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Google's 2019 CS Educator PD Grants

2019 Educator PD Grant

It's back, Google's 2019 CS Educator PD Grants are open!!

163 grants to 55 organizations since 2011 delivering CS PD to primary, secondary and pre-service educators.

Grantees are welcomed into a community and are supported to make their PD programs as effective and impactful as possible. Grantees are encouraged to share resources, best practices and engage with other partners to amplify their impact.

Follow the link to see if you're eligible.

Got something to share?

We are looking for stories of successful Digital Technologies implementation – what has helped you get started in your school? Can you help others? We can pay you for your time or provide teacher relief payment to your school. Click here for more information. 

Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge Award winners announced!

On behalf of Life Journey, we would like to thank all the schools that participated in this year's Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge!

We would also like to congratulate the following schools who were awarded at the 2017–2018 Cyber Victoria Schools Challenge Awards on May 30:

  • First Victorian Cyber Teacher: Julie Aitkin, Dandenong High School. Special recognition award for becoming the first certified Cyber Teacher in Victoria.
  • Cyber Teacher Community Champion: Deepika Chandran, Mt Hira College. Special recognition award for community participation.
  • Girls in Cyber Champions: St Mary MacKillop College, Swan Hill. School with the highest participation rate for girl students completing the challenge.
  • Highest Performing School: St Joseph's College, Geelong. School with the highest performing students in the challenge.
  • Cyber School Champion: Mount Waverley Secondary College. School with the highest number of participating students at a Victorian School.
  • Cyber Teacher Champion: Matt Hall, Mount Waverley Secondary College. School with the highest number of certified Cyber Teachers at a Victorian school

We would like to invite you to partake in the next Challenge. The 2018–2019 competition is now open until April 30 2019. Watch out for monthly professional learning sessions.

Hour of Code

Hour of Code events can be organised by anyone, and take place all over the world. No experience is needed, and one-hour tutorials are available online. Take part in this global movement!

You can register your class, school or community to learn code and have fun. There are also resources available to help you spread the word.

Find out more.


A new program released by LifeJourney invites students to virtually explore the careers of Australia’s STEM leaders in technology and innovation. The program, Australia 2020, weaves together key themes including wireless technology, cybersecurity, drone delivery, financial services and autonomous vehicles in order to paint a picture for students of Australia’s future digital economy and related careers pathways.

It's TIME to create your entries for Screen It 2018!

To be in the running for the great prizes you'll need to produce a live action film, animation or video game in response to the theme of ‘Time’. Check out the excellent resources and class video-chat sessions to help with your entries. When you win, your work is exhibited online in the Australian Mediatheque, on big screens around Australia and ACMI’s newly-designed Screen It space in the Screen Worlds exhibition. For more info click here.

Search for the next Tech Girl Superhero

The Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition is coming up soon on March 8th. Make sure you're familiar with the dates!

Key dates information. In the left hand column, it has the following important dates: 8th of March: Launch date on International Women's Day, 20th of April: Last day to register as a mentor or student, 7th of June: Mid-season check, you should be halfway there, 26th of July: Submission deadline, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, August: Online judging, September: Showcase events in various Australian and NZ cities and October: Sign up to Technovation World Challenge. In the right-hand column, it has the following suggested milestone dates: 29th of April: Get started with your idea and start module 1, 20th of May: Finish market research, start prototyping your app and begin module 2, 10th of June: Start planning your pitch and coding your app and begin module 3, 1st of July: Leave time to debug your app, finalise pitch and start module 4, 15th of July: Start preparing your deliverables for submission, 26th of July: Submission deadline, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, and 16th of August: Complete post-competition survey.

Girls from 7-17 yo in Australia and New Zealand form a team and enter the competition. They are then matched with a female tech mentor who meets weekly with them for 12 weeks. Teams identify a problem in their local community to solve, then research and document a solution in a business plan, build a working app prototype and pitch it in a public video.

Sponsorship Grants

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science sponsorships grants for science engagement have opened for this financial year

These grants aim to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Grants will be provided to organisations, such as schools and community groups, to sponsor eligible young Australians to participate in conferences, competitions and other STEM-related activities. You can find the guidelines here.

Maker Space Grants coming soon!

Applications for the Maker Space grants will open in late August. Sign up to receive notifications and updates on the Maker Projects here.

Australian Computing Academy

The Australian Computing Academy has put together a flyer summarising their activities, including:

  • Class resources: Digital Technologies Challenges
  • Unpacking the curriculum: key concepts
  • Professional development: 1- and 2-day workshops
  • Engaging your school: Dive into Code

Check out their flyer for more information.

Australian DT Challenges

The first four Australian Digital Technologies Challenges are:
Blockly for Year 5–6
Python for Year 7–8
Arduino for Year 7–8
Blockly + Maths for Year 7–8

Also check out the ten key concepts

CSER Online course for Years 9-10

The CSER Digital Technologies Education Program provides a number of free, open online courses designed to assist teachers in preparing for the new Digital Technologies learning area. The NEW Years 9 & 10 Digital Technologies: Explore! Is open for registration. Starts 1st July! For more info click here.

Lending Library

CSER Lending Library opens it’s figurative doors to schools nationally in a groundbreaking program. Schools can now integrate a huge range of digital technologies educational equipment on loan, for free. Read more and register here. has released its annual report on the state of K–12 computer science, a snapshot of global efforts to raise educational standards in the computer science landscape. Read the 2017 report here.

Is BYOD a hot topic at your school?

There is a lot of discussion around Bring Your Own Device and successful implementation. This article has great advice on the topic.