Announcements: from the Desk of the President 

Webinars and workshops: remaining in 2021

Digicon 2022: keep the date

National Education Summit: DLTV members' offer

AWS Girls' Tech Day: still time to register

CEAV & DLTV: call for webinar participants

Robots in Education: moving beyond the STEM Space


From the desk of DLTV President Ben Gallagher

Today I’d like to focus on some of the amazing volunteers and supporters of DLTV. These are the people who tirelessly make things happen behind the scenes.

I’d like to especially thank our committee members who volunteer their time to help make DLTV a meaningful and very worthwhile organisation.

Many also volunteer on our sub-committees.

Currently our DigiCon conference sub-committee are meeting weekly to organise the program etc and its looking like it will be an amazing event.

Pricing and booking will be available very soon, so keep an eye on our website, social media posts and of course our newsletters. Don’t forget for one price you’ll be able to attend as much or as little as you like whether that’s an individual or a whole school. Or you might like to consider presenting.

Another sub-committee which has been going the extra yards are our journal committee. Capably led by a long-standing supporter of DLTV, who many of you may know, Roland Gesthuizen. All being well they hope to have the next one to you in December or at the latest early next year.

At DLTV there are many other volunteers that make things function, like our finance sub- committee or people like our fabulous Patron Paula Christophersen, who is always on hand to give support or offer advice.

I’d also like to thank all the volunteers who have been helping with materials for some of our ongoing projects, whether that’s been  creating content, presenting at a webinar or being part of an interview panel.

It very hard to believe that the school year will shortly end. I imagine like many of you I’m finalising assessments and writing reports as well as the hundred other things as teachers we have to do.

As always reach out if we can support you in any way. We are only ever a phone call or an email away

As always reach out if we can support you in anyway. We are only ever a phone call or an email away

Cheers, Ben


Object-oriented programming: Getting started for Australian teachers

1 Dec 2021 + 8 Dec 2021, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: free

Taking place across two Wednesday afternoons, this online workshop is a guided delivery of the content in DLTV's virtual module set: Object-oriented Programming: Getting started for Australian teachers, by the developers of that resource.

Especially relevant for teachers of DigiTech 9-10 and VCE, discover what Object-oriented Programming is and why programmers use it through a sequence of activities.

More info and book

Don’t forget DigiCon is virtual in 2022, February 21st to 24th from 4pm to 6pm each afternoon.

Pricing and bookings available soon. For one reasonable price you’ll be able to attend as little or as much as you like.

Keep an eye on our website and next newsletters for more information.

DLTV member offer

DLTV are proud to announce that we are a Supporting Partner of the National Education Summit Melbourne 2022, to be held on 17 & 18 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

A number of the DLTV staff will be presenting sessions across a range of the programs and workshops.

DLTV members will receive a 10% discount off all fees. We suggest you utilise some of your 2021 budget to register now at the Super Special rates (until 30 November 2021). Early Bird rates will apply after that time should you want to plan your 2022 PD after the Christmas break.

For more information and registration details: 

We look forward to meeting up with you all at the event, it will be great to be back to face-to-face PD in 2022.

AWS GIRLS' TECH DAY: Still time to register

There is still time to become involved in AWS Girls’ Tech Day. It runs from November 13 – December 13, a fun-filled tech program where you can explore coding, robotics, cloud computing, problem solving, and more!

You can download the PDF flyer here and the Q&A PDF here.

The program is free of charge to participants for a period of 30 days. It also supports access for educators and youth leaders who want to participate with their classes, girls’ tech groups, and clubs

The workshop activities are designed so that each participant can go at their own pace, and participate on-demand as many times as they like between November 13 – December 13.

CEAV & DLTV: Call for webinar participants

DLTV in conjunction with Career Education Association Victori (CEAV) are creating a discussion type webinar for careers teachers and DigiTech/STEM teachers. This webinar will form part the Connecting Learning to Work project which encourages year 10 girls to consider careers in digital technologies.

The webinar will take place mid - February 2022 we are looking for three careers teachers and three Digitech teachers to take part in this Q&A style panel.

The discussion will be guided by a moderator from DLTV and all participants will have access to the recording to make sure they are happy with it before its published.

If you’d like to take part, please email

Moving beyond the DigiTech Space

Sam Kingsley from the Brainary

We’re seeing more and more robotics and technology being used in Australian classrooms each year but they’re typically left to the STEM or Digitech space and teacher. There are wonderful opportunities for us to move them into the mainstream curriculum to re-engage students and teach complex ideas.

With this in mind I would like to draw your attention to my recent webinar hosted by DLTV.  I'd also like  to  share some great resources from Prof. Christoph Bartneck, a robotics expert at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

In the webinar 'Classroom Robotics Across Curriculum Areas', we examined ways in which we can begin to implement robotics in mainstream curriculum areas such as Science, Geography and Maths – data collection and analysis. You can check it out here.

Prof. Bartneck and his colleagues recently published a great book titled Robots in Education which I am currently reading. The book works through uses of and the implementation of robots in education. It’s an accessible introduction to using robotics in formal teaching and learning. I have personally found it helped to in developing my professional practice and it identifies relevant and interesting pedagogical strategies applicable to educators and their classrooms.

Alongside Robots in Education, Prof. Bartneck shared a couple of great free resources on Human-Robot interactions. Human-robot interactions is a fascinating area of study focused on the relationship between humans and robots. As robots become more prominent across human society we see diverse interactions between the two. If this piques your interest please check these resources below.

Introduction to human-robot-interactions.

Human-robot-interactions Podcast

Free MOOC course on edX that is based on human-robot-interactions

If you would like to purchase a copy of Robots in Education you can do so on the Brainary’s website.

We’re happy to offer free shipping and a 15% discount to DLTV members and subscribers. Please use the code DLTV15

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