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  • 29 Jun 2019 1:35 PM | Anonymous member

    Notice 1

    Notice is hereby given that the MITIE Incorporated Annual General Meeting (2019) will take place at Barker College, Hornsby, NSW on July 16, 2019 at 3:15pm (AEST).

    All members are invited to participate and attend.  Should you have any business for the AGM, please email it to secretary@mitie.edu.au, so it may be added to the Agenda, no later than July 14, 2019 at 5pm (AEST).

    The AGM will be streamed via the MITIE Livestream facility.

    Notice 2

    Notice is also given that the Election of Committee Members for the 2019/2020 Steering Committee will take place via an online ballot, as permitted by the constitution. 

    The official invitation to vote will come out via ElectionRunner.com. The election will end on July 16, 2019 at 3:00pm (AEST), with the official results to be announced at the AGM.


    Regards,

    Ally Eddy

    MITIE Secretary


  • 11 Jun 2019 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MITIE offers many opportunities for members to engage with, and learn from each other, such as term conferences, the online forum and a host of other initiatives. Building on this work, MITIE commenced a peer mentoring program in February this year to allow members to engage one-on-one with a mentor to support them in their professional development and growth.

    Nathan Mares, who is a mentor and one of the program’s coordinators, said the peer mentoring program provides a great opportunity to “leverage the knowledge” of the MITIE community.

    “Some of our members have decades of experience and have seen how the industry has changed over that time,” said Nathan who is the IT Director at Roseville College on Sydney’s North Shore. “We also have members who are fairly new in their ICT roles, as well as those stepping up into leadership positions, and it seemed like a mentoring program was a good way to share and build the expertise between schools and across the MITIE membership.”

    The program, which is sponsored by Corporate Partners Next Technologies and EdSmart, was initially promoted via workshops last December and in January this year, resulting in 15 mentees nominating to be paired up with volunteer mentors.

    Both mentees and mentors commit to a six-month arrangement, however mentor and co-coordinator of the program, Ally Eddy, said he sees his mentoring partnership continuing.


    “It’s an ongoing professional dialogue,” said Ally who is the ICT Manager of Giant Steps Australia, a school for students with Autism in Sydney. “Since the start of the year I’ve had three video conferences with my mentee Wayne and I’ve just spent two days at his school in the term holidays.”

    “We don’t follow a formal mentoring structure as such, but have engaged in a natural professional conversation, sharing our ideas and learning from each other,” he said. “Now we have established this connection, it makes sense to keep chatting and Wayne will come down to Sydney in July to see how we work at Giant Steps.”

    Wayne, who has been in his ICT leadership role at Calrossy Anglican School in Tamworth for about two and a half years, is finding great value in the program.

    “I’ve had a previous ICT role in Bourke for a few years, and have come from a technical background, but I thought the program would allow me to get more specific advice and direction from someone who has been working at the leadership level in a school,” said Wayne. “Learning from someone with Ally’s experience has been excellent.”

    “I’ve found the members in MITIE are so willing to share their expertise, and being a regional school, the mentoring program helps to alleviate the tyranny of distance,” he said. “It’s been really helpful to get a different perspective and to understand the challenges other schools face and how they have overcome these challenges.”


    Program participants receive preparatory training with facilitator Lynne Stone, the former principal of St Catherine’s Waverley. Lynne has extensive experience in delivering mentoring programs from her role as National Partnerships Coordinator at AISNSW, and in her work as an education and leadership consultant.

    “The training guides mentors in setting expectations around the program, the roles of mentees and mentors and how to establish appropriate boundaries,” said Nathan. “We’ve had two workshops in Sydney and Melbourne and are hoping to offer a further workshop in Queensland later in the year.”

    “We already have a number of mentees who have put their hands up for the next round which is very positive,” he said.

    Nathan’s mentee Dane Marcus from The King’s School is finding the program beneficial.

    “It’s a great way of connecting with someone you wouldn’t normally have contact with,” Dane said. “We’ve been able to discuss our industry, positions, problems and wins, and the program also allows us to share ideas, plans and knowledge.”

    “It definitely allows us to become a stronger community,” he said. 

    Nathan said the benefits flow both ways.

    “As a mentor, it’s interesting to hear how things are done at another school and challenges you to think differently about how you operate,” he said. “I get to think about my own principles and approaches in a particular area, and how I handle situations. It allows me to reflect on my own practice.”

    Expressions of interest are open for both mentors and mentees. For more information contact contactus@mitie.edu.au.

    Thank you to our corporate sponsors who have made this mentoring program possible:

    Next Technologies  and  EdSmart


  • 19 Apr 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous member

    A perfect venue, a fascinating and varied program with engaging speakers, generous support from our sponsors and over 100 delegates - it doesn't get much better than that!

    MITIE would like to thank Bill Low, CCGS's Headmaster for offering MITIE the use the school's facilities. David Soede, Director of ICT at CCGS and David Nichols, MITIE's Vice President and CCGS's Senior Infrastructure Engineer along with the entire CCGS ICT team presented many of the sessions and worked hard before and after the event to ensure that everything went to plan.

    A total of 81 MITIE members not able to attend in person watched the live stream thanks to our AV partner CPS and Ally Eddy - technical wizard and live streaming guru.


    Stuart Hayward presents on the Challenges of integrating LMS/Portal with existing SMS/Portal.

    What would a MITIE event be without a coffee van?


  • 16 Mar 2019 9:52 AM | Anonymous member

    The Steering committee received a very strong set of expressions of interest to fill the casual vacancy created following Mike Parker’s resignation from the committee.

    These EOIs were considered at our committee meeting on Thursday 14th March 2019 and the committee is pleased to announce that Tanya Bilka has accepted our offer to join us as a committee member.

    For the past 3 years, Tanya has been Leader of Learning Technologies at Christian Brothers College Adelaide. Her role oversees pedagogical technologies within the classroom, and has expanded to cover systems support/administration, staff training, data integrity, and advising/participating in the formation of the college’s ICT strategy. She is reviewing the College’s systems infrastructure, keeping it abreast of new digital solutions on the market, and networking with other schools/colleges to share knowledge and experience in this area with the aim of raising the standards of ICT service provision within the College.

    At the MITIE term 3 conference in Adelaide in 2018, Tanya gave one of the best presentations of the day on “Selecting an LMS - A Journey in Learning”.

    Tanya’s vision for the future of MITIE includes making sure that management and user experience concepts are well covered, as well as attracting a broader range of less-familiar vendors and products, and highlighting local (Australian) companies who provide these services. She would like to see more frequent casual meet-ups (drinks, nibbles,shared meals) that would allow members to speak more often with other professionals; particularly useful occasions if members are isolated in their role. She’d also like to see more obvious grouping/categorising within the forums, to make it easier to contact people with relevant knowledge or similar experience.

    The committee thanks the other MITIE members who submitted an EOI. It is out intention to engage with these members and the broader MITIE community to expand on the services we offer. We will do this through the Member Services Standing Committee under the leadership of MITIE’s Vice President, Dave Nichols (@dnichols).

    Ian Ralph

    MITIE President



  • 16 Mar 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous member

    MITIE is a not-for-profit incorporated association that exists for its members. In response to the great interest shown by members, MITIE commenced a peer mentoring program during the recent summer break with events held in Sydney and Melbourne. An event is currently being finalized for Queensland members.

    The MITIE peer mentoring program provides an opportunity for up and coming members to benefit from the experienced of members in established roles. Events are run by an experienced facilitator who covers the roles and expectations of mentors and mentees.

    Pairing of mentors and mentees from these events has been completed, marking the commencement of the second stage of this exciting initiative to assist professionals who support the use of information and communication technologies in education.

    A big thanks to our commercial members, in particular Next Technologies and EdSmart, whose support enables MITIE members to participate in this professional development event at no cost.

    Keep an eye out for information on the event planned for Queensland.


  • 27 Apr 2018 8:50 PM | Anonymous member


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


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