploring example lesson plans, and helping form a community designed to share resources and support.   The course is provided by Computer Science Education Research Group, School of Computer Science , University of Adelaide  and supported by Google.
Register directly with CSER at https://csdigitaltech.appspot.com/register

 Australian Curriculum - Digital Technologies Workshop (NOTE: this session is organised by AIST)

Venue:The Grange, Campbell Town
Date: Tuesday 18th March (RSVP: Friday 7th March)
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: AIST members: $75 , non-members (inc Catholic schools) $115 (not including GST)
Intended Audience: P-10 Curriculum Leaders and Leading Teachers

This Professional Learning Workshop Day will provide Prep to Year 10 curriculum leaders and leading teachers with an introduction to the Australian Curriculum.
This session will allow participants to:
The presenter, Paul Herring is currently the Curriculum Leader IT at St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane.
Please see flyer for information, or for further information email rhawkins@independentschools.tas.edu.au

Contact: Sharen King, Independent Schools Tasmania
p: 6224 0125   e: sking@independentschools.tas.edu.au   w: www.independentschools.tas.edu.au
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Robotics in Education Workshop

Venue: New Town High (6 Midwood St, New Town)
Date: Thursday 20 Feb 2014
Time: 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start to 6:00pm.
Cost: No charge

Chris Rogers was awarded the Carnegie Professor of the Year in Massachusetts in 1998 and is currently the director of the Center for Engineering Education Outreach (http://www.ceeo.tufts.edu). His teaching work extends to the elementary school, where he talks with over 1000 teachers around the world every year on ways of bringing engineering into the younger grades. He has worked with LEGO to develop ROBOLAB, a robotic approach to learning science and mathematics. ROBOLAB has gone into over 50,000 schools worldwide, has been translated into 15 languages, and was one of the major inspirations for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Software (NXT-G). He has been invited to speak on engineering education in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UK, and in the US. He regularly works in various classrooms, although he has been banned from recess for making too much noise.
This session has been organised independently by Rob Torok Email: rob.torok@gmail.com Website: http://robtorok.blogspot.com/

Chris Rogers' web site: http://www.tufts.edu/~crogers/

To register for this event, visit: http://goo.gl/FtgjBE

Extreme EV3 Hack Party

Following the main workshop on 20 Feb, Chris will host an Extreme EV3 Hack Party for advanced roboticists.
The plan is to eat pizza and play with some advanced EV3/NXT topics. Eg. some or all of the following might be on offer...


If you're planning to attend, please fill out this form and indicate the topic or topics that interest you.

The Extreme EV3 Hack Party is open to all - including students and former students - so please spread the word! This session has been organised independently by Rob Torok Email: rob.torok@gmail.com Website: http://robtorok.blogspot.com/

To register for this event: http://goo.gl/erG4IK



Hour of Code

Date: Week of 9-15 December
Venue: Your school!  See http://code.org/hourofcode and http://csedweek.org/ for resources.

Hour of Code - A tutorial featuring technology leaders.

Code.org, the non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education,  announced a US-wide campaign calling on every K-12 student in America to join an "Hour of Code." The initiative asks schools, teachers and parents across the country to help introduce more than 10 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013. The organization also announced the support of multiple organizations and individuals, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman and Jack Dorsey.

We believe that Australian schools should consider participating and making use of the resources.

The Hour of Code campaign aims to demystify computer science for students across the country by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged. Code.org will offer online tutorials authored by numerous educational groups and is challenging teachers, parents and even employers to encourage students of all ages to engage during Computer Science Education Week.

Code.org’s own tutorial has been created in collaboration with engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook. Designed as a game that teaches basic coding principles, it will feature guest lectures by technologists including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg and artwork from popular games such as Rovio's "Angry Birds" and PopCap Games’ "Plants vs. Zombies."

ESA Improve

Date: Time: Venue:
Mon 25 November 3:30- 5:00 Burnie High School, Fidler St, Cooee
Tue 26 November 3:30- 5:00 Prospect High School, Ralph St, Prospect

Looking for another way to help students improve in numeracy, literacy and science, with minimal teacher effort?

TASITE is pleased to offer a free professional learning session on the free online tool improve.

Improve is a free online tool to support formative assessment in literacy, numeracy and science, (with other curriculum areas to come). TASITE is offering a free session for teachers and leaders helping you to make use of   Improve to provide self-managed formative feedback processes for individual, groups and classes of students.

This online tool, developed for Australian K-10 teachers by Education Services Australia, allows teachers to construct, use and share online formative assessment “tests” that students can then do at any time, anywhere online. The tests are instantly marked and the student receives feedback. At the same time an inbuilt assessment engine analyses the student’s performance and directs them to online learning objects targeted to their needs. The online learning objects include the Scootle resources.

Improve has a bank of test items sourced from several locations, including past NAPLAN items. Teachers can also create their own test items.

The session will look at how to use Improve at teacher and school level, how it fits with other school assessment tools, and its potential to support improved student outcomes. It should be of interest to curriculum coordinators, Science, Literacy/English and Numeracy/Mathematics leaders and teachers.

Flyer for the session.

RSVP: 21 November to info@tasite.tas.edu.au

EV3 Robotics Workshops - using the new LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits 

Suitable for teachers interested in Digital Technologies in Years 4-10. Organised by School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Tasmania and sponsored by Google Australia .

Hobart (20 participants max)
Date: 20 November 2013
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Venue: The Centenary Building, Room 272

Launceston (16 particants max)
Date: 26 November 2013
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Venue: School of Computing and Information Systems Building, Room V195

Cradle Coast (20 participants max)
Date: 28 November 2013
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Venue: Room B1.25

This CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) workshop introduces the new LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits. It will provide Teachers an opportunity for hands-on experiences with robotic building and programming at EV3 beginner level, allowing participants working in pairs the opportunity to assess the feasibility of integrating these resources into their classroom teaching plans.

The CS4HS workshop is sponsored by Google Australia (https://www.google.com.au/). It is a professional learning workshop that is open to Tasmanian Primary and Secondary School Teachers. Attendance at the workshop is free. More information and registration details are available in the flyer (MS Word  160KB,  PDF 185KB).


Raspberry Pi  Professional Learning Day - Full Day Workshop for Digital Technologies.

Date: 31st October 
Time: 9:00-3:15
Venue: Room 326, Hytten Hall, University of Tasmania Sandy Bay campus.
Cost:  $50

Most school computers are locked down to prevent disruption. The Raspberry Pi is earning a reputation for flexibility and adaptability – the ideal platform for creative learning in the new subject of Digital Technologies, coming soon from ACARA.

Course content:

9:00am Welcome Raspberry Pi Logo
9:10am View, Learn, Extend - Work with, and through, examples of lesson and unit plans using the  Raspberry Pi
12:15pm Lunch
12:45pm Synthesize, Critique, CelebrateWork in small groups to create new lesson and unit plans using the Raspberry Pi for students in particular years. These will be shared between all workshop participants.
3:15 pm Workshop closes

This professional learning workshop will be run by Mark Morffew (Taroona High) and Andrew Fluck (UTAS).
Flyer and Registration form

Raspberry Pi Workshop (Hobart Launceston Devonport)

Date: 14th August (Launceston)   |  21st August  (Devonport )   |  27th (Hobart) August 2013
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Venue: Prospect High, Devonport High and Taroona High Schools
Cost:  $20

The Raspberry Pi is a $36 computer currently transforming practice in schools around the world. Google donated 15 thousand of these to UK schools. This workshop will provide an opportunity for Tasmanian teachers to work with the Raspberry Pi and see how it supports learning in the Digital Technologies subject.

See Flyer for details.

Australian Curriculum Technologies professional learning day

Date:  22nd July 2013
Time:  9:30 -3:15
Venue: The Tramsheds, Inveresk, Launceston
Cost:  nil

DRAFT PROGRAM

The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies - ACARA Kate Baulch
Forum with schools involved in Deep Engagement in Technologies
Achievement Standards and Assessment

Subject Groups:
Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies content descriptions and task design
Surveying future professional learning needs – facilitated by Professional Associations
Technologies Opportunities in the Australian Curriculum – Kate Baulch ACARA

More information

Register at:  http://tased-infostream-general.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/pd-draft-australian-curriculum.html


3D Printer Demonstration - Wynyard

Date: 14th June 2013
Time: 3.30- 5.00pm
Venue: Wynyard High School

Presented by:  Anthony Crawford (DATTA Tas)

An exciting opportunity for Design and Technology Teachers and Teacher Aides to come along to see a demonstration of a 3D Printer in action
and to find out how these machines can be utilised in a number of Design and Technology subjects.

RSVP: Please email Peter Massey peter.massey@education.tas.gov.au to confirm your attendance and numbers to help us with catering. .


Teaching the 5 P's of Digital Ethics -webinar

Date: 13 June 2013
Time: 8pm AEST
Venue - online webinar https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.35E50DE4B2F7C5D1167B27DF4A1983
Cost: free

Join us for the next "Thursday with ICTEV" webinar Teaching the 5 P's of Digital Ethics

Are you look for help supporting your students to be safe and effective digital citizens? The next installment in our "Thursday with ICTEV" webinar series will
feature the Australian Communications and Media Authority's senior cybersafety advisor, Greg Gebhart for a discussion on the importance and impact of safe and effective policies and practices for our students.

Teaching the Five Ps of Digital Ethics introduces educators to the rights and obligations that come with being a responsible digital citizen as part of a cybersafety program . The session will focus on the skills and habits that educators can teach their students to help them critically analyse their actions, both online and offline, and the subsequent consequences.

If you've never participated in a web conference before, visit:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473
to check that you have the technichal requirements for participation.
To join the session, please click on this link:
https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.35E50DE4B2F7C5D1167B27DF4A1983
within 30 minutes of the 8:00pm start time on Thursday 13th of June.

Unfortunately this webinar cannot be recorded so please join us on the night for Greg's engaging and thought provoking discussion and activities.

Google in Education Workshop - workshop hosted by The Hutchins School and The Collegiate Institute

Date: May 23, 2013
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm 
Venue: The Hutchins School Global Classroom 71 Nelson Rd., Sandy Bay, Hobart
Format: BYOD
This workshop will focus on the use of technology to support teaching and learning. The sessions will be intended for an audience of educators with varying technology skill levels. The content will focus on the use of free Google tools in education, including: Google Search, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google+. Additional Google tools, including Blogger, Google Maps, YouTube and others will also be included. Inspiring instructional ideas conclude the day before a final reflection activity. This special workshop, hosted by The Hutchins School and The Collegiate Institute will offer something for teachers as both beginners and intermediate users... and there is no better preparation for the next Google Apps for Education Summit in Australia for participants intending to seek the Certified Trainer status.

Workshop Information and Workshop Registration Form.
   
Contact
The Hutchins School
P: 03 62214225 E: jill.abell@hutchins.tas.edu.au

3D Printer Demonstration - Hobart

Date: 17th May 2013
Time: 3.45- 5.30pm
Venue: Rose Bay High School – Design and Technology Workshop
Cost: $5.00 per head (covers nibbles and contribution towards Anthony’s travel costs from Launceston)
Presented by:  Anthony Crawford (DATTA Tas)

An exciting opportunity for Design and Technology Teachers and Teacher Aides to come along to see a demonstration of a 3D Printer in action
and to find out how these machines can be utilised in a number of Design and Technology subjects.

RSVP: Please email Stuart Hadrill stuart.hadrill@education.tas.gov.au to confirm your attendance and numbers to help us with catering.

Scratch Workshop

Date: April 30 2013
Time: 10.00-12.00pm
Venue: Dominic College, 204 Tolosa Street, Glenorchy
Cost: Non-Members $50 TASITE Members $25
Presenter: Selina Kinne

Suited to both Primary and Secondary Teachers. No previous experience necessary. This will be a hands-on session!

Scratch is free software that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art - and share your creations on the web. As they create Scratch projects, students learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design. These are all key aspects of the new Digital Technologies learning area in the Australian Curriculum.

Scratch is designed with learning and education in mind. As young people create and share projects in Scratch, they develop important design and problem-solving skills, learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Scratch is intended especially for 8- to 16-year-olds, but younger children can work on Scratch projects with a little bit of help.

Please send email to Selina Kinne skinne@dominic.tas.edu.au to get a registration form, by Monday 29 April, 2013.

ACARA Technologies Curriculum - consultation and feedback for Digital Technologies strand and subject F-10

Date: April 17, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm – 5.00pm 
Venue: South:    The Hutchins School, Nelson Rd., Sandy Bay, Hobart
             North:    University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus
             NorthWest:   Devonport High School (tbc) Best St Devonport

Some online interaction between these sites may be possible depending on timing and technology availability.

Background:

The final draft curriculum for the Australian Curriculum subject Technologies is open for consultation from 19 February to 10 May 2013.
  
This consultation period also provides an opportunity to give feedback on the overarching aspects of the Technologies learning area (including the learning area Rationale, Aims and Organisation of the Technologies learning area). ACARA encourages participation from all stakeholders with an interest in technologies.
 
Following consultation, the draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 will be revised. A draft will be available for public viewing from September while the curriculum is finalised for ACARA Board approval. Subject to Ministerial approval the final Technologies curriculum will be published on the Australian Curriculum website in late 2013.

Session:

This session is to gather feedback from TASITE members and others, to represent the views of educators who have interest and experience in teaching within the broad area described as "Digital Technologies".  Participants will be expected to have read the sections of the draft curriculum relevant to their interest and experience. The responses will be collated and submitted as TASITE's response to the consultation process.

The structure of the responses expected by ACARA is given in the consultation survey.

RSVP info@tasite.tas.edu.au

ACARA Technologies: ACCE_LN Google Hangout mainly for Primary Teachers

Date: Monday 15 April 2013
Time: 9:00pm AEST
Venue: online - Google Hangout - see event info or watch recorded session.

Join us for a discussion about the Draft National Curriculum Digital Technologies where the focus will be on the challenges and opportunities faced by primary school educators. We will be joined by our regular panal and some guests who have been working closely with the review of this important document.

TASITE  AGM 2013

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of TASITE for 2013

Date: Thursday, 14 March
Time: 5.:00 - 5:30pm
Venue: Rivulet Room, C3 Convention Centre, 64 Anglesea Street, South Hobart

Nominations for positions of Executive Members and Committee can be submitted via the Nomination Form.

Please RSVP by email to:Selina Kinne, Secretary TASITE info@tasite.tas.edu.au by Tuesday 12 March, 2013

The AGM will be followed by a presentation at 5.30pm by Michelle Williams on 'Changing school culture about ICT'.

Michelle is currently Director at Digital Learning Futures and is self-employed as a consultant. She is involved in ICT and curriculum consultancy in multiple countries, with a Queensland, Australia base. Much of her work focusses on educational reform, pedagogy and assessment. She has experience in improving teacher learning through action learning and mentoring projects.

Michelle has also undertaken research through ICT projects adding to her knowledge base. She also undertakes a considerable amount of work in project management and event management including major conferences.

Michelle is Past President of ACCE and Professional Association advocate at QSITE, ACCE and ISTE. She has been a consultant with Education Queensland and International representative on the ISTE Board.

Refreshments will be provided! Please invite your colleagues!

ACCELN Webinars

This is a weekly series of 30 min live education broadcasts from Australia. hosted by Amanda Rablin and Roland Gesthuizen. The shows are recorded live each Monday evening (6:30pm Perth, 8:30pm Brisbane, 9:30 pm Melbourne, Sydney (+10 GMT) and feature an international panel of guests. The archive for each show can be viewed below. We will be making these popular vodcasts available in 2013 on iTunes as a downloadable resource.

The ACCELN is aligned with the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE). The link to each show will be posted on the ACCELN wiki and if you register as a listener, we will send you an alert when each show goes live. The presneters love hearing your feedback about the show or ideas about a future show. Please drop them a line or share a SpeakPipe voicemail message.

BYOD (Bring your own devices) strategies

Date: Thursday, 18 October 2012
Time: 1.30 pm - 4.30 p
Venue: Taroona High School, Meath Ave, Taroona
Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members (includes afternoon tea)
Registration for this event closes MONDAY Oct 15 - please RSVP to Mark.Morffew@education.tas.gov.au

This TasITE session will focus on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs where, instead of a school supplying laptops or tablets, students are asked to bring along and use their personally owned technology to support their learning.

Session will include:

Teachmeet - free software -A fun night of sharing and networking

Date: Thursday, 11 October 2012
Time: 5 pm - 6.30 pm
Venue: Meeting Room,  St Aloysius Catholic College, 12 Nautilus Grove, Huntingfield

The HOT TOPIC is: Free Software for the classroom

Can you share something about free software used in your classroom in just 3 mins?

TeachMeets involve teachers sharing quick, easy to create presentations which are sure to inspire other colleagues. There are no demanding preparation requirements or judgmental attitudes. Good sharing and great learning benefits our students - anyone can do it!

Here are some ideas:

See the web site for examples of TeachMeets: www.tasite.tas.edu.au

If you would like to participate in the TeachMeet please register by emailing your name, school, contact details, topic to share and system/hardware requirements for your presentation

Please email skinne@dominic.tas.edu.au to RSVP or if you have any queries.

Bring your friends & colleagues for an afternoon of fun!

TASITE AGM 2012

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of TASITE for 2012

Date: Thursday, 17 May 2012
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Rivulet Room, C3 Convention Centre, 64 Anglesea Street, South Hobart

Nominations for positions of Executive Members and Committee can be submitted via the form .

Please RSVP by email toSelina Kinne, Secretary TASITE  info@tasite.tas.edu.au by Tuesday 15 May, 2012.

TeachMeet

The AGM will be followed by a TeachMeet.

Date: Thursday, 17 May 2012
Date: 6:00pm
Venue: Rivulet Room, C3 Convention Centre, 64 Anglesea Street, South Hobart
A fun night of sharing and networking starting at 6pm
Can you share something about technology and education in just 3 mins?

TeachMeets involve teachers sharing quick, easy to create presentations which are sure to inspire other colleagues. There are no demanding preparation requirements or judgmental attitudes.  Good sharing and great learning benefits our students – anyone can do it!  Here are some ideas:
If you would like to participate in the TeachMeet please register .

If you 'd like to know more about TeachMeets this video of a Melbourne TeachMeet might help.

Please bring your presentation on a USB drive to use on a laptop. No access to the internet available.
Bring your friends & colleagues for an evening of great food, drinks and fun!

 iOS5 Programming course for iPad and iPhone apps (with one student funded by TASITE to attend!)

Date: Thurs 03 to Sat 05 May (NOTE NEW DATES)
Time: 10:30AM - 4.30PM
Venue: API Centre 69 Liverpool Street Hobart
ACS Secret Lab

TASITE is pleased to offer full payment for one student in a Tasmanian school/college to attend the iPad/iPhone apps programming course run by SecretLab and Australian Computer Society (Tasmania) in Hobart on 03-05 May. This course would normally cost well over $1000! See ACS website for course information..

The successful applicant for this course is Owen Andrews, a student at Taroona High School. Owen was selected from a field of excellent applicants. His application showed that he has successfully furthered his own education, has appropriate background and experience in programming-type activity, but most importantly he has already been using his skill to assist others including younger students in other schools. We wish him great success with this course.

By the end of the course, Owen and other participants will be fully trained in developing advanced applications using iOS 5 technologies, and be ready to apply them to whatever problem they are trying to solve. They will also receive an exclusive copy of the Secret Lab iOS Field Manual, so they  can continue their learning.

What students will learn:

The course still has some places open if any teachers or students are interested.

Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools (AADES) conference on elearning

The biennial AADES National Conference will be held in Hobart on July 15 - 17, 2011. The conference title is Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries: designing, delivering and leading effective elearning.

Outstanding speakers from the United States, Finland, Australia and New Zealand will deliver keynote addresses at the conference. The three-day program will also feature presentations by researchers, teacher educators, teachers, students and industry specialists, along with pre-conference and post-conference activities.
http://www.aadesconference2011.net.au/

eBooks for Teaching and Learning: A shared perspective.

A Professional Learning opportunity on behalf of Independent Schools Tasmania and TASITE.

Hear how Jill Abell, Director of Information Services at The Hutchins School is managing the transition to eBooks. Jill will share her experience, the process and strategies used to support the implementation of eBooks for both teachers and students.

Date:Wednesday 17 August 2011
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Venue: The Hutchins School
RSVP: IST member schools to rhawkins@independentschools.tas.edu.au  , TASITE members / potential members to info@tasite.tas.edu.au

The publishing industry has undergone a major transformation from print to digital.

This  phenomenal transition has revolutionised the format of the traditional book and as a consequence will have a profoundimpact on the way teachers teach and students learn.

eBooks have become the single bestselling category in American publishing for the first time, according to new data released recently. The latest report from the Association of American Publishers, compiling sales data from US publishing houses, shows that total ebook sales in February were $90.3m (55.2m). This makes digital books the largest single format in the US for the first time ever, the AAP said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/15/ebook-sales-milestone

Librarians are leading the way. Hear how Jill Abell, Director of Information Services at The Hutchins School is managing the transition to eBooks. Jill will share her experience, the process and strategies used to support the implementation of eBooks for both teachers and students.

A Professional Learning opportunity on behalf of Independent Schools Tasmania and TASITE. Supported and hosted at The Hutchins School


Scootle for teachers, home educators and parents

(a session run jointly by the Tasmanian eSchool and TASITE)

Find out how students can access and use digital content from a national collection, aligned to the Australian Curriculum, to help enhance their learning.

This free session is aimed at members of THEAC, and teachers in both the government and non-government sectors. (Other parents are welcome but will not be able to use Scootle directly.)

Hobart
Date: Wednesday 5 October 2011
Time: 3:00- 4:00
Venue: Tasmanian eSchool Southern Campus, 223 Clarence St Howrah.

Launceston
Date: Wednesday 12 October 2011
Time: 3:00- 4:00
Venue: Tasmanian eSchool Northern Campus, 15A Mitchell Street Mayfield.

Smithton
Date: Wednesday October 12th 2011
Time: 3.45 to 4.45pm.
Venue: Smithton High School

King Island
Date: Tuesday October 18th 2011
Time: 3.45 to 4.45pm.
Venue: King Island District High

Burnie
Date: Wednesday October 26th 2011
Time: 3.45 to 4.45pm.
Venue: Burnie High

Devonport
Date: Thursday October 27th 2011
Time: 3.45 to 4.45pm.
Venue: Devonport High

Registration is essential: please email info@tasite.tas.edu.au by Friday 30 September.


Calculus in Primary

A UTAS project has shown primary school students can use ICT to score well on university integral calculus exam questions. This session will describe how it was done, discuss the implications for the future and give participants hands-on experiences of the software involved

Date: Thursday 24th November 2011
Time: 4-5:30pm
Venue: Mayfield Primary School, Hargrave Crescent, Mayfield, Launceston

Lauren Shepherd from Mayfield Primary will share her experiences as the local facilitator.
Background reading is available at: http://www.editlib.org/f/36810  or http://www.education.tas.gov.au/dept/news/education-news/mayfield-primary-tops-the-nation-in-integral-calculus

Registration:

Your RSVP to Andrew.Fluck@utas.edu.au<mailto:Andrew.Fluck@utas.edu.au> would be appreciated.

Teachers and Principals in Primary schools, parents and others interested in ICT are most welcome.



2010

Stop Motion Animation

Single session. Suitable for grades 4 to adult. Participants do not require any previous experience.

Learn how to create simple stop motion animations using plasticine, paper cutouts, toys and more.  The software is free and easy to use, and it can lead to much greater student engagement in learning.

Besides being very creative and loads of fun, by designing animations around a theme or with a message, this activity can be used to support a range of Tasmanian Curriculum Learning Outcomes across all levels.

Video for Beginners

Single session. Suited to all grades. Participants do not require any previous experience

Do you struggle to manage video in the classroom?  Do you need help to understand all the different video formats? This session will look at working with basic video from the popular Flip and similar USB based cameras. The workshop will cover downloading, basic editing, video formats, compressing video and loading video onto class SharePoint workspaces.

Mobile Devices to Connect the Classroom to Home

Single session. Suited to all grades. Participants do not require any previous experience

Why not take advantage of the technology that most students have in their pockets?  Student mobile phones can be used for learning, while incurring no phone charges. There is enormous value in students creating their own learning content, that can then be taken home and shared immediately with family and friends via a mobile device.  This session will look at creating content for mobile devices, file formats and conversion tools, how to transfer video from PC to mobile phones and how to share with friends.  All software required is free.

Google SketchUp for Beginners - Maths Focus

Single session. Suited to grade 4 upward. Participants do not require any previous experience

Google SketchUp is free 3D modelling software.  It has a range of curriculum applications, but is particularly relevant for Maths at both primary and secondary level.  In this workshop participants will learn some of the basic functions of SketchUp, and how to use it for pattern, space and measurement applications.  We will be particularly focussing on basic geometry, creating tesselations and Escher designs.

Google SketchUp for Beginners - General Focus

Single session. Suited to grade 4 upward across all learning areas. Participants do not require any previous experience.

Google SketchUp is free 3D modelling software.  Using it students can express their ideas by creating their own 3D models of buildings, parks, playgrounds, furniture, spaceships, household items etc.    In this workshop participants will learn how to construct 3D models using SketchUp, and its application in the classroom.

Google Docs & Other Collaboration Tools

Single session.  Suited to grade 5 upward, across all learning areas.  Participants do not require any previous experience.

Google has developed a range of free tools that have strong applications in learning.  A common problem in schools, where students are working on collaborative projects, is finding a suitable place where all participants have access to work on a document together.  Through its suite of collaborative tools Google has overcome most of these issues and students can all work on and have access to the same document.

In this workshop participants will learn how to create word processed documents and spreadsheets online  and share them with others, so they can be accessed anytime from anywhere by the people that you choose.

Scratch

2 Sessions - participants should attend both sessions.
Suited to grades 5-8, with an emphasis on learning in Maths, Science and ICT. No previous experience necessary.

Scratch is free software that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help students develop the skills they will need for 21st century learning. As they create Scratch projects, students learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

Game Maker

2 Sessions - participants should attend both sessions.
Suited to for grades 5-10.  Participants do not require any previous experience.

In this workshop we will be looking at how students can learn to make their own computer games and thus address a wide range of curriculum outcomes, including literacy, numeracy and thinking skills, in all learning areas. We will be using Game Maker, which is free software that enables students to easily design and create their own computer games. Using Game Maker's drag and drop interface you can quickly program your own game without writing a line of code.

TASITE Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Lyn Dunn

Lyn is Principal of Distance Education and a 2008 Hardie Fellowship recipient. This Fellowship enabled her to study Technology, Innovation and Education through a Masters degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She will lead a presentation and discussion about her key learnings and the way they have translated into the project management of Flexible Learning Tasmania within which the Tasmanian Virtual School will be established in 2011. This will result in the merging of Distance Education Tasmania, Online Learning Network and CELO online to continue existing services and provide new ones that expand flexible learning options statewide.

Please RSVP to info@tasite.tas.edu.au by Monday 26 April, for catering purposes.
Consider nominating for the TASITE committee:
There are many reasons why you might want to be a part of the TASITE committee.
•    As well as taking an active interest in the way ICT in Education develops across the State, you can also have involvement in national issues through our membership of ACCE (Australian Council for Computers in Education).
•    The Australian Curriculum includes an ICT competency area. This is being developed over the next months and professional associations have an involvement in this process. You may wish to become involved in helping develop this competency area or the support materials and processes that accompany it.
•    This year TASITE will be rebuilding our web presence and introducing some online technologies to support some special-interest groups within the organisation. This will be a good opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of these web technologies and how to manage them.

The committee has executive positions of President, Treasurer, Secretary and general committee members. Please give some thought to becoming a TASITE committee member! Requests for info or to nominate please email info@tasite.tas.edu.au

eExaminations

Examinations are often a part of formal student assessment.

But learning is going online, at school, in Years 11 & 12 and at tertiary levels. Therefore Norway is moving to computer-based examinations (the Knowledge Promotion) in schools; eAssessment standards have been adopted across sectors in England; and the University of Tasmania has been using eExams since 2007.

This session is for educators to share perspectives, see a short demonstration eExamination, and discuss where students in Tasmania might use them.

More details: www.eExams.org

Launceston
Hobart
RSVP to Andrew.Fluck@utas.edu.au

ICT Education Walk - Sponsor-ed websites - Ogilivie High School's experiences

The first of our Education Walks for the term is hosted by Ogilivie High School at 4 pm on Wednesday 14th July. Joe Meale is sharing ideas and experiences on Ogilvie's use of the "sponsor-ed" school website service.

Sponsor-ed (http://www.sponsor-ed.com.au/) is an innovative web based fundraising concept that allows schools to earn income from ethical sponsorship of their website. The website is provided by sponsor-ed at no cost to the school. Over 330 schools are on the program with up to 50 climbing onboard each month. There are sponsor-ed websites in 4 states
(Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania & South Australia).

Anyone is welcome to this event. Contact info@tasite.tas.edu.au to register.

Want to host an ICT Education Walk at your school?

If your school is doing something unusual or interesting in the use of ICT,
we'd love you to offer to share your experiences with others. Contact
info@tasite.tas.edu.au to find out more.

Comparisons, Confluence and Clouds:  the ACCE Study Tour and ISTE 2010 Conference

Duncan Gillespie will lead an exploration of themes emerging from participation in the Australian Council for Computing in Education Study Tour.
The tour consisted of
A laptop that can connect to a wireless network will enable full participation in the session.
RSVP: by Monday 9 August by email to info@tasite.tas.edu.au for catering. Light afternoon tea will be provided

Introducing ThinkQuest

.On behalf of the Network of Educational Associations of Tasmania (NEAT), TASITE is pleased to offer this workshop, which will introduce the wonderful world of ThinkQuest.

The ThinkQuest competition has been running for over ten years and is highly respected internationally for its promotion of project based learning for teams of students supported by a mentor. In recent years, TASITE’s national body (ACCE) has run an Australian version of the competition. The 2010 competition is open and entries close in October.

The ThinkQuest learning platform is where teachers and students create learning projects.  Create your own projects or join in existing projects with other schools locally, nationally or internationally.

Find out about the competitions, the past winners and the free learning platform to engage students in project based learning

Workshop presenters      
Julie Fielding Janine Bowes,
           
 ThinkQuest is sponsored by Oracle Education Foundation
www.thinkquest.org 

RSVP: by Monday 23 August info@tasite.tas.edu.au    





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