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KnowledgeBank is hosting a free eLearning Conference for interested Victorian teachers. It will be held from Monday 3 August to Wednesday 5 August through the online conferencing program Elluminate. Here are details of individual sessions from KnowledgeBank:
Monday 3 August
Learning is Real, Rich & Relevant – Keynote – 21st Century eLearning Conference


Monday, August 3, 2009, 9 – 10am

Online [...]

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Schools First

Have you heard about the Schools First program?


There is a range of resources, but the best thing for cash strapped schools is the ability to apply for grants and funding.  Have a look to see if your school is eligible to apply.

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Google Translate

Here is a handy tool for LOTE teachers and anyone else wanting to communicate in languages other than English. Google Translate can do three great things:

Enter a phrase in your selected language for search in another language
Add a widget to your webpage to allow it to be translated instantly by readers in other languages
Create content [...]

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This useful website provides free resources for teachers who are interested in the topic of rainforests. Materials for students aged 3 to 16 are available.


There are:

 lessons ideas

and other resources freely available for anyone to use. There are pages provided for teachers, students and parents. Students and teachers from around the world are invited to share their [...]

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We are on the hunt for Australia’s favourite school library blogs, wikis, netvibes, webquests and pageflakes (and so on). We’d also like to seek out blogs by library staff that are reflective of of our profession.
Please consider nominating your colleagues, people from your networks and virtual networks or even yourself. Once we have a shortlist representing different platforms, [...]

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After the tragic consequences of the recent incident in Geelong that apparently had links to cyberbullying, here are some websites that teachers and students may like to know about. Jo Robinson, from Orygen Youth Mental Health Services suggests:

Reach Out
MoodGYM (which uses game playing to teach good decision making and other skills).

Other resources include:

Kids Helpline 1800 [...]

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Victorian teachers are invited to participate in this free professional learning session.
Students as Documentary Makers with Mitzi Goldman
Throughout this session teachers will find out how media is a deeply engaging tool when students use it to express their learning about the real world.
When: Monday 31st August 2009, 4pm. Sign up here – http://www.knowledgebank.globalteacher.org.au
Where: Online in [...]

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Readers Cup

A reminder that registrations for the 2009 Readers Cup Victorian State Final close on Friday 31 July. You don’t need to have run a Readers Cup in your school to participate. You only need to register and enter a team (or teams) that have read the books (and composed a creative piece) by 27 November.  Registration [...]

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Kim Yeomans of St Martin of Tours Primary School in Rosanna has allowed Bright Ideas to gain insights in to the development of her library blog.
Kim says:

I did the SLAV Web 2.0 course last year and decided this year to set up a blog for our LRC. The LRC already has an active presence on our [...]

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Victorian Northern Metropolitan Region Ultranet Coach Anesti Anestis has provided Bright Ideas with information about a Games for Learning wiki.


Anesti explains, ‘It is a site to find, make and play games.  Teachers involved in gaming can share their experiences and findings in applying games in the classroom.’

Getting started

With information on
Free stuff
Gamemaking software
Gaming sites
Getting Started
Nintendo DS
Nintendo [...]

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