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  • 27 Apr 2018 8:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MITIE is please to announce that COSN's CEO, Keith Krueger has been invited to present at this year's EduTech conference in Sydney on June 7th and 8th 2018. 

    In the days leading up to EduTech, MITIE's president, Ian Ralph and Keith will be taking the opportunity to raise awareness of MITIE, demonstrate MITIE's national and international focus;  raise awareness of the MITIE/COSN partnership and the value to MITIE's members of the partnership/resources available through COSN.

    Ian and Keith will visit Adelaide on June 3rd, Melbourne on June 4th, Canberra on June 5th and will be in Sydney June 6-8 for EduTech. During their tour they will take time to engage with ICT leaders in the educational communities of these cities. 

    MITIE and COSN are pleased to acknowledge the financial support of ASI for this venture.

    Ian Ralph
    MITIE President

  • 8 Mar 2018 8:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some of our members don't appear to sleep much!

    The email inviting members to sign up as a MITIE Professional with free access to CoSN resources went out fairly late at night. 

    Within a few minutes out first member had signed up to the MITIE Professional option that comes with complimentary access to CoSN's resources until the end of June 2018.

    If you haven't signed up as a MITIE professional yet, don't worry - we'll be continuously sending login details of MITIE Professionals CoSN. The only urgency is to maximise the time you have to evaluate the benefits of signing up as a MITIE professional at no charge until June 30th 2018.


    Natasha Irani from Microsoft assists with registrations at the NSW Term 4 conference held at Microsoft's offices in November 2018.

    Ian




  • 3 Mar 2018 10:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By signing up to the MITIE Professional membership option or through the Educational Bundle (participating educational institutions) MITIE members* are able to access an impressive variety of CoSN member benefits for Education Technology professionals

    including:

    • Discounted Certification prep and exam materials
    • Free 6-part webinar series, and access to past webinar archives ($650USD value)
    • Discounts on CoSN Online Courses
    • Access to the CoSN Network, our member only online community
    • Discounted and free CoSN resources- toolkits, EdtechNext reports
    • A Member only CoSN Connect Newsletter
    • Eligibility to post to the CoSN blog
    • Posting job notices on the CoSN job board at a discount.
    • The ability to nominate staff members for CoSN awards
    • Free and discounted attendance to CoSN events (including CTO Clinics, Forums, and the CoSN Annual Conference)
    • Eligibility for Tech Transitions and Retired Membership - Individuals who are retired, graduate assistant, independent researcher or consultant can be individual members.
    To access to these benefits at no cost until 30th June 2018 simply sign-up as a Professional member (individual) or through the Educational Bundle option. 

    * Except for those Australian organisations that were existing COSN institutional members prior to January 1st 2018, access to these CoSN benefits is an exclusive benefit available only to MITIE members.


  • 28 Jan 2018 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MITIE has formalised a partnering with CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking). Founded in 1992, CoSN is the preeminent organisation serving K-12 education technology leaders across the United States.

    Through the partnership, MITIE and CoSN will offer their members access to both organizations’ suite of resources and professional development opportunities. Starting in 2018, Australian education technology leaders will be able to leverage CoSN’s membership benefits.

    "CoSN’s global outreach has allowed us to visit and engage with partners in powerful learning settings beyond U.S. shores, including Australia. We are excited to be partnering with MITIE to foster modern educational settings in America and Australia,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

    For 25 years, CoSN has provided leaders in districts throughout the United States with the management, community building and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents more than 13 million students in school districts and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. Learn more at: cosn.org.

    Stay tuned for more information on how MITIE members can benefit from this partnership.

    Ian Ralph
    MITIE President


  • 28 Jan 2018 7:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The full results of the SGM (login to Forum required), be seen via this link, are as follows:

    Motion 1 - Allowing for Institutional (Bundle) Members

    Agree 96%
    Disagree 4%

    Motion 2 - Allowing for Provisional Members

    Agree 98%
    Disagree 2%

    Motion 3 - Changes to the membership application process

    Agree 97%
    Disagree 3%

    Motion 4 : Removal of Section 6.(1)(b).

    Agree 97%
    Disagree 3%

    Motion 5 - Changes to the membership approval process

    Agree 95%
    Disagree 5%

    Motion 6 - Right of Refund should a membership application be rejected

    Agree 100%
    Disagree 0%

    Motion 7 : Addition of Section 2, Part 6.3© - Entry into Register of Members

    Agree 100%
    Disagree 0%

    Motion 8: Membership Process - Removal of Section 2, Part 6.4

    Agree 99%
    Disagree 1%

    Motion 9 - Registry of Members : The information we collect and store

    Agree 93%
    Disagree 7%

    Motion 10 - Update of Part 2, Section 6 to reflect Applications instead of Nominations

    Agree 99%
    Disagree 1% 

    Motion 11: Office Holder Term Lengths

    Agree 92%
    Disagree 8%

    Ally Eddy.
    MITIE Secretary


  • 16 Dec 2017 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In October 2017 I accompanied a delegation of CoSN members on a week long tour of New Zealand. The event was a wonderful opportunity to understand what makes the NZ education system one of the best in the world.

    Using disaster as opportunity to rethink

    At the 2011 AISNSW ICT Leadership and Management Conference Paul Rodley from Christ's College in Christchurch New Zealand spoke about what it means to really put a disaster recovery and business continuity plan into action. Paul had been involved in rescuing servers from underneath an unstable, earthquake damaged building and restarting them in his garage so that his school could assess contact details for staff, students and the broader community. I recall the conference delegates listening intently as Paul described the very real risks he and his colleagues took retrieving those servers and the things they had to do to access and distribute their data.


    Up until we heard that presentation I don’t think many of my Australian ICT Director peers realised how important disaster recovery and business continuity planning really is. Afterwards many of my colleagues and I returned to our schools, dusted off our DR/BCM plan and looked it with fresh eyes, or if we didn’t have one, soon began to craft one with a real sense of urgency. Some attribute the phrase “never let a good crisis go to waste” to Winston Churchill. Whether he said it or not, the fact remains that many schools in Australia are better prepared for potential disaster thanks to the terrible earthquake experiences of our cousins across the Tasman Sea – we didn’t let a good crisis go to waste.

    Accessibility to technology

    How would you configure technology in large open-plan learning spaces designed to accommodate 40 to 60 students and 4-5 teachers in as flexible a format as possible? What’s more the spaces are ultra-configurable with the walls being the only things that don’t move - and in some spaces that’s only partly true. The solution the ingenious Kiwis have come with up at Stonefield School near Auckland, is to provide their technology with wheels - and that doesn’t mean wheels for each iPad or computer, but wheels for the storage and recharge units. Each unit can be wheeled into place to form an alcove or nook, placed out of the way against a wall or trundled to where the students happen to be working. And while you’re at it, why not equip the device storage and recharge unit with cupboards whose doors serve as mini whiteboards or slide back to reveal a large screen TV and sound system. Students on both sides of the unit can work on their own projects without interfering with each other’s learning. A truly remarkable use of space and very clever design!

    A rolling technology hub at Stonefield's School near Auckland N.Z.

    Sarah Martin, Principal of Stonefield School, when asked about student’s access to technology replied that “tech is an extension of who kids are, we don’t event talk about it as a thing”. But the School does think about the best way to provide students with the technology that they use on a daily basis. Stonefield has a 1:1 program across the school charging parents around $3.50 per week or a one-off charge of $500 for iPads in years 1-3 and Chromebooks in years 4-8.

    In an innovative collaboration with some tech-savvy parents from the school, Stonefield has developed the Schooltalk (https://schooltalk.co.nz/)planner that helps students “plan, learn and reflect in efficient and transparent ways.” This software provide students with a clear graphical view of their learning so that they know what learning has been achieved, see new learning plans on the calendar, and add your own learnings. Parents see the goals of the learning for every activity, find out how they can help, they are encouraged to assist with home learning using the selected resources as well as to see helpful keywords from today’s learning to engage their child in meaningful conversations. For teachers the software enables them to plan their teaching and their students’ learning, capture evidence of learning and report on progress.

    At Lemonwood Grove School, the principal Sean Bailey said that ICTs are not given special status at his school explaining that there is no special ICT budget and that it is simply integrated as a tool. Sean was much more excited to talk about the way the school uses skylights to provide natural lighting, LED lights are used when needed and sensors trigger the opening of high-level windows to bring in fresh air when CO2 levels get too high. The ICT device ecosystem is varied with MacBooks, iPads and Chromebooks in the school provided fleet for use by the School’s initial enrolment of 150 students. On the software side Google Docs with management provided by Hapara (https://hapara.com/) – a New Zealand born innovation – along with Google Classrooms.


    The CoSN NZ delegation

    A local's presepective

    While in Auckland I spent some time talking to Sam McNeill who, before working for Microsoft in Auckland, was an ICT Director in New Zealand Schools. Sam told me that NZ never really went down the school/government provided 1:1 model like some parts of Australia did during the Australian Government’s Digital Education revolution. Instead NZ leaped from “computer labs” to BYOD accompanied by much thinking around pedagogy and device usage in the classroom. Sam tells me that he’s seen better “device programmes” in Australia, but in comparison to NZ the Australian approach had a “hands off” approach around the pedagogy. He says that given the relative lack of devices early on, many schools in NZ thought very hard about how best to integrate them into the teaching and learning.


    Sam McNeill and Ian Ralph at HP's Evolve Education event in Auckland

    Supporting the pedagogically sound use of IT in the classroom is the Network 4 Learning (N4L) https://www.n4l.co.nz/ programs. These aim to provide EVERY school, both city and rural, with good core network infrastructure and free fibre to the door. Sam says that while N4L has had its critics it means schools have good connectivity and is cited as one reason G Suite and O365 have really taken off in New Zealand schools. And what’s really amazing is that N4L is essentially “free” to schools. “It’s forward thinking and aimed to help remove the barriers of connectivity to the WWW for students/teachers. I know many schools overseas that are envious of this level of investment in schools.” says Sam.


    Ian Ralph


  • 14 Oct 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our final term conference for 2017 will be held at Microsoft, North Ryde on November 13th, 2017.

    Registration is now open for this event.  You will also see a post on the MITIE forum and an email headed to your registered email address.  Not a member? It's easy and FREE to join.

    Sponsorship

    We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the following organisations:

    Gold Sponsor

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    Silver Sponsors:

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    Thanks also to ClickView for live streaming the event


  • 5 Sep 2017 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Inaugural MITIE Term Conference in South Australia will be held at St Michael’s College Adelaide on Thursday 5th October.

    Ashley Morrison  from St Michael’s is very keen to make this an event to be remembered and to achieve this he is working closely with Paul Hackett, one time MITIE Steering Committee member, from Endeavour College1.

    ASI generous sponsors
    This terrific initiative was kicked off through the support of ASI who will be sponsoring the event. Many thanks to Michael Eggenhuizen  and Chris Ennis  from ASI for supporting MITIE in such a generous fashion.

    This is the first of many term Conferences in South Australia 

    Keep an eye out for registrations which will open soon.



  • 20 Aug 2017 7:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Agenda
    The agenda for our AGM is here (note - agenda items may be added up until 20th September 2017). If you have any motions that you would like be presented to the AGM, please send these to Ally Eddy (secretary@mitie.edu.au) no later than 5pm on 20th September 2017

    Nominating for election to steering committee roles
    At the AGM item 3 on the agenda is election of office bearers. Those wishing to stand for election to the steering committee should complete a nomination forms, have it signed by 2 other members of MITIE (forum membership constitutes MITIE membership) and email it to Ally Eddy (secretary@mitie.edu.au) no later than 5pm on 20th September 2017.

    If you are considering standing as a committee member and would like to understand what is involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the forum or by phone on 0419 480 336.

    Online Voting
    Our constitution allows for online voting. We will do this via a Google Form, a link to which will be posted closer to the date of the AGM after the agenda has been finalised.



  • 20 Aug 2017 6:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our next term conference will be held at Rosebank College, Five Dock on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

    Registrations will open soon for this event - keep an eye out for post on the MITIE forum. Not a member? It's easy and FREE to join.

    Sponsorship

    We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the following organisations:

    Gold Sponsor: StudentNet
    Silver sponsors: AC3CompNowCyberHoundJB HiFi and ViVi.

    Thanks also to ClickView for live streaming the event and making the recorded sessions available online.


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