[Design and Technology] DATTA Vic Mid Term 3 Newsletter 2014 - exam prep in full swing

DATTA Vic pl at datta.vic.edu.au
Thu Aug 21 17:46:40 EST 2014

DATTA Vic Newsletter Term 3 2014.
Volume 27 Issue 3
ISSN: 1835 - 7148

** Welcome from the President
Hi all technology teachers,

There are lots of great things planned by DATTA Vic this term, mainly focussed on preparing VCE students (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=ce590785cb&e=ae7b9e9f4d) for their exams. Good luck (and much patience) to all teachers as the VCE production stage heats up.

** AusVELS curriculum delay
According to the August VCAA Bulletin, the publication of the AusVELS curriculum for Phase 2 and 3 Learning Area Domains (including Technologies) that was planned for Term 3 has been delayed due to the Australian Curriculum Review, We will keep you informed with further news when it becomes available.

** Australian Technologies Curriculum implementation
As part of my role as DATTA Aus. president, I’ve been involved in a number of national teleconferences with people from Technology organisations to discuss the implementation of the Australian Technologies Curriculum.

A message that came through strongly is that there are great things happening in all the states - events, programs, competitions, and placements of professionals in schools.

Many of these programs provide rich resources for teachers, but it’s sometimes hard to find out about them.

** Teacher resources
The AIS (NSW) has provided a portal with links to a range of Technology (and Science) activities and organisations (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=80f9a96002&e=ae7b9e9f4d ) (I’m sure the AIS would also love to hear about events being run in Victoria).

I’ve been on leave for 6 weeks (travelling with my family) and would like to say thanks to those at my school and at DATTA Vic who have kept things going during that time.

Best wishes,

Jill Livett

** VCAA Report

**  F–10 Curriculum planning and reporting guidelines

The general guidelines have been developed (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=d5c56640a7&e=ae7b9e9f4d) to provide advice for Victorian schools on using AusVELS to develop whole-school curriculum plans and to report student learning achievement.

These guidelines set out an approach to curriculum delivery based on understanding learning as a continuum. The guidelines also provide flexibility for schools to specialise in particular curriculum areas and to develop teaching and learning programs that suit their particular cohort.

Schools can work with their local communities to determine how best to report student learning to parents. There will no longer be a single mandated report format. Schools need to report student achievement against the curriculum standards set out in AusVELS, but have more flexibility in how they report that achievement to parents.

** AusVELS Curriculum Planning Resource website
The AusVELS resource website (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=9c6b89f5ca&e=ae7b9e9f4d)  offers school leaders resources to support planning and documenting a whole-school curriculum plan. It includes a self-assessment tool and curriculum planning examples for both primary and secondary schools.

Leanne Compton
Curriculum Manager, Design and Technologies
compton.leanne.l at edumail.vic.gov.au (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=b1a7f48d42&e=ae7b9e9f4d)
t: 03 9032 1698

** Exam Preparation for Students
Exams are just around the corner and so we've prepared a series of invaluable workshops for you and your students.

** Melbourne CBD exam preparation
When: Friday 5 September
Where: RMIT University, RMIT Swanston Academic Building, Level 2, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $40 for students, free for teachers with students, $95 for teachers alone
Register here (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=9ec0fe0312&e=ae7b9e9f4d)

** Geelong regional exam preparation
When: Monday 13 October
Where: Aprhrasia Street, Newtown, Geelong, Australia
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $40 for students, free for teachers with students, $95 for teachers alone
Register here (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=e7842470bf&e=ae7b9e9f4d)

** Exam preparation via polycom

When: Wednesday 17 September
Where: via school polycom system. Please check your school has a system before registering or contact Sarah Hunt at pl at datta.vic.edu.au (mailto:pl at datta.vic.edu.au) for more information.
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $40 for students, free for teachers with students, $95 for teachers alone
Register here (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=8e96363ea0&e=ae7b9e9f4d)

** Horsham regional exam preparation
A date for a Horsham exam preparation will be released soon. Please check www.datta.vic.edu.au for the release date.

Contact Sarah Hunt
pl at datta.vic.edu.au (mailto:pl at datta.vic.edu.au)  or (03) 9349 1538 for more information.

** Design Thinking conference success
DATTA Vic wants to thank all participants and attendees of the 2014 Design Thinking conference held in June.

The conference was held at Swinburne University's new Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre. It featured a fantastic range of guest speakers and workshops, including keynotes by industrial designer Tim Collins (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=ceaa52d63c&e=ae7b9e9f4d) and flipped learning expert Andrew Douch (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=4a8e90a3c2&e=ae7b9e9f4d) .

You can view a sample of conference photo moments  (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=0aecff200b&e=ae7b9e9f4d ) or contact Sarah Hunt pl at datta.vic.edu.au (mailto:pl at datta.vic.edu.au) if you wish to receive more information about the conference.

** What's On
There are some fantastic exhibitions and events taking place this term and throughout the year.

Checkout the details below:

Bendigo Art Gallery
Undressed: 350 years of Underwear in Fashion (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=78720b4f23&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - 19 July – 26 October 2014

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Fashion Detective (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=091abb3552&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - opening 24 May - 21 September 2014
Mid-Century modern: Australian Furniture Design (http://vic.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=eef2e7cc99&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - Opening 30 May - 19 October 2014

Immigration Museum
Faith Fashion Fusion (http://vic.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=7e147cf1b0&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - this would be a great exhibition to link to identity - now until 9 June 2014

NGV International
Art of the Table (http://vic.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=f6e5f9391b&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - 28 February 2014 - 31 December 2014
Italian Masterpieces (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=cdf2ce725d&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - 18 May - 31 August 2014
Romance Was Born - Kids Project (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=d841a2c75f&e=ae7b9e9f4d) - Opening 3 October 2014 - 28 June 2015

Think Ahead (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=c3a49ee428&e=ae7b9e9f4d) -  there are some great interactive exhibits, ideal for years 6, 7 & 8

** Five secrets for leadership success in teaching
By Lorraine Tran

I’ve found that doing the best you can rubs off on others. Each day brings challenges, so it’s important to use problem-solving skills to work out how best to overcome those challenges and not be too overwhelmed by them.

Feel that every day you are lucky and privileged. When you feel privileged, you are thankful that not only has your education, skills and training been recognized, but that you can perform the responsibilities of the role  entrusted to you.

Be strong and take people with you.  You can do this by being a positive role model - whether you are a teacher, head of department or curriculum manager or have any other sort of leadership role.

Develop insight, intuition and try to understand and analyse problems. Read extensively, attend exhibitions, trade shows and professional development, and ask appropriate questions of people ‘in the know’.

This is a mixture of empathy, respect, praise and even veneration. I’ve had the privilege of working with so many wonderful leaders, teachers and students over the years that celebrating their achievements has given both them and me a great sense of fulfillment.

Lorraine Tran is the DATTA Vic 2014 Technology Leadership Award winner.

** Professional Learning
Term 3 is full of exciting professional learning opportunities in the lead up to exams.

** Construct a microcontroller and buggy workshop
In this interactive hands-on workshop, learn how to make:
1. 1.Infrared Remote Controlled microcontroller (Picaxe 8M2 or 14M2)
2. Buggy (either3x3x3 LED Cube or a Jumbo 7 Segment Display)

When:  Saturday 30 August
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Where: 165-179 Hurstbridge Rd, Diamond Creek, VIC
* $180.00 including GST for Members
* $280.00 including GST for Non Members

Register here (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=02ccc751e5&e=ae7b9e9f4d)

** PD&T exam preparation for teachers
When:  Tuesday 2 September
Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Where: 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
* $180.00 including GST for Members
* $280.00 including GST for Non Members

Register here (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=edfb761a5b&e=ae7b9e9f4d)

** So You Think You Can Design final
The 2014 So You Think You Can Design final was hotly contested between Simonds Catholic College, Northcote High School and Kardinia International College.

Two students selected from each school went head-to-head in a series of design challenges ranging from creation of mood boards, concept sketching, computer aided design and prototyping over 2 days.

Design briefs had students designing a wearable Epipen device for young people and a new World Cup trophy for the year 2030. All work was judged by teachers attending the conference.

It was incredibly close and the work of all three schools was outstanding. Kardinia College eventually took the top prize of 2 iPad minis by just 1 point over Northcote High.

Please email DATTA Vic if you would like your school to involved in So You Think You can Design 2015.

** RMIT Design Hub Exhibition
The Future Is Here is a touring exhibition created by the
Design Museum, London.

The exhibition is on show at RMIT Design hub and will include additional local design research projects that demonstrate speculation and prototyping in innovation and design.

Dates: 28 August - 11 October
Where: RMIT University Design Hub, Corner Swanston and Victoria Streets
More information (http://vic.us6.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=c70f61e1c7&e=ae7b9e9f4d)

** The Good Design Guide
The Good Design Guide is a new book packed full of interesting and informative content on design thinking and sustainability by Eco Innovators (http://vic.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=9f4c1eb0ed&e=ae7b9e9f4d) Director Leyla Acaroglu.

Content focus: The Good Design Guide covers:
* design problem solving
* life cycle thinking
* sustainable design strategies
* and poses a range of real world design challenges for the reader to solve.

With over 100 pages, the book comes in both a hard cover reference guide and a downloadable interactive e-book using a unique format that allows the reader to navigate quickly through the content.

Suitability: The content is perfect for high school students and covers all design and technology subject areas.

Purchase: Order the e-book
online (http://vic.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ed735b6928a1ab8d30e6f12a&id=0cd58bb5ed&e=ae7b9e9f4d)  or hard cover copy by calling DATTA Vic on (03) 9349 1538.

** Computer

DATTA Vic has been recently upgrading our computer systems and we've had a few communications delays.

If you've been trying to get in touch, we are now back online and running at full steam!

Looking forward to seeing you at our events soon.

** Free advertising for members

Members can advertise for free in this newsletter and on the DATTA Vic website.

Non members - $50 per advert (not available to commercial interests)
* Selling equipment
* Looking for equipment
* Advertise employment opportunites
* Seeking employment

Send your text and pictures to dattavicweb at gmail.com

** Technotes
Technotes is now a digital resource you can access on our webpage. Articles range from insights into new technologies, inspiring projects taking place regionally, nationally and internationally, competitions, alternative teaching and learning approaches and many more interesting areas in education.

If you have an inspiring project or unit of work you would like to share with others and would be willing to write for Technotes please contact Sarah Hunt at pl at datta.vic.edu.au (mailto:pl at datta.vic.edu.au) .

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Volume 27 Issue 3
ISSN: 1835 - 7148
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