Free professional learning for all Victorian teachers

Senior Project Officers at the Innovation and Next Practice Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have passed on this important message:

Attention: Victorian teachers in Government, Catholic and Independent schools

The Department is offering a program of free, online conferences during the pupil-free days from January 27- 29, 2010. We have 35 fantastic 60-minute sessions on offer! The program will cover the domains of Literacy, Maths, Science and ICT.

You can participate in these sessions from your own school via Elluminate. The only equipment you will need is a computer with an internet connection and a microphone headset.

Further details and registration information is available at:

Sessions on offer include:

Wednesday 27th January

–       Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Reading in meaningful units

–       Delivering Environmental Sustainability into Classroom and Curriculum

–       Resources to Support ESL Students

–       Bringing Social Media and Web 2.0 into the Classroom

–       CREST: Creativity in Science and Technology with the Help of a Real, Live Scientist

–       Introduction to FUSE

–       Habitat Heroes: Environmental Awareness through Social Networking

–       Supporting Young People with Language Disorders and Literacy Difficulties in our Classrooms

–       Tips & Tricks with Microsoft OneNote

–       Engage your Students in Real Action for a Sustainable Future

Thursday 28th January

–       Going 1-to-1: Findings from the Netbook Trial

–       Integrating Maths across the Curriculum

–       LandLearn

–       Getting Started with Audio Podcasts

–       Inquiry Approaches for Teaching Abstract Concepts in Science

–       Getting Started with Video Podcasts

–       Creative Reading and

–       Strategies for Teaching Cybersafety and Ethics

–       Gaming & Social Networks in Science Education

–       Articul8 Maths

–       Prep Assessment Period: The English Online Interview

–       ePotential: What to do after you have taken the survey

–       Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Early Visual Communication from Diagnosis

–       Using e5 with Professional Learning Teams

–       Nothing Rhymes with Poetry

Friday 29th January

–       Tips & Tricks with Microsoft Communicator & LiveMeeting

–       Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: ICT Strategies for Maths

–       Teaching Science in a Mixed Ability Classroom

–       Maths Is An Option – How Do We Make Students Opt For It?

–       Screencasting for Personalised Learning in Literacy and Numeracy

–       Multiliteracies at Museum Victoria: Science resources and much more

–       Combo Cards: Using Manipulatives in Maths

–       Using wikis in the classroom to support collaborative learning

–       Screen Literacy: Teaching with Digital tools and Multimodal Texts

–       Effective Chance and Data Investigations

As places are limited, you must gain approval from your principal and ensure you are available prior to registering for any session.

Anyone who has completed Elluminate training will be comfortable with using this technology.