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  • 23 Oct 2018 12:11 PM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    At the recent DigiCon18 conference 5 educators were honoured with 2018 Awards. 

    DLTV Outstanding Educator of the Year- Steve Allen

    DLTV Outstanding Leader of the Year- Bec Spink

    Maggie Iaquinto VCE Computing Educator of the Year- Natalie Heath

    Digital Technologies Educator of the Year - Marcus Mulcahy

    The conference also saw John Pearce receive the prestigious ISTE Making IT Happen award- fitting recognition for John's service to the community for so long!

    It was also incredibly exciting to see the induction of two life members. Donna Gronn and Roland Gesthuizen were recognised for their years of service to the community through ICTEV, VITTA & DLTV. You can watch the induction ceremony here. 

    Congratulations to  all award winners at DigiCon18. Find out more about the award winners and all life members

  • 5 Sep 2018 2:39 PM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Mark Richardson’s passing.

    Mark has had a long standing relationship with ICTEV, VITTA and DLTV and the digital education community. He was originally a Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator with a passion for digital technologies and tools to enhance learning. He moved into consulting as ICTEd Services and shared his expertise as a professional learning planner, presenter and consultant, spending 2009 as VITTA’s Professional Learning Coordinator.

    Mark was always present at conferences, sharing the new gadget he had found or discussing learning space design in his calm and gentle manner. He was easily approachable and delegates lined up to get into his sessions where they knew they were guaranteed to walk away with a toolkit of new ideas.

    He was always willing to share his knowledge and experiences of how he used digital technologies to support student learning. He is fondly remembered by DLTV members for his presentation on how he designed an immersive space where students could engage in creativity with digital technologies in a historic building, proving the breadth of his research and expertise.

    It was this fondness of professional learning and sharing that drew Mark to DLTV in 2014 as the Professional Learning Manager at the newly merged organisation. In this role he was straight to work with ideas of improving professional learning opportunities for rural and regional teachers and to designing professional learning around the needs of the members he was connecting with. He jumped into the role with vigor, presenting workshops, working with schools and designing professional learning and was instrumental in starting conferences for regional centres when anyone else would still be finding their feet in the position.

    Mark also had a passion for learning and tinkering, which is where his commitment to Maker Faire and his instrumental partnership with the DET during their Mini Maker Faire evolved. If anyone ran into Mark at the faire they were sure to see him grinning ear to ear as he was excited to see new tools and so proud of what people were sharing.

    In the lead up to the Maker Faire Event, Mark committed his time to a series of webinars, a passion of his that will continue on for DLTV. Mark could see the potential for the use of webinars as professional learning, especially for those in rural and remote regions, before it was second nature like it is today. He researched how to present effectively online, talked to members about their needs and started DLTV’s first webinar series, which is still relevant to teachers years later.

    The Committee of Management were privileged to work closely with such a dedicated colleague and Mark’s kind heart and clear vision will certainly be remembered. He was always quick to lend a hand and even after he had left DLTV he would check in to see if there was anything he could help out with.

    But it isn’t just DLTV members who had the privilege to work with Mark, he was always seen at TeachMeets and IT events across Melbourne, supporting presenters and giving up his time to share his expertise. On Twitter and across a variety of platforms, Mark was always sharing an article or provoking us with questions.

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that Mark stepped away from DLTV to pursue his other love, street photography. And with the same passion Mark had for ICT he put into his remarkable photos, sharing stories behind the glasses and allowing us a glimpse of what it was like to look through the eyes of Mark, the jazz loving, kind hearted man we all respected. Mark, unbelievably committed and always gentlemanly, will be missed in the Digital Learning community and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

    Mark’s funeral will be held on Friday 7th September 2018 at 1pm, at St Faith’s Anglican Church, Charles Street, Glen Iris. All who can attend are welcome, and the family appreciate the thoughts of those who cannot. Mark’s family tell us that they think Mark would have appreciated it if you were to come in your most stylish eye wear. 

    Vale Mark Richardson. 

  • 27 Jun 2018 1:18 PM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    Thanks to all of our members who completed the 2018 Members Survey. We are already using the responses to offer more benefits to members.

    The winners of the prizes have also been drawn. Congratulations to the following winners who have received their prizes:

    • T Peluso, Cheltenham
    • M Dempsey, Mt Evelyn
    • D Jenkins, Warrnambool
    • A Crompton, Maffra
    • J Richardson, Merbein

  • 9 Apr 2018 3:30 PM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria will be held on the 9th May, 2018. This will be a great event as we kick off celebrations of the fortieth annivesary of the formation of the Computers in Education Group Victoria (CEGV). 

    We are also looking for members who wish to join the Committee of Managment.

    Register for this free event (online or in person) here 


    6pm: Welcome


    Roland Gesthuizen | A look at the last four decades of Computers in Education

    Narissa Leung | Leadership and change through digital technologies

    Melinda Cashen, DLTV President | Looking ahead with DLTV

    7.00pm: Annual General Meeting

    7.15pm: Networking with refreshments

    This is to advise you of the upcoming annual general meeting of the members of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria. The details of this meeting are as follows:

    Date: 9th May 2018

    Time: 6pm

    Place: 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick 3056

    Please use links to the following documents:

    At the meeting, members will have the opportunity to:

    • find out about DLTV’s operations and finances
    • ask questions about the operations and finances of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
    • speak about any items on the agenda
    • vote on any resolutions proposed.

    At the meeting, members will be asked to vote to:

    • accept the minutes of the last annual general meeting
    • accept the annual report
    • accept the auditor’s report
    • accept the annual financial statements
    • elect Committee of Management.

    If you are unable to make the meeting you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. Email completed proxy appointments to office@dltv.vic.edu.au 

    Proxy appointments must be received by the chairperson by COB Monday 7th May 2018.


    Please note that Individual financial members are invited to nominate for the Committee of Management of DLTV.

    Please find out more about the nomination process if you are interested in being involved.

    If you submit a nomination form you will need to be in attendance at the AGM on 9th May 2018 or otherwise appoint a proxy to vote and speak if required on your behalf.

    Being on the Committee of Management is an exciting opportunity to have your input into the direction of this vibrant organisation that aims to serve pre-service teachers through to principals engaged in digital learning from the early years to VCE/VET and careers in technology.

    Members of the Committee of Management are educators who demonstrate a commitment to effective teaching with the Digital Technologies Curriculum; understand the trends in learning technologies and education in Victoria and nationally; are great communicators and strong advocates for all educators and learner; and can represent the interests of the DLTV member community.

    Should you wish to get more information or seek clarifications regarding joining the DLTV Committee of Management, please feel free to contact Melinda Cashen, President at melinda@dltv.vic.edu.au

  • 14 Aug 2017 10:25 AM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    On July 27 & 28 over 300 educators took part each day in our annual Festival of Learning; Digicon. DigiCon17 was conducted at Australian Catholic University in Fitzroy and included workshops, an Exhibitor Expo and keynotes by Tony Brandenburg, Bec Spink, Holly Ransom and William Grame.

    Adobe's Tim Kitchen produced a video wrap up of the event (below) using Premiere Pro, Premiere Clip, Photoshop and Apple’s GarageBand linked with Adobe’s Audition for the music. 

    Many of the workshop presenters shared their resources, which you can find at the DigiCon site. The organising committee would like to thank the presenters, delegates, sponsors, volunteers and ACU staff who made DigiCon17 such a success. They are already thinking about DigiCon18, so keep an eye out for updates about next year.

  • 4 Aug 2017 11:27 AM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    At DigiCon17 last week DLTV president Mel Cashen was proud to be able to present Paula Christophersen with the prestigious ISTE Making IT Happen Award. 

    Paula has been a tireless worker in the education community, advocating for the Digital Technologies in all aspects of schooling. Paula was the Curriculum Manager for Digital Technologies for VCAA, played a vital role in writing the new Australian Curriculum, and is a wonderful supporter of teachers everywhere. Paula has made an incredible contribution to DLTV and to education in general. She is a generous colleague who is always willing to share her knowledge of teaching and learning. 

    The Making IT Happen award honours outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.

    Everyone at DLTV would like to congratulate Paula for the prestigious award and for becoming part of such a select group. We feel it is a fitting acknowledgement of the amazing work she has done for many years, and for her contribution to a global community of educators.

  • 5 Jul 2017 10:25 AM | Cameron Hocking (Administrator)

    DLTV is excited to be involved in the Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants initiative, which will see 150 secondary schools from across Victoria receive grants of $10,000 each. 

    The grants will be allocated to support secondary schools with the purchase of equipment related to the digital technologies curriculum. The project will also include professional learning events for teachers of participating schools, which will be coordinated by Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria. 

    In launching the project at Mount Alexander College on Friday, July 1, Minister for Education James Merlino highlighted the importance of digital technologies across the curriculum. “We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities and equipment to give our kids the best chance to succeed. This funding will give more students the ability to learn hands-on with new technology and prepare them for the jobs of the future.”

    Full details of the grants and application process will be published soon on the DLTV site. Stay tuned to our e-news for further updates.

    Watch the Channel 7 news report on the launch

  • 24 Jun 2017 6:28 PM | Melinda Cashen (Administrator)

    DLTV is pleased to announce the 2017 awards winners. 

    Outstanding Educator of the Year 2017 | Narissa Leung

    Narissa is a  principal at Campbell's Creek Primary School in central Victoria. Her professional commitment clearly extends beyond her own school context as she expands her Professional Learning Network though the DLTV, ACCE, MAV, and various levels of the Department of Education and Training.

    Narissa works tirelessly to improve her own school community, aims to build capacity of those she works with in her wider networks, and inspires others to their full potential.

    Her mantra that she lives be is “Be Curious, Be Brilliant, Be the Change”; a call for all students and teachers to be active life-long learners.

    As an active member of a wide variety of professional organisations, including DLTV, Narissa’s knowledge in the role of technology is current and continually developing. 

    Outstanding Leader of the Year 2017 | Steve Brophy

    As an educator with over 17 years experience, Steve always strives to break new ground and lead positive change in the promotion of ICT use in the classroom. In his current role as the Director of ICT & eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar, Steve drives the strategic development of technology use for learning across two campuses. He has worked tirelessly to embed technology into the fabric of school life. 3D printing, virtual debating, app development, coding, digital leadership have been interwoven into his curriculum to provide all students access to new experiences, cutting edge technology and important digital skillsets. 

    In recognition of innovation and leadership, Steve was chosen as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in 2016 and an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2017.

    In Steve’s time at Ivanhoe Grammar School, he has expertly and firmly lead and guided the School to the forefront of educational leadership and innovation in ICT. He has transformed pedagogy in the classrooms and the functionality of administrative systems. Steve refuses to accept the ordinary and is an exceptional and inspiring leader with an outstanding degree of integrity and initiative. He leads ‘by doing’, inspiring staff to ‘have a go’ and ‘break new ground’. Steve encourages teachers to experiment with original ideas and his positive nature develops confidence in even the most fearful of technology. In his leadership role Steve takes the initiative to identify problems and devise solutions.

  • 4 May 2017 10:19 PM | Melinda Cashen (Administrator)

    DLTV is proud to acknowledge Victorian educators who contribute to promoting digital learning and teaching, using technology to the educational advancement of their students and have a significant positive effect on colleagues across Victoria.

    DLTV recognises outstanding leaders, educators and service of DLTV through the following award categories:

    DLTV Outstanding Educator of the Year

    DLTV Outstanding Leader of the Year

    DLTV Digital Technologies Educator of the Year

    Maggie Iaquinto Leader of the Year

    We re currently calling for all nominations for teachers and leaders in these categories. More information can be found on the DLTV Awards page.

    If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution, using technology, to the educational advancement of their students and/or have had a significant positive effect on their colleagues, both at school level and within professional associations we urge you to nominate them for a DLTV award to recognise the contribution they have made.

    Nominations close 31st May 2017

    Submit your nomination 

  • 4 May 2017 10:07 PM | Melinda Cashen (Administrator)

    It is with great pleasure that ICT Educators NSW has agreed to host the 2018 Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) Conference in Sydney, one of the great world cities (although some might say I’m biased).

    Many of you may have visited Sydney before, but we want to invite you, and your families, to experience a side of the city you may not have seen before.  Sydney is the Australian base for many of the significant technology, film and media companies. We will offer you an opportunity for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ view.

    The conference will be held during school holidays and we encourage you to bring the whole family to let them enjoy all that Sydney has to offer during this period.  There will be a number of family-friendly events to complement the conference activities, such as bike rides, picnics, beach parties, sporting activities and scavenger hunts that will keep those who accompany you busy while you explore the increasingly complex world of Digital Technologies.

    The theme of the 2018 conference is ImpaCT, and our presenters will be given the challenge of demonstrating how we can ensure maximum effect on student learning using the technologies we employ.

    Additionally, we will be doing a health check on the rollout of Technology Curriculum and ensuring the many resources produced to support this can be shared.

    As is expected at an ACCE conference, prominent Australian and international speakers will be featured, as will be a range of pre and post-conference workshops and tours, a trade exhibition, and a full social program.

    There’s also some fun to be had working with our venue,  Randwick Race Course. Plan to experience a Day at the Races and all the over-the-top accessories that that might involve.

    Please put the conference dates in your diaries, 2-5 October, 2018 now and we encourage you to consider adding a few days either side to experience all that Sydney has to offer the entire family.

    Visit the ACCE 2018 Website

    Leanne Cameron

    ACCE2018 Conference Convener

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