From the Desk of DLTV’s President
Remote learning is certainly taking a toll on our school communities. There’s been lots of publicity about students' health and wellbeing issues including screen time. We are also thinking of all our VCE teachers and students undertaking assessments in unusual conditions.
On a more positive note, DLTV have been lucky enough to be successful in two grant applications called Connecting Learning to Work. Both are funded by DET and managed by the Australian Centre for Careers Education. These are exciting projects for us. Both will focus on the relationship between DigiTech and current careers as well as future careers, eg. Robotics, Cybersecurity, Gaming etc. We hope to have these projects completed during November.
Our Conference Committee has been hard at work, but we need to let you all know that our proposed face-to-face conference DigiCon, flagged for early December, will now be virtual with revised dates to be confirmed.
1. We can’t say for sure we won’t still be in lockdowns.
2. We are uncertain after all the most recent lockdowns what the appetite for face-to-face will be like amongst school communities.
3. Most importantly we were made aware that if a face-to-face conference becomes a COVID spreading event, the organisation can have major liabilities. As we work so closely with schools and teachers, we thought we would be wise to put all our energies into a virtual event.
Currently we’re looking at platforms and what times work best for teachers and school leaders. To this end we have developed a short survey to canvass opinions on the ideal timing of Digicon 2020. It can be found at, https://forms.gle/7SVrE9uTx1uV8Wkf8
Our VCE Applied Computing Teachers Conference will still take place on 5 November 2021, and will be online following the successful format in 2020 (booking available soon). Prior to that, you can now book to attend an Exam Prep Webinar for teachers taking place in the first week back into Term Four.
Our Journal 8.1 is now available to download at our website. While you’re there, why not look at some of our great resources we have been making available, including our case studies, DigiTech and ICT across the curriculum articles and our virtual modules for teachers.
At DLTV we believe strongly that every teacher is a DigiTech teacher and we know that we are only as strong as our membership. In September we will start a major membership drive for 2022 so keep an eye on your inbox and our website and newsletters.
As always if we help you in anyway in these trying times please just reach out, someone on our team will always get back to you.
Acer and DLTV Partnership
Acer has published an article outlining the benefits our partnerships offers both parties.
Digital learning and teaching are critical components of a contemporary education. This is why the organisation Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) exists — to support Victorian teachers and schools in providing the best possible education to students. It’s also why Acer is a major industry partner to DLTV, because this objective aligns with Acer’s vision for the continued growth of the education sector.
“DLTV has a proud history in supporting Victoria teachers and students. We originally started as two separate groups focused on digital learning that were founded in the 1980s, then these groups merged to form DLTV in 2012,” explains DLTV Vice President, Matthew Harrison. “We have a vibrant network of life members from both founding organisations who continue to support the next generation of digital educators.” Matt continued, “We aim to be a transformative community, where innovative teachers can come together, build connections, and learn from each other,
Rod Bassi, Oceanic Sales Director at Acer, notes that the partnership is a “win win” for both organisations.
“DLTV is a truly unique organisation that exists to provide leadership, support, services, programs and resources to all members,” he says. “While there are other organisations in other states that offer similar assistances, we believe that DLTV deliver these exceptionally well in Victoria, and that what they offer is sincerely engaging and meaningful to schools.”
The full article can be found here
Hot on the heels of our Object-Oriented virtual workshop, DLTV is pleased to announce the release of a major resource that's been keeping us busy during 2021.
Our new virtual modules, Digital Technologies in your school, are designed to help you and your school get oriented for delivering Digital Technologies, with an emphasis on pedagogy and challenges for delivery.
The modules include informative and discussion videos, activities to complete, and opportunities for reflection. Those undertaking the modules can book to attend a live session to discuss the material with others.
We didn't want to reinvent the wheel by providing a basic introduction to Digital Technologies curriculum, though we do provide links to recommended starting points.
5 of the 10 planned modules are now available, with others to be released progressively.
This resource was made possible with support from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
DLTV Case Studies - Implementing Digital Technologies
DLTV has been collecting a growing set of school snapshots over 2020-2021. Each case study explores a school's story so far implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum.
We are grateful for the time and effort made by teachers and DigiTech leaders at the participating schools. Every school is at a different point on this journey.
DLTV is excited to share this new, free online resource for Secondary teachers, which we developed over 2021.
Object-oriented Programming is often seen as an ambitious goal for both teachers and students. It is our aim to show how the concepts can be introduced in a way that is clear, fun, and addresses curriculum concepts for Secondary years around structured data.
Based on a successful full-day workshop, this resource includes:
This resource was made possible with funding from Google Educator PD Grants.