From the President Melinda Cashen elcome to our final journal for 2015, and my first as president of DLTV. It is always a busy time in education as we begin reflecting on the year that has passed and start planning for 2016, and this is no different at DLTV. We are already excited about what DLTV can offer their members in 2016 and there is no better time to join as you will have access to more professional learning, resources and networks than ever before.
way in representing and showcasing Victorian educators, with the four keynotes coming from Victoria. The fringe festival offered presenters an opportunity to try out new ways of presenting and were more flexible for the delegates and highly popular. So much so that in 2016 we will see more emphasis on the fringe concept. Organisation for DigiCon16 is already underway with Bec Spink announced as the new Conference Chair so keep an eye out for details.
This year has continued to be a busy one for the DLTV office and Committee. In January at our planning day we started to develop our strategic drivers. These drivers not only share with our members the direction for DLTV but also ensures our projects and partnerships are aligned with our thinking and objectives.
Student Showcase 900 students descended on Swinburne University in ICT week to take part in activities from National Gallery of Victoria, ACMI, The Channel-Arts Centre Melbourne, Museum Victoria, Deloitte, The Brainary and JMC Academy, just to name a few. The students enjoyed hearing about careers in computing, watching the Nao robots dancing and talking to other students and organisations. Supported by Google, the event was free to all students.
• Support and develop creative ideas and connections which recognise successful digital learning and teaching practices throughout Victoria. • Build a future of digital learning and teaching through innovation and promotion of the value of digital technology education.
Digital Technologies Curriculum At DLTV we have been anxiously waiting on the release of the Victorian Curriculum Digital Technologies Curriculum. The curriculum is an important step towards recognising the importance of digital learning in our future and in education. As the new curriculum is implemented, DLTV will be supporting teachers in becoming familiar with the curriculum, sharing resources and examples and various professional learning opportunities. We have already started with webinars and workshops and will continue with more resources in the coming months.
• Shape students' futures through digital learning and teaching, and prepare them with skills, capabilities and knowledge to succeed in a range of settings. • Develop educators focussed on building and sharing pedagogies, skills and capabilities in digital learning and teaching.
Committee of Management At the AGM in May we elected a new Committee of Management and it was great to see some new faces who are dedicated to highlighting Digital Learning across Victoria. We have a diverse committee who have a huge amount of expertise in education from early childhood to tertiary along with our co-opted members who come from our three educational sectors. Once again we have a strong executive and the Vice Presidents have determined their focus for members and are already leading projects for 2016 in these areas.
As 2015 comes to an end I would like to thank the members for continuing to support DLTV and for the work they do in the area of digital learning and teaching and I encourage you to take some time in the busy lead up to the end of the year to reflect on the difference you have made this year, to students, other teachers and education as a whole. As teachers, we often forget to take the time and appreciate all that we do but DLTV certainly appreciates all of our members for their dedication.
Jo Bird - Secretary and Membership Phil Brown - Treasurer Laura Barker - Leading & Learning Ben Gallagher - Students & Community Bec Spink - Advocacy & Networks
Conference The annual conference, DigiCon was a great success and a wonderful two days of inspiration and provocation with over 400 delegates. Once again we show that DLTV is leading the
The Journal of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
Volume 2 | Number 2 | 2015